~*~October 2 UPDATE~*~
View a gallery of my artwork here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/calebandemilydesigns/sets/72157622356652565/
To peek at the first three paintings in my Ugandan sun series visit http://calebandemilydesigns.blogspot.com/2009/10/first-three-paintings-in-ugandan-sun.html
~*~September 30 UPDATE~*~
I've added a few items to some of the reward categories, so pledgers if you want to switch between rewards feel free!
Also, I have begun posting updates, including photos of my new artwork. Some updates will be viewable to all but other updates will be backer-exclusive. Stay tuned!
A can of peaches sat on my blank sketchbook, smirking at my lack of creativity. What to paint next?!
So I started by tracing a circle around the bottom of the can. Then I added some triangles. And a few abstract lines. I selected a deep black and a blood red from my watercolor palette, and mixed an ochre and bright yellow to my liking. Then I filled in the shapes with a special mosaic pattern I developed while sketching on Sunday during a particularly lengthy sermon. And behold, my watercolor series "Ugandan Suns" was born.
Why Ugandan? Two reasons. One, the designs are in African motifs and colors. Two, Uganda needs our help. The Okken family teaches natives how to build wells in their famine-scorched communities. The Mhyre family runs a clinic in the remotest parts of the Karamojong district, focusing especially on AIDS and malnutrition. The Pierce family runs a school for young Ugandans. The people of Uganda live in a culture of poverty that saps them of hope for their future. That’s why these three families are there--to give them that hope. Caleb and I are donating 50% of the profits on this series to their missionary and medical work in Uganda.
I am now on the third painting of this beautiful series, which will hopefully become prints and greeting cards once I get my printer and scanner. In fact, I have almost a decade’s worth of art waiting to be scanned and printed. Speaking of printers and scanners…
This is exactly where you come in.
So we have the art (boatloads of it--you can see some at http://www.flickr.com/photos/calebandemilydesigns/sets/72157622356652565/ ). And we have the vision (we have our eye on many more worthy causes, including Operation Christmas Child http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/ and The Handmade Movement http://www.handmademovement.com/ ). We even have the store URL (www.CalebandEmilyDesigns.Etsy.com ). All we are missing is the equipment to scan, print and mail out these prints and greeting cards once they are sold! We need $1250 in order to buy:
~HP Photosmart B8550 Photo Printer
~HP Scanjet G4010 Photo Scanner
~ Paper trimmer and circular cutter
~Scissors and archival pens
Paper and ink ($200)
~HP Vivera Inks
~HP Hahnemuhle Smooth Fine Art Paper
~Premium white cardstock
~Premium black cardstock
Mailing and Packaging items ($325)
~Kickstarter fees (5%)
~Amazon and paypal fees (5%)
This will enable us to create prints on 100% rag, archival paper with beautiful HP Vivera inks, verified to last at least 200 years without fading or discoloring (as long as they are displayed under glass). The greeting cards will be printed with the same inks on lignin- and acid-free cardstock. And, if our venture is successful, we are hoping to expand the business to include postcards, pop-up greeting cards, journals, jewelry, cross-stitched items, t-shirts, coloring books, magnets, knitted items, vintage items, recipes, tea-light holders ... the possibilities are endless. As always, half of the proceeds from every item sold will be donated to a worthy cause.
We will be hosting our little store through www.Etsy.com, the world’s largest community for all things handmade.
Also, 5% of the money we raise here will go back to www.Kickstarter.com and help keep this amazing website available to other entrepreneurs and visionaries.
Can you help us out? Even a dollar would be fantastic! If you can’t donate financially, please tell your friends and family who might be interested and spread the word!
Keep up-to-date with us on our blog at www.CalebandEmilyDesigns.Blogspot.com/
Caleb and Emily
P.S. Caleb is currently also taking donations of canned peaches (his favorite) since I keep stealing them for my art projects. :)
- (41 days)