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"Beyond the Green" will be printed using traditional printmaking techniques. Books are 24 pages, measuring a mere 3x4". Read more

Tampa, FL Mixed Media
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"Beyond the Green" will be printed using traditional printmaking techniques. Books are 24 pages, measuring a mere 3x4".

Tampa, FL Mixed Media
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A carving inked and ready to be printed. Look closely...it's the cover of the book!
A carving inked and ready to be printed. Look closely...it's the cover of the book!

"Beyond the Green"....A story about Sam, a little bird who loves to explore and go on adventures. One day Sam goes on an adventure that would change his life forever. Beyond the Green is a story about how the city is stealing Sam's home.

I am here to raise money for a book project that concentrates on the hand printing of this 24-page little gem of a book by my very talented artist friend, Shaye Boddington. This book will be printed a mere 3x4" (in black ink), and each page will be lovingly carved, screenprinted/Gocco'd, and letterpressed by yours truly. Basically, I will be using traditional printmaking techniques

A total of 45, 24-page books will be printed...a total of 1,080 hand printed pages...WOW!

This book will be printed as a limited edition. Once 45 books have been printed, that's it. All books will be signed and numbered. All books will be printed on cushy-soft Cranes Lettra cotton paper (making it tree-free). 

Each book of this edition of forty-five will be bound by hand according to centuries old tradition affording the book unique strength that you just can't get from machines.

The Coptic binding is a durable and strong decorative binding showcasing the structure of the binding while allowing books to open completely flat eliminating the gutter found in many books and all magazines.

Fun Fact: Coptic bindings were the very first binding when books went from scroll to codex.

Please checkout the pictures of Coptic binding below...

I need to raise money to purchase the following:

1) Ink

2) Paper (Cranes Lettra 125#)

3) Speedball carving blocks

4) Screen printing frames, mesh, and emulsion

5) A sqeegee

6) GE #5 flash bulbs (for gocco machine)

7) Professional Coptic book binding by Kleiner Eisbar (one of my favorite Etsy sellers)

8) Photopolymer letterpress plates (to print the text of the story)

9) Bookboard

10) Small printing press. If I raise more than my achieved goal, I plan on purchasing a tabletop etching/printing press for present and future endeavors (if there is enough money leftover after printing costs).

If I am one of the lucky ones who can successfully raise the money to back this project, I will begin working on this immediately after the project closes. Printing will conclude April 10th with books available for purchase 2.5 weeks after (to account for the time it takes to bind these by hand). And guess what?! Kickstarter backers get first dibs at the books (no matter how small the pledge). As a "Beyond the Green" backer, you will be immediately notified when the books go up for sale.

Just below is a side-by-side comparison of the original cover and my block printed version. The artist said that, "It's like the book was made to be printed by hand." I couldn't agree more!

I have lots of great rewards! If I can get 50 of you to pledge $30, I would meet my goal and you would receive some awesome gifts in the meantime. 

Please help me achieve my dream of hand printing this little guy and keeping the art of printmaking alive. This has been a long time coming :0)

Please take the time to view the photos I posted below. Look at what detail can be achieved with linocuts! These are some of the illustrations that will be present in the book.

A teeny tiny carving of Sam, the main character of the story
A teeny tiny carving of Sam, the main character of the story
A page from "Beyond the Green" titled "Peaceful Sam"
A page from "Beyond the Green" titled "Peaceful Sam"
Another carving and print from the story
Another carving and print from the story
Sample carving by mwah...
Sample carving by mwah...
Illustrations ready to be carved
Illustrations ready to be carved

Risks and challenges

Size...
Block printing can sometimes be difficult (especially when the images are so
detailed and tiny). I have been block printing for quite a while. I love it, and I feel that I have the skills to complete this project to the fullest of my abilities. Any super-detailed images will be printed using a screen printing process.

Timing...
There are 24 images total...that means lots of carving, lots of screen printing, and lots of letterpressing. While this process is time consuming, I believe the deadline I've set for myself is reasonable.

But how cool is this...the book isn't being produced by a huge printing press with lots of staff and resources. It's being produced by lil' ol' me. A print maker who loves this art form and would print night and day if she could (too bad hubby and the dogs won't let me...hey, who else is gonna keep me in check?! LOL)

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FAQ

  • I plan on purchasing a proof press that will aid in the printing of this book. These can range anywhere from $300-$1200 depending on the asking price. My goal would be to purchase an antique proof press...there's just something to love about a press with history.

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    5 backers

    A big thank you for helping out. Every little bit counts :0)

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    7 backers

    You'll receive my eternal thanks and a "Beyond the Green" inspired thank you card...hand printed by yours truly :0)

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    16 backers

    In addition to receiving everything in reward categories 1 and 2, you'll receive a signed page of "Beyond the Green."

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    7 backers

    In addition to receiving everything in reward categories 1, 2, and 3, you'll get a surprise 4x6" print.

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    2 backers

    You'll receive my eternal thanks, a "Beyond the Green" inspired thank you card, a page of "Beyond the Green", and a surprise 6x8" print.

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    6 backers

    You'll receive my eternal thanks, a "Beyond the Green" inspired thank you card, and a surprise 9x12" print. As a special gift, I will hand print and mail you a signed, limited-edition copy of "Beyond the Green."

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    2 backers

    You'll receive my eternal thanks, a "Beyond the Green" inspired thank you card, and a set of 3 surprise 6x8" prints. As a special gift, I will hand print and mail you a signed, limited-edition copy of "Beyond the Green" and you will receive special thanks on the dedication page.

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    2 backers

    You'll receive my eternal thanks, a "Beyond the Green" inspired thank you card, and a set of 4 surprise 6x8" prints. As a special gift, I will hand print and mail you a signed, limited-edition copy of "Beyond the Green" and you will receive special thanks on the dedication page.

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    1 backer

    You'll receive my eternal thanks, a "Beyond the Green" inspired thank you card, and a set of 3 surprise 9x12" prints. AS A BONUS, I will hand print and mail you TWO SIGNED LIMITED-EDITION COPIES of "Beyond the Green" and you will receive special thanks on the dedication page in BIG, BOLD letters.

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    This is a brand new pledge that I've added. My hopes are to raise enough money (and then some) to purchase an antique proofing press to produce this book. This amount would push me over my current goal and help with acquiring a press. So what do you get for $500?

    First of all, a million virtual sloppy kisses! You will also receive a "Beyond the Green" inspired thank you card, a set of 3 surprise 9x12" prints, FOUR SIGNED LIMITED-EDITION COPIES of the book, a special thanks on the dedication page in BIG, BOLD letters, and 2 large poster prints featuring two little birds that have never been printed before...until now, making these super special!

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Funding period

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