It has not been an easy time in the Howard household.
Life has been completely taken up with getting The Colour Potential cards printed.
I am now beginning to understand why it can be so difficult for a long-held dream to metamorphose into a reality. I always felt very lucky in comparison to my writer and musician friends. I paint a picture and that’s it – someone buys it and the process is complete. If you are a writer you have to cope with editors, and a musician with producers, wanting to alter your work – probably for the better, but they are still altering your precious creation.
Now my biggest dream – a pack of divination cards – is out there trying to become a reality. This inevitably involves compromise.
Just finding someone to print them was a big enough task. As I mentioned in my previous post, the first shock was that digital printing cannot print white or gold or silver. When the cards are up and running and I want tens of thousands of packs, lithographic printing will be able to print all the colours I could possibly want. Until that point these limitations need to be creatively addressed.
But how can I put limitations on my dream?
This is my passion
My passion is colour
The cards are ALL ABOUT THE COLOUR …
So I found a playing card manufacturer in Florida with a designer who was not entirely baffled by the concept – a wonderful man named Chris. Chris has been my salvation in this voyage of compromise. We have been emailing back and forth, he has been couriering proofs and I have tried not to be a pest. I don’t know if it’s a particularly British thing, but I kept thinking Chris would reach a point where he had had enough. He never did – not even when Hurricane Matthew had Florida firmly in its sights!
I had sleepless nights, in crisis that my dream would not look the way I had always envisaged it. If the printing technology can’t print white, then the background of the card has to be another colour so that the white circle of colour will show up. And not having a white background changes the impact of the colours set against it …
After further restless nights and frantic emails I finally, and with more joy than I can possibly express, signed off on the proofs!
And now I wait.
Wait for the printed cards to arrive.
What, I wonder, will be the next surprise on this odyssey to realise my dream?
Do you have any dream realisation stories to tell?