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Personalized museum-quality Fine Art Prints for Children of All Ages by artist/writer Colleen Stratton.
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Hi, I'm Colleen Stratton.  I'm a Los Angeles-based artist.  This project will offer museum-quality Fine Art Prints of my watercolors of magical guardian spirit animals that I call Anam Caras.  Funds raised will be used to purchase a professional wide-format printer and produce personalized prints of the Anam Caras.

These Anam Caras Fine Art Prints make wonderful gifts.  You can help support the Anam Caras by contributing to this campaign and receive a unique personalized gift to give to your loved one.

Since I was a teenager, I’ve been drawing, painting and writing stories about fantastical guardian spirit-animals I call Anam Caras. The earliest reference to an Anam Cara was the 5th century in Ireland. They’re name means Soul Friends in Gaelic. Anam Caras have an important mission: world peace. They believe “A compassionate world begins with you.” An Anam Cara is a friend to your soul who will guide you and protect you.

I painted a series of watercolors of the Anam Caras in the shape of letters that have become the basis for my collection of Anam Caras Fine Art Prints. Each image is paired with an inspiring blessing from the Anam Cara.

Anam Caras Love Print
Anam Caras Love Print

It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to share the Anam Caras with the world. I had been giving prints of my Anam Caras art to friends as gifts and occasionally selling by word of mouth for a decade, so selling fine art prints online seemed like a natural progression. So, I built a website and a dear friend loaned me the money to buy a new printer.  It had just come out and was reported to be a giant leap forward in technology.  I thought I was on my way... 

But, my new printer frustrated me to no end! More often than not, I ended up in tears. It produced beautiful image quality, but it had trouble loading thick paper and, in the process, damaged a lot of expensive paper. It was a huge problem because I love printing on the world’s finest papers, especially thick archival watercolor papers.

One day in desperation, I reached out to my favorite paper manufacture's tech support representative for help. I was referred to a master fine art printmaker and educator who has devoted his life to teaching others the art of fine art printing. 

It was magical.  Fine art printing requires both technical and artistic expertise. Meeting my new mentor was a game changer!  I discovered a world of possibilities!  

He taught me how to consistently produce prints of my art that were even more beautiful than the previous ones.  He recommended that I sell my desktop printer and purchase a larger, professional model, which is the size of a piano. 

I’m raising funds to purchase a Canon professional wide-format printer so that I can produce museum-quality prints of my Anam Caras art.

JUST ADDED!  To sweeten the deal, I added this delightful print of Peri and Noem! 

Peri and Noem Make Magical Music
Peri and Noem Make Magical Music

EXCLUSIVE FOR KICKSTARTER: I created a new personalized print for this campaign.  They are a personalized variation of my Anamabet Collection.  

Anamabet Prints (Personalized and Standard) of Anan and Ananda
Anamabet Prints (Personalized and Standard) of Anan and Ananda

 

Personalized Magical Name Print
Personalized Magical Name Print

 

 

Meet the Anam Caras! 

Meet Anan and Ananda, Barda, Candra, Danu, Etar, Finn, Gaelan, Hero and Heros and Illuminada!
Meet Anan and Ananda, Barda, Candra, Danu, Etar, Finn, Gaelan, Hero and Heros and Illuminada!

 

Meet Jaalan, Kala, Lothian, Macalla, Noem, Ossian, Peri, Quintess and Rala!
Meet Jaalan, Kala, Lothian, Macalla, Noem, Ossian, Peri, Quintess and Rala!

 

Meet Shanti, Tirna, Uma, Valen, Wakonda, Xmaar, Yantra and Zala!
Meet Shanti, Tirna, Uma, Valen, Wakonda, Xmaar, Yantra and Zala!

Check out phenomenally talented creative artists who contributed to this campaign!  

Michele Blackwell shot the spectacularly beautiful photos of little Fiona and my art.  If you're in Los Angeles, check out her new studio, Petite Boutique Portrait Studio.  

https://www.micheleablackwell.com/ 

Marc White and Matt Rogers created the exquisite Celtic music in my video. Their music was performed on a Chapman Stick.  Check them out on YouTube.   

http://www.markwhitelive.com/shop/far-and-wide

Jesus Silva edited the beautiful video.  He's as kind as he is talented! 

http://www.jesusmsilva.com/

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge is shipping the prints to far-away places in time for the holidays. One thing, I know for sure, is that things (especially shipping) always take longer than expected. I'm in Los Angeles. If you're on the West Coast, or even the East Coast, it shouldn't be a problem. But, if you're outside the US, I suspect it will be insanely expensive to get it to you by Dec. 25th and that's not an option for me. I can send a digital version in December, in case your package doesn't arrive in time. You may also consider giving an Anam Caras print for Valentine's Day.

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    Computer Anam Caras Anamabet Wallpaper

    One digital image of your favorite Anam Cara from my Anamabet Collection. You'll be asked later to specify which Anam Cara you want. Please see example.

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    Anam Caras Love Print (small)

    One 11" x 6.5" print of Lothian, Ossian, Valen and Etar spelling the word Love. Underneath is their blessing that reads: May you always know your essence is Love. Beautifully printed on Hahnemühle Museum Etching paper and hand-signed. Please see example.

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    Anam Caras Anamabet Wall Graphic

    One 8.5" x 11" wall graphic/sticker of your favorite Anam Cara from my Anamabet collection. Each wall graphic is removable, repositionable and sticks to any non-porous flat surface. It doesn't remove paint from a primed wall and is safe to apply over wallpaper. You'll be asked later to specify which Anam Cara you want. Please see example.

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    Anam Caras Anamabet Print

    One 8.5" x 11" print of your favorite Anam Cara from my Anamabet collection. Beautifully printed on Hahnemühle Museum Etching paper and hand-signed. You'll be asked later to specify which Anam Cara you want. Please see example.

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    Peri and Noem Print 8.5" x 11"

    NEW REWARD: One 8.5" x 11" print of Peri and Noem Make Magical Music. Beautifully printed on Hahnemühle Museum Etching paper and hand-signed. Please see example.

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    Personalized Anam Caras Anamabet Print

    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE: One 8.5" x 11" personalized print of your favorite Anam Cara from my Anamabet collection on museum quality archival paper and hand-signed. Please see example. Text reads: (Your First Name) We're Lothian, Ossian, Valen and Etar, your Anam Caras, dearest (Full Name). We've come from the Land of Soul to offer you our blessing with love and affection. May you always know your essence is Love." You'll be asked later for specifics -- which Anam Cara you want and the recipient's full name.

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    Three Anamabet Wall Graphics

    Three 8.5" x 11" wall graphics/stickers of your favorite Anam Cara from my Anamabet collection. Each with different blessing. "May you always know your essence is Love. May you plant seeds of Joy. May your Dreams unfold like a flower." Each wall graphic is removable, repositionable and sticks to any non-porous flat surface. It does not remove paint from a primed wall and is safe to apply over wallpaper. You'll be asked later to specify which Anam Cara you want. Please see example.

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    Three Anamabet prints 8.5" x 11"

    Three 8.5" x 11" prints of your favorite Anam Caras from my Anamabet collection. Each has a different blessing. "May you always know your essence is Love. May you plant seeds of Joy. May your Dreams unfold like a flower." Beautifully printed on Hahnemühle Museum Etching paper and hand-signed. You'll be asked later to specify which Anam Caras you want. Choose your initials or Joy or ABC. Please see example.

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    Personalized Love Print 13" x 19"

    One 13" x 19" personalized Love print. Text reads: (Your First Name) We're Lothian, Ossian, Valen and Etar, your Anam Caras, dearest (Full Name). We will guide you and protect you with love and affection. "May you always know your essence is Love." Beautifully printed on Hahnemühle Museum Etching paper and hand-signed. It's a personalized version of the example.

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    Peri and Noem Print 13" x 19"

    NEW REWARD: One 13" x 19" print of Peri and Noem Make Magical Music. Beautifully printed on Hahnemühle Museum Etching paper and hand-signed. Please see example.

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    Personalized Magical Name Print (Short)

    One 13" x 19" personalized print of Anam Cara spelling your name (up to 4 letters) on white background. Beautifully printed on museum quality archival paper and hand-signed. Text reads: "We're (names of the Anam Caras), your Anam Caras, dearest (Full Name). We will guide you and protect you with love and affection. May you always know your essence is Love." You'll be asked later for specifics -- which Anam Cara you want and the recipient's full name. Please see example.

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    Personalized Magical Name Print (Medium)

    One 12" x 24" personalized print of Anam Cara spelling your name (5 to 7 letters) on museum quality archival paper and hand-signed. Text reads: "We're (names of the Anam Caras), your Anam Caras, dearest (Full Name). We will guide you and protect you with love and affection. May you always know your essence is Love." You'll be asked later for specifics -- which Anam Cara you want and the recipient's full name. Please see example.

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    Personalized Magical Name Print (Long)

    One 12" x 24" to 39" (size varies depending on the number of letters). Personalized print of Anam Cara spelling your name (11 to 13 letters) on museum quality archival paper and hand-signed. Text reads: "We're (names of the Anam Caras), your Anam Caras, dearest (Full Name). We will guide you and protect you with love and affection. May you always know your essence is Love." You'll be asked later for specifics -- which Anam Cara you want and the recipient's full name. Please see example.

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