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A self-published 2015 art calendar featuring Tara Fly's paintings of cats in costumes inspired by history and classic literature.
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Limited Edition 2015 Literary Cats Calendar for TaraFly Art Fans!

About This Project

I paint acrylic portraits of cats dressed as characters from history and literature.  I have been selling my artwork online since 2009, and in person (at shows & festivals) since 2012. 

For the past few years, my fans have requested calendars featuring my Literary Cat portraits, but the costs to print a single calendar made them too expensive for resale... I was reluctant to charge $40.00 for a wall calendar!
I wanted them to be affordable for everyone, which meant purchasing calendars by the truckload to receive a retailer's bulk discount. Sadly, my starving artist budget didn't allow for that! LOL

Earlier this year, I participated in an artist collaborative project that was successfully funded on Kickstarter... and I started exploring this thing called "crowd-funding"; it seemed a viable alternative that by asking my fans to pledge for calendars, I might be able to buy that pallet of calendars after all! Huzzah!

The 2015 Wall Calendar

Pages from the calendar
Pages from the calendar

This is my first-ever wall calendar made using 13 of my cat paintings; all of the artwork, including the cover, was created by me.  I also designed the look and layout of the calendar in Photoshop. :)

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.

Characters include: Dorothy and Friends from The Wizard of Oz, Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby, Scarlett O'Hara and Ashley Wilkes from Gone With the Wind, the Six Wives of King Henry VIII, and many more!  =^,,^=


I HAVE REACHED MY INITIAL GOAL ~ THANK YOU!!  As an incentive to keep sharing this project, I'll add rewards once we reach our new goal ~

New Artwork For the Calendar!

I will be painting new artwork specifically for this calendar project, featured for the month of December, and Backers will get exclusive sneak peeks of my progress! One Backer will also get the opportunity to purchase the original artwork as a special Reward! 

I will not be releasing prints from this painting until after the calendars have been shipped.  However, they will be available to Backers who select to receive prints with Reward packages.

 You can have brand these new prints in your hand before anybody else! :)

Rewards and Add-Ons!

Choose your own prints below!
Choose your own prints below!

Fine art prints on archival matte Cold Press paper with pigment inks. Each comes signed and titled on the back.  Greeting cards are printed on Epson's Ultra Premium Presentation matte paper.

Choose From These Prints!

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

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

  • Magnets....... $5  each
  • Keychains.... $5  each
  • Bookmarks... $3  each
  • ACEO prints.. $5 each
  • 5x7 Prints.... $10 each
  • 8x10 Prints.. $15 each
  • Calendars.... $20 each
    (Refer to the list of available prints above)

About My Goal

 My financial goal includes the cost to print an initial 50 calenders, plus funds to ship to 50 US addresses and cover Kickstarter's fees.  If I surpass my goal, or receive more than 50 pledges for calendars, I will order additional calendars and include even more perks! :D

This will be a limited run of calendars  ~ I will not be reordering them again for 2015.   If you really want one, please back me in this project as I cannot guarantee there will be many leftover. ;)

Quality

I print my archival reproductions and merchandise in my own studio, so I can manage quality control myself.  I was hesitant to turn over the reins to an outside company to print the calendars, but I am not able to mass-produce calendars as affordably as a professional lab can.

In the end, I've found a US-based company that comes highly recommended by artists whose work I admire  ~ this is the official publisher of calendars for one fantasy artist with over 100,000 Facebook fans!   The company produces quality calendars that meet her high expectations, so I, too, will put my project into their capable hands. :) 

Timeline

I have already designed the calendar, choosing my most popular cat portraits (with the help of my Facebook fans!).  Immediately after Kickstarter releases the funds to me, I will place the order.
I am crossing my whiskers to have them in hand by mid-December. 

As pledges are received, I will personally address and package up every mailer with the goodies you've purchased ~ so that when the calendars arrive on my doorstep, I can pop them into each envelope and rush them off to the post! Yay! :D

Risks and challenges

My Reward merchandise is ready-to-ship printed inventory that I already have on-hand.

The only potential risk is the possibility of delayed production and/or shipping by the calendar company, although they have a solid reputation for fast and reliable turnaround.

I am hoping to have the domestic US orders mailed in time for Christmas, but if there is a delay, I believe they will still arrive to you shortly after the holiday in late December.

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

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    A 5"x7" Greeting Card of your choice, with a handwritten note of "Thanks!" inside from me!
    Purr-fect for framing! =^,,^=

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    One 8"x10" Print (20.32cm x 25.4cm) of your choice, and a personal Thank-You e-mail from me! =^,,^=

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    ~ EARLY BIRD SPECIAL ~
    ONE Signed 2015 Literary Cats Calendar!
    One 8"x10" print of your choice, One 5"x7" Greeting Card of your choice with my handwritten "Thank You!" note written inside. =^,,^=

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    One Signed 2015 Literary Cats Calendar ~
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    ONE FOR YOU ~ ONE FOR A GIFT! ~
    TWO Signed 2015 Literary Cats Calendars!
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    ~ EARLY BIRD SPECIAL ~ ONE FOR YOU ~ ONE FOR A GIFT!~
    TWO Signed 2015 Literary Cats Calendars! TWO 8"x10" prints of your choice, ~ one "Thank You" card of your choice, and one BLANK Greeting Card to give to a friend! =^,,^=

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    ONE FOR YOU ~ TWO FOR GIFTS!!~ THREE Signed 2015 Literary Cats Calendars! THREE 8"x10" prints of your choice! A "Thank You" Card (of your choice) handwritten for you! and TWO blank Greeting Cards for friends!) =^,,^=

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    ~ THE ORIGINAL DECEMBER PAINTING! ~ An 8"x10" acrylic painting on stretched canvas, artwork created specifically for this project. ~
    ONE Signed 2015 Literary Cats Calendar! Plus ONE 8"x10" print of your choice, and a 5"x7" Greeting Card of your choice, with my handwritten "Thanks!" inside. =^,,^=

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