You've Got the UNIVERSE in Your Hands.

"You've got the UNIVERSE in your hands" is a visionary arts children's book celebrating the awesome miracle of being alive in this conscious, loving universe!
Ryan Curtis
Gorgeous Ithaca, New York
United States
13 Team Members

"You've Got the UNIVERSE in Your Hands"

THANK YOU!!!!!!   This campaign did not make the 21,800 goal but we did pretty darn good! Some lessons were learned - and many blessings were received. Super grateful for all of your support! Looking forward to doing the work necessary to fulfill all of the 230+  gifts and making the book happen. 
Thank you all again so much!  - And for anyone interested in the book after the indegogo has closed - please check out

"You've Got the Universe in Your Hands" is an empowering visionary arts children's book which celebrates the awesome miracle of being alive in this conscious, loving universe! It's a reminder which kids love to hear. It is currently available in black and white as a downloadable PDF - or as a limited edition signed hardcopy- and - with your help - is on it's way to becoming a full color illustrated book and a digital interactive ipad/tablet app.

Working on the song of it as well..

The story .... Came through inspired by my then 5 year old cousin Emma- who's name it turns out - means "wholesome and universal"  . . .

You’ve got the UNIVERSE in your hands.

I’m not making this up, it really is true – you’ve got the whole universe right here with you.

You’ve got the universe in your hands. Let me explain the way hearts and stars may understand.

Each star in the night, just like each grain of sand,

is made of the same stuff as each woman and man.

And each woman and man and all of the children

and every dog, every cat, and every sweet little kitten,

are all made of the same UNIVERSE, far and wide.

The very same UNIVERSE that IS you and I.

Now, you don’t have to believe this, though what you believe may matter.

The TRUTH is you are made of the STARS as they scatter.

You are made of the SUN and of this EARTH.

But it is of the great and holy words

“ I AM ”

that we all came to birth!

You are made of the winds, and the waves in the sea,

of the endless vibration, sweet deep harmony.

You are made of LOVE and of POWER and STRENGTH.

Of so many things for which we all give thanks!


Thank your parents, your ancestors ‘n’ the stars;



Give thanks for Love ‘n’ YOURSELF, for your come-to-life powers!

And give thanks for the fish, the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees.

For the high snowy mountains and the sacred, fertile valleys.

And for all the good things that have brought you to your feet!

And all the things that may bring you to your knees.

All that is, all that was, and all that ever will be....

And for reminding you, if you wish, some sometimes think to thank me,

but I’m just like you; look through true and you’ll see…

How I love you so, ever so … oh so dearly.

And I will always be here, and you will be too…

…F O R  I  A M  T H E  U N I V E R S E…

And so are you.

You’ll get the UNIVERSE  in your hands!

  • When you pre-purchase the book - or invest in my art - you'll receive what you pay for and a bunch of love and gratitude as well. I've tried to price my perks and art as honestly and reasonably as possible. Your support makes you part of bringing this story to life!...

The book is NOW available as the black and white digital sketches which are to be the backbone of the finished book....For only $3 or up-  you can download, cut, fold and bind a book yourself.  PDF will be mailed to your e mail address shortly after contribution is received.  Print as many times as you like! For $8 you get the mini book and a coupon code for $10 off the published book in 2014. For $18 you'll get a signed copy of the Black n White mailed to you ! And starting at $33 you can pre order the color, sustainably printed published first run of the book...

Making it happen.

     I'm giving this project all the love, devotion, intention and attention it deserves... There's all kinds of green publishing variables to consider as well (scroll down for more details on publishing). For the most part, indegogo support will function like a publisher's advance. With funds in place, I will be able to focus in on the 30 plus pages of illustrations; which will also become the digital layers for the i pad / tablet book.. This projects requires time and concentrated attention.

Art is Process...

     My art is mixed media: nontraditional digital meets analogue. I layer photos and sketches as digital collage, play with screen printing and alternative printmaking and yes...actual paint. I pour love and prayer and life into my creations. See more at AquariusDreams.Com

Perk #13, Courageous Healer

Perk #14, Dawn of the Buffalo

Perk #15, Elements of the (Big) Heart

Perk #16, Flight of peace (dove)

Perk#17,  Humming the Hearts Song

Perk#18, Immortality

Perk#19, It is of the words "I AM" that you came to birth...

Sneak peak at current book ...

Since my work begins as digital "sketches" and layouts, much of what you saw in the sneak preview in the video is just that, the unfinished digital "sketch" layouts. They are a good start; but with your support, the illustrations will have a more organic painterly feel like the images above...

Sneak peak from the current version Black and white version of the book... color is coming!!!!

Epic / Green Publishing

Because this book is about the UNIVERSE being in our hands there is an underlying message of caring for our planet, ourselves and respecting the fact that we are borrowing our resources from the children and the next 7 generations. I know I have to honor nature when I make it. I have a connection for publishing this book in the US at an Environmentally responsible printing company on recycled or, (waiting on print tests,) possibly even Tree Free paper. I am open to offers from other publishing houses as well; but need the message to be respected in the way the book is made. Love that apps can be tree free... I’m aiming to make the full color hardcover version of the book as epic as can be. Your help will allow me to pour love and attention into every square inch of the illustrations and the care of the publishing details for the finished published version. 

The "Heart of Gold" $33 perk .. Organic American Apparel and screen printed in Ithaca!

What's the $ for?

The budget is $21,800 for me to publish & fulfill the campaign by sending you books and making you art!

These numbers are a pretty good estimate which a friend in publishing helped with .

~$600 Fine-Art Scanning of illustrations

~$895 Art Editing (Photoshop Mastering)

~$1,800 Book Layout Design Fanciness

~$175 Printing Test

~$10,874 1000 Main print run right here in the US. (Nothing against China, or other places; there just isn't very much environmental oversight, and I wouldn't have the opportunity to possibly print the book tree-free)

~$5,000 Perks: Fulfillment and Shipping

~$1,500 Indegogo Campaign Costs (roughly 10-15% of raised funds)

Stretch Goals / Interactivity

More specific Stretch goals for this project will be announced once the initial goal is reached. I've already started to dream of an interactive ipad/tablet app version of the story. Working on the video for this has expanded my awareness of what is possible with text/ movement/ sound and imagery and I'm beginning to dream even bigger. Interactivity might include, for instance, being able to upload images of your parents and grandparents. Talks have already begun with a prominent digital media house which is interested in moving forward on that project with me. All those who support my gifts on this campaign will be given a discount on the interactive version of the story when we are fortunate enough to move in that direction. 

The "Bless your Heart and Hands" $33 perk 11x24 limited edition screen print on wood. 


Who are you?

My name is Ryan B. Curtis, and you may say that I'm a dreamer... 

I’ve been an artist all my life and I've been making a living at it for a number of years. I have worked in a variety of media and have shown all over the country.  My themes have centered mostly around nature and spirit. I have approached many of my creations with the intention of bringing some kind of a healing energy through my work. It has been a journey and I’ve met so many amazing YOU! Thank you to all who have supported me on this path, and great thanks to Great Spirit for the path itself. 

Risks and Challenges, nothing we cant surmount!

The biggest challenge with publishing this book is nailing down all the pre-production details, working closely with a printing/ publishing company, hand-picking the papers, printing page samples to ensure the colors are just right, and delivering the final product(s) to you without delay. My greatest joy in moving forward with this project is making each and every color illustration all that it can be and sparking the magic knowing in a child’s heart and mind that they are so loved by the greatness from which they come.

My biggest priority is for the end product to be of the highest quality and for the message to reach all those intended to receive it!  I am willing to take risks to make it happen, including going out on this limb in sharing the process with you!

So much gratitude. Lets make great things happen!

The whole story told here . .  take 2!

raised by 230 people in 1 month
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This campaign ended on February 8, 2014
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  • $3USD
    Trinity's favorite story

    You've got the UNIVERSE in your hands - as the eloquent 32 page do-it-yourself book. Within24 hrs of your contribution a link to a downloadable black and white PDF of the book will be sent. You simply print, cut or fold yourself and you've got the universe in your hands. It's a sweet way to share and experience the story while I continue to work towards the finished full color version- and someday perhaps - the interactive ipad/ tablet version. Print as many copies as you like!

    12 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $8USD
    It's in your hands!

    You’ve got the UNIVERSE in your hands – as the black and white 32 page hands-on DIY book! Download, print, cut, fold and staple or sew this black and white version as many times as you like! You’ll also get a coupon code for $10 off the price of the full color illustrated book to be used select days when it is published and available next year. I will definitely send you a reminder e mail when that time comes!

    21 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $18USD
    Sew Good !

    You’ve got the UNIVERSE in your hands – as the downloadable PDF book, the downloadable mini creation coloring book – a promo coupon code for 10% off the published full color book and as a thank you, I’ll also mail along 3 greeting cards and a limited edition copy of the PDF book bound together with magic thread by me and my elves and signed by “The UNIVERSE”

    13 out of 888 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $33USD
    Bless your heart and hands.

    You’ve got the UNIVERSE in your hands as a limited edition print on wood. The story, in its entirety silkscreened onto an 11x24 pine board painted with watercolors and inks. Each print will have its own unique details – each numbered and signed by the artist. Plus a greeting card and a code for 10% off the published book!

    54 out of 888 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $33USD
    The UNIVERSE in your hands !

    Description: You’ve got the UNIVERSE in your hands – I’m not making this up – it really is true ~ Thirty Three pre-orders the book straight to you! You’ll get the book mailed to you when it’s finished and printed! You’ll also have access to the downloadable PDF’s version of the mini book and the creation/coloring book. Plus a set of 3 greeting cards and a promo code for a friend to get 10% off the final book.

    42 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
  • $33USD
    Heart of gold!

    You’ve got the UNIVERSE in your hands – as the anatomically correct heart of gold organic shirt and a promo code for 10% off the published book ~ Plus: the downloadable creation book, and black and white PDF illustrated book . Specify shirt size and sex !

    20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $64USD
    Flower of life!

    You’ve got the UNIVERSE in your hands – as a High quality giclée print of your choice of illustration on smooth museum quality enhanced matte paper. Size: 11"x14".. Plus the downloadable PDF’s of the book and a promo code for a friend to get 10% off the final book.

    5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $108USD
    Auspicious Blessings

    You’ve got the UNIVERSE in your hands - The book, the heart of gold organic shirt and the limited edition print on wood as well as a pack of 8 greeting cards . Of course you also will get the downloadable PDF of the book plus a 10% promo code for a friend to use towards the published book .

    23 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $234USD
    Flexible funds!

    You've got the UNIVERSE in your hands as a pre order of the book - or the heart of gold shirt - or the limited edition screen print... You'll also get $220 towards any art and design on - including commissions!

    3 claimed
  • $333USD
    Three to get ready !

    You've got the UNIVERSE in your hands -and you know how to celebrate! the downloadable book- 3 signed copies of the published book - and - I'll show up at your party with my airbrush bodypaint arsenal and paint you and your guests faces. Maybe we'll make it an epic phothshoot as well. Mad tea party anybody? Travel expenses not included!

    1 out of 3 claimed
  • $420USD
    Courageous Healer!

    You've got the UNIVERSE in your hands - the pdf's, a signed copy of the book when it prints - and this courageous healing Lion ...

    4 out of 5 claimed
  • $500USD
    Dawn of the Buffalo

    You've got the UNIVERSE in your hands. Everything in "Auspicious Blessings" will be coming your way . You'll also get this big spirited bison who will bless your space up with its reflections of abundance!!! 33 x 33 Citrasolv carbon transfers by hand on pine with UV resistant gloss polymer. Each hand printed piece has unique details!

    1 out of 5 claimed
  • $700USD
    Big Heart

    You've got the UNIVERSE in your hands. You've also got a big heart! This 33x 33 mixed media one of a kind print/painting will remind you what the heart is capable of radiating. You'll also get everything in "Auspicious Blessings"

    0 out of 3 claimed
  • $1,250USD
    Pure Love Dove

    You've got the UNIVERSE in your hands. You'll get everything in "Auspicious Blessings" - and you'll get an original mixed media painting of peace and freedom as well.

    0 out of 2 claimed
  • $1,450USD
    The Hearts Song

    You've got the UNIVERSE in your hands. plus Auspicious Blessings - and you'll also get one of these Hummingbird messengers of spirit... Did you know humming birds fly over 450 miles of water with a 20 mile an hour headwind (with more than 20 hours of travel time) to make it to their favorite breeding grounds?? We are capable of so much when our hearts are in it!

    0 out of 3 claimed
  • $1,800USD

    You've got the UNIVERSE in your hands. And it shows! Participation at this level is way fun. A portrait of you or someone you love - as the spirit you are. We begin with a photoshoot if viable- possibly some airbrush bodypaint. And create a mixed media masterpiece of you as the light bringer you are.- size may vary - but around 33 x 64 feels right. Everything in "Auspicious Blessings" is yours too.

    0 out of 2 claimed
  • $3,000USD
    It is of the words "I Am"

    You've got the UNIVERSE in your hands. You've also got an original showcase piece inspired by one of the most important pages in the book. Everything in Auspicious Blessings coming your way as well. Copy and paste this link to see the piece;

    0 out of 1 claimed
  • $3,300USD
    Infinite Love, Life and Light.

    You've got the Universe in your hands- and everything in "Auspicious Blessings" plus - one of the original fine art illustration paintings to the book. Choice of illustration will be given in order perk is supported. Only offering 5 of these originals before book is published. Contact me to discuss if interested.

    0 out of 5 claimed
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