Wait? A Coloring Book!?
For the last three years I've been drawing the things I love to do here in the mountains: skiing, hiking, biking, fishing, camping, and more. Now I've compiled my best work into the 36 page Mountain Mix Coloring Book - the coloring book for mountain people.
Anyone who likes going outside, or even people who just like scrolling through outdoors photos on Instagram will love the Mountain Mix Coloring Book. It features a wide range of images, from detailed landscapes and geometric creatures, to simple scenes, great for the whole spectrum of coloring abilities.
The Mountain Mix Coloring Book is perfect for:
- Killing time on rainy tent days
- Coloring on the plane ride to your next trip
- Practicing your fly-tying hand-eye coordination
- Keeping your kids occupied while you go out for another lap
- Using as fire starter in an emergency situation
How Does This Whole Kickstarter Thing Work?
I've been drawing for a little while now, in wet tents, sleeping in my car, in snowy parking lots, getting carsick on the bus. I love drawing the stuff I do in the mountains almost as much as I love doing it. And I love sharing my work. Kickstarter just happens to be the best platform to do that on.
Friends and family members have hassled me to make a coloring book of my drawings for a while, and launching the Mountain Mix Coloring Book on Kickstarter allows me to offer the highest quality book possible, at the most affordable price.
The Mountain Mix Coloring book will be available on Kickstarter at a discounted price ($5 off the MSRP of $30) and if you back it on Kickstarter you're guaranteed to get it a month before it's even available to the public anywhere else. So call dibs and get yours!
Basically this works like a pre-order, with a few extra steps to make sure I don't rip off your hard earned cash!
1.) If you don't have a Kickstarter account, create one (this takes just a few clicks.)
2.) Come back to this page!
3.) Figure out what the heck you want from me, and click on the "back this product" button.
4.) Twiddle your thumbs while you wait for this project to be fully funded.
5.) Fill out the survey I send you so I know where to send your coloring book.
5.) Jump up and down before running around the yard, waving your new coloring book when it shows up in your mailbox early in April.
What do You Get?
This is not one of those deals where you give me $5 and I offer up a prayer in your name to the ancient Viking gods of winter and give you a shoutout on Twitter. Nope! Every reward tier gets super rad, very real, physical products, delivered to their mailbox. Don't have a mailbox? This is just the excuse you've needed to get one!
Mountain Mix Sticker Pack ($10)
Three super awesome stickers with my art on them. 3"x5" high quality vinyl, perfectly suited for placement on your skis, your water bottle, your truck, or your little sister's face. Guaranteed to make whatever you stick them on radder (unless it's your sister's face, she was probably radder without the sticker.)
Mountain Mix Coloring Book ($25)
This is it! The premier product, the one and only coloring book for mountain people! 36 original illustrations, ranging in coloring difficulty from "my two year old could color that with the sweet potato mash he's supposed to be eating" to "I only ski double black diamonds." Perfect for a wide range of ages, and attention spans, the Mountain Mix Coloring book features original illustrations of skiers, mountain bikers, snowboarders, hikers, kayakers, climbers, and more. If you like going outside, there's something in here that will appeal to you. Prove me wrong and I'll mail you a bag of gummy worms.
Coloring Book + Sticker Pack ($30)
This one's pretty obvious, get the coloring book, and the sticker pack at the same time for less money than getting them separately would cost you. You can even stick your stickers on your coloring book.
Mountain Mix T-Shirt ($30)
Maybe you're not that into coloring, but you do like the looks of this book. I get it! The exclusive Mountain Mix T-Shirt features the book's original cover art, on your body. Soft cotton, available in men's and women's cuts, and all the sizes. Perfect for covering your torso. Only available on this Kickstarter. Get one before they're gone!
Mountain Mix Print ($35)
It's like a shirt, but instead of your body, it goes on your wall. 12"x16" high-quality archival print of the cover. Perfect for covering that weird stain on the sheetrock.
Mountain Mix Coloring Book + Print ($50)
Another one of those bundle deals. Get the print, and the book for less money than buying them separately. It's a no-brainer.
Mountain Mix Puzzle ($80)
This one's super exclusive, and I'm only making 10. 18"x24" 720 piece puzzle of the cover art. Pieces big enough that your kid won't eat them, but small enough that your dog might. Note: If you're not a puzzle person I can't guarantee that this thing isn't going to frustrate the bejezus out of you. It's not a hard puzzle, but it's not one of those dumb easy ones either.
Big Fan Fun Package ($100)
Have you noticed I like bundle deals? Pledge one cool Benjamin and you get the print, the stickers, the shirt, AND the coloring book. All for less money. It's the smart choice for anyone who can't decide what they want.
The Family Pack ($113)
Snag 5 books at once and get 10% off the cost of buying them all on their own. Perfect for kids who hate sharing.
Custom Page - Personal ($500)
Wish you (or your kid, or your dog, or your significant other) could be in this coloring book? I can make that happen! Support the Mountain Mix Coloring Book at this level, and I'll work with you to create a custom page that will be included in the book! I'll draw whatever you want, as long as it's mountain-related, and include it as a page for you to color. Want a picture of you skiing with your favorite dog, on your favorite skis, in front of your favorite mountain? Look no further! Also includes a print of your custom artwork, in addition to a copy of the book (and the notoriety that comes with being in a coloring book.)
Custom Page - Branded ($750)
Want your company or brand featured in the Mountain Mix Coloring Book? I'll work with you to create a custom page that highlights your brand, and include it in the coloring book. You'll also receive rights to a colored and line drawing version of your final image.
How Can I Help?
The biggest thing you can do to help make the Mountain Mix coloring book a reality is buy one though this Kickstarter. Kickstarter's funding is all-or-nothing, so if I don't make my minimum goal, no one pays anything, but no one gets a coloring book either. Ideally I'd like to blow that goal out of the water, and if we can exceed it I've got a bunch of added perks that will be included with the book!
The other big thing you can do to help is to share this project. There are a lot of people out there who like coloring, and like mountains, the big challenge is letting them know this book exists. So if you like what I'm making, tell your friends!
So, all that sounds pretty sweet, but what's my timeline? Right now the coloring book is 100% finished, and I've got the final print file ready to rip.
As soon as the project is successfully funded I'll be sending out a survey to collect shipping addresses and shirt sizes. US orders will receive their rewards 2-3 weeks after the Kickstarter closes, with international orders following closely.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk that I face right now in the world is stairs. I can't seem use them without hurting myself. If anyone has any advice please reach out.
Oh! That's not what you mean!?
I'm not asking for money to buy ramen and pay rent while I make this coloring book. It's already been made, over the course of many late nights and carsick bus rides. Now we just need to take this thing to print!
I've worked with my printing company before, and have been consistently impressed with the quality and timeliness of their work. All rewards will start printing and shipping as soon as the Kickstarter closes!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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