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I'm creating an artist coloring book filled with fantasy art and realistic illustrations. For adults and children, drawn with love.
Drawing this book is a dream come true. Follow me on my first coloring book adventure.
Drawing this book is a dream come true. Follow me on my first coloring book adventure.
45 backers pledged $2,525 to help bring this project to life.

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Bluebell Woods Fantasy Coloring Book

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I'm refining the last illustrations for my book. I'm ready to print soon - and I found a great printing house who can make the book I'm dreaming of delivering to the world: a book for artists and new colorists alike.

I didn't want to just publish on demand and sacrifice the binding and paper quality for convenience. I want to provide an immersive, enjoyable experience - and that starts first with the drawings and the paper.

While the illustrations are very important - so is the paper. With a good paper, you can unleash your creativity by using any media you desire, not just pencils and crayons. Use watercolor, acrylic, marker... you name it! The pages are printed single-sided and coil bound for an easy coloring experience

The book contains realistic fantasy drawings, and whimsical cartoony drawings... heavy linework and lighter ballpoint pen linework... a nice variety to suit anyone's taste. There are portraits, scenery, mystical beasts... all with a magical touch and most with the bluebell theme. Most have gone through 3 to 5 revisions before I'm satisfied with the quality of the linework. I color each one myself to make sure there are no errors with the drawing. Each page is made with love.

I started this book in the spring after I had the first coloring experience in my life... my little sister bought me a coloring book and I colored my first page. It was so relaxing not to think about the composition (artists can get stressed about their own work) - I just broke out my colored pencils and brought the page to life. Coloring has given me a safe, fun space to be creative and unwind after a tough day.

After that, I started becoming more involved in the coloring community by posting videos of my processes and live streams on instagram of my coloring work. I found it to be so fun, enjoyable, and amazing to connect with so many others - both advanced artists and new colorists alike. It is my belief that coloring is good for the soul, and I want to share my overactive imagination with you through this book.

The inspiration for the theme of this book is a real-life place I've transformed into a fantasy wonderland... a place my family visits every year when the bluebells bloom. (also see below)

A sample page from the book
A sample page from the book

 

Bellie the Fairy quickly colored for a quality check
Bellie the Fairy quickly colored for a quality check

 

Each drawing goes through multiple revisions for my best effort at a beautiful coloring page
Each drawing goes through multiple revisions for my best effort at a beautiful coloring page

 

Cindy the Warrior Fairy
Cindy the Warrior Fairy

 

Verdita, the Spring Flower Fairy
Verdita, the Spring Flower Fairy

 

Rozena, Waterfall Fae
Rozena, Waterfall Fae

 

Dragon Baby
Dragon Baby

 

Mushie Hut
Mushie Hut

 

Faetunes at Bluebell Bash
Faetunes at Bluebell Bash

 

Maja and Zero
Maja and Zero

 

Campanula the Messenger Beetle
Campanula the Messenger Beetle

 

Queen Azza, Tree Nymph
Queen Azza, Tree Nymph

 

Testing the quality of the linework is pretty fun!
Testing the quality of the linework is pretty fun!

 

More samples of completed pages
More samples of completed pages
My Inspiration - the real Bluebell Woods
My Inspiration - the real Bluebell Woods

 

First Edition Artist Quality Book - Technical Specifiations

   

- 42 single-sided printed black and white line drawings 
- full color soft cover with UV coating on the exterior
- spiral bound on long edge
- 8.5" x 11" size for easy travel, framing and binder sleeve storage
- heavyweight cardstock interior pages
- Limited edition, one run only. Get it now!
- Drawn with love in Philadelphia, PA USA by Laura Rafferty
- printed locally and shipped to you, anywhere in the world

Second Edition to come in Spring 2018

After the campaign is over and the book is sold out, I will be offering the book on lesser quality paper in a print on demand basis if there's demand for the book still. To warn you: this will be a cheap paper version that can take only colored pencils and crayons. The cost will be cheaper, and it will be available through Amazon in the early spring of 2018.

Risks and challenges

The risks are the printing production times and the shipping times, this may delay delivery if there's an issue with the printing company or if you're located very far away. I live in Philadelphia, PA USA and will be happy to ship to anywhere in the world. I will refund you any excess shipping fees if you live close by and I can get a good deal for you. I know I can deliver by sometime in December; but you may need to be patient for the exact date, depending on when the book comes to me.

PLEASE!! If it's a gift for someone for the holidays, please let me know. And which holiday it's for. I want to make it happen with you! We can work out faster shipping methods if pressed. Please note that international shipping for 2-day delivery is very costly and not practical! Please don't expect miracles on shipping if you live outside of the US. I'm really sorry about that!

If many people choose to be drawn for the book, this may also delay the printing (I'll need more time to do the drawings if there's more than a few - more than 5 will push me back a week). If this is the case, I'll communicate the new delivery time after the kickstarter campaign is completed and I can assess the quantity of pages to be replaced.

Top Reward Only Note: The only holdup I see here is on the customer's side with the commissions - if you take a long time to get back to me about changes and requests, then that will delay delivery of your completed painting.

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    One Page: Digital Download PDF

    You'll get one page as a digital download PDF of your choice from the book, which you can print yourself and color! This is great for those who are new to coloring and aren't sure if they want to invest in the whole book.

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    Entire Book: Digital Download PDF

    This is the entire book, available for download and printing at your convenience. Great for those overseas who don't want to pay shipping, or for those who have a specific paper they prefer.

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    Printed Coloring Book

    The entire book printed on smooth, heavyweight cardstock with spiral binding. This is for the colorist who loves a high quality experience. Paper is suitable for mixed media including watercolor. Pages are printed single-sided to allow for full enjoyment of every page. Each printed copy comes signed with a note from me.

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    Printed Book + PDF Download

    Here you'll get the printed book and the downloadable PDF! Thank you to faelynngil for the request!

    This reward also comes with a surprise extra printed page on loose 110# cardstock and a signed note from me.

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    Printed Book + Extra Pages

    Here you'll get the printed book, plus 10 extra pages that didn't make it into the book but which I still think will be fun to color. Each extra page is printed on a loose sheet 110lb smooth cardstock, the same paper I use for my demos.

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    Book + Extra Pages + PDF Download

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    Three Books + Extra Surprise Page

    Here's three books instead of just one. Printed on high quality paper and includes my signature on the name plate page. I will also write a note if desired to each new owner, names will be requested on November 1st. This also comes with a free extra page not found in the book, printed on 110lb cardstock.

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    Your face on a page + Printed Book

    Have you ever dreamed of becoming a fairy or mermaid? A centaur or a warrior? How about a mystical elf? I can make that happen! If you pledge $99, I'll swap out one of my drawings for a new fantasy portrait of you.... for you (and everyone else) to color! This reward also comes with the printed book and a downloadable PDF of your page for you to print and color as much as you desire.

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    7 Books + Free Extra Pages!

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