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High Quality Mushroom Coloring Book & Print Series of fungi Illustrations & Free open source, limitlessly reprintable digital file pack
High Quality Mushroom Coloring Book & Print Series of fungi Illustrations & Free open source, limitlessly reprintable digital file pack
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You dont have to color to love this project. It is So much more than just a coloring book, check out the incredible, customizable original artwork rewards.
You dont have to color to love this project. It is So much more than just a coloring book, check out the incredible, customizable original artwork rewards.
Open Source means unlimited personsl reprinting, remixing and alteration.
Open Source means unlimited personsl reprinting, remixing and alteration.
Available in bound Archival Quality Hardcopy & Digital Formats for Use As Posters, Shirts or Limitless Printing. (AI PSD PDF JPEG)
Available in bound Archival Quality Hardcopy & Digital Formats for Use As Posters, Shirts or Limitless Printing. (AI PSD PDF JPEG)

    This is not your childhood coloring book...this is not even your typical adult coloring book. It is a luxurious level coloring book designed for professional artists and hobbyists alike. Beyond coloring, this book is designed to stand alone as a collection of my most popular fungi illustrations, which may be Framed individually as is, Enlarged to Poster Size, Printed on Clothing, 3D Printed, Laser Etched, Digitally Altered and Colorized, Made into Decals & Stickers or Simply serve as a Coffee Table Book!

Just a few Examples of the Possibility that Lies Within This Multimedia Mushroom Menagerie!
Just a few Examples of the Possibility that Lies Within This Multimedia Mushroom Menagerie!

  Let this Multimedia Experience transport you, relax and color with wild abandon and surreal colors, or use it to brush up on your mushroom hunting identification skills. This book and limitlessly reprintablle digital file collection allows endless remixing and creativity. From realistic color schemes, to photoshopped digital illustration and cross platform printing onto almost any medium with a hard copy book, made with the durability to hold up to inks, paints , pastels, pencils and more!

Can you Identify these 4 Morel Look Alikes? Your life may depend on it. One is Delicious, One deadly, Another is inedible and the Last is edible once boiled. LEARN or Color Carefree. The choice is yours!
Can you Identify these 4 Morel Look Alikes? Your life may depend on it. One is Delicious, One deadly, Another is inedible and the Last is edible once boiled. LEARN or Color Carefree. The choice is yours!
Will you color realistically,  or with wild abandon to reality?
Will you color realistically, or with wild abandon to reality?

    I want to offer anyone interested in a book, the chance to preorder the first edition book for 30% below retail pricing, as a thank you for your faith and support. Beyond the 32 page book of frameable, archive quality prints which double as a top of line  coloring book, early backers will recieve the digital files for endless personal use printing, as well as bonus materials, and chances to win original artwork and illustrations from the book !

Color pages according to the mushroom's a tributes...these being "magic" Psilocybe Cyanescenes Or use the files for remixing and reprinting on countless surfaces!
Color pages according to the mushroom's a tributes...these being "magic" Psilocybe Cyanescenes Or use the files for remixing and reprinting on countless surfaces!
Alexander Williamson Adult Coloring Books- As featured on...
Alexander Williamson Adult Coloring Books- As featured on...
Just a few of the 32 frame worthy sumi ink illustrations
Just a few of the 32 frame worthy sumi ink illustrations
Surreal or Scientifically accurate coloring? The choice is yours!
Surreal or Scientifically accurate coloring? The choice is yours!

        
This book will not simply be a coloring book about fungi, but also has been created to represent scientifically accurate images of fungi from around North America. Some of the illustrations are surrounded by surreal imagery and others are set in their natural habitats, but all pictured fungi will be listed and identified in the back of the book and I hope it will serve as an engaging and exciting way to immerse people into the world of mycology and art simultaneously. I have created this book in hopes of sparking excitement for both those people who are new to mushroom hunting and those who are seasoned mycologists and foragers. As such I have tried to include illustrations of approximately 30% edible species of fungi 30% beautiful and intricate species and 30% psychoactive or medicinal and 10% which are the deadly species to be avoided. I hope to inspire artists and foragers alike with this beautiful and comprehensive compilation of fungi.

Photos of my foraging finds and the resulting illustrations
Photos of my foraging finds and the resulting illustrations

    It is my intent to create another high quality coloring book following the release of my wildly successful "Psychedelic Coloring Book", which has made it's way to over 28 countries around the world. Just as my first coloring book, "The Fungus Among Us" will be designed to withstand a wide array of artistic mediums. From Acrylic Paint, Ink, Graphite, Crayons, Pastels to Watercolor Pencils, I have the knowledge and experience to create a truly magnificent coloring book.

       In 2014 I created, a successful Kickstarter campaign for The Psychedelic Coloring Book and was able to create a top of the line coloring book unlike any other on the market today. It was printed on 110 lb heavy duty vellum which was selected from dozens of paper varieties because of it's ability to hold a wide array of mediums without a bleeding and running across lines. Along with the paper, I also researched and discovered a water resistant, super black ink to print with, which prevents smudging and provides clean lines for discerning artists and illustrators.

Living in the Pacific Northwest, I am constantly in awe of the natural beauty that surrounds us. Fungi seemingly sprout from out of thin air and come in thousands of varieties. I have always been captivated and inspired by the resilience and complexity of these organisms. For the last year I have been illustrating fungi and mushrooms with sumi ink and brush. With over 50 illustrations to choose from, I have selected approximately 30 of my best selling illustrations and chosen to print them into a comprehensive mycological coloring book which includes species ranging from deliciously edible, to psychedelic to deadly.

    My goal is to print at least 500 of these high quality coloring books, and any additional funding will go to simply printing additional books and creating even more beautiful backer rewards. The leg work of creating the illustrations and understanding the materials needed for a high quality coloring book is already complete. 

Just a few options of laser cutting with the open source file pack
Just a few options of laser cutting with the open source file pack


 
  Thanks to the success of my first Kickstarter coloring book, I have an established independent print shop and book binder based in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle and have already found the grade of paper and ink needed to print a book at the highest quality standards possible. Printing, binding and finishing will all be done locally on recycled and sustainable harvested, acid free, "rain forest safe", vellum paper stock.
    The expense of printing this book on materials comparable to my first book would run nearly $40 per book, with binding, and cover, if I printed less than 100. At each printing batch size increase the price drops dramatically, and we need to print 500 books to get the price point down to the $30 retail pricing.   

    I have also learned that this process requires more funding than you may think. 10% goes directly to Kickstarter and money handling fees, another 15% to 20 % is subject to income taxes and then the remaining 70 to 75% is divided to about 65% printing 5% binding, 5 % layout and consultation and another 25% going to shipping, rewards and fulfillment. Essentially I have done the artwork, printing layout and man hours of processing shipping, fulfillment and Reward Artwork creation free of charge on my own time. For The Psychedelic Coloring book this required scanning of images, retouching, formatting and shipping which added up to nearly 200 hours, yet I was able to ship the book nearly 5 weeks earlier than projected.
 

Color pages according to the mushroom's a tributes...these being "magic" Psilocybe Cyanescenes
Color pages according to the mushroom's a tributes...these being "magic" Psilocybe Cyanescenes



  I have put my heart, body and soul into creating these illustrations, and it is my biggest aspiration in life to share my artwork with those whom may appreciate it and be inspired through it. This is by no means an endeavor for profit but rather to continue to share my artwork and love of nature with the world. I am getting married to the love of my life in September and all my personal savings is going towards the wedding and building a nest egg for our life together, and because of this I have reached out to the incredible people within the kickstarter community once more.

Framed in a floating glass mount - Images worthy of the wall without coloring
Framed in a floating glass mount - Images worthy of the wall without coloring


To view my previous work and The Psychedelic Coloring book visit my website at www.somaink.com or my Instagram feed at www.instagram.com/alexanderjwilliamson.


Thank you so much for your time and support. - Alex Williamson

Backer Rewards! Hand Pressed Wood Block Print of Oyster Mushrooms
Backer Rewards! Hand Pressed Wood Block Print of Oyster Mushrooms
Surreal Shaggy Mane After The First Frost
Surreal Shaggy Mane After The First Frost

 For a free page of the Fungus Among Us,  please share the link with anyone interested and message me on kickstarter. 

Thanks again everyone, much love, Alex Williamson.

My website... Www.somaink.com

Risks and challenges

Being that this is the second Adult Coloring book I have created with the help of Kickstarter, I feel I will be very prepared for any challenges that may arise. My largest hurdle has been trying to drive down international shipping costs of a book printed on vellum, which is so weighty.

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    Digital file pack of 3 illustrations from the book, which may be printed and colored by hand or illustrated digitally online.

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    Just in case you missed my first book (which you can check out at www.somaink.com )
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    *New*
    -The Sumi Fungi Poster Level!

    A Limited Edition, Numbered 24x18 inch, Custom printed to order - Movie Style Poster that's ready to frame on your wall. Color with inks, or give as a gift. Perfect for the kitchen or living room wall!
    Simply make a note of your favorite illustration in the series, be it Morel, Chanterelle, Amanita, P. Cubensis, Cyanescenes or any other sumi brush & ink illustration from "The Fungus Among Us" and you will recieve a centerpiece-worthy poster delivered to your front door.
    * Note: Please Order as many as you would like to, but I'd you have trouble backing the same reward twice, message me and we can make a note of which images and how many posters you would like!

    -Of course that's not all, you will also still recieve all of the bonus files and digitally formated file packs, which allow Unlimited Personal Reprinting , Remixing and Digital Editing.
    -And of course a special thank you when the project launches.
    *I'll happily ship anywhere in the world but pricing varies greatly, so message me with concerns if you are outside the USA.

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    - A Kickstarter exclusive! A limited edition, hand pressed, signed and numbered wood block print on artisan parchment base off the illustrations in this fungi series.
    The Limited First Edition, Signed "Fungus Among Us" Coloring book Delivered to your door with shipping included for free.
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    The Morel Level -
    - 3 previously unreleased, signed, sleeved and numbered photo quality prints from my limited edition Fungi Sumi and Ink Series.
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    The Limited First Edition, Signed "Fungus Among Us" Coloring book Delivered to your door with shipping included for free.
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    -2 of The Limited First Edition, Signed "Fungus Among Us" Coloring book Delivered to your door with shipping included for free.
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    GET EM WHILE THEY LAST!

    Mycelium Pack-10 books (a $350 retail value with shipping included free within the USA!)
    Perfect for bartering or teaching . Stock uo and save big! Use one book to teach students about fungi, mushrooms, botany, classical illustration and surrealist artwork, all at the same time!

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    Custom Mushroom Level-

    - A one of a kind hand illustrated, original sumi ink and brush piece of artwork, of the mushroom species of your choice. Signed and sleeved just for you.
    - A Kickstarter exclusive! A limited edition, hand pressed, signed and numbered wood block print on artisan parchment base off the illustrations in this fungi series.
    - The Limited First Edition, Signed "Fungus Among Us" Coloring book Delivered to your door with shipping included for free.
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    The Black Truffle Level-
    You Decide the species for one of 4 "fan favorites" pages in the book and then will recieve the original, one of a kind hand illustrated, original sumi ink and brush piece of artwork, of the mushroom species of your choice. Signed and sleeved just for you.
    - A Kickstarter exclusive! A limited edition, hand pressed, signed and numbered wood block print on artisan parchment base off the illustrations in this fungi series.
    - The Limited First Edition, Signed "Fungus Among Us" Coloring book Delivered to your door with shipping included for free.
    - All the bonus files in Illustrator Vector Format which allows unlimited personal reprinting and re sizing as shirts, posters or anything your heart could imagine.
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    The Philosophers Stone Level-

    -A One of a Kind, Original Commissioned Alexander Williamson Acrylic Painting of your choice. Be it Fungi or any other subject matter. Visit www.somaink.com for examples of existing artwork, which has sold for thousands in galleries from LA to Seattle. Size may range from 24x16 to 48x48 depending on backing amount, please contact me for information.
    - A Kickstarter exclusive! A limited edition, hand pressed, signed and numbered wood block print on artisan parchment base off the illustrations in this fungi series.
    - The Limited First Edition, Signed "Fungus Among Us" Coloring book Delivered to your door with shipping included for free.
    - All the bonus files in Illustrator Vector Format which allows unlimited personal reprinting and re sizing as shirts, posters or anything your heart could imagine.
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