Welcome to Paul Taggart’s illustrated Paintbox Tale No.2, 'Starway Sapphires'; the first to be released in a collection of six, stand-alone, short stories – The Paintbox Tales from 'Paul Taggart's Elphen Chronicles'.
Lift the lid on Artimus Glin’s legacy paintbox and you are transported into the world of Elphen - as Zand was to discover, when this precious wooden box, full of promise, adventure and wonderment became his to explore. Such is the magic of a box of paints and brushes.
Select & Treasure
Watch & Listen along to the Video-Storybook, in which Paul narrates this illustrated Paintbox Tale, which recounts the beginnings of a lifelong friendship between Zand and the Elphen Swarm Leader, Weftwing, the Insect Whisperer. ‘Starway Sapphires’, Paintbox Tale No. 2, chronicles where Zand's passion for painting began, with the discovery of his Grandfather’s legacy – a paintbox heaped full of possibilities. A treasure trove passed down through time, now to be reborn, as Zand was to discover.
Watch & Wander through free-to-view videos and get to know the world of Elphen as captured by Paul in his paintings and written about in his stories and chronicles. See how Paul’s Elphen waistcoat was created. Watch as Paul shares an idea for colouring-in the Colour-your-Own Greetings Card - all these and more are yours to enjoy, as we share further insights into the creation of Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles.
Get the latest behind-the-scenes videos from the Paintbox Tales, featuring Paul’s creative process for his miniature Masterworks paintings that illustrate the various short stories in this collection. Peek over Paul’s shoulder as he works at his easel on the miniature Masterworks oil painting ‘A Starway Sapphire’, the first of more videos to come.
Elphen Music Soundscape
With echoes of Fizz’s quest alongside Webstrand, during which she meets the Changeling, Zand, we are once more, transported into the Elphen world of Shimmistra. Experience Zand’s horror at his encounter with a Raknid, countered by his surprise and delight at meeting Weftwing. Bask in the glow of a Summer’s day in his grandmother’s garden, as he catches his first sighting of the Starway Sapphires. Look forward to what lies in store for Zand, as the door opens on the new life that awaits him – a world in which his Elphen companions will be ever at his side.
Select & Treasure - Colour-your-Own Greetings Card
“Craft-it-Yourself and release your inner creativity with templates for different crafty items, such as the Elphen Chronicles, Colour Your Own Greetings Cards – with more to come. ‘Starway Sapphire’, the first colour-your-own greetings card is available to download as a PDF template to everyone who joins the Elphen Treasure Chest on Patreon or Vimeo. Watch this free-to-view video in which I share one technique for this colour-your-own template.
Starway Sapphires – Video-Storybook First Edition
Running Time : 1hour 36minutes
This unabridged edition features the entire story, as laid out in the self-contained short story, ‘Starway Sapphires’ (Paintbox Tale No.2 in The Paintbox Tales compendium, from Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles
Presented and narrated throughout by Paul Taggart
Based on Sunita Gahir’s original book design
Unique and original illuminated gilt lettering featured throughout, created exclusively from hand-painted original illustrated borders and images by Paul Taggart
Featuring Paul Taggart’s suite of original Miniature Masterworks oil paintings
Brought to life with additional illustrations and animation artworks, uniquely created by Paul Taggart for the Video-Storybook edition
Accompanied throughout by the original musical soundscape, composed exclusively for Video-Storybook editions of Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles
Filmed and produced in Paul Taggart’s private studio
Released and published by the collaborative collective, The Three Quills studio (as noted below)
The Elphen Treasure Chest
Join the Elphen Treasure Chest to lift the lid on a magical trove filling with myriad gems of all things Elphen.
Delve in to discover the Video-StoryBooks - ‘Webstrand, the Tooth Gatherer’ and ‘Starway Sapphires’, the first of the Paintbox Tales.
Rummage through the hoard to reveal a cache of Behind-The-Scenes Videos.
Search out Bonus Features and Painting Reveals.
Root out a wealth of How-to Tutorial Videos and Craft-it-Yourself to release your inner creativity.
Join the Elphen Treasure Chest for access to digital online content released from Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles, as detailed/specified in Patreon and Vimeo.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2023 – Paul Taggart has asserted his Rights as the Sole Artist & Author of Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles. ALL RIGHTS (including Music) owned by Paul W. Taggart, Eileen M. Tunnell, Sunita J. Gahir [The Three Quills]
The Three Quills studio, symbolising the trio of creative strands that are art & design, writings and music.
Paul Taggart – Artist : Author : Presenter : Producer [Sole Author & Illustrator of ‘Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles©’]
Eileen Tunnell – Project Director, Producer, Video Auteur ‘Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles’
Sunita Gahir – Design Director/Producer ‘Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles’
Liza Mulholland – Music Director/Producer ‘Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles’