Hey! I'm Charlotte Royal, a painter and illustrator who's been living in central Japan for the last year while teaching English. My dream is to paint through part of Hokkaido before my time in Japan is up!
With "Postcards From Japan" I'll create a collection of original postcard-sized paintings and pen & ink drawings of scenes from around Japan. As a backer, you can choose from among several different reward options ranging from an original painted piece of snail mail (sent from Japan right to your mailbox!) to a printed set of note cards you can mail to someone else.
The proceeds from backing this project go to help pay the cost of travel. Thank you for backing and please contact me if you have any questions!
**UNLOCKED** $1000 -- Printable Wall Calendar **UNLOCKED**
When Postcards From Japan hits $1000, every backer will receive with their reward tier a printable digital .pdf of a 2017 wall calendar featuring images from the Postcards From Japan project! Delivered to your inbox by December 2016.
$1500 -- Postcards From Japan Desktop Background Collection When we reach the $1500 funding level, every backer will receive the entire digital collection of the Postcards From Japan images!
$2000 -- Actual Printed Wall Calendar If we break $2000, Each backer who has pledged $10 or more will receive an actual printed version of the first stretch goal's digital wall calendar! Delivered to your mail box December 2016!
Risks and challenges
Challenge 1: The Language -- how will you get around in Japan?
Response: I've been studying Japanese off and on for over a decade and have gotten fairly comfortable with living in the language for the past year. In traveling through southern Japan, communication was smooth and the travel pleasant. Linguistically, northern Japan shouldn't be a problem!
Challenge 2: The Transportation -- how will you get to Hokkaido?
Response: July is supposedly the most beautiful time to travel through Hokkaido! This means the trains from my town in central Japan will be crowded and I will need to buy a reserved ticket for most of the legs of the journey. This is slightly more expensive than an unreserved "sit if you get a chance" ticket, but has the advantage of a sure spot from which I can view, sketch, and photograph the scenery flying past.
If all the reserved tickets are sold out, I may have to fly. This will cut down the number of locations I can paint in, but will extend my time in the places I do see. Either way, painting is the outcome ^_^.
Challenge 3: The Supplies -- where will you get what you need?
Response: I'll be packing my supplies along with me in case I can't find art shops among the smaller towns. I pack light otherwise, so my suitcase will be filled with brushes, paint, and paper >^_^< !
Challenge 4: The Postal System -- that's a long way for a little postcard to travel!
Response: Yes, it is! Each painting or ink drawing will be sealed thoroughly with a matte coating to protect it from the elements. The Japanese take great pride in their work and their postal system is no exception. Postcards are easy for them to handle! They have traditions of sending postcards to one another at certain times of year and one can even buy customizable blank postcards in the stores around here. On the Japan side of things, then, taking care to safely deliver my little postcard paintings is nothing new or daunting. Once in the destination country, of course, there are the usual risks to the cards that there is to any other mail. If your postcard gets lost in transit, I will print a new copy from the digitized version, add some additional details by hand, and re-mail it to you.
Challenge 5: Printing -- After all the painting is done and the postcards digitally documented and mailed off, how will you make the prints and notecards before leaving Japan?
Response: Actually, only the postcards will be mailed from Japan. When I return to the States in August, I'll be using a local printer and mailing out the non-postcard rewards from my American address. This will save on postage for American backers for sure! If you have your heart set on receiving mail from Japan, though, please be sure to choose one of the Postcard reward levels. ^_^
- (30 days)