Yes! We're making a community colouring book that all ages can enjoy and we need your help to do it! The artists and makers of the LivingRoom Community Art Studio have come together to create 70 pages of colouring awesomeness that will bring countless hours* of colouring goodness into your life. And every colouring book sold helps support the LivingRoom so that we can continue making and sharing art with you and our community!
*Technically not "countless" hours. I mean, most people can count quite high these days. But it's still a whole lot of hours. 70 pages is nothing to sneeze at.
All of the artwork in this colouring book has been created by people who love and support the studio project. Some are professional artists and long time makers, while others are just beginning to discover the power of their creative voice! We're proud to have all of them be a part of this project. And there truly is something in here for everyone. That's the best part about having all the art created by our diverse community members - their varying experiences in life and in art have helped create a truly one of a kind colouring book. Where else could you find a man with a tentacle beard beside an inspirational quote followed by a 1980s vampire? Nowhere else. That's where.
We'd love to. The colouring book will be 70 pages, perfect bound, and printed on 70lb paper - which is pretty fancy if we do say so ourselves. We'll be printing only one picture per page, which means the back of each picture will be blank in case you want to cut out and frame your newly coloured masterpiece, or if you like to colour with markers that may bleed through to the other side of the page. And we've hooked up with a very supportive local printer who is as excited about the project as we are. And that means your very own colouring book can be printed and shipped to you before the New Year!
The LivingRoom Community Art Studio is a registered nonprofit in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, that provides a safe place for people from all walks of life - including those most marginalized - to express themselves and connect with others through FREE art making, skill sharing and dialogue. We're a part of the Art Hive movement www.arthives.org which believes that everyone is an artist, and that when people make and share art with one another that they change their lives, and the communities they live in, for the better. To learn a little more about us visit our website at www.livingroomcommunityartstudio.org or our Facebook page www.facebook.com/thelivingroomcommunityartstudio which is full of pictures of all the fabulous makers and their art. Or better yet, watch this video to learn about some of the amazing people we work with (and who have contributed to this colouring book) and see what The LivingRoom means to the people who make art there.
Most of our perks are all about the colouring book because we love colouring and we're betting that if you've come this far, you do too. So there are options to buy one, two or five of them. And for those who live in the digital realm and have an affinity for their printer, we have a PDF version we will email directly to you for you to print yourself.
But there are some super cool artsy extras available as well. You can get colouring postcards. You can get a one of a kind piece of original art with your colouring book. And for those of you who want to help others while helping yourself at the same time, the Pay-It-Forward Package lets you get two colouring books for yourself and pays to have one colouring book given to an individual or family in need. All jokes aside, this is a wonderful thing. Art matters and art heals.
But wait - there's more! You can have an online colouring session with studio co-founder and ever so slightly kind of famous-ish Canadian actress Mary Krohnert, and if you can get yourself to Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, you can have an in person colouring party with Mary and many of the artists and makers who created the fabulous artwork in the colouring book, plus snacks.
So please check out the perks, and buy generously. After printing costs, 100% of the proceeds go right back into keeping the studio doors open, allowing those who need it most to come in to our welcoming and safe space to make art for free and help create a better place for themselves and their community.
Here at The LivingRoom Community Art Studio, we’re all about community. It’s even in our name. And in the colouring book’s name. Which gave us an idea... what if we created the biggest colouring book community ever?! People all around the world connecting through colouring pages our community art makers made for them? So, our stretch goals are going to be based on number of backers, not the amount pledged. All of our stretch goals will go to every single backer, no matter which reward level you supported – from $2 to $150, you’re all part of our community.
We’re going to create a brand spanking NEW, standalone, digital PDF Colouring Book with images based around the theme of Community and Connectedness. It’s something we strive for every day at the studio, but who says you have to come all the way to Oshawa to experience it?! We’re going to create drawings and illustrated words of inspiration to help everyone feel connected and supported - no matter where you might be.
Here’s how it’s going to work. When we hit 75 backers, we’re going to create a 5 page digital colouring book for everyone. Then for every 25 new backers, we’re going to add 5 more pages. So 100 backers means 10 pages, 125 means 15 pages – you get the idea. We’ll take this all the way up to a 40 page digital colouring book when we hit 250 backers. If it looks like we’re going to have more than 250 supporters in our community, then we’ll take some time away from crying tears of joy and spontaneously bursting into song and dance to think of something extra super special for everyone. How about a Real time, online colouring party stream that everyone can join in on?!... why not. LET'S DO IT!!
Risks and challenges
We have all the artwork ready to go. We've got a great local printing house who are eager to get printing and have a very quick turnaround time. We've got a team of eager volunteers waiting to pack and ship. Now all we need is for supporters like you to order your books!
Because all the design work is being done in house and the printer is local, we won't face any of the potential supply chain pitfalls or delays that the bigger projects who have their items manufactured overseas have to face. And we're quite hopeful, at least if our math is right, that we'll be able to get your Colouring Books to most, if not all of you, in time for the holidays this December.
That being said, there are always unforeseen delays that can pop up. We honestly can't think of what any of them could be - Attacked by lions? Zombie apocalypse? The laws of physics collapse all around us? - but if something does come up, rest assured our LivingRoom team will jump into action and do whatever it takes to get these Colouring Books shipped to you. So we're thinking worst case scenario is that they take longer to print and ship than we've planned and you may have to wait a few weeks longer to get your colour on. But we'll keep you posted every step of the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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