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Project to offset print the Coloring Book of Unfortunate Situations, making it affordable and available!
Project to offset print the Coloring Book of Unfortunate Situations, making it affordable and available!
82 backers pledged $2,930 to help bring this project to life.

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I think we can change things for the better with art. With people laughing and realizing everyone gets in unfortunate situations. Coloring may even help you work out problems. I know it helps me.

The original goal was set low to make sure we got the book in people's hands, but there are lots of exciting stretch goals! The more money the more everyone gets. Pretty soon everyone will get stickers! If you scroll down you can see the possibilities for so much more! At Level 6, you could even have a Coloring Book of Terrible Decisions! Let's get there.

So, I came up with the idea for the Coloring Book of Unfortunate Situations several years ago after experiencing a few very unfortunate situations myself. I then created an anonymous questionnaire and collected unfortunate situations from the public. I picked out 19 of the most unfortunate or common situations and drew them with animals. I also left a page for you to draw your own! I printed every situation that was contributed in the questionnaire on the cover of the final book.

Cover of book with contributed unfortunate situations!
Cover of book with contributed unfortunate situations!

I had a great time drawing this coloring book and had many fun and amusing conversations about which animal best fit in each situation. After letterpress printing it for my MFA I found many of my friends and acquaintances wanted copies but couldn't afford the letterpress printed versions. So, this campaign is to raise funds so there is an affordable copy available! (The letterpress printed version has already been purchased by numerous special collections such as UCLA art library and the University of Utah special collections).

Look at that detail! So unfortunate!
Look at that detail! So unfortunate!

Stretch Goals!

OBTAINED!!!!! Level 0: $1274. Printing Level! If we make it to $1274 we will have won! The book will be printed! You will get a copy if you contribute more than $14!

WE DID IT! We got to Level 0! We all get coloring books! I can't wait to get started? LET'S DO MORE THINGS!

Level 1: $2000. But Wait, There's More Level! If we exceed the basic funding I will print a sticker for everyone (of that peacock drawing and maybe another if we get further) who contributed $5 and over! I will also be able to pay Greg Randall and Ellen Spector who helped me video and with hand lettering for this project (they have been compensated with art, but I would love to give them unexpected money that they deserve).

Level 2: $3000. Double Dog Dare Level: I will make cozies and buttons and everyone over $14 will get their choice of cozy or button.  More money for Greg and Ellen!

Level 3: $4000. Fantastic Four:  I will add two pages to the Coloring Book! And they will be from my choice of one of the ones you wonderful contributors share with me. This will make the book a SPECIAL EDITION ONLY YOU BACKERS WILL HAVE!

Level 4: $5000. Tier of Awesome: Two more pages!

Level 5: $6000. Shirts for the masses! I will make custom screenprinted t-shirts and everyone who contributed over $28 will get one! 

Level 6: $7000. More Coloring for All! At this level I will do another coloring book!!! It will be the Coloring Book of Terrible Decisions.

Level 7: $8000. More more more level. Both Coloring Books will now be 30 pages! That's 10 more pages of art! What?!

Let's just get down to it. We got the cheat codes. SO we're jumping right to LEVEL 10!

Level 10: Infinity Level! $10,000. I will throw you all a party! I will throw the greatest party ever and every single person who contributed will be invited (and let me tell you, those of you who have been lucky enough to come to my parties know how epic they are). I will not be able to cover your transportation costs to get there but it will be worth every penny.

Level 20: Mission Impossible. $20,000. Not only will I do all of the other things but I will drive around the country videoing people about unfortunate situations and make a movie. If anything unfortunate happens to me along the way that will for sure be included (PENIS!). Also, I will love you all so much forever. Unicorns and dinosaurs and puppies and cupcakes will not properly express my love for all of you.

Another page! (detail from video)
Another page! (detail from video)
Look at that detail!
Look at that detail!
Here I am printing the letterpress version.
Here I am printing the letterpress version.
How I draw/work sometimes!
How I draw/work sometimes!
Another example of the detail while it was still in progress.
Another example of the detail while it was still in progress.

So if you made it this far, I'm going to let you in on some things about why I did this project at all. Why make a coloring book for adults? I tend to get a little silly and goofy but I'm going to let you in on a little secret. I make these things because I believe art can change the world. Years ago, I thought about all the social injustices and all the wrongdoing in the world and didn't know where to start. I was pretty young, so decided that trying to help the environment would be my first goal because, my logic said at the time, without the world, clear air, water etc the other causes didn't matter. However, I've realized two things. 1) The best way to make change is on an individual level with overall mindset. 2) I really am not as effective doing anything as I am when I am making. So, even if it is couched in goofiness and silliness, the goal is to help people be better. To find themselves, things in common with others, and heal on a basic level so they can go out and do better. It may seem like a pretty lofty and unreasonable goal, but a gal's gotta start somewhere.

So, I really am deeply grateful for any and all support. I spent many years in denial about being an artist and how important bringing beauty and thoughtfulness into the world is to me. Now that I know, I don't want to stop and the more support I get the more I can continue. I have was so fortunate to be able to take the time to create this book. I am a very lucky lady with a wonderfully supportive community and circle of friends. I hope you like my work and I get to share it with you. Have a lovely day.

-claire

Risks and challenges

Since I have done the drawings and content for this book the risks for making it are very few. I already did the hard work of coming up with ideas, drawing, and producing, I just need your help to get it printed (and maybe do many more awesome things if we make the stretch goals).

If there is a massive amount of funding I may have to deliver the items later than listed, due to all the extra work. However, this would be great news for you since it would mean everyone would get more things!

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    You get a digital high resolution image file of one of the pages from the coloring book. I appreciate contributions at any amount.

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    You get a digital copy PDF of the Coloring Book of Unfortunate Situations! I am very grateful for your contribution.

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    You get your very own copy of the Coloring Book of Unfortunate Situations (and PDF)! Wow! Offset printed by a local shop on 70lb paper with 80 lb color cover. You have contributed to make this object exist! Thank you. If we make the stretch goals you may get more things!

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    Get one copy of the offset printed coloring book and a small piece of art of my choosing. I have letterpress printed, painted, knitted, built, and drawn many things over the years. It may be anything that I've made! It will be a surprise! I love surprises.

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    You get an original ink drawing of any animal of your choosing in any situation you can imagine. On a 5 x 7 piece of paper. You also get a copy of the offset printed coloring book and PDF versions. If we meet stretch goals you may get more!

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    Get one of the letterpress printed limited edition copies of the Coloring Book of Unfortunate Situations. These were printed on a vandercook letterpress by hand (as shown in image). You will also receive the offset coloring book and the PDF. If we make the stretch goals you may get more things!

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    You get an original ink drawing of an animal of your choosing in any situation you can imagine. On a 9 x 12 piece of paper. You also get a copy of the offset printed coloring book and PDF versions. If we meet stretch goals you may get more!

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    I will draw/paint you an original work of art with animals and a situation of your choosing (get wild!) (You can see examples of this work at: http://goo.gl/Q0GnO9 ) You will also get an offset printed copy of the coloring book of course.

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    I will come to where you live and hang out with you for a day. I will draw/paint whatever you want for 4 hours (or we can just hang out). If you live within a 4 hour drive away I will do two days. It can be at a party as an event. You will also have single-handedly made it so everyone who contributes gets more things. You are so nice!

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    My talented artist friend Greg Randall (photographer, printmaker, digital and installation art extraordinaire) and I will fly to anywhere East of the Mississippi (or cover our plane tickets and we'll fly anywhere!) and create a piece of installation art for you in a space you provide. We will also make 20 custom one color screen-printed t-shirts for you. You will also have made it so everyone who contributes gets more wonderful things. You are the best!

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    My talented sister Kelsey Siepser (MFA in acting) and I will fly to anywhere West of the Rockies (or cover our plane tickets and we'll fly anywhere!) and create a performance piece for you and up to 30 friends in a space you provide. I will create puppets, costumes or masks, and my sister will perform. http://www.kelseysiepser.com/. You will have also made an entire second coloring book possible along with other great things for everyone with the stretch goals. Thank you.

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