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Taxi the Vdub Bug wants to be a star in his adventures! So he and his volkswagon friends the many Beetles & Kombies go on adventures
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Crowdfunding the Volksy Art Book:

Hi, I’m Chelle, an Australian watercolor artist that has exhibited my Volksy collection in Paris, London, Bath, New York and Italy and soon Berlin and Rome in October as well as on my home base in Adelaide and Melbourne, Australia. I’ve created a series of fun and colourful illustrations of volksy bugs and kombies having fun doing things such as playing pool, cards, eating cakes, getting lost in strange places and having picnics and I need your help to turn them into a gorgeous printed book and a series of high quality prints and you get to own a Volksy Art piece by Chelle, as a Limited Edition print, poster or in a book!

This Kickstarter project aims to get funding for:
* the first print run of Volksy Adventures Art book to be printed,
* the art prints printed,
*the glossy posters,
* the post cards,
* the exhibition fees for Taxi Bug's little art show in Berlin,
* and any stretch goals that might come about if we go over the funding goal.
There is a little exciting surprise coming for the stretch goals (IF we can reach them) that I think many of you will LOVE and LAUGH about.... ;)

Let’s hope we can achieve this goal! :)

Below see a small selection of my Volksy artworks (just a few to name):

Taxi Bug and the Garage Dogs
Taxi Bug and the Garage Dogs

 

Clarivoyant Bug
Clarivoyant Bug

 

Volksy's Pub Pool
Volksy's Pub Pool

 

Taxi Bug's Birthday Cake
Taxi Bug's Birthday Cake

UPDATE: One of my latest artworks in sketch mode, in progress, not finished yet but gives you an idea of the development of the book and to be excited!

Part of the Taxi Bug's Easter with Dogs in Field story - the dogs are waking Taxi up in the morning as they are too excited!
Part of the Taxi Bug's Easter with Dogs in Field story - the dogs are waking Taxi up in the morning as they are too excited!

The Book: The book is a 8 x 10 inch art book * 44 - 50 pages of tantalising artworks, my pen and watercolour illustrations, * and gorgeous short stories of each artwork with addiyional sketches of the stories, * photos of myself in production creating the artworks, * photos of artworks in progress stages throughout the book. The book will come in two different formats: Soft Cover and the Digital E-book (this will be sent in epub / mobi format directly to your e-reader / ipad / phone) The cover of the soft cover book will be printed on quality matt laminate, a lovely satin feel and the pages will be filled with glorious thick pages of quality paper printed in full colour.

 

Prints: In this amazing Kickstarter project will be individual limited edition A4 size prints of the artworks, printed on top quality cotton paper, each signed and numbered.  

Posters: You will have the opportunity to own a large beautiful top quality glossy poster of any one of the Volksy artworks of your choice! The posters are sized 59 x 40 cm.

 

Poster
Poster

 

Poster shown on wall
Poster shown on wall

A bit about me, the artist: I have been practicing my visual arts for 20 years, and working with watercolour for the last 8 years since I graduated with a BA of Visual Arts. I enjoy mixing mediums with watercolour to come up with these fun, colourful and bright art works! I have had twenty exhibitions to date and I’m almost known around parts of the world for the pen and watercolour artworks I do, be it an old place, an old antique item, a dog or animal, or the fabulous classic volksy beetle and kombi bus! The volksy artworks have gained popularity since I started illustrating them in 2010 and many sold quickly during exhibitions.

You can view more of my artworks at www.chelledestefano.com  

The Exhibition: The exhibition will be opened on 15th October in Berlin in an open studio over a few days during the Berlin Arts Festival at the Brotfabrik Cultural Arts Centre, Berlin Germany. Everyone is more than welcome to attend this exhibition, it's free of charge. The exhibition will go until 19th October and you can meet me and my co-collaborator artist Charlotte during our open studio and at the same time view the art exhibition and buy an original artwork.

The Doona/Duvet:
I'm offering a pledge for a doona/duvet cover with two cushions featuring ANY of the volksy artworks of your choices which will be an exciting piece to own. The doonas are a beautiful soft almost velvet feel, high quality printed material and has a zipper at the entry. The cushions are top grade quality thick material.

Volksys on doonas and cushions
Volksys on doonas and cushions

 

Risks and challenges

The risks are the time being stretched over the estimated time but this will be because I won't compromise quality of the book or prints over rushing. The other risk is of course not meeting the funding goal which in that case you won't have any money taken out at the end of the campaign so it is an all or nothing type of funding model. But we want the project funded don't we? ;) so that we can get the awesome books and prints to you and you can enjoy some bug time :)

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    Pledge AU$ 5 or more About $4

    Bug Sends you a Post Card

    Bug Sends you a Post Card

    You will get two postcards of any of the images of your choice from the volky artwork series.

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    The E-book

    Bug in the E-Book - You get the ebook and a thank you in the book

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    Pledge AU$ 15 or more About $11

    Pack of Volky Postcards

    Bug Love in a Pack of Postcards

    A pack of 10 postcards of the artworks and the e-book and your name in the back of the book.

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    The Art Book

    The Bug's Soft Cover Art Book!

    This is the main Volky art book that includes all the artworks of the volky's adventures in full colour glory, glossy pages and everything, each artwork with a story, and the progress artworks, including the sketch processes. The pages will be 44 - 50 pages.

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    Big glossy poster

    You will get a big glossy poster (sized 59 x 40 cm) of ANY of the volksy artworks of your choice, rolled up in a tube for safety. You will be able to choose the artwork at survey time.

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    Limited Edition Print

    Bug Printed Limited Edition sized 21 x 30 cm

    This one is for the limited edition prints that have been selected from the Volky art series which you will get to choose from, and these are printed on archival watercolour rag paper in matt. These prints will be signed and numbered.
    Along with this reward you also get the e-book version of the art book.

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    Pledge AU$ 55 or more About $40

    The Book & Big Glossy Poster!

    For this pledge you will get the soft cover book and a glossy wall poster (sized 59 x 40 cm) and you get to choose which volksy artwork you would like for the poster at Survey time.

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    Pledge AU$ 65 or more About $47

    Cushions from the Bugs to hug you

    This gets you a cushion with inset included, sized 41 x 41 cm of one of the volksy artworks of your choice on the cushion. This pledge also includes one random volksy postcard.

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    Paper Pack!

    You will get the:
    * soft cover book
    * e-book
    * poster
    * postcards

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    BIG Pack!

    You will get the:
    * soft cover book
    * e-book
    * cushion
    * poster
    * postcards

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    Pledge AU$ 245 or more About $177

    Small Original Volky Artwork Commission

    A Volky artwork commission that you choose for me to paint. This will be sized 21 x 30 cm (8.3 x 11.7 inches) and will be rolled in a tube for safety. You can ask me to paint your Vdub/Kombi van or any vdub/kombi and the bug/van can be in any setting you wish. This is a special exclusive and normally valued at $280. This is limited to three lucky people who grabs this pledge first.
    AND you will get a copy of the book too!

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    Pledge AU$ 370 or more About $267

    A Bug Doona/Duvet set to keep you warm

    This pledge means you get a gorgeous doona cover and two cushions to match! The doona and cushions can be of ANY of the volksy artworks of your choice.

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    Pledge AU$ 600 or more About $433

    Large original Volky Artwork Commission

    A Volky artwork commission that you choose for me to paint. This will be sized 59 x 42 cm (23 x 33 inches) and will be rolled in a tube for safety. You can ask me to paint your Vdub/Kombi van or any vdub/kombi and the bug/van can be in any setting you wish. This is a special exclusive and normally valued at $800. This is limited to one lucky person who grabs this pledge first.
    AND you will get a copy of the Art book!

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    Pledge AU$ 2,500 or more About $1,805

    HUGE Contributor!

    You will get a large Volksy commission of any artwork you would like painted of a volksy (bug, kombi bus or golf or even all of them) in any setting!
    PLUS you get to visit me at my art studio in Australia and sit with me to discuss the artworks I do and your commission.
    PLUS you will get a doona/duvet set with the cushions AND a tshirt exclusively printed for you - with the volksy artwork of your choice on them of course! ;)
    PLUS a copy of the soft cover book for yourself AND another copy for a friend.
    PLUS a pack of postcards
    PLUS a glossy poster of any of the volksy artworks of your choice
    AND a limited edition print of any of the volksy artworks of your choice on cotton rag paper.

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