Success! & I Need Your Input about the Bookplate Designs
The project was successfully funded last night at 9:49 pm. As I watched the minutes tick away, I felt a satisfied relief that the campaign was over. Thank you Backers for all that you have done to help create a successful campaign - from pledging to spreading the word, to sending encouragement. It is an amazing experience to know that 127 people have got my back!
While I have enjoyed this campaign and learned a lot from it, it has felt a bit unreal at times since most of you are people I haven't seen in years or never met in person. But come April, it will certainly feel real when I package and ship 127 rewards! And for those of you who live in Richmond, VA I am planning on a special release party so you can pick up your rewards in person if you choose - more details to follow.
Though the campaign is over, I will continue to send updates on the artwork as it is completed. In the next week or two, I will also e-mail you a survey asking for your address and reward specifications (like which postcard designs do you prefer and if you'd like to be entered into the drawing to receive a $50 gift certificate from my online shop, Sprout Head). Some of you chose a reward at a lower pledge level or a level which had multiple options - if you decide to change your reward, just message me and I will make note of it. I want you to receive exactly what you want!
The Golden Moth Illumination Deck has been the biggest project I have ever taken on. It has warranted a great deal of work and planning:
- Making the video - it took me a full week to do
- Promoting the project and sending updates
- Figuring out costs of printing, shipping, and the reward tiers
- Figuring out measurements, papers, and inks for printing
- Drawing the artwork, scanning, touching it up, and laying it out (I know those symbols are tiny, but it takes me at least an hour for each one - white-out is a perfectionist's best friend)
- Communicating back and forth with the printer
- Ordering shipping supplies
- Writing and designing the guide booklet (eek!)
- Planning ahead for the release of the deck and how to promote it further
- & Finally, packaging the rewards and sending them out to you!
Now I need your input about the bookplate designs. Please leave a comment to this post or you can message/e-mail me directly. For those of you who are unfamiliar with bookplates, these will be self-adhesive acid-free stickers measuring 2.75" x 3.5" that you can stick onto the inside covers of your favorite books. "Ex Libris" is latin for "from the books." There is a space for you to write your name on them so you can revel in your book ownership and build up your own personal library. They are great for reminding those friends who you loaned your book to that it's actually YOUR book (and would they please remember to return it?) I plan on printing 6 - 9 different designs. Backers will be able to choose 1 design per 12-pack of bookplates, or a variety. The bookplates will be printed in a two-color scheme. Here is a sample of what the bookplates will look like.
I originally wanted the bookplates to be printed in a brown/vintage red
color like the examples to the right. But I wondered if my Backers would
prefer the blue/gold color scheme I used for the card design. So I'd
love your input on which color scheme you like best, since I can only print
one. And just to clarify, I had originally wanted to print my cards using a metallic gold ink. But when I looked at the actual color samples, I realized the gold wouldn't be as "gold-y" as I thought. It looks more like a slightly irridescent brownish color. So I have chosen a mustard-gold color instead. I'm actually happier about this decision because it means that all the inks used by Parcell Press to print the cards and other products will be soy-based which is better for the printer's health and the environment.
I'd also like your feedback on which symbols you like best for the bookplates. I plan on printing 6 - 9 designs, depending on the variety of feedback I get. Please let me know which are your favorites.
Also, if you haven't already - please check out Update #1 - Postcards! I would love your feedback on your favorite postcards. I plan to print at least 6 different designs. As of now, the top 6 designs in order of popularity are: Firefly, Radishes, Polyp, Zoom!, River Hand, and Stillness. Soon, I will list some of these images as 8.5" x 11" archival reproduction prints for sale in my shop! My friends at BuyOlympia have done such a wonderful job producing these high-quality prints for me and selling them in their online shop. I will also be listing the other rewards (cards, bookplates, notecards, postcards, and poster) in my shop once they are produced.
That's all for now. Thank you so much for everything!