Whimsical artwork made from "recycled" CDs & DVDs.
The "I Like Turtles" art project has been planned to take my whimsical artwork to the next level. I usually draw on paper or cardstock, but I thought it would be fun to expand my horizons while at the same time "recycling" damaged or used CDs by turning them into colorful turtles painted on canvas. It is my personal goal to create a total of at least 100 CD "turtles" during the course of this project.
All backers who pledge at least $2 will be mailed a thank you note depicting my original CD artwork. (The image(s) will be small - for clearer images, order prints.)
Funds raised by this project will be used to create the "I Like Turtles" collection. I need to replace my current art supplies, which were primarily purchased from yard sales and dollar stores or given to me by friends. I am especially in need of canvases and high quality permanent markers. Additionally, I need to have my creations scanned before saying goodbye and sending them to their new homes. I will also need to cover printing and shipping costs.
While I would have liked to set a higher funding goal to purchase the electronic equipment that would allow me to produce the entire collection without involving a commercial printer, my first priority is getting my artwork in the hands of those who will enjoy it. To that end, I have set a low end funding goal that will provide the basics to get the project done. With more funding, however, I could take this project so much further!
HOW DO I CREATE THE TURTLES?
Each CD is hand-painted, with detailed "doodles" added in permanent marker. The head, legs, and tail are likewise painted onto the canvas, then embellished with designs in permanent marker. I choose patterns and designs at random, just drawing whatever comes to mind. For that reason, no two pictures are ever exactly the same. This will be true even if I make more than a hundred!
Size permitting, I scan each finished "turtle", canvas and all, to my digital collection prior to shipping. I retain all rights to use the images. My express, written permission is required if you wish to duplicate the artwork or prints in any way.
Original artwork - painted CD on canvas- is available for a pledge of as little as $35. Why is the price so low? Again, it's because I want to get my recycled CD artwork into the hands of those who will enjoy it.
Small canvases will be 6"x6" square. Medium canvases will probably be about the size of the 2 CD picture depicted in my video, which was 10"x16". I intend to purchase only back-stapled canvases so that the artwork does not need a frame to look good.
As time permits, I am willing to customize colors and designs to suit purchasers, but this will depend on the volume of requests. For the greatest freedom to dictate what you want, choose one of the two high end reward packages.
My original eight CD "turtles", depicted in Update #1, are also available on a first come, first served basis, as are the "turtle family" depicted in Update #2 and the "Turtle Foursome" from Update #4. (I'm not sure why there is no Update #3.) If you want to claim any or all of the turtles from Update 1 as your own, make your pledge and then claim the turtles you want by posting a comment. Just double check the comments first to make sure your choices are still available.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
Given the supplies that I need, I expect to be able to create up to 100 turtles a month for however many months it takes.
WHAT DO THEY REALLY LOOK LIKE?
Check out my updates for actual size images of my first eight 6x6 "turtles" and for other completed "turtle" artwork that is available as a reward.
Thank you for your support! I'm not into social networking, but if you are and you like this project, please tell your friends! Thank you.
If you have a favorite, post a comment and let me know, and I will do my best to ensure that it makes the cut. (Currently available images are posted in Update #1, however, I will continue to post additional images once I have acquired more canvas.) I plan to choose only my best and favorite creations to become prints, however, tastes vary, so please let me know what you like!
(Only 6x6 canvases will become prints, so images from Updates 2 and 3 are not available with this option.)
pledged of $300 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on May 27, 2012.
Apr 30, 2012 - May 27, 2012
Pledge $2 or more
I will mail you the official "I Like Turtles" thank you note, which will include a thumbnail color picture of my turtle art and contact information for anyone interested in obtaining more CD turtle art. (This note will be included at all levels of funding. Other rewards are non-cumulative.) (Add $1 for international shipping.)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $5 or more
One unframed actual size 6x6 print of a CD "Turtle" & thank you note. (Add $1 for international shipping.)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $10 or more
Three different unframed actual size 6 x 6 "Turtle" prints & thank you note. (Add $1 for international shipping.)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $20 or more
Eight different unframed actual size 6x6 "Turtle" prints & thank you note. (Add $2 for international shipping.)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $35 or more
Your own original hand-painted, decorated CD "Turtle" on a 6x6 canvas & thank you note. (Add $5 for international shipping.)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $65 or more
Your choice of either two CD "Turtles" on two 6x6 canvases or one medium sized (possibly 10x16) canvas with 2 CD "Turtles" and a hand-decorated border. Thank you note will also be included. (Add $7 for International shipping.)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $95 or more
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Receive the "Turtle Family", as depicted in Update #2. Two full size CDs and one mini CD on a single light blue canvas with a decorated background. (Canvas is side stapled, so you may want to purchase a frame for this one.) I will mail this as soon as funding allows, so expect to get it sometime in June. I would also be happy to include the thank you note and two unframed 6x6 prints at no extra charge, but that may delay shipping slightly, so the choice is yours. (For international shipping add $7 and allow extra delivery time.)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $125 or more
0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
"Turtle Foursome" depicted in Update #4. (I'm not sure why it skipped #3.) Four full size painted CDs on (painted) blue canvas with a highly detailed decorated background. (Canvas is side stapled, so you may want to purchase a frame for this one.) I will mail this as soon as funding allows, so expect to get it sometime in June. I would also be happy to include the thank you note and four unframed 6x6 prints at no extra charge, but that may delay shipping slightly, so the choice is yours. (For international shipping add $10 and allow extra delivery time.)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $125 or more
The "I Like Turtles" bonus package! A total of 4 CD Turtles. Choose: A) four 6x6 canvases with one turtle each; or B) two 6 X 6 canvases with one turtle each plus one medium (possibly 10" x 16" canvas) with 2 turtles; or C) two medium canvases with two turtles each. Great for a grouping, or give them away separately as gifts to friends! Four different 6x6 prints of other turtle artwork and thank you note will also be included. (Add $10 for international shipping.)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $240 or more
Tell me what you want! Eight CD turtles on however many canvases you choose! Get eight 6x6 pictures or one huge one - the choice is yours! Also specify your preferred colors, borders, additional decorations, etc. and I will do my best to give you what you ask for. I cannot guarantee a specific canvas size or depth, as that will depend on what is available, but I do guarantee that you will have the number of turtles that you specify on each canvas for a total of eight. Eight different 6x6 prints and thank you note will also be included. (This reward not available with international shipping.)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $750 or more
Studio extravaganza! 25 CD turtles! Tell me how many canvases you want and I will work with you to create your dream collection. I will provide you with scanned images of other "turtles" (no replicating, forwarding, or re-using without my consent) and you can tell me which colors, styles, patterns, etc. you prefer. I don't do replicas or duplicates, but knowing what you like will enable me to personalize your collection to your taste so that I can create a one of a kind collection you will be proud of! Of course, the project will be completed faster if you just let my imagination run wild, but I do aim to please! Thank you note and at least eight different 6x6 prints will be included. (International shipping not available with this option.)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012