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West Berkshire and North Hampshire stress-buster colouring book.  Take a fresh look at familiar landmarks and discover new hidden gems.
West Berkshire and North Hampshire stress-buster colouring book. Take a fresh look at familiar landmarks and discover new hidden gems.
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Colour, discover and de-stress in West Berkshire and North Hampshire 

It is often said that artists look at the world with a different vision, making unique connections that others might pass by without a thought. 

We are a group of artists who make art wherever we happen to be, and we wanted to make a colouring book to help others to do just that, and to see through an artists' eyes. We happen to be in West Berkshire and North Hampshire, as the title of our book suggests, but we believe that the original artworks it contains will have much wider appeal.

As a group, we like to take art to places where art is a stranger.  Even tranquil West Berkshire and North Hampshire have their stress hot spots. We have met men and women here who say that, for them, a colouring book is essential for unwinding during coffee breaks in a stressful working environment. So we wanted to make a colouring book that offers local people, visitors and armchair travellers alike more than one way to relieve stress. 

Within the pages of our book, you will find hand-drawn pictures, intricate digital creations and scenes sketched on location. Our colouring book pages will inspire people to go out and take a new look at familiar local landmarks, or discover hidden gems they may not know existed, and perhaps even take a sketchbook out with them themselves.

We want people to colour, discover art, discover our region, and, above all, experience the relaxing power of creativity.

Colouring book details

Paper: 170 gsm white - will take watercolour, marker pens, fine liners, colouring pencils etc.

Cover: 250 gsm

Book of 50 one-sided pages to colour

Size:  21 cm x 21 cm

Stitched with perfect-bound style square back

Rewards

As seems fitting for a colouring book, we're offering a rainbow of rewards, from red to violet...

The BLUE rewards are all framed originals. The first five of these are shown below:

Drawings by Brian, Elinor, Amanda, Rosemary and Adeliza
Drawings by Brian, Elinor, Amanda, Rosemary and Adeliza

Where we are including a frame, it will be a plain black frame with a simple white mount.

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Risks and challenges

Artikinesis are still drawing the pictures for this book. The idea is that each of us contribute ten images, making a total of fifty pages to colour. What happens in the unlikely event that we fall short? There will still be fifty pages. Some of us already have an excess of new drawings; some of us have older drawings that could be used.

Most of these drawings are hand-drawn, pen on paper. They need digitising and proofing and compiling before we send them to the printer. This takes time. The printer requires time (a week) to print and bind our books. We've allowed a fortnight between the funding date and the publication date. We think we've allowed enough time. Our plan is to digitise and proof each drawing as they are produced and "approved" by the group.

There is a small risk that the printer won't be able to fulfill their part; however there are other printers (in fact, Newbury has a high number of print houses). At worst, this could delay our publication date by a week - something that we want to avoid, as the target date was carefully chosen so that the books would be ready for Open Studios and Art Fairs that we're involved in. However, the print house is an established business of a reasonable size; we've been given a tour of the busy premises and we were impressed by their professionalism.

There is also a risk that the printing and finishing fails to meet our high standards, but we have seen samples of our chosen printer's work and we are satisfied that they are capable.

Despatch of the rewards will be via Royal Mail. We'll get together shortly after the books are ready, and I'm confident that we will take great pleasure in signing each and every book that goes out as a reward. We'll mount and frame each signed print and original artwork and ensure that the frames are well protected in the post.

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.45

    RED
    A thank you and a digital copy of a hand-drawn artwork by one of the Artikinesis artists for you to print out and colour, sent by e-mail.

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    TERRACOTTA
    A thank you and a digital copy of five exclusive hand-drawn artworks in PDF format by the Artikinesis artists for you to print out and colour, sent by e-mail.

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    PREORDER: ONE COPY including digital BONUS: The "K" Files

    A copy of the Artikinesis Art colouring book - volume 1 - West Berkshire and North Hampshire, sent by post.

    The "K" Files will be e-mailed to you and will be a PDF file with exclusive information from the artists about selected drawings from the book. Copies of the drawings will be included.

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    ORANGE
    A copy of the Artikinesis Art colouring book - volume 1 - West Berkshire and North Hampshire, sent by post, signed by all the artists with a thank you message.

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    PREORDER: TWO COPIES including digital BONUS: The "K" Files

    Two copies of the Artikinesis Art colouring book - volume 1 - West Berkshire and North Hampshire, sent by post.

    The "K" Files will be e-mailed to you and will be a PDF file with exclusive information from the artists about selected drawings from the book. Copies of the drawings will be included.

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    YELLOW
    A copy of the Artikinesis Art colouring book - volume 1 - West Berkshire and North Hampshire, sent by post, signed by all the artists with YOUR NAME appearing as a sponsor on the back of the publication.

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    GREEN
    A signed and framed digital print of one of the artworks - of your choice - in the book.
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    BLUE
    A signed, framed original hand drawn artwork from the colouring book:

    On Padworth Common by Adeliza Mole

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    A copy of the Artikinesis Art colouring book - volume 1 - West Berkshire and North Hampshire, sent by post, signed by all the artists with a thank you message.

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    BLUE
    A signed, framed original hand drawn artwork from the colouring book:

    Donnington Castle by Amanda Bates

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    BLUE
    A signed, framed one-off digital artwork from the colouring book:

    Newbury Parkway by Elinor Cooper

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    BLUE
    A signed, framed original hand drawn artwork from the colouring book:

    At Burghfield sailing lake by Rosemary Lawrey

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    BLUE
    A signed, framed original hand drawn artwork from the colouring book:

    Newbury Town by Brian Marchant

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    BLUE
    A signed, framed original hand drawn artwork from the colouring book:

    Wren in the Hampshire Countryside by Brian R. Marchant

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    BLUE
    A signed, framed original hand drawn artwork from the colouring book:

    Horses on the Downs by Amanda Bates

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    BLUE
    A signed, framed one-off digital artwork from the colouring book:

    Gin Distillery by Rosemary Lawrrey

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    INDIGO
    Commission one of our artists to make a drawing just for you! Line drawing in the unique style of Adeliza, Amanda, Brian, Elinor or Rosemary made on A4 paper, supplied mounted and framed. Talk to us about what you would like...

    Commissions are subject to discussion and acceptance by individual artists.


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    A copy of the Artikinesis Art colouring book - volume 1 - West Berkshire and North Hampshire, sent by post, signed by all the artists with a thank you message.

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    VIOLET
    Commission one of our artists to make a drawing just for you! Line drawing in the unique style of Adeliza, Amanda, Brian, Elinor or Rosemary made on A3 paper, supplied mounted and framed. Talk to us about what you would like...

    Commissions are subject to discussion and acceptance by individual artists.

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