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Get a piece of The Puzzle Painting! How big this painting gets is up to YOU! Let's make it HUGE!

(Above photo: A local ice cream sandwich shop made cookies with one of my characters. And yes, it totally made me feel like a rockstar. If you're ever in SLO check out "Batch" for your sweet tooth needs.)

And now on with the project...

What Is The Puzzle Painting?
It's exactly what it sounds like. It is a combination of several paintings that when assembled correctly make one big painting. Just like a puzzle.

Why Make The Puzzle Painting?
The puzzle painting solves a big problem for me. I love making HUGE paintings. There would be nothing impressive about a 4" x 6" Jackson Pollock splatter painting. The large scale of it is what makes is so impactful. So, the problem? Selling big paintings can be a bit difficult. Collectors don't always have the wall space or the money to purchase large scale originals. Because of this the majority of my output the last couple of years has been scaled down to paintings that range in size as small as a business card up to 12" x 12" squares. I want to go BIGGER and "The Puzzle Painting" is the perfect solution.

This project will give me the opportunity to fulfill my selfish artist need to GO BIG, while at the same time giving art buyers an original painting that won't break the bank. In addition to not having to take out a loan to buy artwork, collectors of "The Puzzle Painting" determine how big this painting gets because with each panel purchased the painting gets that much bigger, which is super cool. But what I think is even cooler than that is the fact that this painting will probably never be seen or displayed as a whole. It will only exist in the photos I take of it, while the actual pieces of the painting will be scattered all over the world hanging in living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, offices, etc. All of you Puzzle Painting backers will share a part of something bigger and therefore be connected to each other in this weird way.

It would be super duper awesome if The Puzzle Painting gets to be bigger than this painting. Like way BIGGER.

How will you make The Puzzle Painting?
I use a combination of spray paint, house paint, acrylic and india ink on the majority of my work, so The Puzzle Painting will be made using those things as well. I might have to lay off the spray paint though because I'll be painting inside and I don't want to kill my family with aerosol fumes.

The painting will be comprised of square wood panels of various sizes. Personally, I think square paintings are just cool. Please keep in mind, if you want a section of the puzzle (for example: three 4" x 4" pieces to make a mini "puzzle" on your wall) simply do the math and pledge that amount. The sizes offered are:
- 4" x 4"
- 6" x 6"
- 8" x 8"
- 12" x 12"
- 16" x 16"

Whether you get a small square or a large one I will make sure to include something recognizable on every single piece of the puzzle. You have no need to worry about receiving an indecipherable abstract square painting. You might get half a face on a square, but that's totally cool. I do a lot of that sort of thing anyway. Check it out, I even cut my own face in half.


As for the image. You know, what's the painting going to look like? I don't know! But that's the fun part. I don't work from sketches and prefer to paint very spontaneously. That's just my style and it's been working so far. (Sidenote: I've been living off my artwork since 2004.) The Puzzle Painting will be executed in my typical style full of characters (faces, fish, owls, octopi, etc.), whimsical lines and will probably have a very colorful background. If you're unfamiliar with my work please scroll to the bottom to see some examples.

After I finish the painting each and and every piece will be sprayed with a protective glossy clear coat finish. Thanks to Plywerk and their super fancy "key slot" hanging feature all the pieces will be ready to hang as soon as you pull them out of their packages.

A word about the wood panels. I will be ordering all the painting panels from Plywerk. If you are unfamiliar with Plywerk they are an awesome company based in Portland OR that makes blank wood panels that are consistent, elegant and made from sustainably harvested maple that provides a natural surface suitable for any art medium. In this case, painting.

The panels I'll be using are 1/2" thick and include a keyhole slot on the back to make hanging super simple.


REWARDS

Digital Badges To Show Off Your Awesomeness:

Every backer of this project, including you, will receive three "digital badges", including one to use as your Facebook cover photo. These badges are a great way of letting people know, "Hey, I support art and you should too!"

These will be jpeg images for online use. 
1 - 125px x 125px for blog/website
1 - 200px x 200px for blog/website
1 - 315px x 851px for Facebook cover photo

Of course, you can post them anywhere online that you'd like.


Kickstarter Exclusive Bottle Cap Opener Keychains:

The bottle cap opener keychains are 2.25" diameter and open bottles like a champ. For reals! The image for this bottle opener is a Kickstarter Exclusive. That's right, I will only make these for the backers of this project. This is the same graphic used for the T-shirt design you'll see when you scroll down a little bit.


Sticker Packs:

These are three sticker designs I've done in the past. I love the circle one so I will definitely be printing more of that one for this project. The other sticker designs you'll receive will be a total surprise, but I can tell you this, they will range in size from 2" squares up to 2.75" x 4.25" rectangles. The circle one in the photo is 3.5" diameter. I promise you, you will be totally sticked...I mean stoked!
 
Greeting Cards:

These cards are blank inside so they are perfect for any occasion! You know, Grandma's birthday, neighbor's kid's graduation, sister's wedding or even to send yourself a sympathy card to cheer yourself up with. Not only that, but you can also frame them and hang them up like little paintings.

- 2 "Lovesick Sea Creatures" greeting cards

- 2 "Sing To Me" greeting cards
- 2 "Cream Of Chicken" greeting cards
- 6 envelopes included
- cards measure 4.25" x 5.5"

Kickstarter Exclusive T-Shirt:

Yes, totally exclusive! The only way to get this shirt is to order from this Kickstarter campaign. I love soft tees and I'm sure you do too, so I will be using the Tri-Blend Tee from American Apparel. It's probably my most favorite shirt of all time. This will be a two color (black and white ink) print on Athletic Grey tee. It will be available in men's (size xs, s, m, l, xl) and women's (size s, m, l, xl). Once this campaign ends I will post an update with specific sizing information so you know what size will be best for you.

Here are a couple of mock ups to give you an idea of how the shirts will look.



BONUS!

I thought it would be fun to offer the original art piece I made for this shirt graphic as a reward.  

I'm calling it "Let's Kick It".
11" x 14" - ink on paper.
This is a one of kind original, signed on the back. All the black lines were applied with a brush. I only mention that because some people ask if I use paint pens, to which I reply, "No." I'm not hating on paint pens, they just don't get me as excited as a bottle of ink and a paint brush do.

Puzzle Painting:
Each piece of The Puzzle Painting will be a one of kind original on wood. They will all be signed, dated and ready to hang right out of the package.

The nature of this project and my ability to over think things to death opens a lot of possibilities. For example, you might want a section of the giant puzzle, like maybe three 6" squares to hang in a row. If that's the case simply do the math and pledge that amount. Say you want one 12" square and the exclusive t-shirt. Again, do the math and pledge that amount. When the campaign is over I will send out a survey to collect all the specific information regarding what you'd like sent to you. 

! FULLY FUNDED BONUS REWARDS !
CARD CASE:

Call it a "cardcase", call it a "man wallet"...in other words, this is for people that don't like the bulk. There are two pockets that can fit your business cards, credit card, or some folded up cash for a night on the town. The card cases are handmade using artwork and Japanese magazine clippings sandwiched between layers of clear vinyl.

Approx. 2.75" x 4" when folded.

BILLFOLD WALLET:

Like the card case, these billfold wallets are handmade using artwork and Japanese magazine clippings sandwiched between layers of clear vinyl. On the inside is a large pocket to stash your cash and two smaller pockets for your I.D., business cards, credit cards, etc. Several cards can fit nicely in one pocket.

Measures 4" x 7" when fully open

Keeping It All In The Family:
What I mean by "keeping it all in the family" is that all of the rewards I'm offering with this project are made right here at home in the USA. Having been a business owner in my town for almost a decade I've learned the importance of "supporting local" as much as possible. With a project on the internet there is a much wider audience than running a business in the little town I'm in, so the next best thing is to keep things made in the U.S. as much as possible. I'm happy to say that all of the rewards are "home grown", if you will.
The Bottle Opener Keychains are made right here at my studio in San Luis Obispo, CA.
The Stickers are printed in Reno, NV by Sticker Guy.
The Greeting Cards are printed in Buena Park, CA by America's Printer.
The T-Shirts are made in Los Angeles, CA by American Apparel and will be printed by The Shirt Peddler in San Luis Obispo, CA.
The Wood Panels are made in Portland, OR by Plywerk.

I've used all of these companies before and have been 100% pleased with the work they do. 

Where Exactly Is The Money Going?
Good question! I've toyed with the calculator endlessly and finally settled on $4000 as the minimum amount needed to pull this project off in a professional manner.

Starting with the wood panels. Plywerk offers a "Prodeal" to art professionals based on how much you order. To get a good deal on the panels I need to place an order close to $2000. Anything lower than that and I would have to sell pieces of The Puzzle Painting for a lot more than what I think is fair. I've tried my best at keeping the prices accessible and I think I've accomplished that.

Printing on nice shirts is very important to me. Of course, there is a cost for it, but it's totally worth it. Getting a $1.50 Hanes Beffy Tee is like wrapping your body in a piece of sand paper. You might save money, but it's worth paying extra for comfort, especially when it comes to something you wear. Like the wood panels, the more I order the better price I get per item. To make screen printed shirts a worthwhile reward I need to order at least $1000 worth, which includes the printing cost.

The extra $1000 needed to fully fund this project goes to renting studio space as well as sticker printing costs and all the supplies I need to fulfill the rewards. Everything from the parts to make the bottle opener keychains to paint, ink, brushes, clear coat spray, etc.

Of course, I would really love to get over funded on this because the whole idea behind this project is to make a HUGE painting. The more funding I receive the bigger this painting will be.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

How Kickstarter Works:
Kickstarter is an "all or nothing" funding platform. If this project gets fully funded you will get charged for the amount you chose to pledge. If the project is not fully funded you are not charged anything at all. It's a total win-win for everybody! Wait a second...it's not a win for me if this project doesn't get fully funded. Let's try our best to not let that happen. We're going for a win-win here, people. Let's go!

Payments:
All payments are processed though Amazon. You are not charged until the campaign ends. Once the campaign is fully funded and the deadline reached it can take up to 14 days before I receive the payment from Amazon. Once I have access to the funds I will order the wood panels from Plywerk and get started.

Wow! You read all of that?

These wallets are handmade using artwork and Japanese newspaper clippings sandwiched between layers of clear vinyl. On the inside is a large pocket to stash your cash and two smaller pockets for your I.D., business cards, credit cards, etc. Several cards can fit nicely in one pocket.

measurements - 4" x 7" when fully open

These wallets are handmade using artwork and Japanese newspaper clippings sandwiched between layers of clear vinyl. On the inside is a large pocket to stash your cash and two smaller pockets for your I.D., business cards, credit cards, etc. Several cards can fit nicely in one pocket.

measurements - 4" x 7" when fully open

These wallets are handmade using artwork and Japanese newspaper clippings sandwiched between layers of clear vinyl. On the inside is a large pocket to stash your cash and two smaller pockets for your I.D., business cards, credit cards, etc. Several cards can fit nicely in one pocket.

measurements - 4" x 7" when fully open

Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my project!

If you make a pledge your support is much appreciated. Seriously, it's so awesome that you're helping me make this happen! If you want to support this project, but the timing is bad financially, you can still support by way of spreading the word. Post links to this on facebook, twitter, google+, tumblr, your blog, website, pinterest, and of course the good old fashioned way, word of mouth. There are more than enough places to share this project with your friends.

If you have any questions at all please let me know and I'll answer you as soon as possible.

Once again, thank you very much for any support you give. You're super awesome and I really appreciate it.


- Jeff


And now some work samples:

"Taco The Chihuahua"
60" x 40" approx. - mixed media canvas

"Village Folks"
8" x 8" - mixed media on wood

"Night Owl"
4" x 4" - mixed media on wood

"Box Art"
commissioned by The City Of San Luis Obispo

"Small Talk"
37" x 53" - mixed media on canvas

"Where Them Girls At"
5.5" x 7.5" - mixed media on wood

 "Batch"
48" x 60" - mixed media on wood

"Lovesick Sea Creatures"
48" x 60" - mixed media on wood

"The Shaman"
18" diameter - mixed media on wood

"Fuzzy Logic"
8" x 8" - mixed media on wood

"Tucked Away"
5" x 7" - mixed media on wood

"King Octopi"
12" x 12" - mixed media on wood


And here's a little time lapse of a painting.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I really don't anticipate any challenges with this project. I've been painting on wood panels for years and I've been fortunate enough to have painted a few HUGE walls, so working on a large scale is not risky for me. Coming up with images to fill a space with has never been a struggle for me. I look forward to it and have fun with it.

FAQ

  • Yes! I look at the personal puzzle paintings as I do a regular commission painting, which I do allow for some loose direction. For example, if you hate the color orange I'll be sure not to include any. If you like my animal characters more than the faces I will only paint animals. If you want the painting to be just one giant face as opposed to the more busy/detailed style I can do that. There are some things I have to say no to though. Too much direction and the painting loses it's uniqueness. Please send me a message if you have any specific questions about getting a personal puzzle painting.

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  • You can only select one reward category. If you'd like multiple items like a combination of wood panels or a sticker pack/t-shirt combo, simply do the math and add up what the cost would be. Then choose one of the reward options and for pledge amount just put the combined price of everything you'd like to order.

    For example:
    Let's say you want one 12" x 12" panel, two 4" x 4" panels and one t shirt.
    12" x 12" - $140
    4" x 4" - $35 each x 2 = $70
    T Shirt - $28
    total - $238

    Choose any one of those three reward levels and for amount pledged put $238.

    When the campaign for this project ends I will send out a survey to collect all of your information including what items you'd like to order.

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    Card Case! This is basically a mini wallet for those of you that don't like bulky pockets. Perfect for a night on the town. Check the main description for photos.

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    This is the original black and white painting I made for the t-shirt design. It's a one of kind original! 11" x 14", ink on paper. If you would like any of the previous rewards in combination with this one simply do the math and add that to your pledge amount.

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    Early Bird Special! Get the biggest piece of the puzzle! This reward gets you a 16" x 16" wood panel from the original painting. This is the largest size available. Save $40 by being an early backer. If you would like any of the previous rewards in combination with this one simply do the math and add that to your pledge amount.

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    Get your very own Puzzle Painting! You will receive nine 8" square paintings. It will be one big 24" x 24" painting when pieced together. This is not a 24" section from the main Puzzle Painting. It is a totally separate painting made just for you! If you would like any of the previous rewards in combination with this one simply do the math and add that to your pledge amount.

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    A BIGGER "get your very own" Puzzle Painting! You will receive eight 12" square paintings. It will be one big 24" x 48" painting when pieced together. This is not a 24" x 48" section from the main Puzzle Painting. It is a totally separate painting made just for you! Also, you get to choose a horizontal or vertical orientation. If you would like any of the previous rewards in combination with this one simply do the math and add that to your pledge amount.

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