Erin Darling is creating watercolor illustrations
30

patrons

$433
per month
Making a living from making my art has been a lifeline. It is through my art that I have been able to keep my girls close during the hardest year in our lives, and it’s also a way my little family has found to transform our hardship into something beautiful and meaningful.

Instead of focusing on all the things I lack, I want to be dazzled by all the riches I have: the conversation at a craft fair with That One Person who always yearned to find something that captured the inexpressible recesses of his soul; the Instagram messages from single moms who are looking for strength to get through one more month going it alone; the emails I get from people who tell me that my art is meaningful because it helps them survive grief or pain or loss. I don’t want to shy away from hardships or difficult times. I want to sit still and allow life to unfold as it will. I want to keep making my art, and I want to keep opening up my heart and my life in moments of radical vulnerability.

That is why I am opening up a patreon.

I want to invite you into this moment, to support me as I continue to make art and tell stories that are important to who we are and the kind of world in which we want to live.

I want to paint art about “broken” families that are anything but broken, so that kids of single parents and blended families can see their lifestyle in my storybooks. I want to represent under-represented groups, depicting adopted families, LGBT people, disabled people, people from various faiths and all walks of life.

Come stand on the blank page with me. Let’s embrace whatever life throws at us and fold those experiences into new and meaningful creations. Let’s embrace our fractured lives; instead of seeing them as broken, I want to see how the cracks and fissures in our imperfect vessels allow incandescent light to shine through us. I want to pour gold into those cracks to mark how there is courage in the tenderness of insistent connection.

I want to give myself to you over and over again.

Here’s your chance for us to belong to each other.

Support me on Patreon today.
Tiers
You're Darling
$1 or more per month 5 patrons
Thanks for jointing my base of supporters! Access members-only posts + add your voice to community polls.
Everyone's a Winner
$5 or more per month 13 patrons
 
  • Access to members-only coloring sheets… 1 new coloring sheet each month!
  • Automatic entry into monthly giveaway: one winner gets a free piece of original artwork*
  • PLUS everything previous tier gets


*Monthly Giveaway Terms:  To enter, simply email your name and mailing address to [email protected] with "Monthly Giveaway" in the title. Do this once a month for each month that you want to enter.   Prize is 1 free piece of original art from my shop.  Original artwork that has been in the shop for less than 30 days is excluded. No purchase necessary. Limit 1 entry per household. Patreon supporters at this tier and up get an automatic free entry.

Curiosities Corner
$12 or more per month 4 patrons
 
  • Once a month you can opt in for one (1) magnet, large sticker or postcard. I pick the design, and when I have a new art release, I will feature those new designs on your collectible item. 
  • Get advance notice before new art goes live in my shop, so you get first dibs!
  • PLUS everything previous tiers get
DIY Downloads
$25 or more per month 3 patrons
 
  • Access to a downloadable library of high res images of my art, for private use. Always wanted some notecards or a cell phone case or a T-shirt with my art on it? Here’s your chance to make your own. (Library is curated by me. Images under copyright protection. Licensing rights do not transfer: this is just something available to you for fun personal use.)
  • PLUS everything previous tiers get
Collectors Club
$50 or more per month 2 patrons
 
  • Exclusive, limited edition art prints each month that won’t be available to purchase anywhere else. 
  • You select the size you prefer: six notecards (with envelopes), three 5x7 prints, two 8x10 prints OR one 11x14 print. 
  • Option to buy extra prints or notecards from current month.
  • Option to buy extra art prints from previous months (past months are not available as notecards)
  • PLUS everything previous tiers get


DISCLOSURE: I am not always timely at mailing your art prints once a month. Sometimes this is because it takes time to order and receive them from my printer. Sometimes this is simply because the busy life of being a single mom interrupts me. If you are ever concerned about the status of your mailing, shoot me a message. Rest assured, I keep meticulous records and I will always send you everything you have paid for.

International Collectors Club
$60 or more per month 1 patron
Exactly like the $50 tier, but for supporters outside the US.


*I am not responsible for any VAT (value added tax) by Customs on overseas shipping. This may occur in some counties. Please check with your customs department in advance to assess how much this will cost you at the time of delivery. 

Happy Mail
$100 or more per month 1 patron
 
  • For every month you subscribe to this tier, I’ll send you a surprise gift package. This will feature my art on an assortment of novelty items. I’ll keep it fresh and fun! You can expect things such as: a jigsaw puzzle, mugs, patches, enamel pins, sticker sheets, screen printed tote bags, and/or a collaboration with another maker or a feature of a maker I love. Who knows? Maybe I’ll even slip in some homemade fudge during the holidays.
  • PLUS everything previous tiers get


DISCLOSURE: I am not always timely at mailing your art prints once a month. Sometimes this is because it takes time to order and receive them from my printer. Sometimes this is simply because the busy life of being a single mom interrupts me. If you are ever concerned about the status of your mailing, shoot me a message. Rest assured, I keep meticulous records and I will always send you everything you have paid for. 

International Happy Mail
$115 or more per month 0 patrons
Exactly like the $100 tier, but for supporters outside of the US.


 *I am not responsible for any VAT (value added tax) by Customs on overseas shipping. This may occur in some counties. Please check with your customs department in advance to assess how much this will cost you at the time of delivery.  

Phone Friends
$150 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
 
  • In a world of screens and social media, it’s easy to feel disconnected. Once a month I’ll call you and we can talk for a half hour about anything from art projects to parenting to homemaking to hopes and dreams.
  • PLUS everything previous tiers get
Art Date
$400 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
 
  • Come make art with me in my home. Bring your kids or a friend. My kids will mostly likely join us.
  • All supplies/snacks covered.
  • PLUS everything previous tiers get
Goals
$433 of $500 per month
When we hit $500/mo I’ll add downloadable paper dolls.
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Making a living from making my art has been a lifeline. It is through my art that I have been able to keep my girls close during the hardest year in our lives, and it’s also a way my little family has found to transform our hardship into something beautiful and meaningful.

Instead of focusing on all the things I lack, I want to be dazzled by all the riches I have: the conversation at a craft fair with That One Person who always yearned to find something that captured the inexpressible recesses of his soul; the Instagram messages from single moms who are looking for strength to get through one more month going it alone; the emails I get from people who tell me that my art is meaningful because it helps them survive grief or pain or loss. I don’t want to shy away from hardships or difficult times. I want to sit still and allow life to unfold as it will. I want to keep making my art, and I want to keep opening up my heart and my life in moments of radical vulnerability.

That is why I am opening up a patreon.

I want to invite you into this moment, to support me as I continue to make art and tell stories that are important to who we are and the kind of world in which we want to live.

I want to paint art about “broken” families that are anything but broken, so that kids of single parents and blended families can see their lifestyle in my storybooks. I want to represent under-represented groups, depicting adopted families, LGBT people, disabled people, people from various faiths and all walks of life.

Come stand on the blank page with me. Let’s embrace whatever life throws at us and fold those experiences into new and meaningful creations. Let’s embrace our fractured lives; instead of seeing them as broken, I want to see how the cracks and fissures in our imperfect vessels allow incandescent light to shine through us. I want to pour gold into those cracks to mark how there is courage in the tenderness of insistent connection.

I want to give myself to you over and over again.

Here’s your chance for us to belong to each other.

Support me on Patreon today.

Recent posts by Erin Darling

Tiers
You're Darling
$1 or more per month 5 patrons
Thanks for jointing my base of supporters! Access members-only posts + add your voice to community polls.
Everyone's a Winner
$5 or more per month 13 patrons
 
  • Access to members-only coloring sheets… 1 new coloring sheet each month!
  • Automatic entry into monthly giveaway: one winner gets a free piece of original artwork*
  • PLUS everything previous tier gets


*Monthly Giveaway Terms:  To enter, simply email your name and mailing address to [email protected] with "Monthly Giveaway" in the title. Do this once a month for each month that you want to enter.   Prize is 1 free piece of original art from my shop.  Original artwork that has been in the shop for less than 30 days is excluded. No purchase necessary. Limit 1 entry per household. Patreon supporters at this tier and up get an automatic free entry.

Curiosities Corner
$12 or more per month 4 patrons
 
  • Once a month you can opt in for one (1) magnet, large sticker or postcard. I pick the design, and when I have a new art release, I will feature those new designs on your collectible item. 
  • Get advance notice before new art goes live in my shop, so you get first dibs!
  • PLUS everything previous tiers get
DIY Downloads
$25 or more per month 3 patrons
 
  • Access to a downloadable library of high res images of my art, for private use. Always wanted some notecards or a cell phone case or a T-shirt with my art on it? Here’s your chance to make your own. (Library is curated by me. Images under copyright protection. Licensing rights do not transfer: this is just something available to you for fun personal use.)
  • PLUS everything previous tiers get
Collectors Club
$50 or more per month 2 patrons
 
  • Exclusive, limited edition art prints each month that won’t be available to purchase anywhere else. 
  • You select the size you prefer: six notecards (with envelopes), three 5x7 prints, two 8x10 prints OR one 11x14 print. 
  • Option to buy extra prints or notecards from current month.
  • Option to buy extra art prints from previous months (past months are not available as notecards)
  • PLUS everything previous tiers get


DISCLOSURE: I am not always timely at mailing your art prints once a month. Sometimes this is because it takes time to order and receive them from my printer. Sometimes this is simply because the busy life of being a single mom interrupts me. If you are ever concerned about the status of your mailing, shoot me a message. Rest assured, I keep meticulous records and I will always send you everything you have paid for.

International Collectors Club
$60 or more per month 1 patron
Exactly like the $50 tier, but for supporters outside the US.


*I am not responsible for any VAT (value added tax) by Customs on overseas shipping. This may occur in some counties. Please check with your customs department in advance to assess how much this will cost you at the time of delivery. 

Happy Mail
$100 or more per month 1 patron
 
  • For every month you subscribe to this tier, I’ll send you a surprise gift package. This will feature my art on an assortment of novelty items. I’ll keep it fresh and fun! You can expect things such as: a jigsaw puzzle, mugs, patches, enamel pins, sticker sheets, screen printed tote bags, and/or a collaboration with another maker or a feature of a maker I love. Who knows? Maybe I’ll even slip in some homemade fudge during the holidays.
  • PLUS everything previous tiers get


DISCLOSURE: I am not always timely at mailing your art prints once a month. Sometimes this is because it takes time to order and receive them from my printer. Sometimes this is simply because the busy life of being a single mom interrupts me. If you are ever concerned about the status of your mailing, shoot me a message. Rest assured, I keep meticulous records and I will always send you everything you have paid for. 

International Happy Mail
$115 or more per month 0 patrons
Exactly like the $100 tier, but for supporters outside of the US.


 *I am not responsible for any VAT (value added tax) by Customs on overseas shipping. This may occur in some counties. Please check with your customs department in advance to assess how much this will cost you at the time of delivery.  

Phone Friends
$150 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
 
  • In a world of screens and social media, it’s easy to feel disconnected. Once a month I’ll call you and we can talk for a half hour about anything from art projects to parenting to homemaking to hopes and dreams.
  • PLUS everything previous tiers get
Art Date
$400 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
 
  • Come make art with me in my home. Bring your kids or a friend. My kids will mostly likely join us.
  • All supplies/snacks covered.
  • PLUS everything previous tiers get