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Happy New Year 2014!

Happy New Year from Emily Lupita Studio!

Sending out wishes for a happy and prosperous new year!

I love writing New Year resolutions & this year I decided to create a fun poster to display some of them here in my studio.

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Sharing here the steps to make one of your own…I’d love to see what you create!

New Year Resolutions Poster Project:

#1: Find a picture or photograph that you love. (I used one of my landscape paintings I made of San Cristobal.)

#2: Divide the picture into 9 squares. Fade out the middle square and four of the corner squares.

#3: Write the year in the middle and your resolutions in the corners. Play around with the fonts & colors.

#4: Put up your inspirational poster somewhere you’ll see it every morning and visualize your dreams coming true!

Happiness,

-Emily Lupita

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The Artist’s Alphabet Paintings

This Week @ Emily Lupita Studio:

One of the most amazing parts of The Artist’s Alphabet Book Project has been creating special paintings for my fabulous group of Kickstarter art collectors.

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Emily Lupita with her commissioned watercolor paintings, “Gift.”

I wanted to share a few photos of  some of the alphabet paintings I’ve been working on in my studio. I hope you can see the happiness and joy surrounding this project through these photos.

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Emily Lupita with her “L” is for Love watercolor painting.
Emily Lupita painting early in the morning. "I" is for Imagination watercolor painting commissioned artwork.
Emily Lupita painting early in the morning with her “I” is for Imagination watercolor painting.

I’m all finished now with my 2013 Kickstarter art book project…It was so fun and I’ll miss it so much!  It has been a wonderful journey and I’m excited for what the New Year will bring.

"A" is for artist watercolor painting by Emily Lupita.
“A” is for artist watercolor painting by Emily Lupita.

Sending wishes to you & your family for a very happy holiday season,

-Emily Lupita

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New Artist’s Alphabet Book Now Available: http://www.etsy.com/listing/169174662/art-book-the-artists-alphabet-26-words

**The book is also available for sale on Amazon.com, but those books ship directly from the warehouse, so they don’t pass through my hands and can’t be signed or dedicated.**

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The Artist’s Alphabet Books Are Here

This Week @ Emily Lupita Studio:

An exciting time in the studio…The Artist’s Alphabet books are here!

It has been an amazing artistic journey to get to this point and I’m so happy with how the books turned out. Sending many thanks to everyone who has encouraged and supported me along the way!

The books have now been sent out to my wonderful group of Kickstarter backers and should be arriving in the mail by the end of the week. I hope you enjoy all the bright colors in your special book packages!

A huge thank you goes out to my mom, Juana Maria, for spending time here at the studio to help me wrap, package and mail all the books. It was definitely a two artist job…and we had fun talking & listening to music together while we got it all done. Sharing here a photo of the dining room table during our book wrapping party.

How to Order:

I have a limited number of signed books available for sale in my Etsy Shop. I’m happy to dedicate the book to someone special as well, just let me know in the “notes to seller” section at checkout.

This is the direct link to order a signed & dedicated copy of the book:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/209702057/art-book-the-artists-alphabet-26-words

Once my supply here in the studio runs out, the book will remain available for sale on Amazon.com, but those books ship directly from the warehouse, so they don’t pass through my hands and won’t be signed or dedicated.

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I’m excited for my books to make their journeys out into the world.

Sending wishes for a beautiful week ahead,

-Emily Lupita

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Happy Thanksgiving!

This Week @ Emily Lupita Studio:

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all had a nice holiday weekend.

My family came to visit this week and we had such a nice time together. I’m blessed with a very creative family and we did so many cool projects together.

I loved waking up in the morning to paint with my brother & niece.

My sister-in-law & niece helped me make my new line of artwork jewelry…almost 100 new pieces!

We stayed up late talking & creating all sorts of pretty things.

My mom is really talented at sewing and she’s helping me create a prototype for my new Lupita dolls.

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So many great ideas…we’re still working on the final design but it has been fun experimenting with color, size & texture. Here are a few of our first dolls. My mom made the pink one – my favorite.

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Sending wishes for a beautiful week ahead,

-Emily Lupita

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This Week: Book Cover & First Alphabet Painting

This Week at Emily Lupita Studio:

This is the first week after the Kickstarter for my book project ended and it has been a wonderful, busy time. I’ve spent many hours designing and finalizing the final cover layout.

Final Book Cover Layout

The book is being distributed by Amazon.com, so I also needed to write the book description and author bio to go on Amazon’s webpage once the book is ready. It will look something like this:

Screenshot from Amazon book description page

I’m learning about distribution channels, copyright, royalty tiers, accounting and many other new things associated with having a small business & becoming my own publisher. It’s a ton of new information (some of it rather challenging for me to fully understand)…but I actually really love it so far.

“I is for Imagination” by Emily Lupita (ink drawing)

I finished drawing the first of my custom alphabet original paintings for my Kickstarter art collectors this week as well. I’ll start adding the watercolor soon & am excited to see “I is for Imagination” spring to life.

It is amazing for me to see this project come full circle…from creating the paintings over the last ten years to dreaming up the alphabet designs to laying out the text & graphic designs in the book and now this morning hand drawing the book designs here on watercolor paper.

When I reflect back on the journey I am filled with gratitude.

Sending wishes for a beautiful week ahead,

-Emily Lupita

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Kickstarter Project Funded!

This Week at Emily Lupita Studio:

The Artist’s Alphabet Kickstarter project has been officially funded. Sending a bright & colorful “Thank You!” to my group of wonderful backers who made it all happen!

Emily Lupita

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Final Days of my Kickstarter Project

This Week at Emily Lupita Studio

The final few days of my Kickstarter project are here! (The project ends on October 31st.)  I’m truly grateful to the 55 amazing people who’ve backed my project so far. I now have 93% of the total pledges needed to fund The Artist’s Alphabet book. Almost there…

P is for Perseverence

This has been one of the busiest weeks here at my studio and also one of the very best. I’ve been enjoying the time I spend each day working on finishing up all the details of the book design. These are two screen shots from my latest layout to give you an idea of how the book will look when finished. (I also shared a few different screen shots on my Emily Lupita Studio Facebook page earlier this week if you’d like to see more.)

Friendship

I added a colorful first letter to the title word on each definition page as well as a fancy text divider underneath to better balance out the spacing . I still have a few more definitions to write because it takes me awhile to think of how I want to phrase each definition & I go through so many drafts for each word.

Kindness

The book cover is coming along nicely. I still need to format it to the printer’s specifications, but this is the latest design I’m working with as of today:

COVER FINAL

It’s hard to believe my Kickstarter project  will end on October 31st, only four days from now. It’s been an incredible journey so far and I’m excited to see where the next four days will take me.

Sending you all many heartfelt thanks for your support & encouragement,

-Emily Lupita

Kickstarter Project Link:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/835782441/the-artists-alphabet-an-art-book-by-emily-lupita

KINDNESS Definition Page

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Week 4 of Kickstarter: The Final Week Begins

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Week 4 of my month-long Kickstarter project begins today.  I had 7 wonderful people back my project in the third week and now have 60% of the total pledges needed to fund my art book project.

It has been a joy designing the book pages and receiving such great encouragement & support from my incredible group of backers. I’m still hopeful that the remaining 40% of pledges needed will find their way to my project before October 31st.

Thank You WHITE

I designed this special “Thank You!” card especially for my awesome backers. I have it all prepared to send to the print shop on November 01st, hoping my optimistic actions might somehow help give my project that extra boost of positive energy needed for it to succeed in the final week.

Thanks Inside Postcard

This is another hopeful design I made this week, “A Note of Thanks.” I love how the paintings & letters flow together to create a bright & colorful thank you card. This might be another option for my special backer cards – or perhaps I’ll try to create a combination of the two designs.

I’ve been working on the letters for such a long time – now that they are all finished I’m really enjoying the process of combining them into words & special designs. Here’s another I made as an update to my project page.

Imagine a new alphabet

Thanks for all your encouragement. One more week…

-Emily Lupita

Kickstarter Project Link:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/835782441/the-artists-alphabet-an-art-book-by-emily-lupita

HOPE Definition Page

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Week 3 of Kickstarter: Poster Design & Definition Pages

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This Week at Emily Lupita Studio

Week 3 of my month-long Kickstarter project has started and a huge thank you goes out to the 11 wonderful people who backed my project in the second week.  I now have 47% of the pledges needed to make the book a reality. But I still need to raise more than half of my funding goal in the next two weeks, so the butterflies in my stomach are growing.

I had a beautiful moment this week when I finally finished the alphabet poster, something I’ve been slowly working toward for years. Each letter represents an original watercolor painting & design process that was a labor of love. The day I finished it also happened to be my 36th birthday, so I felt like this was a good sign I’m on the right path.

WHITE ALPHABET POSTER FINAL 2

The definition pages are slowly emerging – I’m all the way to “hope.” I’m writing my own definitions for each word based on the traditional Oxford Dictionary, but modified with my own feelings & experience with the word. Two of my favorite definition pages so far are Dreamer & Friendship.

DREAMER Definition Page

Thanks for all your encouragement!

-Emily Lupita

Kickstarter Project Link:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/835782441/the-artists-alphabet-an-art-book-by-emily-lupita

FRIENDSHIP Definition Page

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New Art Book Project Accepted By Kickstarter!

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New Art Book Project Accepted by Kickstarter:

I’m excited to share with you that my new art book project, The Artist’s Alphabet, has just been approved for a Kickstarter crowdsourcing campaign! A special Kickstarter website will run until October 31, 2013 at 11:59pm Eastern.

The official launch is October 1st, but I wanted to give the wonderful people who read my blog access to the project site early, so I linked it to this post. Just click here or on the invitation photo above to check it out.  (The site is now live & running, and I’m able to accept backer pledges as of today.)

Pledges start at $10 and I’m offering some great rewards for supporters of my project.  These rewards include “Kickstarter Only” packages on copies of the The Artist’s Alphabet e-book & soft cover book, plus, I’m offering big reductions on my original watercolor paintings as a special thank you to backers who’d like to collect a piece of original artwork.

Everyone who supports my project will also receive one of my artwork greeting cards in the mail with a handwritten thank you note inside and will be listed on a special page on my website and/or in the printed book itself to thank you for your generosity.

I’m hoping to raise $3500 to help fund the first edition printing of my alphabet book. To explain a bit about Kickstarter, it’s set up as an “all or nothing” platform, so if I meet my funding goal before the October 31 deadline, I get to put all the money I raise toward my art project (minus about 10% in Kickstarter/Amazon fees). If I fall short of the $3500 mark, I won’t get anything.

Thanks for your support & for helping me spread the word about this exciting project!

[This is the direct link to my Kickstarter site if you’d like to share with family & friends.]

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/835782441/the-artists-alphabet-an-art-book-by-emily-lupita

Wishing you a joyful weekend,

-Emily Lupita

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