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Help turn these hauntingly beautiful watercolour illustrations of abandoned places and ghosts into a book and limited edition prints
Help turn these hauntingly beautiful watercolour illustrations of abandoned places and ghosts into a book and limited edition prints
Help turn these hauntingly beautiful watercolour illustrations of abandoned places and ghosts into a book and limited edition prints
151 backers pledged AU$ 5,181 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE: this project is successfully funded because of you amazing backers! Now the hard work continues onwards getting all the artworks and book completed. You can follow the progress and my arts via updates here on facebook at Gypsysnail's Arts or my arts website at www.chelledestefano.com

Plus I'm planning my next project for kickstarter in late 2015 or March 2016 which will be about vdub beetles and kombies having fun on adventures so keep your eyes peeled here in the updates section and at my facebook page and my arts website.

Stretch goals!
We made the $5000 stretch goal which means
that special silver foil stamp will be on all the books in the first print run (kickstarter run)!

$4000 - UNLOCKED!
$4000 - UNLOCKED!

$5000 - UNLOCKED. More pages in the books and foil stamp on all books
commemorating the first print run funded by all of you on Kickstarter

$5000 - Unlocked (stamp foil may not look exactly like this, but better!)
$5000 - Unlocked (stamp foil may not look exactly like this, but better!)

The Starting Point:
Hi, I’m Chelle, I’m a watercolor artist. I’ve created a series of beautiful, haunting watercolor paintings of abandoned places that I call “Roam the Blue Ghost” and I need your help to turn them into a gorgeous printed book and a series of high quality prints.

This Kickstarter project aims to get funding for the book to be printed, the art prints made and matted including the limited boxed editions, the post cards, the gallery hire for the exhibition, and any stretch goals that might come about if we go over the funding goal. Let’s hope we can achieve this goal! :)

I have been exploring abandoned places for the last decade and putting these explorations through my art and developing their stories. Some of the artworks come as a sub-series of one particular place or situation that sets the visual story. I have been working on this project for the last 4 months to produce a big body of pen and watercolour artworks of huge size (A2 – A1 sized Watercolour paper) on this theme. Why blue ghost? The name implies the ghosts that are still wandering around places in this world, not yet passed over, still lost and looking for their loved ones or their favourite thing/place.

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The Project at current: I am in the midst of the project at this stage, making more ghost artworks for the upcoming solo art exhibition titled “Roam the Blue Ghost”, in Melbourne, Australia and to put together the art book.

The Book

The book is a 6 x 9 inch art book
* 50 pages of tantalising artworks, my pen and watercolour illustrations
* photos of myself in production creating the artworks
* photos of artworks in progress stages throughout the book
* and delicious short stories of each artwork

The book will come in three different
formats: Soft Cover, Hard Cover (Limited number, Kickstarter Exclusive) 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.

The Soft Cover Edition
The Soft Cover Edition
Open sample of the Soft Cover Edition
Open sample of the Soft Cover Edition
Hard Cover Edition
Hard Cover Edition


Prints:

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

The boxed edition of Six 14x11 inch matt mounted prints with foam core backing and packed individually in plastic, and comes in a luxury black presentation box and is a Kickstarter Exclusive.

You will have the choice of which art images you want and you will be able to select these when I send out surveys via the Backer’s Kit which is a better option for choosing what you want easily and if you wanted more things to add on later, you would have that choice as well! :) Also as the next few months go on, I will be producing more Roam the Blue Ghost artworks for the exhibition and after the exhibition, and adding them to updates on this Kickstarter page for you to view and make decisions for which prints you would like.

Stretch Goals:
(coming up soon!)

A bit about me, the artist:
I have been practicing my visual arts for 15 years, and working with watercolour for the last 5 years since I graduated with a BA of Visual Arts. I enjoy mixing mediums with watercolour to come up with these dark and fun artworks, and some colourful and bright works too! I have had twelve 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 volky beetle and kombi bus! Recently I was published in a book alongside other artists in a book called Amazing Australian Artists, showcasing two page spreads of each artist. Later I will be doing another kickstarter on my volky adventures and another on amazing dogs and their owners having fun! So be on the look out for these! ;)

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

The Exhibition:
The exhibition will be opened on 20th March at 6 pm at House Of Bricks Gallery, in 40 Budd St, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia. Everyone is more than welcome to attend this exhibition, it's free of charge. The exhibition will go until 5th April and the gallery is open Monday to Sunday 9 am to 5 pm.

Risks and challenges

The only risks I face would be if this project was not funded, or if it is funded, the time could be stretched out during production of the artworks, or the books, prints and other printed items could be delayed by the printers quality control - as the companies I deal with are amazing and fussy about quality which is the best thing ;) or postal systems being slow, as we know how postal systems can be at times!

I have put December 2015 as a deadline to allow for time to create the big body of artworks, so you get more variety ;) and to fill the pages of the book with exciting stories and tantalising artworks to look at!

Either way, I will make sure everyone of you get the best of quality in all your rewards. I will make sure I never compromise quality over a rushed job anywhere in this project. I love my supporters :)

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    Pledge AU$ 1 or more About US$ 0.71

    Thankful Ghost

    You get a digital wallpaper of one of my artworks of your choosing and an ooOOOooooOOooooOOO ghostly cry of thank you and your name in the back of the book, with your permission

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    Starting Supporter

    You will get 2 postcards of your choice, signed and your name on the facebook and website’s page wall of honour and in the back of the book, with your permission.

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    EARLY BIRD - Digital Blue Ghost

    You will get the e-book version of Roam the Blue Ghost, 2 postcards signed and your name on the wall of honour and in the back of the book, with your permission.

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    Pledge AU$ 10 or more About $7

    Digital Blue Ghost

    You will get the e-book version of Roam the Blue Ghost, 2 postcards signed and your name on the wall of honour and in the back of the book, with your permission.
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    Pledge AU$ 15 or more About $11

    Packed and Posted!

    A pack of 10 postcards of the artworks, one signed postcard and the e-book and your name on the wall of honour and in the back of the book, with your permission.

    Postage: Australia $3, international $5

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    Pledge AU$ 17 or more About $12

    Metallic Lustre Ghost

    One metallic print of your choice, 8 x 6 inch, signed, the e-book and your name on the wall of honour and in the back of the book, with your permission.

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    Pledge AU$ 20 or more About $14

    Happily Printed Ghost!

    One limited edition print of your choice, 8.3 x 11.7 inches (A4 size), signed and numbered, the e-book, one postcard and your name on the wall of honour and in the back of the book, with your permission. The art print is printed on quality paper in matt finish. If you want gloss, there is an option for this you can give in the surveys sent when campaign finishes. If you would like additional prints, you can add on through the manage pledge button.

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    Pledge AU$ 25 or more About $18

    EARLY BIRD: Softly Ghost Booked

    The book! Soft Cover Edition, signed, one signed postcard, and your name on the wall of honour and in the back of the book, with your permission. You also get the e-book version too.

    Postage: Australia $5, International $10

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    Pledge AU$ 30 or more About $21

    Softly Ghost Booked

    The book! Soft Cover Edition signed, one signed postcard, and your name on the wall of honour and in the back of the book, with your permission. You also get the e-book version too.

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    Pledge AU$ 45 or more About $32

    The Hardy Ghost Booked

    Limited Edition Hardcover book, signed and numbered, one postcard, and your name on the wall of honour and in the back of the book, with your permission. You also get the e-book version too and one postcard.

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    Ghost Double Booked to Gift!

    Get two copies of the Soft Cover Edition, one for yourself and one to gift to someone. Included is One signed postcard, and your name on the wall of honour and in the back of the book, with your permission. You also get the e-book version too.

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    The Charmed Ghost Package Deal

    The Soft Cover book, the e-book, One limited edition print 8.3 x 11.7 inches (A4 size) of your choice OR One metallic print of your choice, Two postcards and your name on the wall of honour and in the back of the book.

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    Mix of Printed & Booked Ghosts

    Three matt mounted prints 8.3 x 11.7 inches (A4 size) of your choice and Three 8 x 6 inch metallic prints of your choice and the Soft Cover edition book, as well as the e-book, and your name on the wall of honour and in the back of the book, with your permission.

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    Pledge AU$ 150 or more About $107

    EARLY BIRD: Boxed in Luxury Printed Ghost

    You get the 11 x 14 inch boxed edition of 6 signed and matt mounted prints (6 of your choice).
    Plus you get the e-book and one signed postcard, and your name on the wall of honour and in the back of the book, with your permission.
    The prints will be matt mounted with foam core backing and comes packed in a luxury black box.

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    Pledge AU$ 180 or more About $128

    Boxed in Luxury Printed Ghost

    You get the 14 x 11 inch boxed edition of 6 signed and matt mounted prints (6 of your choice).
    Plus you get the e-book, one signed postcard, and your name on the wall of honour and in the back of the book, with your permission.
    The prints will be matt mounted with foam core backing and comes packed in a luxury black box.

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    Pledge AU$ 220 or more About $157

    Boxed in Luxury Ghost and booked in!

    The 14 x 11 inch boxed edition of 6 signed and matt mounted prints and the Soft Cover edition book (6 of your choice).
    Plus you get the e-book and One signed postcard and your name on the wall of honour and in the back of the book, with your permission.
    The prints will be matt mounted with foam core backing and comes packed in a luxury black box.

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    Boxed, Packaged and Charmed!

    The 14 x 11 inch boxed edition of 6 signed and matt mounted prints (6 of your choice), the Soft Cover edition book signed, the metallic print (of your choice), One extra A4 print, the e-book, pack of postcards plus one signed postcard and your name on the wall of honour and in the back of the book, with your permission.
    The prints will be matt mounted with foam core backing and comes packed in a luxury black box.

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    You become the Personal Ghost

    Yourself as a ghost in an artwork and printed in the book with a story in the Soft Cover Edition and you get the Soft Cover book, signed. You will also be given a print of the artwork. I will contact you to discuss the artwork you would like and I will also ask for your photo to work from for your ghost persona.
    Plus you get the e-book, one signed postcard, and your name on the wall of honour and in the back of the book, with your permission.

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