INTRODUCING: Mini Pal-ettes
Mini Pal-ettes are specialty companions for the watercolorist who wants a maximum variety of pigments, while keeping to a small travel-sized container.
Mini Pal-ettes come in two varieties, intended for use in tandem as pigment storage and mixing wells. They are each 78x10mm (3 x 0.4 inches), made from porcelain, which creates a beautiful aesthetic for a daily artist utensil, as well as an smooth, ideal surface for mixing watercolor paints. They weigh 2.8 ounces each (a total weight of 6 ounces when 2-packed in the accompanying round carrying tin, which is lighter than an iphone!)
* The Mini Pal Color Wheel has 37 wells arranged in 6-segmented circular format, allowing for a wide array of customization of your personal pigment choices. The Color Wheel can be used on its own for simple compact storage of a large variety of pigments, or in conjunction with the Mixer for a two-piece porcelain set.
* The Mini Pal Mixer has 7 curved wells for use in diluting and mixing pigments while in use.
The Mini Pal-ette production will be funded via Kickstarter and can be purchased as individual single pieces, or as a pair-set for $45.00.
If you would like additional sets beyond the Triple it Up! tier in this kickstarter, Additional Color Wheel/Mixer/tin pair-sets are available as add-ons at $35.00. Send me a message if you would like to add-on.
* The Carrying Tinis made of steel plated tin, and is 3"-round x 1" and can fit both the Color Wheel & Mixer stacked inside it, with a screw-top lid. It comes with every pair-set purchase of the Color Wheel & Mixer.
The Palette Story
(or, the origins of Mini Pal-ettes)
I'm a watercolor artist, and it's been my favorite medium for nearly two decades. I love to work in small, detailed, and intricate paintings, and my work spans from fantasy art, to scientifically accurate botanical art. I also love to take my paints with me when I travel, to do sketches while on the move, or sometimes to soak in what I've experienced during the day and sit at a desk far from home with my familiar paints and paper.
Palettes are the essence of watercolor-nerd-dom. Some of you might know/experience/understand this already. Some of you who are not painters, might have no idea what I'm talking about, but trust me on it. You get a bunch of watercolor painters together, and sooner or later, we'll start waxing poetic on our favorite brands and pigments and conversation will devolve into obscure jargon filled with minerals, mediums, and palettes.
Mini Pal-ettes have been in the making in some way or other for the past 15 years for me. I've been on a quest to find my perfect little watercolor partner, and over the years I've tried many things, and often felt like Goldilocks, saying "Too big! Too small! Too flimsy! Too rough!" Over many iterations however, I've inched ever closer to my ideal, and with the current incarnation, I think I've finally achieved the perfect little travel-sized palette that can be used when on the move, and for having a maximum number of pigments on hand when working on detailed paintings, as well as being an aesthetic little piece of porcelain in and of itself!
Here's the journey that I took to design these little palettes. The next step, #7, is taking this project to Kickstarter so that I can have ceramics fabricators manufacture these from porcelain directly, rather than through the very round-about and expensive method that is 3D printing. In so doing, I'll be able to bring the price point down on these palettes dramatically and be able to bring them to many other artists desks and travel packs!
Bee Enamel Pins
Due to popular demand, Bee Pins have been added to the reward tiers!
The bee enamel pins are made of hard enamel, metal, with rubber backing. They are approximately 1.5-2 cm wide. MINI!
The Mini Pal-ette mascot bee is $8.00, and the trio swarm of all three bees is $20.00.
I've only set up tiers for this for the single palettes, but if you are in any of the other palette tiers and would like to add-on bees to your order, you can do so for no extra shipping cost by adjusting your total pledge +$8.00 for the Mascot Mini Pal-ette bee alone, or +$20.00 for the trio of all three bee designs. Please send me a message notifying me if you are doing an add-on.
A Note on Shipping:
While I try to keep shipping costs as low as possible, I have no control over the postal rates. US orders are being shipped First Class and Priority Mail, depending on quantity ordered. International customers should consider the customs fees and mail holding costs set by their individual countries. It will not be possible to mark packages as anything other than merchandise.
Risks and challenges
I'm a two-time Kickstarter Creator veteran with experience in running successful campaigns of nearly 1000 backers each time, that fulfill shortly after funding. I have handled large volume of orders, and dealt with keeping to timelines set in project goals.
That said, this project is a little outside my usual range, in that I'll be dealing with a ceramics manufacturer instead of book publishers, which is what I mostly have experience with in the past. At time of the kickstarter campaign, all the design and prototyping phases have been complete. I only need to let the factory know the quantity to make, and they will get going on that as soon as the kickstarter has come to its completion on June 8th.
Manufacture is estimated to take about 8 weeks for production and delivery of the product to Oakland, however I am building in a lot of cushion time into my shipping estimates because while I am very happy with the quality of the product that this factory has been showing me in the prototypes, I have noticed that they are a little slower than they predict with each phase. So while I have control over quality, and final fulfillment, I will not completely be able to predict the arrival of the product to me. I hope to be able to pleasantly surprise you all by earlier shipping, and I will keep everyone posted on that in my updates as we go.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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