About this project
Welcome to my project! My name is Shaina Stinard, a professional artist from Virginia. Working from my studio in South Carolina, I create beautiful paintings for clients all over the world including Australia, England, Scotland, Israel, Canada, and right here in the US!
Pass me your most memorable travel photos, and I will create an original sketch for you to hang and enjoy forever! Digital images of the sketches from this project will be included in an 8 x 10 book that YOU help me design!
I can't wait to get started sketching the world, and I need YOUR help to make it happen! Sadly, I don't get to travel much these days. But, when your personal travel photos and my paints blend, the result will be a breathtaking journey for both of us!
Plans are in the works to create a 2016 calendar, available for purchase online in time for the holidays!*
*approximate time frame
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
I will paint your favorite travel *photos in my own unique style, using pen and ink with a watercolor wash on YUPO paper. Digital images taken of ALL works from this project will be featured in my new book, Sketch The World!
Have a special photo you took of a beach in Florida or even Bali? Wonderful! Send it to me!
How about a selfie in front of The Great Wall of China, or a bear in Canada? I will paint those too!
Did I mention huge savings for backers? Painting rewards through Kickstarter are 20-30% off my regular prices!
*I can not use photos found on the internet, etc. There are copyright laws I must follow. If you would like to use another person's photograph, then I must have written permission from the photographer to reference that photo.
The majority of paintings offered are pen and ink sketches with watercolor on YUPO paper. Available sizes: 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10, 9 x 12, 11 x 14,12 x 16 and 16 x 20.
Check out the navigation to the right to see which reward best fits your favorite travel photo! Need your painting in time for the holidays or a special occasion? No problem! Just let me know when the survey goes out.
Upgrades to a full watercolor for select rewards are available. Prices are listed with each reward and need to be added to your pledge.
Have figures (people or pets) in your travel photo that are the focus? Scroll down to the Q&A section for information on pricing and how to add to your pledge.
*All reference photos are subject to the artist's approval*
These are quick, FUN, expressive 5 x 7 sketches done with pen and ink and finished with
- splashes of fun color OR
- a monochromatic color wash
Your choice! They are a limited reward, and ridiculously priced, so get them while you can!
Mixed Media Sketches
Pen and ink with watercolor on YUPO paper in sizes 4 x 6 - 16 x 20. These take more time to complete and have much more detail than the $15 sketches.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
Beautiful images of the entire collection of paintings from the project will be featured in a signed, 8 x 10 art book!
- 40-50 pages, full color images on each page
- eBook, softcover and hardcover versions available
Please add $35 to your pledge for softcover, $45 for hardcover.
Video - an example of one of my previous project books
Your support, in any way you'd like to give it!
Feel free to give me virtual hugs, high-fives, emails, words of encouragement, likes, shares; however, I really need funding and pledges for paintings to make this happen.
My funding goal is the MINIMUM amount of capital needed to make this project a success. The more funds I raise, the more paintings I can include in the book!
AS THE NUMBER OF PAINTINGS RISE, SO DO THE EXPENSES. Paper, pens, paint, book pages, shipping costs and design time are all relative to the number of paintings pledged for. So, here's a breakdown of how the funds are spent:
- materials and supplies - paints, brushes, YUPO paper, fixative spray, packing materials, printer ink and printer paper, product stickers, business cards (estimated 12%)
- cost to design and create the book and other rewards (20%)
- shipping/handling of custom paintings, books, all rewards (8% - 10%)
- Kickstarter fees (10% off the top)
- Of course, a chunk goes to the Federal Government as well (25% after expenses)
- For my time and vision in creating the paintings and book. This artist thing is my full-time gig. (whatever is left)
Video - Exceeding the goal and funding info
Scroll up the page, and on the right side you'll see a button that says "BACK THIS PROJECT". Click it, and follow the instructions.
There are various ways to back this project and ANY amount helps! Like all Kickstarter projects, if I don't reach my minimum goal, the project doesn't happen. You won't be charged and I won't get to sketch the world. So, let's make sure it DOES happen!
Thank you so much in advance! I can't wait to paint all of your travel memories!!!
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I CAN'T WAIT to get started capturing your travels through my art and creating this book. I hope you love what I create as much as I love creating it!
Please visit my website to see my complete portfolio, my bio, and information about my painting process. Get lots of other insider info in my blogs!
Other places you can find me in internetland:
Risks and challenges
Like all Kickstarter projects, if I don't reach my goal, the project doesn't happen - no one gets charged, and I don't get to paint any beautiful travel experiences. So, let's make sure it DOES happen!
Once the project is funded, I will communicate with each backer throughout the duration of the project by email. I will also be posting updates here and on my blog, often! Please make sure you check your email for Kickstarter Alerts, including project updates, once you become a backer.
Original paintings will be done in the order in which the backers fund the project, send me reference photos, AND complete the survey. I WILL NOT SHIP YOUR PAINTING UNTIL THE SURVEY IS COMPLETE and I have all information I need from you for the book.
Those backers who need their paintings for the holidays or a special occasion, will move to the front of the list, as long as all of the above steps have been completed.
The timeline really depends on HOW MANY PAINTINGS I have to create. Based on previous projects, I am ESTIMATING about 50-60 paintings. Also, I will continue to take limited regular commissions, so I am giving myself some extra time. That being said, if need be, I can average 15-20 paintings a month.
-Collection of photos and surveys. Please get your photos to me in a timely manner! Know that I will honor all painting rewards no matter when you get me the reference photo, however I will have a strict DEADLINE if your painting is to be included in the book.
- I will begin painting in the order of received reference photos from backers, however IF YOU NEED YOUR PAINTING FOR A SPECIAL OCCASION OR THE HOLIDAYS, please let me know when the survey comes out!
- Postcards and magnets will be mailed out
- Paintings will be shipped as completed if I have all info I need from you
Possibly as late as FEB. 2016:
- All paintings will be completed and shipped
- I will begin working with Blurb.com to create and print the book. I have used them before, and have had a wonderful experience.
Possibly as late as MARCH 2016:
- The eBook link will be sent out. The books will also be available to purchase through Blurb.com.(and possibly Amazon.com at a later date)
- If you pledged for a signed hard or softcover copy of the book, those will be mailed out
I can't wait to see it come together!
The pace of the project will also depend largely on how quickly backers send me reference photos for the paintings and how many paintings I have to create. The faster you move, the faster I move! IF YOU EVER HAVE A QUESTION, JUST MESSAGE OR EMAIL ME! I am very easy to talk to and respond to messages immediately!
RISKS AND CHALLENGES:
This is my third painting project and book. The others have run pretty smoothly, even with some unexpected issues. I don't predict this one to go any differently!
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