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A collection of circular artwork focusing on the colors and textures on every facet of our Pale Blue Dot.
Additional funds and stretch goals also brought us: Sun, Moon, Eclipse, South Pole of Jupiter, Milky Way Galaxy, and the planets.
A collection of circular artwork focusing on the colors and textures on every facet of our Pale Blue Dot. Additional funds and stretch goals also brought us: Sun, Moon, Eclipse, South Pole of Jupiter, Milky Way Galaxy, and the planets.
234 backers pledged $17,070 to help bring this project to life.

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Our Pale Blue Dot

When Voyager reached the edge of the solar system, NASA asked it to turn around and snap a photo of earth. From 3.7 billion miles away, the 640,000 pixel image took 5 and a half hours traveling at the speed of light to return to earth. Out of the thousands of pixels, the earth, hidden in the middle of the frame, suspended in a sunbeam reflection, took up 0.12 pixels: a pale blue dot in the vast expanse of space. 

Yet, on this pale blue dot, the beauty of every human breath escaped, every heartbeat pounded in our chests, every tear slid over our eyelids, and every smile passed our lips. On this pale blue dot -- our pale blue dot -- life is lived, stories told, music sung, and art is made. How great the honor, to live and move and have our being, making what could seem an insignificant dot on a page, the greatest stories ever told.

This project's goal, its heartbeat, is to bring a reminder of your significance, and the significance of all of our lives, into gemstone colors in puddles on paper, and then into art in your homes. The art we choose for our homes, the space we save on our walls for it, has incredible voice into our lives -- as reminders, memories, goals, and dreams. I want to create art through this project that is both introspective and extrospective; art that draws your eyes up to the horizons and the stars --that speaks of your smallness in this vast expanse -- and then it draws your thoughts inward to your heartbeat in your chest and the light behind your eyes that speaks of your worth and the value of your story -- that you fill a void in a world that would be less without your voice.

What will your support fund?

This project is to fund the creation of a circular collection of art focusing on each facet of our Earth. Using the ink painting technique I have created (that has taken off due to the success of our last Kickstarter campaign, Ink the States) I'll draw attention to the natural topography and landscape, in gemstone colors, under swirling skies. This artwork, set on black starry backdrops, will be striking decor in your spaces, showcasing your home and your dreams in your facet of this world.

North American Facet
North American Facet

 

Facet Painting Progress as of 9/14
Facet Painting Progress as of 9/14

 

The money raised in this campaign will provide for supplies needed to paint these, as well as the printing fees to make them accessible to you all. Additional funds will go towards creating a studio space in our new home for the continuation of my business.

These metallic prints will all be mounted on black styrene. This gives you the option to sit your piece on a display shelf, mount it directly on a wall, or frame it if you so choose. 

Edge of the Prints
Edge of the Prints

Reach for the Stars -- Our Stretch Goals

Backer Stretch Goals

100 Backers - All pledges $55+ (Not including shipping) will receive a FREE 4x6" print (metallic paper) of the digital galaxy image

***Upgrades to larger sizes and black styrene will be available in the Add-On store.***

150 Backers - Paint 1 Voyager inspired image based off of photos from Voyager. Image will be available in the Pre-Order store and as an Add-On

200 Backers - All pledges $55+ (not including shipping) will receive a FREE 5x5" print (metallic paper) of the Voyager image

***Upgrades to larger sizes and black styrene will be available in the Add-On store.***

Project Total Stretch Goals

$2,000 - BackerKit will handle all post campaign Surveys, as well as the Pre-Order store and Add-Ons!

$4,000 - All of the Ink The States prints will be available in the Pre-Order store and as an Add-On!

$7,000 - Paint the Solar Eclipse, which will be available in the Pre-Order store and as an Add-On!

Eclipse Painting
Eclipse Painting

$9,000 - Paint the Moon and the Sun - Both images will be available in the Pre-Order store and as an Add-On!

Moon Painting
Moon Painting

$12,000 - All pledges $35+ (not including shipping) will receive a FREE Moon, Sun or Solar Eclipse 5x5 (metallic paper) print.

***Upgrades to larger sizes and black styrene will be available in the Add-On store.***

$14,000 - Paint all of the planets - All planet images will be available in the Pre-Order store and as an Add-On! PLUS... a few more rewards may show up!!!

$16,000 - All pledges $55+ (not including shipping) will receive a FREE 5x5 (metallic paper) of their chosen planet image. 

***Upgrades to larger sizes and black styrene will be available in the Add-On store.***

About the Art

This art medium/technique I've created is extremely fluid, and a testament in itself to the fleeting beauty of creation. All of this artwork is "built" with inks in a puddle. 

Greece Topographical Ink Puddles
Greece Topographical Ink Puddles

Once the puddle reflects the texture and landscape, I use external lighting to simulate the sun's direction on it, highlighting the valleys, mountain peaks, rivers, and the white caps on the ocean. Once the light has illuminated the "terrain", I capture this artwork using my history and experience as a photographer. These photographs become the prints that you will receive.

Greece Framed Print
Greece Framed Print

Why are there no originals?

Once I photograph this fluid world I've built in a puddle, I walk away, and it dries up. The water evaporates, and the inks crackle. Within 24 hours, the "original" artwork has decayed into a shell of what it was. The original then, similar to nature photography, is the captured image and the memory of the beauty that had existed. 

Dried up "original"
Dried up "original"

This process poetically fits into the idea of commemorating the beauty of our earth. It may not forever be as it is now. The roses in our gardens will freeze with the winter and their petals will grace the snowy ground, but the memories we have of them, and the art in which they are represented, is forever kept safe in the frames on our walls.

Resin Work

Here is a behind the scenes look at the process behind our resin work. If you would like a chance to come resin with us, check out the reward tiers that will let you schedule your time in the studio.

Here is the sample resin moon! We love how it turned out! Each one will have it's own uniqueness because each one is hand made with love! There are only a limited amount of these, so grab them while you can!

Resin Moon

Moon
Moon

 

Moon Detail
Moon Detail

 

 

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What People are Saying

"I absolutely loved my print of the state of Georgia! Every time people come into my home and see it, they always comment how beautiful and detailed it is. Kyra has a gift and I can't wait to see what future projects she embarks upon. I know I'll definitely be purchasing art from her again in the future." - Kris S. (Ink the States Backer)

"Got mine in Ny and its lovely I can't wait to Frame this and the world print. Great job all around I can't wait for your next project :)" - Mark H. (Ink the States Backer)

"I just wanted to publicly thank Kyra for being so wonderful, responsive, and thoughtful in resolving the small glitch in my order. I can't wait for her next Kickstarter campaign!!!!" - Mindie K. (Ink the States Backer)

"Just looked at my pictures today and they are incredible. The finish on them is just amazing. Great work! I can't wait to get them framed!" - Jared (Ink the States Backer)

"I received my state, CA & the US map. They are wonderful. It has been enjoyable following you a long this journey. I am looking forward to your next project." - Cynthia L. (Ink the States Backer)

"After admiring [Kyra] on Instagram and Facebook, I finally decided to purchase my own. The colors in this piece are phenomenal. I cannot wait to put this piece on my wall and display for everyone to see. The seller was super sweet and was quick to process my order! I will be purchasing more from this store. ❤️ Thank you [Kyra] for sharing your beautiful colors with me." - April N. (Etsy customer)

"I received my watercolor print in the mail and I immediately wished I had bought a bigger one. I was SO pleased with the quality of the image and the way it was shipped. The photo is absolutely beautiful and is currently sitting in my "favorite things" basket. I plan to order a much larger one in the future to put on the wall. Amazing artwork!"-  Megan D. (Etsy customer)

"I purchased this print for a friend who was searching for a small piece of VA to have in her home. The print is absolutely gorgeous and can't wait to get several of my own. I've just placed an order for 3 more prints:). ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL work, great to work with, and received super fast!" - Courtney L. (Etsy customer)

"From the moment I saw these pieces of art on Instagram until they arrived at my home they have brought such fascination and wonder. They're even more stunning in person and are such unique and mesmerizing creations!" - Makenzie B. (Etsy customer)

Special Thanks

Videographer: Joshua Schellenberger, on Instagram here.He's so good at this stuff, and his eye for nature photography is incredible!

Music by: Sleeping at Last, "Saturn (Instrumental)" Find more here. Ryan's music is art. So much inspiration for this project came from his albums, especially his Atlas: Space album, because obviously. Just have his album on repeat as you hang my art on your walls -- the perfect combination.

Marketing specialist, wood-worker, tech guy, and biggest fan:
Paul Hinton, my husband -- because life is way better as a team, and I am the luckiest.

To all of my past and future backers, I tip my hat to you, friends.
Thank you for believing in art, and in my heart's ability to pour out of my hands and make you something beautiful.
You the real MVP, and you make me brave.

Risks and challenges

We are starting this project just after getting the keys to our new home, and just before our big craft fair of the year, as well as a couple galleries, etc.
Paul will be using his every extra moment to prepare your surveys, crunch all of the numbers, respond to emails, and coordinate with our printer -- while building and preparing the new house for us and our 2-year-old daughter to move into.
I will be painting, posting updates, doing social media marketing, addressing your concerns, and preparing the art for the printer -- while staying at home with our daughter, keeping the other branches of my business open, and preparing to move.
Sometimes I wonder if we're crazy for taking this on, but it's an adventure I'm so excited to share with my family.

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Funding period

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