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Weasels on Easels: Growing One Goal at a Time

The motherboard of the computer that we use for digital work and prints has died! We want to use this chance to upgrade our systems.

Weasels on Easels: Growing One Goal at a Time

The motherboard of the computer that we use for digital work and prints has died! We want to use this chance to upgrade our systems.

$415
pledged of $2,500pledged of $2,500 goal
6
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, March 28 2015 6:59 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated March 28, 2015

About

Hello! Welcome to our Kickstarter Campaign! 

Who are Weasels on Easels?

     We are two friends, both artists and photographers, working together to create art with Weasels on Easels. Weasels on Easels started out as an idea to see if we could share our work in the world and have some fun with it. We never expected how much we would be getting into, but we have sure learned a lot along the way. Together, we have explored everywhere, met a lot of great people and gotten off to a great start in our work.

Growing as friends and in the world of art

     Over the past two years, we have begun to sell many items with our work and photography from professional prints to cards and calendars as well as plenty of original art work. We have expanded across many mediums from pastel and painting to sculpting and carving in almost anything you can think of. Our work can be found on many sites and we even made the front page of our local paper for our snow sculptures in 2014.

Butterfly on Birch, A. Wier 2014
Butterfly on Birch, A. Wier 2014

     Being that so much of the sharing our work is dependent on our online activity, our computer and printers are really important to our art work and sharing within the community. We ran into some major computer issues the end of 2014 and now our main computer that runs most of our prints and programs has died due to mother board complications. Of course you have probably heard that old saying, "When Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy". Well, we sure figured that one out quick!

     Rather than get upset and drag out a seemingly hopeless situation, we decided to try and make something positive out of the situation and use it as an opportunity to upgrade our computer and our printer. We would like to make this goal a reality, but we cannot complete it on our own.That is where you come in!

The Gazing Sentinel - Original $275 16" x 20" Windsor & Newton, M. Graham Watercolors on Archival Ampersand Aquaboard.
The Gazing Sentinel - Original $275 16" x 20" Windsor & Newton, M. Graham Watercolors on Archival Ampersand Aquaboard.

How does this upgrade really help us?

     It would greatly improve our product quality and triple the types of items we could self produce instead of having to order from other sources. Prints would be clearer and crisper and we could create our own calenders. Our print sizes would be greatly expanded allowing us to print at up to 13 " x 19" and border-less at that size. 

     A working computer would allow us to continue to offer updates and share our work online through social media and art forums. It would also give us the capability to finish our website. Allison has been hard at work trying to code and fill it in, but now we have no access to our site-building program. We can't finish it or fully update it until we have a new computer!

     With upgrading the computer, we would also be gaining a much better front to create and expand into the rapidly growing medium of digital artwork. Having a touch screen would remove the strain of using a mouse, and make updating and preparing finals images for prints much easier on our artist's joints (one has arthritis complications).

Photography, North Idaho, M. Kopf 2012
Photography, North Idaho, M. Kopf 2012

Achieving our Goals

     The funding we raise through our kickstarter will be used to upgrade to a new computer geared specifically towards the kinds of software and graphics programs we regularly use. We would also be upgrading to a better and larger printer as well as upgrades to our current on-hand outdated software. 

     Once our project is funded, the progress of our upgrades will be able to be viewed online through both our personal website (when completed) as well as the Facebook page. Awards for the project contributors will be printed directly from our new printer as well as on hand stock. When completed, we plan to greatly expand our line of art works as well as finish our webpage and begin delving into the world of digital art alongside our traditional work and photography.

Butterfly in the Bush - 8" x 10" Original Panting
Butterfly in the Bush - 8" x 10" Original Panting

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Base Perks

This is a list of the first three tiers. These tiers are included in all of the larger tiers from $25 and above. Please see the rewards list to the right to know what  is in your tier.

Kickstarter Supporter

All contributors of at least $1 will have the option to have their names added to a list of campaign funders on the kickstarter progress page of our website. Those at higher brackets will be listed in the higher brackets under one of the following: 

  • Bronze Contributors
  • Silver Contributors
  • Gold Contributors
  • Platinum Contributors

All contributors have the option of being listed as anonymous if you would like.

Weekly Email Newsletter

All contributors of at least $5 will receive a weekly email newsletter outlining the progress of our projects and upgrades to our set-up as they are completed. Just provide us with your email through the notes/comment section when you check out!

Personal Thank You Cards

All contributors of at least $10 will get a personal Thank-you card signed by both of our Artists featuring our mascot Marvin on the front in addition to the previous two tiers. All contributions from here on will also include these first three!

Original Work: Water Color, A. Wier 2014 "Marvin"
Original Work: Water Color, A. Wier 2014 "Marvin"

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Higher Perks

As the rest of tiers have combinations of many different perks, this list describes those other perks, but what you get will vary depending on your chosen tier. Any required information can be commented during final checkout! Please see the rewards list to the right to know what is in your tier.

Card Packs

This reward includes a 3-pack of blank greeting cards of your choice featuring the work of A. Wier, be it art or photography. Our cards measure 5.5" x 4"  and include cards and envelopes, sealed individually in archival sleeves. (actual item may vary slightly from image below)

CDA Card Pack, Photography of A. Wier 2013-2014
CDA Card Pack, Photography of A. Wier 2013-2014

 All card options can be found in our Etsy shop

Limited Edition and Open Edition 8" x 10" Prints

Various Prints of A. Wier and M. Kopf
Various Prints of A. Wier and M. Kopf

 This reward may vary slightly by tier, but includes either a limited edition print of the art of A. Wier or an open edition print of the Photography of either A. Wier or M. Kopf. All prints are signed, unless requested no to, and are sealed in an archival sleeve with COA a custom cut foam core for support. Prints un-matted unless otherwise noted. Panoramic bookmarks in sets of three may be substituted for prints. Matting on any 8" x 10" prints is available if you add $10 per print. Just let us know in the comment section.

All print options, both Limited and Open Editions can be found in our Etsy shop as well as our Facebook page here, here or here. For images listed on Facebook, please include the image number found in the description or a link. 

Small Original Colored Pencil/Watercolor Work by A. Wier

"Open Fields" Pastel on WC Paper, 2015 A. Wier
"Open Fields" Pastel on WC Paper, 2015 A. Wier

      This reward is a 5" x 7" Original Colored Pencil Piece of artist's choice of design by A. Wier. This will most likely be nature themed, and feature an up-close profile of a various wildlife subjects ranging from tigers and wolves to butterflies or frogs. The final work will include a COA, matting and will be be marked on the front/back (your choice) as a OOAK Kiskstarter piece. Piece may also be mixed media with water color or pastel. These will be one of a kind and no prints will ever be made of these pieces.

Medium Original Colored Pencil/Watercolor Work by A. Wier

"Watching You" (Tiger A) Portfolio Piece, Colored Pencil, 2015 A. Wier
"Watching You" (Tiger A) Portfolio Piece, Colored Pencil, 2015 A. Wier

      This reward is a 8" x 10" Original Colored Pencil Piece of artist's choice of design by A. Wier. This will most likely be nature themed, and feature an up-close profile of a various wildlife subjects ranging from tigers and wolves to butterflies or frogs. The final work will include a COA, matting and will be be marked on the front/back (your choice) as a OOAK Kiskstarter piece. Piece may also be mixed media with water color. These will be one of a kind and no prints will ever be made of these pieces. Contributor may comment with a basic subject (tiger, bear, river. etc) within the above guidelines to be constituted into the piece.

Custom 9" x 12" Original Full-detail Colored Pencil/Watercolor by A. Wier

"Leopard Study #1" Digital Print, Prismacolor Colored Pencil on Heavy Textured Paper, A. Wier 2014
"Leopard Study #1" Digital Print, Prismacolor Colored Pencil on Heavy Textured Paper, A. Wier 2014

     This reward is a 9" x 12" Original full-detail colored pencil piece of contributors choice of design by A. Wier. **Theme limited to nature and wildlife subjects. Comment with general subject, and the artist will contact contributor for more information following the successful end of campaign. Any images provided must be property of contributor or free rights use.  The final work will include a COA, matting and will be be marked on the front/back (your choice) as a OOAK Kiskstarter piece. Piece may also be mixed media with water color. These will be one of a kind and no prints will ever be made of these pieces.

NEW TIERS!! ~Original Artwork!~

3/17/15 We have had added  a few new tiers listing original artwork! These tiers are the original pieces created and signed by the artists, not prints. Being the originals, there is only one of each available.

We Have added the following original fine art pieces as tiers:

Butterfly in the Bush $150 (added 3/17/):

This piece was one of the first three paintings completed by A. Wier and the last unsold of the original butterfly series. Featuring over 40 hours of work, this acrylic on canvas painting measures 8" x 10". It is premounted, including both the hanging hardware and a certificate of authenticity. Shipping to the US is included.

The Gazing Sentinel $300 (added 3/17/)

A more recent piece, The Gazing Sentinel was started in 2014 and completed early March of 2015. The largest to date for A. Wier, measuring in at 16" x 20", this painting features an abstract scene of a tiger staring in the distance with butterflies and bubbles floating blissfully by on the wind. This painting is on a rigid and archival Ampersand Aquaboard and is ready for framing. The painting has been stamped with a copy proof seal on the back and includes a certificate of authenticity. Shipping to the US is included with this piece.

Leopard Study Number One $350 (added 3/17/):

A work long in the making, Leopard Study puts over 90 hours of concentration into this intensely detailed colored pencil piece. This work features the intense gaze of a wild leopard slowly slinking through the jungle and includes a certificate of authentication. Already custom matted, this piece is ready for an 11 x 14 frame. Originally planning on keeping this for her private study, the Artist has offered to let it go for the purpose of the Kickstarter. The original will not be available anywhere else. Shipping to the US is included with this tier.

Thanks for your support!

You can also follow our work and current progress on our other pages!

  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/weaselsoneasels
  • Website (in progress): www.weaselsoneasels.com
  • Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/weaselsoneasels
  • Weasyl: https://www.weasyl.com/~96037
  • DeviantArt: http://96037.deviantart.com/

Thanks for supporting in our kickstarter!

Risks and challenges

Possible risks with our kickstarter can vary, as life and work generally does. We expect the biggest risks to lie with getting any custom pieces out on time. If there are delays, which we are hoping there are not, we will inform all those that it may affect, but let us assure you, they will go out and get to you guys! We have done multiple pre-release sales for new prints and most recently our calendars, and the majority of them were out with in 3 days of arrival. We've got shipping down.
Other risks include our already chosen systems becoming unavailable. Together, we have worked hard and, looked up many options for our upgrades ranging from a high powered laptop to friends building us a custom desktop. Having researched many models, if one option does become unavailable, we have many others in mind and within the budget.

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