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Printing a limited-edition collection of my current watercolor art: A tribute to my grandmother's Amish quilt-making craft.

Update, and new goal

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! We made the goal, and it took only 16 days -- not the 25 days that I was worried would be too short. Kicktracker says this project has the potential of reaching $5,500 by its conclusion. I'd really love to be able to share my art with the 30 more people that it would take to get there.

I've set a new stretch goal: $5,000 total (it will take about 30 more Backers to get there). This is $1,500 more in Pledges. It amazes me to realize that this is possible.

And I would like to add an extra 'thank you' to every Backer, if we make this stretch goal. The extra 'thank you' I will send you will vary, depending on what the reward is that you initially requested, but it will either be a set of greeting cards (if you didn't order greeting cards) or it will be a limited edition print (that is different than the one you ordered). Those of you who just ordered the digital images, or who gave without asking for any reward, will each get a limited edition print.

Please help me by considering becoming a Backer and/or sharing this with your friends. I want to share my art with as many people as I can!

Milonica Stahl-Wert

The original statement of goal

Please help me bring my most current collection of watercolor art to the world. For thirty years, I've given my work away as gifts -- which I will continue to do -- but this Kickstarter campaign will allow me to print a limited-edition set of my art so that I can share it with many more people, including you.

Your Christmas and holiday cards and gifts

I'm running a brisk 25-day Kickstarter campaign, and I'm doing it for a reason. I want you to be able to use these Amish quilt watercolors as your Christmas and holiday cards. Among the rewards I'm offering, I'm printing this set of paintings on beautiful art greeting cards, and I've kept the campaign short enough to deliver 6 or 12 or 24 or 48 or 72 (or even 144) Christmas/holiday cards to you, and get them to your mailbox before Thanksgiving.

Among the other rewards I'm offering -- and do, please, check all of them out on the right side of your screen -- are limited edition, signed and numbered art reproductions of these paintings in their full size. I'm also offering the original watercolor painting for each of the six, and also a set of reproductions of the "studies" I did for each of the paintings (pre-paintings, as it were, that show my process). I would also love to paint a custom lone-star painting for you, in color schemes that you select, to fit just right in a place you might have in mind. And I'm also offering other rewards, small and large, which I hope you will like.

What else?

As I said, offering these Amish quilt-inspired paintings, greeting cards, limited-edition reprints, and such is exciting to me in its own right. But success with this campaign will accomplish the first step in a larger project -- capturing all of my art in art-quality reproduction prints so I can bring my lifetime work forward. Getting this project funded and accomplished will be beautiful in its own right, AND it will be an important stepping stone for my work in the future.

You saw glimpses of my larger work in the video. The painting beside my daughter Emma (a painting of Emma) is one of a large set of large-scale semi-abstracts I've done over the years. I'm excited to show them. I've always also done semi-abstract landscapes, which I hope to share in the future. Also, I've been studying and practicing traditional Eastern Christian Iconography over the past ten years, working with traditional egg tempera, and I hope to share these in the future, also.

There's more, and all of it brings together my love for light, color, and the play and interplay of image, texture and color that communicates feeling, mystery, and beauty.

Thank you!

Your patronage of my art through this campaign means a great deal to me. Thank you for supporting me, and please share this link with your contacts, link to it from Facebook, and so forth. I'd love to go well past my goal -- overshooting my goal simply means being able to share my art with many, many more people. Thank you for helping me!

~ Music Credit -- "Instrumental," on the video was recorded by Carlos Echeverria (aka AllAroundTheLight). Visit Carlos' music here.

Big Single Blue Star
Big Single Blue Star
Big Single Brown Star on Gray-Blue
Big Single Brown Star on Gray-Blue
2-Star in Blue and Orange with Frond
2-Star in Blue and Orange with Frond
2-Star Tribute to Grandmother's Quilt
2-Star Tribute to Grandmother's Quilt
Big Single Brown Star on Beige
Big Single Brown Star on Beige
3-Star in Red, Blue and Brown
3-Star in Red, Blue and Brown
6-Star 24 x 40 in Mahogany frame
6-Star 24 x 40 in Mahogany frame

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

In order to reduce any risks and challenges to fulfilling my commitments to you, I've worked through the production, printing and delivery details already. To do this, I worked with a veteran painter in my city -- Mary Lois Verrilla, "The Lady Who Paints Pittsburgh," -- who introduced me to the print company she has worked with for 30 years, and who talked me through all the details. Visit Mary Lois at http://www.ladywhopaintspittsburgh.com. I sat down with the printer, and all the schedules and deadlines are in place with the printer, and to the best of my ability, I'm all set.

Having said that, this is the first time I've done a full art reproduction project, and though I'm working with an art print house that is very highly regarded, I know that mistakes and setbacks can happen. To the best of my ability to calculate, if the print process would need to be redone, due to an error or quality problem of some kind, my delivery of rewards could be delayed as much as a week (getting to you by November 30, instead of before Thanksgiving). I really don't anticipate this, but projects can have setbacks, and I ask you to be patient with me if this occurs. I will keep you in touch with my fulfillment process, so that you are never in the dark.

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    Six high resolution digital images of Milonica's quilt paintings, delivered to your email. Use as your screensaver, or just keep in your photo library.

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    26 backers

    One complete set of six (6) quilt-pattern watercolor art greeting cards -- inside blank for your own message -- with envelopes for mailing. Printed on acid-free, permanent paper. Also includes the emailed digital images. Mailed to you free of charge before Thanksgiving 2012.

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    One limited edition, signed and numbered, art-quality, full sized, reproduction print on acid-free permanent paper (8 x 10) of one of Milonica's six original quilt-pattern watercolor paintings. Also includes the emailed digital images.

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    Two (2) complete sets of six watercolor art greeting cards (12 greeting cards total) -- inside blank for your own message -- with envelopes for mailing. Also includes the emailed digital images. Mailed to you free of charge before Thanksgiving 2012.

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    VERY SPECIAL REWARD: Combination: One limited edition, signed and numbered, reproduction 8 x 10 print (identical to the art reward offered at the $25 level above). PLUS one 8 x 10 art-quality reproduction of Milonica's "preparation study" for this same piece -- frame the "study" beside the final art piece to show the artist's process, color decisions, and developmental work. Also includes the emailed digital images.

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    Four complete sets of six watercolor art greeting cards (24 greeting cards total) -- inside blank for your own message -- with envelopes for mailing. Also includes the emailed digital images. Mailed to you free of charge before Thanksgiving 2012.

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    11 backers Limited (189 left of 200)

    COMBINATION: One limited edition, signed and numbered, art-quality, full sized, reproduction print on acid-free permanent paper (8 x 10) of one of Milonica's six original quilt-pattern watercolor paintings. PLUS: Four complete sets of six watercolor art greeting cards (24 greeting cards total) -- inside blank for your own message -- with envelopes for mailing. Also includes the emailed digital images. Mailed to you free of charge before Thanksgiving 2012.

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    BEST NOTE CARD VALUE: Eight complete sets of six watercolor art greeting cards (48 greeting cards total) -- inside blank for your own message -- with envelopes for mailing. Also includes the emailed digital images. Mailed to you free of charge before Thanksgiving 2012.

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    One complete set of all six (6) limited edition, signed and numbered, art-quality, full sized, reproduction prints on acid-free permanent paper (8 x 10) of Milonica's six original quilt-pattern watercolor paintings. Also includes the emailed digital images.

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    JUMBO NOTE CARD PACK: Twelve complete sets of six watercolor art greeting cards (72 greeting cards total) -- inside blank for your own message -- with envelopes for mailing. Also includes the emailed digital images. Mailed to you free of charge before Thanksgiving 2012.

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    One (1) of the six original 8 x 10 paintings ("Big Single Blue Star") painted on 300lb watercolor paper, and signed by Milonica. Also includes the emailed digital images.

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    One (1) of the six original 8 x 10 paintings ("Big Single Brown Star on Gray-Blue") painted on 300lb watercolor paper, and signed by Milonica. Also includes the emailed digital images.

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    One (1) of the six original 8 x 10 paintings ("Big Single Brown Star on Beige") painted on 300lb watercolor paper, and signed by Milonica. Also includes the emailed digital images.

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    One (1) of the six 8 x 10 original paintings ("2-Star in Blue and Orange with Frond") painted on 300lb watercolor paper, and signed by Milonica. Also includes the emailed digital images.

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    One (1) of the six original 8 x 10 paintings ("2-Star Tribute to Grandmother's Quilt") painted on 300lb watercolor paper, and signed by Milonica. Also includes the emailed digital images.

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    One (1) of the six original 8 x 10paintings ("3-Star in Red, Blue and Brown") painted on 300lb watercolor paper, and signed by Milonica. Also includes the emailed digital images.

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    SUPER JUMBO NOTE CARD PACK: Twenty-four complete sets of six watercolor art greeting cards (144 greeting cards total) -- inside blank for your own message -- with envelopes for mailing. Also includes the emailed digital images. Mailed to you free of charge before Thanksgiving 2012.

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    Milonica will paint you an 8 x 10 custom Lone Star Quilt Painting -- with one big star -- in a color palette you choose.

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    Milonica will paint you an 8 x 10 custom Lone Star Quilt Painting -- two stars in interplay -- in color palettes you choose.

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    Milonica will paint you an 8 x 10 Lone Star Quilt Painting -- three stars in interplay -- in color palettes you choose.

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    The original 24 x 40 Custom Mahogany-Framed and Matted Six-Star Lone-Star Quilt Painting featured in Milonica's video - shown hanging in an executive office at 01:26 in the video. Includes shipping.

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Funding period

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