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Announcement    NEW PLAYING CARD DECK IS ON THE WAY!

Are you ready for the reptiles? These extraordinary and underappreciated animals are getting a shoutout in this new deck. The face cards this time are reptiles playing sports! I know... but wait until you see them. All are lizards except for one crocodile, the King of Clubs, who couldn't stay off the golf green. There are also two jokers! You'll see lots of images when we do the rollout.

If you are familiar with our first deck of cards, featuring mammals dressed to honor their imagined personalities, you know that these are not ordinary decks of playing cards. Each face card, both jokers, and the card back design began as large acrylic paintings on canvas. I've been at it now for more than 3 years, and it's very labor intensive, challenging, and expensive--but very, very fun. Can't think of a better, more therapeutic way to spend a pandemic.

New products: Soon we will have dish towels printed with the card back design of the new deck! It's a stylized design, with Aboriginal influences. We also have more posters of individual face cards and jokers, in several sizes! These look terrific framed. (We sell the posters unframed, but take a look at our photos of the framed posters on the wall!).

If you ever want a poster of a face card or joker you don’t see listed, just send us a message and we’ll have one made to your specifications!

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Last updated on Jul 11, 2022

NEW PLAYING CARD DECK IS ON THE WAY!

Are you ready for the reptiles? These extraordinary and underappreciated animals are getting a shoutout in this new deck. The face cards this time are reptiles playing sports! I know... but wait until you see them. All are lizards except for one crocodile, the King of Clubs, who couldn't stay off the golf green. There are also two jokers! You'll see lots of images when we do the rollout.

If you are familiar with our first deck of cards, featuring mammals dressed to honor their imagined personalities, you know that these are not ordinary decks of playing cards. Each face card, both jokers, and the card back design began as large acrylic paintings on canvas. I've been at it now for more than 3 years, and it's very labor intensive, challenging, and expensive--but very, very fun. Can't think of a better, more therapeutic way to spend a pandemic.

New products: Soon we will have dish towels printed with the card back design of the new deck! It's a stylized design, with Aboriginal influences. We also have more posters of individual face cards and jokers, in several sizes! These look terrific framed. (We sell the posters unframed, but take a look at our photos of the framed posters on the wall!).

If you ever want a poster of a face card or joker you don’t see listed, just send us a message and we’ll have one made to your specifications!

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Everybody Needs A Bit of Whimsy

It took a pandemic to made this shop possible. I am a painter, and in early spring 2020, when the news and the outlook were terrifying and depressing, I decided to use my time at home to pursue a project that would bring me therapeutic smiles--and if it succeeded, I promised myself I would find a way to take this mood-lightening project into the world to bring smiles to others. Whose burden isnt heavy? Who couldn't use a bit of light relief?

Having always liked the graphic presentation of playing cards, I chose to apply it to canvas. The royalty cards, I decided, would be animals. But not just any animals: they would carry their royal rank proudly, dressed to reflect not only status, but personality. Initially I wasn't sure this idea would work. I started with the zebra, a Jack of Spades who became a Spartan warrior; then came a proud Queen of Hearts Welsh sheep, then a prosperous King of Diamonds Yorkshire Pig. Each painting was done in acrylic on a 2' by 3' (61cm x 92cm) canvas, and each one took a lot of time. I realized this was a huge project--12 face card paintings, two jokers, plus an original cardback design. But it was engaging, helped change my mental channel, and fun enough to keep me going.

I finished the project before the pandemic finished with us. Then I had the images of my paintings made into card decks, posters, and greeting cards, and opened my shop!

How's that for an origin story?

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  • MARY WERTSCH

    Owner, Artist

    Mary is an artist working in Saint Louis, Missouri. She paints in acrylic and takes on many subjects and styles, but one of her favorites is a whimsical take on animals. The evidence of that is this Etsy shop!

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