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The culmination of years of research from different countries and time periods, the book features detailed illustrations for coloring.
The culmination of years of research from different countries and time periods, the book features detailed illustrations for coloring.
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JUNE 24 - New Rewards Available

We have two more hand-colored goddess illustrations by Monica, only one available of each. If you would like more than one reward, choose the more rare reward and pledge the total amount for all the rewards you desire, then send a private message letting us know which rewards you would like.

Arianrhod
Arianrhod
The Sphinx
The Sphinx

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This project is for a one-of-a-kind, fine art coloring book for grown-ups by artist Monica Richards.

Actual images from THE GODDESS coloring book
Actual images from THE GODDESS coloring book

Explore your inner goddess with this 48-page, detailed coloring book. Each carefully drawn illustration is printed on thick, bright white paper that makes coloring with gel pens, pencils, or watercolor markers feel like a dream. THE GODDESS coloring book gives you hours and hours of therapeutic bliss!

“...Monica's artwork is a perfect marriage of Classical and Folk art. She’s kind of a Klimt gone awry with some sort of Primeval undercurrent. Each piece holds the viewer to a strong central focal point that connects and merges with its surroundings: patternwork, shadow and light, layered imagery... they hold the subject more strongly than iron prison bars. Like a subtle fight to the death, nearly all of her work is peacefully struggling to break out of its confines...” - Art Grind

Hours and hours of color therapy...
Hours and hours of color therapy...

The coloring book itself contains 48 black and white pages with a four color cover. There are 20 images within, and each goddess is printed on her own page of thick, 100# opaque bright paper to ensure a smooth coloring experience and less chance of bleed-through, whether you are using colored pencils, crayons, gel pens or watercolor markers.

All of the pages are perforated for easy removal from the perfect bound book and suitable for framing. The 9"x11" book will be printed in the USA using vegetable-based inks.

Set of 4 badges
Set of 4 badges

Monica Richards is best known for her music, from her punk rock beginnings during the heyday of the Washington harDCore scene to being half of the critically acclaimed duo, Faith and the Muse - but her first love has always been the visual arts. Monica's diehard fans have been collecting her art for years, from her original work, art prints to the stunning jewelry pieces she designs.

Monica explores a larger-than-life mythical symbolism, with an intense use of color and contrast. Much of her artwork is centered around world-wide Matriarchal mythology, and all the different faces and seasonal personalities She may possess.

“Exploring mythology is to search the hearts and minds of our ancestors, and through my years of researching The Goddess, I have found similar themes to be inherent in seemingly unconnected world-wide cultures. This book will merge my love of colorful Folk Art, where I feel I can express each Goddess in her own cultural style, and my love of The Goddess through the ages and cultures.

“I adore patternwork, so creating a coloring book seemed like such a perfect project. I will be working on 20 faces of the Goddess for everyone to color and enjoy. Each Goddess will have information on her background, as well as notes on my research and the style in which I chose to present each one.”

Rewards - L to R: The Book of Annwyn, greeting card set, CD set: NAIADES book/CD, Infrawarrior CD, Kindred CD
Rewards - L to R: The Book of Annwyn, greeting card set, CD set: NAIADES book/CD, Infrawarrior CD, Kindred CD

THE GODDESS is an exquisite assemblage of art for the colorist or collector of pen and ink illustrations. Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of this unique project!

PLEASE BACK US NOW! then tell all your friends by sharing the project. We also appreciate comments on the project; this will boost our visibility to Kickstarter visitors and help us to fund!

If THE GODDESS funds by midnight, June 8 (PST) Monica will add another goddess to the coloring book for a total of 21!

ALSO NOTE: If you want to choose more than one reward, select the most limited tier and pledge the amount equal to the two rewards you want, then specify the second reward in the notes.

For example, if you want the reward for the handmade card set, but also would like two books, pledge $64 on the card set tier, and let us know you want an extra book. Thank you!

"Mermaids" original painting reward
"Mermaids" original painting reward

*THE GODDESS cover may vary from what is pictured here.

** For full descriptions of Monica's books/CDs please visit monicarichards.com

JUNE 8 - UPDATED REWARDS

Since there's been such a great response to the hand-colored drawings, Monica has given her beta-test hand-colorings to the project to offer as rewards. There is only one of each available.

The Hathor is the original image we are using for the cover, and the other images may appear either in the inside or back covers. All of the prints will be matted to a finished size of 11x14" and shipped flat, at no charge in the US. If you want it shipped to another country, please let me know and I will figure out the additional shipping charge.

Hathor 

Hathor
Hathor

Mami Wata (Mermaid)

Mami Wata
Mami Wata

Quan Yin

Quan Yin
Quan Yin

Also, one more original work of art, "Pattern Study" is 24x24" acrylic and cement on canvas. This one will weigh approx 10lbs when packed for shipping and cannot be sent outside of the US. No additional shipping applies.

Pattern Study

Pattern Study
Pattern Study

Risks and challenges

Vendors for all rewards are in the US, the only challenges would be scheduling conflicts with the printer, etc. If the project is overwhelmingly successful (YAY!) there might be delays due to orders of extraordinary size.

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    Set of four (4) 1" badges; images taken from hand-colored images by Monica Richards (see picture to the left.)

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    One copy of THE GODDESS printed coloring book.

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    One copy of THE GODDESS printed coloring book, plus a set of four (4) 1" badges of colored images from the book.

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    One copy of THE GODDESS printed coloring book and pdf copy of THE BOOK OF ANNWYN, a sleeker, richer version of Monica Richards' classic illustrated book of tales and poetry. This new edition of The Book of Annwyn is a 6.6" X 10". Contains the stories behind the album "Annwyn Beneath the Waves" as well the original tale to "Elyria" - Over 120 Pages. Pdf will be available in July 2015.

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    Two (2) copies of THE GODDESS printed coloring book, shipped to the same address. Give one to your friend!

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    One copy of THE GODDESS printed coloring book, plus a set of 4 handmade, signed greeting cards by Monica Richards, based on images from the coloring book.

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    One copy of THE GODDESS coloring book plus one of each signed copy of NAIADES CD/book, Infrawarrior CD and Kindred CD, plus BOOK OF ANNWYN pdf. For full descriptions of Monica's books/CDs please visit monicarichards.com

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    One copy of THE GODDESS printed coloring book; one original, hand-colored image of your choice from the book, signed by Monica Richards; one set of four (4) 1" badges of colored images from the book. Details to be finalized with Monica when the Kickstarter funds.

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    Quan Yin - original beta-test hand-coloring by Monica. It will be signed and matted for a finished size of 11x14". includes one copy of THE GODDESS printed coloring book. Ships in US only, unless prior arrangement is made.

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    Arianrhod - original beta-test hand-coloring by Monica. It will be signed and matted for a finished size of 11x14". includes one copy of THE GODDESS printed coloring book. Ships in US only, unless prior arrangement is made.

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    The Sphinx - original beta-test hand-coloring by Monica. It will be signed and matted for a finished size of 11x14". includes one copy of THE GODDESS printed coloring book. Ships in US only, unless prior arrangement is made.

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    Monica will create a goddess of your choice! It will be signed and matted for a finished size of 11x14". Details to be finalized with Monica when the Kickstarter funds. Also includes one copy of THE GODDESS printed coloring book and set of four (4) 1" badges

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    Monica will create a goddess of your choice! It will be signed and matted for a finished size of 11x14". Details to be finalized with Monica when the Kickstarter funds. Also includes one copy of THE GODDESS printed coloring book and set of four (4) 1" badges (Book and badges shipped separately.)

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    "Mermaids" (1992) 30 X 40 Framed, Acrylic on Canvas. Highly textured, this is an Art Nouveau inspired full painting by Monica.
    One copy of THE GODDESS printed coloring book; plus a set of 4 handmade, signed greeting cards by Monica Richards, based on images from the coloring book; one set of four (4) 1" badges of colored images from the book.

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    EARLY BIRD: One copy of THE GODDESS printed coloring book.

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    One copy of THE GODDESS printed coloring book; one original, hand-colored image of your choice from the book, signed by Monica Richards; one set of four (4) 1" badges of colored images from the book. Details to be finalized with Monica when the Kickstarter funds.

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    Mami Wata - original beta-test hand-coloring by Monica. It will be signed and matted for a finished size of 11x14". includes one copy of THE GODDESS printed coloring book. Ships in US only, unless prior arrangement is made.

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    Kali - original beta-test hand-coloring by Monica. It will be signed and matted for a finished size of 11x14". includes one copy of THE GODDESS printed coloring book. Ships in US only, unless prior arrangement is made.

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    Hathor - original beta-test hand-coloring by Monica, is being used as the cover of the book. It will be signed and matted for a finished size of 11x14". includes one copy of THE GODDESS printed coloring book. Ships in US only, unless prior arrangement is made.

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    Monica will create a goddess of your choice! It will be signed and matted for a finished size of 11x14". Details to be finalized with Monica when the Kickstarter funds. Also includes one copy of THE GODDESS printed coloring book and set of four (4) 1" badges

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    Original work of art by Monica, "Pattern Study" is 24x24" acrylic and cement on canvas. Includes one copy of THE GODDESS printed coloring book

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