This calendar is filled with whimsical scenes of my favorite parts of New Hampshire's varied and beautiful seasons. There is a hint of Art Noveau style in each illustration; the linear borders and framed scenes are reminiscent of postcard and poster art at that time. My illustrations are painted with acrylics and incorporate a hand-lettered banner design with each month's name.
The $450 that I plan to raise covers the cost of:
- Printing 100 calendars (if there is a lot of interest, I'd love to print more!).
- A proof for me to check over to makes sure the calendar design and layout is correct before money is put into the entire project.
- Any possible shipping cost to get the calendars shipped to me. (I don't know what this will be yet, but I will keep everyone updated.)
- This does not cover paying me for my illustrations. The hours that I spend working, and my painting materials are all covered by me. It's a risk I'm willing to take to see this project through!
It will only take 30 backers with a pledge of $15 each to reach my goal!
That's just 30 people promising to buy the calendar! ~ Easy!
But because my fundraising goal is just an estimate, I would love to raise a little extra in case any issues come up. There are a lot of fun ways to do this, because of my rewards! You could even be the owner of one of the original calendar paintings--a great Christmas gift for a friend with a special birthday or anniversary month. These paintings are matted, framed, and ready to hang.
When you choose to support my Kickstarter, not only are you helping out a New Hampshire artist, but you are giving others the opportunity to appreciate this little state every single day of the year. These illustrations highlight the fun quirks, stunning landscapes, and simple charm of the outdoors that make New Hampshire so wonderful and unique.
My plan of action:
- October 1--Kickstarter will finish and I'll start advertising my calendars to local businesses for pre-Christmas sales.
- October 17--All paintings will be finished. (I would like to push this date into September if possible, and move my other deadlines up accordingly.) I have four full paintings to complete at this point.
- October 24--All layout, design and pre-printing work will be finished.
- November 7--Calendars should have arrived, and I can send them out to my backers, and sell them before Christmas. (Although I will be able to receive orders before then.) I'll sell the calendars online, and through local businesses.
- November 30--Prints, and original painting rewards will be delivered to my backers.
- December 31--I will have finished personal sketches and be sending them out to backers.
- January 1--Day one of tracking the new year with the Noveau New Hampshire 2016 calendar!
Risks and challenges
The company that will be printing these calendars has put all the design responsibilities on my shoulders. This is actually a great advantage, because I can personalize every aspect of the calendars. But there could potentially be confusion about page order, bleed sizes and other aspects of the design.
The estimate information that I have access to right now says that these calendars can be printed very shortly after I put in my final order, and that they will be shipped inexpensively. Because I don't have all the details for the project yet, this is subject to change. But my goal is to have everything nailed down as soon as possible, so these calendars can be ready for Christmas gifts by mid-November at the latest.
It will also be a bit of a challenge to finish all the calendar's paintings in time for me to process them and work them into the print layout. My deadline for that is October 17, but I would love to bring that date into the tail end of September, so that I have some extra flexible time if bumps come up in the project. I work a day job, so these paintings will be finished during nights and weekends mostly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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