A Language of Flowers Illustrated Dictionary
Enchanted Blossoms: An Illustrated Language of Flowers Dictionary coffee table book. A Portal into the magic of the Victorian Era.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, April 1 2019 1:30 AM UTC +00:00.
Spring is coming! You could feel it in the air before you saw the vines spouting. A flutter of wings catches your attention, is that a blossom? In this garden, the flowers are speaking to you of abundance, of love, of serenity. The fragrant jasmine speaks of grace, the blossoming olive of peace. Their pollinators and protectors are a diverse and sunlit family of dragons with the wings of their butterfly kin.
Flowers have captured the hearts of people since prehistory. Their beauty, fragrance, and functionality have been a field of study not just for botanists, but most of mankind. In the Victorian era, floriography or the study of the language of flowers was a common practice. Conversations could be held with bouquets, and the arrival of a certain bloom could brighten your drawing room, or change the course of your life.
The brilliance of a kaleidoscope of butterfly wings is one of the most fascinating wonders of Mother Nature's creations. In this coffee table book, the Victorian Language of Flowers is brought brilliantly and realistically to life by the artist Carla Morrow, the Dragon Lady. While the plants and the wings are familiar, the butterflies themselves are each dragons- a marriage of the fantastic and the traditional style of Victorian science books. Each page is designed to entice botanists, gardeners, cultural history buffs, entomologists, art collectors and lovers of fantasy.
This 9in x 12in landscape format coffee table book is 120 pages of floral meanings and illustrations. The included text is a copy of The Language of Flowers Dictionary written in 1884 by Kate Greenaway and is set up in a dictionary format of flowers and their meanings, sentiments and the flowers that represent them, and a selection of poetry. Each section is accentuated with whimsical watercolor or ink illustrations featuring flowers of that letter and adorable garden dragons. Complete with initial letter headers, this book will transport you back to the Victorian era. As a bonus, there will be a tutorial section in the back with an explanation and step by step photos of how I painted the butterflies.
Illustrations are nearly complete and I have been working on the layout as I finish illustrations. The deadline for sending the complete file to the publisher is June 1st, 2019 and printing and shipping take approximately 60 days. Books will ship between Nov and Dec 2019.
There will be 2 editions of the book. A TRADE edition and a DELUXE. The TRADE edition will be a hardback book wrapped in a cloth cover with gold foil stamping on the front. The DELUXE Edition will include a bookplate in the front for a hand-drawn remarque, and a custom matching slipcase to protect your special edition.
DELUXE BOOKS ARE LIMITED TO 200 COPIES, signed, numbered and will include a hand-drawn remarque drawing inside.
What is a Remarque?
A remarque is an original drawing or sketch drawn directly on a print or, in this case, a book by the artist. Because Remarques are hand created no two are exactly alike. This means that your Remarqued book will be a truly one of a kind creation.
- 9in x 12in landscape format
- cloth cover with gold foil stamping
- 120 pages
- Dictionary format with flowers and their sentiments, sentiments and the matching flowers, a poetry section, and a BONUS Tutorial in the back of the book
- Fully Illustrated with over 80+ color and ink illustrations
Beautiful Blossoms Tier: Limited to 18!
9in x 12in original watercolor butterfly on watercolor paper. These are the originals used in the oracle deck and this book! PM me your top 3 number choices, and I'll let you know what's available.
(I will update this graphic as paintings are purchased)
Fluttering Butterflies Tier: Limited to 18!
9in x 12in Original watercolor butterfly on watercolor paper. These are the originals used in the oracle deck and this book! PM me your top 3 number choices, and I'll let you know what's available.
(I will update this graphic as paintings are purchased)
Additional items can be added onto any tier. Add the cost of the item you would like to add onto the price of the tier you are pledging for.
Example: Sign up for the "The Language of Flowers Tier - $45" and you would like to add an Oracle Deck for $25. Click on the Language of Flowers Tier, then put $70 for the total dollar amount. $45 + $25 = $70. You can add on multiple add ons.
Additional Prints - $20ea
Enchanted Blossoms Empowerment Oracle - $25
Enchanted Blossoms: An Illustrated Language of Flowers Dictionary (unsigned trade edition) - $40
Beautiful Blossoms Original Watercolor (BY APPROVAL ONLY. PM ME FIRST) - $200
Fluttering Butterflies Original Watercolor (BY APPROVAL ONLY. PM ME FIRST) - $200
The Empowerment Oracle:
Published by the AMAZING Blue Angel Publishing, the Empowerment Oracle is the first project to be created under the Enchanted Blossoms banner. I painted the original 44 butterflies for this daily draw deck. I wanted to create a way for everyone to find positivity and inspiration in their daily lives on a deep and personal level. If you chose the oracle deck as an add-on I will sign the booklet inside, and it will ship with your book.
PATREON EXCLUSIVE PIN
Did you know I also have a patreon? My AMAZING patrons have been with me on this journey since day one. They have been able to watch each piece grow and flower into the deck and the book that they are today. It has been an awesome journey, and one that I haven't taken alone. With their support, I was able to put in the long hours needed to get Enchanted Blossoms up and running. I have a lot of wonderful ideas, content, and artwork to keep sharing, so please join me in this exclusive circle.
For any of my patrons who back this kickstarter, and for any kickstarter backers who join me over on patreon for $2+ tiers before the end of the kickstarter, I'll send you this LIMITED EDITION 2in enamel pin.
This RARE pin will not be available anywhere else or in any other way.
Social Media Stretch Goals: SCRATCH & SNIFF STICKERS
All tiers will receive these rewards if we hit these goals!
500 Retweets - Retweet THIS LINK to count towards the 500 retweets and unlock the ROSE Scratch and Sniff Sticker!
500 Likes - Like THIS POST on facebook to unlock the JASMINE Scratch and Sniff Sticker!
500 Shares - If this FACEBOOK POST gets 500 shares we'll unlock the LILAC Scratch and Sniff Sticker!
500 Likes - Hit that little heart on this INSTAGRAM POST and we'll unlock the LAVENDER Scratch and Sniff Sticker!
I understand that shipping costs can be a pain, and can add up. Especially for my international fans. Beautiful large art books printed on thick papers with hardcovers can get heavy. Shipping will be adding onto all tiers, and I have no control over shipping rates. I do not make anything on shipping, and try my best to get your package as close as possible to actual shipping costs.
Domestic Shipping: Due to the nature of this book, all orders will be shipping priority mail with a tracking number. This book is big and heavy, and due to the weight and value of the book I can’t ship with lower shipping options.
International Shipping: Please be aware of your VAT, holding, or any other customs fees that may arise. I have no control over those fees, and due to my business, I can not mark packages with anything other than merchandise.
Risks and challenges
While I have created and full fulled a number of kickstarters at this point, this is my first book. I have worked hard to make sure I can finish the illustrations in a timely manner, and I am working closely with the printer to ensure everything goes smoothly. Illness, lack of or bad communication, or hiccups in the lay out and printing process can and do happen from time to time. I have allowed myself ample time to deal with these issues, and I will be as transparent as possible if anything unexpected should crop up.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter