Kraaft Shaak on the GO!

$1,180 of $215k goal

Raised by 24 people in 8 months
Heather Kraafter  BUTTE, MT
The Kraaft Shaak is an online interactive community for all sorts of kraafty artsy fun for all levels of all abilities. We learn, explore and grow in creativity TOGETHER! It started as a personal hobby and has become a family of Kraafters all over the world! You can read the full story here: About the Kraaft Shaak!

Currently, what we do at the Kraaft Shaak is limited to the confines of the basement, with only a webcam to reach beyond these walls. As we meet new people online and venture into new areas of art and creativity, it is becoming clear to us that we do better IN PERSON and LIVE with people in the audience with us! Often, when we do a live show, we get requests to go on location. Some have asked, “When are you coming to my hometown?”  Some have said, “I want to be part of the audience” and “I want to kraaft live with you on the show.”

We have been blessed to give it a try and we loved it! Watch this ON LOCATION episode...Gelli Plate Tuesday on location!

We intend to take this show on the road, forming a new sub title - Kraaft Shaak on the GO! We want to get a bit more professional with our setup too. We intend to not just travel with a small tripod and a laptop to my Gram's; like we did in that episode. Rather, we want to outfit a traveling rig that will accommodate a full -on location- studio that we can produce a fun and interactive live broadcast to the world from a city near you with YOU in the audience!

We also want to use this studio to host classes - but we want these classes to be intimate and affordable.

One thing we have noticed in this industry is that although there are plenty of products, and many people to ‘teach’ you how to use them, it is often a price and/or distance out of reach by most who wish to enjoy the fun of painting, card making or just finding out what mono-printing is. We want to bridge the gap and make it more accessible for more people.

Another thing we recognized was that many of the craft functions available are HUGE and filled with a large number of people. This limits the experience for some attendees and we want to be sure the time you spend at the Kraaft Shaak on the GO! is beneficial to you, and that you are able to get your questions answered and you leave feeling empowered to go out and create!

What we currently offer:
~Watercolor, mixed media, Gelli® Plating, art journaling, and more! instructional videos, blog posts and design team work.
~Kraaft It LIVE - a free weekly 1 hour broadcast available live and recorded.
~This & That Thursday - a quick, sped up video showing a technique or project for easy consumption.
~Monday Meanderings - a monthly LIVE and interactive chat.
~Exclusive hangouts, sketches, videos and prints for the Patreon supporters.
~Online instructional courses, such as Learn To Draw, at affordable prices under the Simple & Basic title.
~The Kraafters Kommunity, a virtual community for everyone who wants a safe space to learn and grow in the arts.

With Kraaft Shaak on the GO! We want to offer all that and…
~travel across the United States, visiting the fine folks on our Patreon map.
~produce the weekly live broadcast with a live studio audience seating 10-12 people who will reserve their seat by using our online booking system.
~host 3 to 4 classes per week that will seat 5-8 people, class schedule and topics will be posted and reserved using our online booking system.
~travel and teach at local scrapbooking, hobby & crafting stores that desire an in house group function for their employees and customers.
~meet each and every Patreon supporter we are capable of meeting.
~encouragement and empowerment for all creatives we encounter.
~hand deliver original artwork to those who order it. we see it unfold.

We firmly believe that everyone was born with God given talents and creative abilities, but not everyone has the opportunity to develop these talents and abilities. It is our hope that God will use Kraaft Shaak on the GO! to bring the opportunity to everyone.

Kraaft Shaak on the GO! is an adventure we want you to be a part of and come along with us. We will use the funds raised here to purchase a 40 foot travel trailer, a truck, art supplies for classes and shows, gas, food and lodging expenses. Internet, insurance, website maintenance and all expenses needed to travel the road and fulfill the lists above.

It has been my own personal dream to come to a city near our followers, hangout with them in person, see their art journals and works of heART they create. To chat with each person, look them in the eye and tell them how important they have been to this endeavor, this would be a dream come true for me. It is also a passion of my husband’s to drive the big rig, travel the country and meet folks all over. This has been a family decision to downsize and set out on the road. We have decided to sell all our belongings and put all that towards the purchases. We still need your help though to get it fully funded!

PLEASE CONSIDER sharing this campaign!
Sharing this story with family and friends will get our message out there...we want to be the first in the industry to bring the studio to the people who can not attend otherwise. We want to be the first to make it accessible to all people of all abilities and financial levels.

If you believe in this cause and want to see dreams come true, please know that every penny you give will be used to share positive and creative experiences with people all over the country.

We figured out that if only 8,600 people gave $25 each - we would be fully funded!

If you desire to give a larger amount we have special rewards for each person who does...please see our website for more details and how to claim your prize for the larger donations.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in an official sponsorship, please visit our Sponsorship Program Page  to receive the sponsorship package designed to promote your business’ generosity while we travel all over the road.

Our final request - if you would - please pray for this adventure and our safe travels. There is more about that on our website  as well...if you desire.

Thank you - from the Kraaft Shaak team (and the family of Kraafters all over the world!)
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Update 8
Posted by Heather Kraafter
1 month ago
Hello supporters!
Mr. Kraafter and I sat down on the couch to answer a few of YOUR questions about the #KSontheGO

I thought you might want to hear it and if we didn't answer your questions, be sure to leave us a message and we will answer yours in the next video!
A Q&A session with Mr. Kraafter!
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Update 7
Posted by Heather Kraafter
1 month ago
Busy as a little bee!
I have been making cosmetic and behind the scenes changes to many aspects of the Kraaft Shaak...
Did you know...
I run and operate my entire website on my own? I do! In fact I have learned more about coding and other web essential items in the last few years than I ever thought I would! I create all the graphics you see, I write all the copy and I also do all the formatting. So when something is new or looks a little off I am to blame.

I went into the website this past week and made a few changes...still more to come...but for now I am trying to get our system set up for things like ONLINE BOOKING, for our LIVE and IN PERSON events when we begin travelling. I also want it to be clear and have one website for everything so you can jump right to what you want to see easily.

I also made a few small changes to the YouTube channel and that includes the new channel art, and introduction trailer to explain what we do here. I hope it helps people know us better.

God has been preparing me for this adventure for a while. It is funny to recall many things I was taught over the last 25 years of my life in the strangest ways and to find I need that knowledge in something I am working on now. What an adventure this is for sure!

Check out the new channel video here and then check out the website to see if you spot the changes.

Exciting, huh?
Kraaft Shaak YouTube Channel Video
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Update 6
Posted by Heather Kraafter
2 months ago
WOW!!! $355 has been donated since the first of the year!
This is awesome.
Our restart of this fundraiser is off to a great start and we very VERY grateful to everyone who has shared and sent in funds!

I am working on a special THANK YOU art piece to everyone who has donated so far...and will be emailing it to everyone as a printable high resolution image so you can have it printed.

IF YOU WANT THIS ART PRINT TOO and have not yet donated, go ahead...I will include in your thank you note. UPDATE COMING NEXT WEEK with the image I have created for you all.

This is just a picture but we mean it!
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Update 5
Posted by Heather Kraafter
2 months ago
Hello donors and interested folks who want to see the Kraaft Shaak get on the GO!

I have a very special treat for you!!!

Did you know we have a resident Kartoonist? Well we do! She hangs out in the chat of every episode and takes notes and then "toons" the best highlights!

This week she made this image in honor of our adventure.

Spread the word and share how our adventure can be taken to the next level (and get me some skating lessons, maybe) with YOUR HELP!!!

if everyone who say this gave $25 we would be on the road THIS YEAR!!!!
KS on the GO! gets a wobbly start
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$1,180 of $215k goal

Raised by 24 people in 8 months
Created July 28, 2016
Heather Kraafter  
Lila L
1 month ago(Offline Donation)

I hope this helps you get on the road!

tabatha smith
2 months ago

Heather, I hope you meet your goal! Would love to see you bring the "Shaak" to Washington :)

Kenna Bynum
2 months ago

I really enjoyed your Abstract Watercolor- Pouring technique. But my favorite video is the mixed media cross you did. I've learned so much and am going to shop for supplies to do my own piece. Thank you for sharing your talent because it is giving me the confidence to do some of my own artistic exploring!

Pat Richley-Erickson
2 months ago

A GREAT concept! Come to Salt Lake City first. ♥

2 months ago(Offline Donation)
Barbara Freeman
2 months ago
Russ Worthington
4 months ago
Donna Williamson
5 months ago

Heather - I pray this dream becomes a reality and you head my way! :)

Lynda Wessell
6 months ago
6 months ago(Offline Donation)

Dream Big!

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