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By Jessica Legon
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The Psychedelic Colouring Book brings together consciousness exploration, illustration and harm reduction. The astonishing visual elements of the psychedelic experience make it a perfect theme for an adult colouring book. But I think it can be more than that too…  

Philosophies of Alan Watts in a colouring page!
Philosophies of Alan Watts in a colouring page!

Part colouring extravaganza and part harm reduction message, the Psychedelic Colouring Book will contain information on the main psychedelic substances including effects, safety profiles, dosage and advice. It is intended to de-stigmatise psychedelics as dangerous party drugs and to continue the conversation surrounded by art, acknowledging that giving people the facts both positive and negative will help them make the right choices for themselves and keep people safer in this black market world.

If this project is funded, The Big Dream is to sell the book beside a free colouring tent at festivals - somewhere calm and quiet people can escape to where there will be colouring sheets and colours, cushions, fairy lights, soft music and friendly company should you want it or need it.

 

But I am an illustrator first and foremost!  I will pour my heart and soul into making this as gorgeous a book as I possibly can! There will be a mixture of shapes, types of illustrations and different levels of detail, but my work can be said to be characterised by plenty of detail and smooth, flowing lines. 

I want to produce something that people will treasure; it takes a lot of careful hours to colour in colouring pages and I want to honour that time investment by giving you something you will love. I would be ever so thrilled if you gave me feedback and let me know what's working for you! Tell me what you like, what you don't like and what you want to see more of in the book.

- The book will be perfect bound and have thick, high-quality paper with at least 40 pages, to include at least 20 full-page illustrations.

- Each illustration will be printed on one side of the paper only so you never have to make a choice over which image to sacrifice if you want to cut one out and frame it or if your pens bleed (which they probably won't since I will be springing for the good paper!). 

- Good quality, thick full-colour cover. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I run a little business teaching students one-to-one to supplement a traditionally pitiful income from professional illustration. I will keep my students and illustration commissions in order to make rent and such, hence the long project end date of July 2017. I think the launch of the finished book would be perfectly timed at the end of Spring ready for the Summer and also means I can take it to festivals as a newly-launched book. 

If this project is overfunded, I will add fun embellishments, such as a fold-out double-page spread and foiling on the cover! But best of all, I will be able to afford to take fewer commissions and teach fewer students so I can use the extra funds to lengthen the number of pages in the book! The more it is over funded the longer it can be! The goal for this book is to have 20 illustrations as I can manage 2-3 full page illustrations a month with my current workload, but I have many more ideas than that! 

A personalised massive mandala like this can be yours with the 'Your Universe' reward tier!
A personalised massive mandala like this can be yours with the 'Your Universe' reward tier!

 Thank you for reading about my project, I hope you're as excited about it as I am!

Everyone finds colouring relaxing!
Everyone finds colouring relaxing!

 

Risks and challenges

The main barrier to my completing this project is being able to afford to spend the time doing it! Once funded, it will still be tight as I like to work carefully and deliberately, but I have given myself a realistic deadline of June 2017 to ensure that I am able to produce this book to the best of my ability and not need to rush through any pages. My style is admittedly time-consuming as I work entirely by hand in pencil, dip-pen and ink; I strive for good lines and lots of crisp detail, but I am a professional and used to working to deadlines - indeed, I find them motivating and helpful.

If the book attracts more funding than the minimum requirement the time commitment will be much less of a concern!

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    Every little helps! If you can't spring for the book itself but would still like to be involved, hear updates and show your support I would still be very grateful for a small pledge!

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    This is it! The Psychedelic Colouring Book will be yours!

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    Do you have friends who would love a colouring book? At this tier, you'll get THREE copies of The Psychedelic Colouring Book at a special price!

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    Friendly Faces pack!

    Wow! Thank you so much! If you are looking forward to getting your art on this much, perhaps in addition to one signed copy of the book and a personalised thank-you postcard, you or your beloved will appreciate seeing your or their face staring back in graceful ink from the pages of the book? From this tier upwards, I will use a photograph you provide to make a montage piece of all the different faces of my most generous supporters, which also serves to capture the spirit of a group of people all sharing a communal joy in a colouring page. As a book which I intend to sell at festivals, I want to reflect the atmosphere within the pages!

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    In addition to the signed book, thank-you postcard and inclusion of your image in the book, you will get a high-quality printed PERSONALISED 'MASSIVE MANDALA' - custom drawn by me to your specifications! This will be shipped separately to the book and you will get your massive mandala before the book launches - I will do one per month in order of pledge. Have a look at my mandala in my artwork samples, this was to hang in my own bedroom at A1 size and I chose cats, cannabis, bees, flowers and 1P-LSD to feature in my personal mandala. Can you spot them all?! What would you choose for yours? Animals, molecules, insects, plants, symbols, nature - anything goes, let's talk about it! What's your universe about?

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    Cosmic Creator

    Unbelievable! Thank you so much for your incredible support! This will get you of course the signed book, thank-you postcard, inclusion in the group page, plus I will draw a page for the book based on YOUR IDEAS and you will receive THE SIGNED ORIGINAL illustration of the piece you helped create! (shipped separately from the book) Did you ever have an amazing vision during a psychedelic experience? What do your visuals look like? We will discuss and collaborate on what you want to see on the page - you will be credited in the book for your input, I will draw it, people will colour it and the original will be yours forever!

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