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Tara Fly is publishing a fantasy cat art calendar, featuring portraits of cats in costumes, inspired by classic literature and history.
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Limited Edition 2016 Literary Cats Calendar

Hi, I'm TaraFly, and I see Cat People! =^,,^= 

For the past six years, I have been painting portraits of cats, dressed as characters from classic works of literature and periods in history, and selling my artwork online and in-person at shows. 

I work primarily in acrylics on canvas. If you'd like to see more of my artwork, you can visit my website ~ TaraFlyArt.com

Last year, I published my first ever calendar with the help of my incredibly supportive fans. It was an amazing experience, and I would love to do it again this year!

Actual pages from my 2016 Literary Cats Calendar
Actual pages from my 2016 Literary Cats Calendar

 This calendar will be 100% designed by me, and will feature 13 of my original paintings... including the handsome feline gentleman on the front cover. 

The full color, glossy calendar measures 8.5"x11" (21.59cm x 27.94cm) when folded ~ and 11"x17" (27.94cm x 43.18cm) when hanging on the wall. 

I will be using the same company that printed my 2015 calendars. They are based in the US, and have a proven track-record of producing top quality calendars. 

I learned a lot about designing and printing calendars last year, as it was my first time ever creating a calendar from scratch!  

This time around, I have made a few changes to the layout, to make these calendars both functional AND attractive!

The new & improved calendar includes:

White grid squares ~ handwritten notes are now easy to read! 

 Last year, my grids were semi-transparent colors, allowing the artwork to bleed through. It looked pretty cool, but wasn't practical for making notes or using the calendar as a planner.  
Preview previous and upcoming months!

This is a major improvement for people (like me!) who plan things in advance, or like to see the "big picture" at one glance. ;)

THE ENTIRE 2017 CALENDAR in preview, with room for notes!

This feature replaces the fold-out poster that was included last year, because I think extra calendar pages will be more beneficial. :)

 I will be painting TWO brand new paintings specifically for this calendar, and Backers will get exclusive sneak peeks of my progress!

Thanksgiving portrait sketch
Thanksgiving portrait sketch

For the month of November, I will be working on a Colonial Thanksgiving inspired portrait, featuring a pilgrim cat receiving a harvest basket of veggies from her Wampanoag friend.

For the month of December, I will be painting a Santa Cat delivering presents (as I've had several requests to make a modern Santa kitty ;)

Both of these paintings will be done in acrylics on wood panels, measuring approx. 9"x11" (22.86cm x 27.94cm), and will be varnished and ready to hang.

The original acrylic paintings will be available to purchase as exclusive Kickstarter rewards, which also include a calendar, print, and card. (There is a limit of one per painting, obviously!) ;)

I will not be releasing any prints or merchandise from these paintings until after the calendars have been shipped. However, they will be available first to Backers who opt to receive prints with Reward packages.
 You can have brand these new prints in your hand before anybody else! 


~ KICKSTARTER REWARDS & Add-Ons~ 


Fine art reproduction prints are made by me (in my studio) using archival matte Cold Press paper with pigment inks. Each comes signed and titled on the back.

 Greeting cards are also printed in my studio, on Epson's Ultra Premium Presentation matte paper.

Choose From These Prints!
The following cat portraits are available for 8"x10" print rewards, as well as Greeting Cards and Add-On merchandise (see the list below).

 (**Remember: My two newest paintings will be available for print rewards, too!  They are not shown here because I'm still working on them!) :)

You may add any of the following to your pledge of $10 or more. Simply increase your pledge by the correct amount (shipping is included). 

  • Bookmarks... $3 each
  • Keychains.... $5 each 
  • Magnets....... $5 each  
  • ACEO prints.. $5 each 
  • 5x7 Prints.... $10 each 
  • 8x10 Prints.. $15 each 
  • Calendars.... $20 each

    (Refer to the list of available prints above)

~ NEW STRETCH GOALS! ~

Retail value of Mystery Bags will be equal to your pledge, at minimum.
Retail value of Mystery Bags will be equal to your pledge, at minimum.
Professionally printed on Kodak Endura Lustre photo paper, and signed by me. :)
Professionally printed on Kodak Endura Lustre photo paper, and signed by me. :)

~ ABOUT MY GOAL ~


My financial goal includes the cost to print an initial 150 calenders, plus funds to ship packages*, print reward merchandise, and cover Kickstarter's fees. 



*I am basing my shipping estimates on last year's Kickstarter project, in which the majority of backers purchased 2+ calendars, and several were local pick-ups.  I can accommodate a flexible shipping budget, however, if I get swamped with orders. ;)

This will be a limited run of signed & numbered calendars ~ I will order enough to fulfill all my Kickstarter pledges, but will not be reordering them again.

If you really want a calendar, please back me in this project as I cannot guarantee how many calendars will be leftover.  (Last year, I pre-sold 70% of them!) :)

~ Feedback for the 2015 Literary Cats Calendar ~

Risks and challenges

I will be creating two new pieces for the calendar, so there is a slight chance that I will be delayed in getting them completed by the end of the Kickstarter campaign.

I have scheduled the next few weeks to work solely on these two paintings, and I can typically finish a piece in under 2 weeks when I dedicate myself 100% to it.
I also plan to post work-in-progress pics (exclusive to Kickstarter backers!) each week, as a means of holding myself accountable as well as giving my backers timely updates.

The only other potential "risk" is the possibility of delayed production and/or shipping by the calendar company. I have used them in the past, however, and am confident they will deliver as promised.

I have estimated a "November delivery" as a safeguard, but I am hoping to have the calendars published and delivered in mid-October.

I will also update everyone as I order, receive, and ship the calendars, so you will know exactly where things stand. :)

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