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Colouring Paradise: A Renaissance-Inspired Colouring Book

Did you discover Paradise with last year’s Kickstarter?  If not, here’s your second chance!  We still have a few copies of Colouring Paradise: a Renaissance-Inspired Colouring Book available on Something Novel.  At $10 plus shipping, this book of beautiful full-sized, frameable colouring pages is the perfect gift for the colouring afficionado in your life.  Relaxing and inspiring, colouring may be just what you need to de-stress and re-invigorate your creative brain.  The reward includes:

Colouring book

  • A gorgeous print version, plus the pdf to print as many additional pages as you like.
  • Add $9 to include The Writer’s Boon Companion and any digital issue of Pulp Literature (save a dollar)!
  • Add $9 to include a print edition of Pulp Literature (save another dollar)!

Here’s what people are saying

  • “classic timeless and elegant”
  • “exquisitely rendered”
  • “inspired and inspiring”
  • “possibly the beautiful pictures you’ve ever coloured”
  • “the most beautiful coloring book I’ve ever seen”michaelfortw2

 

 

 

 

 

Get this at more great rewards at Pulp Literature Press, Something Novel.

Black Book Friday

This year, I’m putting my money where my mouth is.  Or where my pen is.  This year, I’m only giving gifts that are locally sourced and produced, artisan gifts from people whose hands I can see and possibly have shaken, products which support the literary community to which I belong.  Yes, I’m giving about everyone I know a copy of Pulp Literature, or Mel’s wonderful collection of illustrations, Colouring Paradise.Colouring book

Black Friday is the day most North Americans head to the mall (my husband spells that “maul”) to go into debt, forking over money which often leaves the country, for products which will be obsolete in a few years.  We humbly suggest buying small and buying local, buying intelligently and artistically, buying to sustain the professions that require patronage in our own front yards.

When you purchase a copy of Pulp Literature, you support a registered Canadian Non-Profit that returns 100% of proceeds towards the content creators.  You also purchase hours of entertainment that will linger in your mind satisfactorily, appreciate gracefully on your bookshelf, and add no calories whatsoever.

The best part?  Our books can be mailed as gifts on your behalf to friends anywhere in the world by Christmas … no maul required.

Order Colouring Paradise, Pulp Literature and other gifts here!

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Colouring Paradise is a go!

Thank you to all the wonderful backers who funded our Kickstarter campaign to make Colouring Paradise a reality!  We quite literally cannot do this without you.

The files are at the printer, and we should have the print proof in our hands this week.  After that, it’s just a matter of time before the printed copies are in your hands and the pdfs in your inbox!

If you missed the Kickstarter campaign but still want a copy of Mel’s gorgeous new colouring book you can still get in on the action via Backerkit.  This platform enables us to offer the reward items as pre-orders.  The page goes away after December 15th, so don’t delay, do your holiday shopping today!

Pre-Order on Backerkit Now

Some of the cool things you can get on the page:

  • Sweet deals on multi-year subscriptions and back issues
  • Print or pdf versions of Colouring Paradise
  • Notecards (perfect for thank-yous, holiday messages & gift enclosures)
  • A portrait by Mel of you or a loved one
  • Editorial critiques, writing courses and mentorships
  • A luxurious writers’ retreat on Bowen Island BC!Colouring book

Backerkit is a new platform for us, so please do let us know what you think!

all the best,

Jen, Mel & Sue

 

 

 

Colouring Paradise: Andy Warhol and White Space

detail colouring paradiseThis little girl from the late 15th Century is looking out at something none of us can see, the moment before deciding whether to step out there (where?) or stay where she is.

Deciding how much white space to use in a colouring book is always a question. Too much and it’s a bore. Too little and there’s no room for a colourist to bring light and shape to the source.  I looked to Andy Warhol’s colouring book, made in the eighties, for guidance.  I found white space galore, and a generous note at the back from Warhol saying frame these if you like. 

I like.  Thanks for the inspiration, Andy!

 

Get the full version of this colouring page in our upcoming coloring book, Colouring Paradise, live on Kickstarter till November 18th.

Colouring Paradise: Angel Over Castle

I love the look in this angel’s eye.  The late 15th century model was a peripheral funereal bronze by the del Pollaiuolo brothers.  When I made her central in a composition she seemed to take the weight of the world upon her —  by choice, I think.

I’ve adapted her a bit from my original inking to make her more fun to colour.  It’s important to have great light spaces and shape-able curves, as in the clouds that surround her, as well as the intricate bits in her dress and wings.  And to be able to choose from the prism of a colour box for the uplift of light around her.  The magpie wing palm is one of my favourite trees — it’s a palm tree I feathered, for fun.

I hope you like the book. Thanks for the encouraging reviews and for checking out our Kickstarter page for Colouring Paradise: a Renaissance Inspired Colouring Book for Adults & Kids.

 

Pulp Literature Subscriptions on Kickstarter

By popular request we’ve added an option for 2016 print subscriptions for Pulp Literature to our current Colouring Paradise campaign.  That way, if you love your print copies of Pulp but have no use for a printed version of the colouring book, you can still renew through Kickstarter.

Issue 8 backA print subscription of four big issues is $60, which includes postage anywhere in North America, a digital subscription you can gift to someone else, and the pdf version of the colouring book.  You can add an additional year for yourself or a gift print subscription for someone else for only $30 — that’s half price!

Subscriptions can be back-dated to include 2014 or 2015 issues (subject to availability of back issues) or can start later if your current subscription hasn’t run out yet.

For 2016 we have stories from George McWhirter, Carol Berg, Matthew Hooton, CC Humphreys and more in the works.  We have a new novella series from Mel, The Seven Swans, as well as another Stella novella, the winners of the Raven Contest, and the final chapters of Allaigna’s Song.  Don’t miss out!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/899865359/colouring-paradise-a-renaissance-inspired-coloring

Special Reward for Early Backers

We test-drove Colouring Paradise by putting samples of our pages in the hands of select avid colourists.  Here’s the first result, a gorgeous rendering of Mel’s ‘Michael’ in gel pen, coloured pencil, and sharpie by Donna Phillips-Jackson.

'Michael' by Mel Anastasiou, colours by Donna Phillips-Jackson
‘Michael’ by Mel Anastasiou, colours by Donna Phillips-Jackson

Within Colouring Paradise there are a mix of intricate, densely-filled pages and those with more white space to allow your own creative ideas to unfold.  We love the sparkling golden rays fanning out from Michael’s halo that Donna has added to her version.

If you can’t wait to get your hands one of Mel’s lovely illustrations to colour for yourself, we have a special offer for early backers on our Kickstarter campaign:  anyone who pledges $10 or more before Sunday November 8th will be sent a sample pdf of either ‘Michael’, ‘Magpie’, or ‘Lost Lady’ immediately.

That pdf is yours for free, whether our campaign succeeds or not, as a thank-you for backing us early, so head on over to our Kickstarter page to get your sample now!

Three pages from Colouring Paradise

Our new Kickstarter project, Colouring Paradise: a Renaissance-Inspired Colouring Book, launched yesterday, and today we thought we’d give you a closer look at the three drawings that are available as single images.  They all appeared in Issue 1 of Pulp Literature, and even though they are some of Mel Anastasiou’s earliest published work they are remarkable in their detail and feeling.

Magpie

magpiesmallerDeep in the magic forest, a magpie rules all she surveys.  This drawing is one of the first instances of Mel’s signature, rope-like, tangled trees.  The magpie at first seems caged by the forest, until you realize she might fly away at any moment into the clearing behind her.  The orginal drawing now lives in Australia, feeling regal amid her short-tailed down-under cousins.

Michael

Michael, by Mel AnastasiouMichael holds the world up for review.  When CC Humphrey‘s story ‘Where the Angels Wait’ came to us, we knew Michael was the perfect angel for its title page.  Here’s a peek at the work in progress, before Mel added the globe to this drawing in the style of Carlo Crivelli.  You can already see Mel has captured the delicate hands, nose and mouth typical of the 15th century painter’s work.

Lost Lady

smallhistorical2After Paolo Veronese;  Veronica  is lost in the woods with only her shining jewels and silks to light the darkness around her.  This drawing first appeared as an incidental illustration in Issue 1.  In Issue 2, she reappeared in a plain white dress to accompany David Clink’s poem, ‘The Lady in White’.  Here she is, with her intricate dress restored for your colouring pleasure.

These three images are on offer as high-resolution pdfs on the Kickstarter page for only $2 each, or $5 for all three.  This is nowhere near what the intricate works are worth, but Mel is very generously offering them for those just dipping their toes into the colouring craze.  And if three’s not enough, you can get the entire book for $10 as a pdf, or $20 in print.

We are a registered non-profit organization, and once we have covered our production and shipping costs, all remaining funds to paying artists and authors.    Please consider backing us on Kickstarter:  this colouring book project will help keep Pulp Literature, and the stories and artwork you’ve come to love, alive!

Colouring Paradise

Colouring bookFall is in the air, so it must be time for us to launch a new Kickstarter campaign!

This one is a little different though.  Colouring Paradise is a compilation of twelve beautiful plates of Mel’s artwork in full-page colouring book format.  The saddle-bound book is printed on high quality paper, with one image per sheet for easy colouring and framing.

Colouring is relaxing, creative way to focus the mind, relieve stress, and open new creative doorways.  But don’t take it from us — check out these articles from The Guardian, CTV, and The Huffington Post.

This is a smaller campaign than usual for us: we’re only asking for the $3750 we need to produce this book, and the campaign will run for just 22 short days.  Of course you can still subscribe and purchase back issues of Pulp Literature on the Kickstarter page.

Take a look at our campaign, share it with your friends, family and social network.  We’ve only got three weeks to meet our goal, but with your help we can do it!

We hope you love this new book as much as we do!

Jen, Sue & Mel