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Thank you so much for helping us build an art studio in Mesa, AZ that will focus on helping people get in touch with their creativity!
Thank you so much for helping us build an art studio in Mesa, AZ that will focus on helping people get in touch with their creativity!
366 backers pledged $31,325 to help bring this project to life.

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It's been an amazing month, we are so excited it successfully funded! Our sincerest thanks to each of you in helping us realize our dream to share art with more people! We hope you will keep up with all the Studio news as we move forward getting our brick and mortar location open!

My dream is to create an amazing Studio space dedicated to mixed-media artists and art journalers. A place of inspiration, where you can take a weekend long instructor led workshop, bring your kids for a summer art class, schedule an art journaling party for you and your friends, or just stop by for “open studio days” to journal with your own supplies. I also want to share this space with people online through live streaming and web-based classes. Art journaling benefits everyone and this will be a stupendous opportunity to share it with more people. The first time I can find mention of opening a “live” studio in my art journals is almost 4 years ago, I've definitely been thinking about this a long time. The last year or so, I have been doing more soul searching and some serious research, and suddenly everything has fallen into place in just the last few weeks. The time is now, I can just feel it! I am so beyond thrilled and ecstatic about this new adventure in my life. One of the reasons I love kickstarter so much is that it’s a platform for dreamers and doers. With so many hearts and hands, dreams can come true much faster together than with one person alone...like they say "many hands make light work". 

UPDATE: I hope you will take a moment to read project update #2 as it expresses better my thoughts, vision and feelings about the project!


We are being very budget conscious to get the Studio open, every dollar will be put to good use. First, we will secure the initial lease on the AMAZING spot we found--it’s the perfect location, the perfect size and the perfect price--a trifecta! Then, we will need to spiffy it up a quite a bit. New paint is a must, removal of the wall of mirrors (it was a dance studio), plumbing to install two fabulous art sinks, two new ceiling fans (to help air circulation with the tall ceilings), store fixtures and furniture, security system, permits/inspections, student chairs, classroom tables, artist quality art supplies for student use and good lighting.

Thank you so much for wanting to be a Dream Maker and supporting Artspiration Studio! You can support the Studio by making a pledge and in return you will receive fantabulous rewards. The way kickstarter works is that it is all or nothing funding, we have to raise the full amount or you aren't charged and we don't get any of the money. So please share everywhere you can, on your blogs, Facebook and Twitter. I know we can make this happen with your help, THANK YOU! (Please Note: Funds will not be verified, held or charged until the campaign deadline of May 3rd 11:59 PM MDT (aka May 4th 2:59 AM EDT) assuming we hit our goal of course).

Update on rewards #1! I also added a FAQ about the collage sheets at the bottom of this page!

UPDATE #3 Rewards Graphic Chart!


The entrepreneurial spirit runs deep in my heritage. At least 4 generations of our family have owned their own businesses in Arizona, working hard to make their dreams come true. For the last four years I have been teaching a yearly, 52 week digital/mixed-media art journaling class online called the “Art Journal Caravan”. I have also been selling my digital designs and teaching other Photoshop, art journaling and mixed-media classes for almost six years. The years before that were filled with a variety of unique jobs and experiences such as owning five seasonal Christmas stores and managing 30+ employees, owning and teaching at my own preschool, and managing a multi-agent real-estate office which included doing all the payroll and bookkeeping. I believe it is this eclectic skill set that will help me run a successful art studio business, as I know full well what owning a business means and what I’m getting myself into! My husband Dave is also a huge help in making this dream come true. He hand makes all of my art journals and is quite an artist himself; he will be running a good portion of the Studio behind the scenes (he does so much no one ever sees) and our “soon to be expanded" Etsy business. You can find me on the Studio Tangie blogStudio Tangie Facebook page and Pinterest.

One of the things I'm so excited about is the "Grand Opening Canvas", as I've come to call it. This canvas will be approximately 4f tx 3ft and will be painted according the dynamics of the kickstarter campaign. Each reward level represents a different "layer" that will be added to the canvas to create a richly textured abstract cosmic painting. Earlier this year I did a "test" of this style in my art journal and fell in love with it. I thought this would be the perfect way to experiment with it larger! The names of the backers will hang next to the painting in the Studio with an explanation of how the painting was created. 

Inky Cosmos Sample in my Art Journal
Inky Cosmos Sample in my Art Journal

You can use this new pledge badge to share the word far and wide on your blogs and social media. It's square too! Making it perfect for Instagram. When possible you can link them up to our short URL: http://kck.st/12lx6Om  

Risks and challenges

I truly believe that I have the experience necessary to accomplish this project and overcome any obstacles we may face along the way. The biggest risk is the possibility of the location we want becoming unavailable before we are able to sign the lease, in which case, we will diligently seek another suitable spot. Should any unforeseen issues arise preventing us from securing a location in a timely manner, I can fulfill all the art/tangible rewards from my home studio (live and recorded workshops may be delayed until the new location is secured).

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    Pledge $2 or more About $2.00

    Thank You so much for helping us on our way! You will receive a "Dream Maker" printable collage sheet in .PDF and I will fling some glass glitter on our grand-opening canvas in your name!

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    Collage Resource book in .PDF with 20 EXCLUSIVE high-quality, printable collage sheets and art journaling prompts/tips. Access to our “Backers Only” blog with updates, exclusive photos of the Studio's progress and a few digital art journaling freebies. I will splatter our grand-opening canvas with richly colored India inks in your name!

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    Immortalized with your name on our Studio wall as a Dream Maker! A hand-painted, one-of-a-kind mixed-media art postcard with a big huge thank you. The Collage Resource book now with 50 collage sheets and access to the "Backer’s Only" blog. I will paint a shooting star trail on our grand-opening canvas in your name.

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    NEW! LOCAL STEAL of A DEAL #A25--You get one pass for a 3.5 hour "Let's Play" workshop which will cover the basics of art journaling and teach you all about the fun supplies we have in the Studio to play with! You'll even get an art journal to play in! Pass & journal are a $60 Value! These classes are limited & exclusive to the Kickstarter campaign. You can add multiple passes by increasing your pledge amount in increments of $25. Multiple dates will be offered in the fall of 2013. Ages 10 & up. (This package not included in any other reward level. Send me a message for details on how to add this reward to any other tier.)

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    Get your hands on my art journal featured in the video! You will receive my 2011/2012 art journal in a 76+ page .PDF with each page scanned in, exactly as it is, with the journaling in tact! An EXCLUSIVE “Art Journaling Basics with Tangie" online mini-class. PLUS Level 1-3 rewards! I will add your favorite shade of paint into the base of our grand-opening canvas.

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    A brand new, EXCLUSIVE to backers (and the Studio Store, but never sold online) Splatter Graffiti rubber stamp set, a hand-painted paper pack, and a generous package of vintage ephemera like I use in my own art journals and paintings (such as children s book illustrations, old photographs, postcards, flashcards, Japanese papers, bits of ribbon, vintage patterns, etc). PLUS Level 1-4 Awards! I will add an orb of glowing light on our grand-opening canvas in your name!

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    An original 8x10 painted canvas from the "Dream Maker" series, lifetime access to the first mixed-media class recorded in the Studio and sold online. PLUS Level 1-5 rewards! I will create a deeply textured swirl in the cosmos on our grand-opening canvas in your name!

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    EARLY BIRD! 2 passes for weekend workshops (Friday night & all day Saturday, minimum value $225 each!)--use them both yourself or bring a friend. PLUS Level 1-4 rewards. --OR-- Choose 1 weekend workshop pass and Level 1-6 rewards. Travel not included. I will add sparkly Milky Way mist to our grand-opening canvas in your name!

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    Private 6 hour in-depth mixed-media and/or digital art journaling class taught by Tangie, personalized just for YOU based on your skill level and needs (you may also bring up to 5 guests, if you desire). Includes awesome art goodie bags (including journals), use of all the Studio art supplies and lunch on me! Travel not included. PLUS Level 1-5 rewards and an original 8x10 painted canvas. I will add some shimmering gold stardust to our grand-opening canvas in your name!

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    4 passes for weekend workshops--use them all yourself or share with friends (Friday night & all day Saturday, minimum value $225 each!). Lifetime access to any two classes recorded in the Studio and sold online during our first year, an original 9x12 painted canvas from the "Dream Maker" series. PLUS Level 1-5 rewards. I will add layers of Deep Space Black gesso on our grand-opening canvas
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    The Ultimate Bundle--2 passes for weekend workshops (Fri night & all day Sat, minimum value $225 each!). 1-sixteen page hand-painted mixed-media journal (ready for your own journaling), 1-sixteen page finished journal with prints of my original art journal pages with hand finished embellishments. 3 blank handmade journals ( 1-$200 alchemy series journal, 2-of your choice up to $80 value each), 2 paintings (1-9x12”, 1-6x6”), original one-of-a-kind sketches by tangie, 20 color copies of notes/sketches/charts from my private “Studio Dreaming Planner” sketchbook. A hand-painted canvas bag full of art journaling supplies, washi tape, vintage findings, rubber stamps, exclusive printed collage sheets, hand-painted paper packs, ephemera and many more surprises!. Plus all of the level 1-5 rewards! Just to top things off we’ll add lifetime access to any three classes recorded in the Studio available online. You will be immortalized as a Dream Maker in much larger print on our Studio wall! I will lay foundation collage materials for the grand-opening painting in your name.

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    NEW! The WHOLE ENCHILADA: An original 4ft x 3ft canvas painted just for you. You can choose from the "Dream Maker" series, "Paper Flowers" or the "Grand Opening" cosmic style painting (custom colors can be arranged). EVERYTHING from the $1500 level and all of the level 1-5 rewards! Plus we'll be throwing in some other surprises from the Studio shop. Just to top things off we’ll add lifetime access to ALL of Tangie's currently available online classes and any recorded in the Studio for one year starting May 3rd. You will be immortalized as a Dream Maker in much larger print on our Studio wall! Please feel free to contact me for more details before pledging. I will paint a hint of a planet deep in space on our grand-opening painting in your name.

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