Are you looking to learn a new skill to explore your creativity? Slow down and stop life from moving too fast? Catalog your travels in a meaningful way? Make the most of that small window of time you get to yourself?
Mint & Maple is proud to introduce: the Art Journal Kit!
Think of it like a workshop-in-a-box designed to give you all the instructions and high-quality supplies you need to develop the practice of art journaling.
Art journaling is a way to capture experiences with both words and illustrations. You can use it as a daily journal, a travel journal, or however your imagination leads you! But it’s about so much more than just creating something beautiful. It’s a process of slowing down, observing the details, and seeing the world differently.
What's in the kit?
One of the most difficult parts for students just starting out is picking out supplies from the thousands of options - so I did it for you! I have spent years trying out different pens, paints, and paper, and have pulled together the best supplies out there for the kit so you don't have to worry about it.
- A soft-bound travel book with high-quality watercolor paper
- A travel watercolor set with a portable waterbrush
- A water-resistant, permanent fine liner pen
- A pencil
- A rubber art eraser
- Washi tape
- A cute bag to hold all your pens
- And an illustrated book packed with all the step-by-step guidance you need to art journal on your own!
The book included in the kit—The Art Journal: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday— provides ideas on how to start art journaling, as well as subject prompts to help you if you’re stuck.
My name is Natalie Coulter, and I started Mint & Maple because I believe every person is creative, even if they don’t know it yet.
Over the past three years, I have taught over 2,000 students creative skills like brush lettering, watercolor, and calligraphy. But my inbox has been packed full of past students begging me for more tools and practices they can use in their daily life. So that’s why I am excited to share something with all of you that has been an important part of my own creative journey: the Art Journal Kit!
I first started art journaling on a vacation with my husband, and it has forever changed the way I travel and view the world. I had no previous professional experience drawing or sketching - just a few art lessons here and there. To be honest, I felt a little nervous allowing myself to draw and sketch at first. But as I gave myself the freedom to create without expectations, I found that I felt more happy and present where I was, paid more attention to the beautiful details of the world around me, and discovered a lot about myself.
This practice has been such an important part of my own creative journey that I want to share it with everyone! For the past year, I have worked hard to put together an Art Journal Kit with the best supplies out there and top-notch instructions so you can learn to do this yourself. And now it is finally ready!
Why should I art journal?
1. Catalog your experiences
There is something magical about the act of combining images and words that makes an art journal more than just a normal log of events. Drawing creates a deep bond with places. When you look back at your art journal, you don’t just remember what you did...you remember what that place felt like.
2. Discover the hidden details
Drawing things pushes you to notice details about a place and its people that you never would have noticed otherwise. It heightens your sense of observation and makes travel and daily life an even richer experience. Buildings and trees that used to just be in the background suddenly become beautifully alive.
3. Slow down and process
Art journaling forces you to slow down and process through what you are feeling and experiencing. Not only does it provide a protected space and time to do this, but I have found that my mind finally gets a chance to process when my hands are busy drawing.
4. Capture your unique viewpoint
No one will ever have the same perspective, personality, and collection of experiences as you. Art journaling is a way to capture your unique viewpoint on paper through colors, images, and words!
5. Embrace the benefits of play
Research continues to show that unstructured creative time helps relieve stress, improves brain function, and much more. Be good to your body and mind! Your art journal is a great place to let yourself play.
For more inspiration, check out some pages that I and others have made under the hashtag #mintandmapleartjournal. If you start to art journal and put photos on Instagram, consider using the hashtag so Mint & Maple’s audience can see your awesome work!
WHY ONLY SHIP TO THE USA?
We know, we know... we're sorry! We are working hard to get our small shop up to speed and believe we will have the ability to ship internationally in November. Click here to join the email list - we will let you know when it goes live on our site!
WHAT DOES THE PRINT LOOK LIKE?
The $25 reward level is a special edition print of cacti as a big 'thank you!' Why? Why not! We think they are cute and we think you are awesome for supporting us. Perfect.
Books are expensive to print, so it was a big leap for us to explore the idea of publishing Mint & Maple’s first book. Kickstarter allows us to get an idea of quantities and production before officially pushing the product out into the world.
We also think the Art Journal Kit is a pretty cool product with a lot of value. We’re obviously a little biased, so we wanted to use Kickstarter to see if the rest of the world thinks this kit is a good idea! On that note, if you have any feedback, suggestions, etc., we’d love to hear from you. Launching our first project is a big, scary step, so we can use all the feedback and help we can get!
Risks and challenges
We’ve spent months researching, planning, curating, and producing each piece of the Art Journal Kit. We’ve partnered with a local publisher to print the journal at the lowest possible price, and ensured our suppliers are able to fulfill each kit purchased so that the kits will make it to each doorstep by the holidays!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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