Jo James

is creating Art

15

patrons

$136

per month
Hello! 
My name is Jo James, but some of you may know me as Cart Before the Horse. The art I make is a lot like me-- friendly, folky, and maybe a little odd. I’ve been creating and selling art for almost 16 years, and now I’m joining Patreon! My creations are in homes in 49 states here in the US (still waiting on you, West Virginia), and in 19 other countries around the world. I love getting to make art for a living (wheee!), but I'm also in charge of bookkeeping, IT, shipping, photography, and sales (whew!). It's rewarding, but can be quite unpredictable.

Sometimes I worry that I'm not doing anything of any consequence, making things that nobody really needs. But worry is a misuse of imagination, and what would life be without the inconsequential things? Music, art, laughter, literature, the things that make us more than just our needs. . .  At the heart of sponsorship is the belief that these things are important, essential even, and therefore worth supporting.  So I'm asking for your help so that I can keep making stuff, because sometimes we all need a little reminder that frivolity is a necessary ingredient in creating a happy life.

What I'd like to do is start my relationship with Patreon supporters in two stages. The first stage is a few small-amount tiers so I can catch up, put together a mailing list and newsletter, and be ready to launch the first of many new ideas. I think 9 weeks should do it.

The second stage is a more traditional Patreon account, with multiple tiers, exclusive pieces, and new goods. For example, $15 will get you an original Artist Trading Card every month, or $24 will get you a limited-edition stuffed ornament mailed to you each month. It'll be something exclusively for patrons not sold anywhere else. I'll figure out more tiers as we go along-- like paperdolls, patterns, wooden whimsies, kits, tutorials, limited edition prints, stickers, enamel pins, etc. There will be content for Patrons as well, like behind the scenes stuff, step by step pics, and free printables. I'll update this page 9 weeks after this introduction, with details on my newsletter and all the ideas I have in store for the new year. If you join me now, you'll assure your spot at the top of the list for access to future tiers. 

I'd love to be able to keep making stuff, and to share more of it with you. I have SO many ideas, so many creations waiting to be brought to life! You click BECOME A PATRON and I'll give you lots more arty goodness. 

You can see more of my art here:
My Shop
Instagram
My Website
Tiers
Paperdoll
$2 or more per month

- Big THANKS

- Monthly cyber-hugs

- Access to Patron content

- Patron of the Arts badge

Bunny
$5 or more per month

- Big THANKS

- Monthly cyber-hugs

- Access to Patron content

- Patron of the Arts badge

- First dibs on any future tiers

Fairy
$10 or more per month

- 10% discount

- Big THANKS

- Monthly cyber-hugs

- Access to Patron content

- Patron of the Arts badge

- First dibs on future tiers

Strawberry
$20 or more per month

- Free shipping! (Domestic US)

   or a 10% discount

- Big THANKS

- Monthly cyber-hugs

- Access to Patron content

- Patron of the Arts badge

- First dibs on future tiers


Goals
$136 of $1,800 per month
All of my basic living expenses are covered, giving me time to do more freebies like coloring pages, tutorials, and patterns. Also, I can bring so many more creations to life!
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Hello! 
My name is Jo James, but some of you may know me as Cart Before the Horse. The art I make is a lot like me-- friendly, folky, and maybe a little odd. I’ve been creating and selling art for almost 16 years, and now I’m joining Patreon! My creations are in homes in 49 states here in the US (still waiting on you, West Virginia), and in 19 other countries around the world. I love getting to make art for a living (wheee!), but I'm also in charge of bookkeeping, IT, shipping, photography, and sales (whew!). It's rewarding, but can be quite unpredictable.

Sometimes I worry that I'm not doing anything of any consequence, making things that nobody really needs. But worry is a misuse of imagination, and what would life be without the inconsequential things? Music, art, laughter, literature, the things that make us more than just our needs. . .  At the heart of sponsorship is the belief that these things are important, essential even, and therefore worth supporting.  So I'm asking for your help so that I can keep making stuff, because sometimes we all need a little reminder that frivolity is a necessary ingredient in creating a happy life.

What I'd like to do is start my relationship with Patreon supporters in two stages. The first stage is a few small-amount tiers so I can catch up, put together a mailing list and newsletter, and be ready to launch the first of many new ideas. I think 9 weeks should do it.

The second stage is a more traditional Patreon account, with multiple tiers, exclusive pieces, and new goods. For example, $15 will get you an original Artist Trading Card every month, or $24 will get you a limited-edition stuffed ornament mailed to you each month. It'll be something exclusively for patrons not sold anywhere else. I'll figure out more tiers as we go along-- like paperdolls, patterns, wooden whimsies, kits, tutorials, limited edition prints, stickers, enamel pins, etc. There will be content for Patrons as well, like behind the scenes stuff, step by step pics, and free printables. I'll update this page 9 weeks after this introduction, with details on my newsletter and all the ideas I have in store for the new year. If you join me now, you'll assure your spot at the top of the list for access to future tiers. 

I'd love to be able to keep making stuff, and to share more of it with you. I have SO many ideas, so many creations waiting to be brought to life! You click BECOME A PATRON and I'll give you lots more arty goodness. 

You can see more of my art here:
My Shop
Instagram
My Website

Recent posts by Jo James

Tiers
Paperdoll
$2 or more per month

- Big THANKS

- Monthly cyber-hugs

- Access to Patron content

- Patron of the Arts badge

Bunny
$5 or more per month

- Big THANKS

- Monthly cyber-hugs

- Access to Patron content

- Patron of the Arts badge

- First dibs on any future tiers

Fairy
$10 or more per month

- 10% discount

- Big THANKS

- Monthly cyber-hugs

- Access to Patron content

- Patron of the Arts badge

- First dibs on future tiers

Strawberry
$20 or more per month

- Free shipping! (Domestic US)

   or a 10% discount

- Big THANKS

- Monthly cyber-hugs

- Access to Patron content

- Patron of the Arts badge

- First dibs on future tiers