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Elspeth McLean’s gorgeous upcoming art book featuring mandala stones inspired by nature is ready to print!
572 backers pledged CA$ 61,037 to help bring this project to life.

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I am so excited to present to you my first book, Jewels of Nature: A Mandala Stone Treasury. 

I’ve been painting mandala stones—intricate, one-of-a-kind artworks inspired by nature—for many years now. They live in homes all over the world, spreading joy and whimsy with their vibrant, colourful patterns. For four years I have also been creating a collection of photographs: capturing my mandala stones with the flowers, trees, chameleons, cactuses, and other sources in nature that inspired them.  

Book cover images has been digitally created for the purpose of this campaign.

I’ve turned that collection into an amazing, stunning, resplendent book! 

 I’m so proud of this book and I am so excited to be sharing this whole new experience with the Mandala Stones. 

And here’s the thing: it’s ready to go! 

The book is edited, designed, fact-checked, and proofread. All that’s left to do is tell the printers how many copies to make and press print!

 Every image has a little story about how it came to be and notes from my travels around the world.

Each photo features the mandala stone actually sitting with its inspiration- these images are not photoshopped!

There’s lots more info about the project below, but here’s the bottom line: backers will be the very first in line to get the book, well before it becomes available to the general public, plus these copies will be signed!

 I’ve created some really cool extras like these

*Every reward tier will come with this printable PDF download of a colouring in Mandala designed by Elspeth. 

 *These stunning square postcards are available to purchase by themselves. All reward levels that include a book will receive these as a bonus gift of thanks.

 *9x9inch 2019 calendar featuring some of Elspeth's favourite images from the book.

 *This great selection of mandala stones that feature in the book will be available and looking for new homes!

Since childhood I have nurtured the dream of publishing a book. In the autumn of 2014, I created a photo of some of my mandala stones sitting in a basket with fall leaves, acorns, and berries. That scene gave me the seed of an idea to make this collaboration between mandala stones and nature the theme of my book.

 After my mandala stones went viral in 2015 my dream of making a book felt within reach. I was even offered a few publishing deals! However, the terms of these deals were not in alignment with the book I wanted to create, and so I turned to the world of independent publishing.  

Over the last few years, I have been diligently and passionately capturing countless images of my mandala stones together with the scenes in nature that reveal their inspiration. Some of these photo sessions were planned out, but many were spur-of-the-moment, as I worked with the seasons and the weather to get the shot I wanted. 

In January of 2018, with the start of a new year, I made it my resolution to bring this project to completion.

I knew that in order to create the best book possible, I needed help. Through the guidance and trusty resources of my brand advisor, Betsy Cordes, I hired my “dream team,” complete with an editor, graphic designer, proofreader, plant researcher, and photo editor. Throughout the year, we have all worked hard to bring these photographs into book format. 

It has been an incredible learning experience and great challenge to keep up among my already full schedule of online sales, fulfillment, and art shows to help me invest in the services of these wonderful people.

The treasury features 81 of my mandala stone/nature collaborations within 7 chapters. Accompanied with stories, anecdotes, poems and additional inset photos, this book reaches a stunning 200 pages.

 The book features some amazing creatures too!! 

 The book is 9x9 inches and has a sturdy hard cover with a linen-wrapped spine, and it features lay-flat binding to ensure that your experience with the treasury is a beautiful and luxurious one. It will be an art piece in itself.

 As this is a book inspired by nature, I wanted to make its printing and production as eco-friendly as possible. I am excited to share that I have chosen to print on responsibly sourced paper at a carbon-neutral facility in the United States (it’s 100% wind-powered!). 

The book is done! It is ready to be printed!

Printing books, especially full page colour art books of this quality and integrity, is costly business and I can’t do it on my own. So now, I need the help of community in this next and most important step. I envision this campaign as a pre-sale to help this jewel of book become a tangible reality, with some extra-special rewards as the cherry on top.  

To complete this project in its minimum print run, my goal of CAD$33,500 (~US$25,000) will cover-

  • 500 books
  • 250 calendars
  • 1000 postcards
  • postage materials
  • 5% kickstarter fees

Every dollar over my goal is incredibly valuable and enables more books and rewards to be printed and fulfilled. 

                              Timeline

With the attainment of this goal, I will be pressing print in early October! Print production is between 6-8 weeks. Once books are printed, all books and rewards will be sent to their new loving homes across the world. I am hoping that all of your rewards are in the mail by mid-December.

 Ultimately my goal is to print over 1000 books.

To do this, I would need to reach a stretch goal of a minimum CAD$52,000 (~USD$40,000) to make this project a sustainable and ongoing success. 

In celebration of reaching this goal, my husband Adam Dobres, a brilliant guitarist, will compose and record an instrumental piece especially for this occasion. All reward levels will receive this download.  

I have many dreams and plans for Jewels of Nature. I would love to create other ways to enjoy these images, such as prints and card sets so additional funds will be invested into these ventures.

*Please note* rewards are set in Canadian dollar- as this is my country of residence. Below I have included the approximate USD conversion but please be aware this may vary slightly at time of purchase. Postage is extra.

 Every reward tier will come with this printable PDF download of a colouring in Mandala designed by Elspeth. You can then print it out yourself and colour it in to your hearts content.

 *Postage not included

 Only 150 "Early Bird" special available! 

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Mandala Stones will come in a hand painted wooden box.

Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform. Pledged funds will only go through after the campaign reaches its goal and has ended.

I have worked hard to keep shipping costs at a minimum. Shipping costs vary per reward level and will be listed in the checkout. The book ships worldwide!

Flat rate shipping for USA- CAD $7 or ~US $5.30

I thank all of your jewelled hearts in advance for helping me make this book a reality! I have poured my heart and soul into this journey and am so excited to be sharing the beauty of the mandala stones in this whole new experience.

 Elspeth McLean creates intricate, celebratory artworks composed entirely of colourful painted dots. Her work is deeply rooted in nature, inspired by the flowers, trees, animals, and landscapes that she knows from her native Australia, her adopted home of Canada, or that she encounters on her many travels. The seasons, the cosmos, sacred geometry, mythology, and the divine feminine are all influences that permeate her creations. She also has a great appreciation for the healing powers of art and colour. Through her work, Elspeth hopes to inspire and connect people with their playful inner child while adding vibrancy and joy to their lives.

Risks and challenges

The book content is 100% complete and ready to be made into a beautiful physical book. From the creative side—all the work is done to ensure this book can be in your hands as soon as possible. This also applies to all extras like calendars and postcards: all I need now are the funds to start production.

There is always the risk to not meet my goal, which would be a very sad day indeed. The goal amount I have set is the minimum amount of money needed to print this book. There are still many costs associated with fulfilling and warehousing all pledges, so every dollar over the goal is very helpful and important to making this project a success.

There may be unexpected delays with printing, fulfillment, and the postal systems—all of which are unpredictable and out of my hands, so I am making no promises about a delivery date—just that I am aiming for your orders to be in the mail mid-December.

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    The "Emerald" Package

    Your support is greatly appreciated!

    Receive a PDF download of a printable colouring in mandala designed by Elspeth as a thank you.

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    The "Garnet" Reward

    For a sweet little sample experience of the book, with the "Garnet" reward you will receive 5 postcards- great as keep sakes or sharing with loved ones.

    You will also receive the PDF downloadable colouring in page to decorate with all your favourite colours.

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    The "Early Bird Special" Package

    The early bird gets the... jewel of a deal!

    Receive the "Sapphire" package at a special rate.

    Limited to 150 so get in quick!

    Includes:
    • Signed copy of "Jewels of Nature" book
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    The "Sapphire" Package

    Simple and elegant like a sapphire itself, receive a signed copy of "Jewels of Nature."

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    The "Ruby" Package

    The “Ruby” package gives you the full “Jewel of Nature” experience. Receive everything from the "Sapphire" package plus the 12 month calendar so that the beauty of the mandala stones is always on show.

    Includes:
    • Signed copy of "Jewels of Nature" book
    • 2019 "Jewels of Nature" calendar
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    The "Double Sapphire" Reward

    *New* A book for you and a book for a friend!

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    The "Diamond" Package

    With the "Diamond" package receive double the love! Perfect for gifting this package is a great value and you get to enjoy the gift of giving.

    Receive 2 of everything from the "Ruby" package.

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    • 2019 "Jewels of Nature" calendar
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    The "Triple Sapphire" Reward

    *New* A book for you and 2 books to gift!

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    The "Amber" Package

    With the "Amber" package receive triple the love! Perfect for gifting this package is a great value and you get to enjoy the gift of giving.

    Receive 3 of everything from the "Ruby" package.

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    The "Paint Palette" Package

    With the "Paint Palette" reward you will receive one of Elspeth's very own paint palettes. Used for often up to 2 years at a time, this palette is a colourful, textural piece of art in itself. Just imagine all the pieces of art that were created from paint mixed on this very palette!

    You will also receive everything from the "Ruby" package.

    Includes:
    • Signed copy of "Jewels of Nature" book
    • 2019 "Jewels of Nature" calendar
    • One of Elspeth's paint palettes
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    The "Japanese Maple" Package

    This package is an ultimate experience for those of you who love a collector's item. Receive the "Japanese Maple" Mandala Stone featured in the book.

    You will also receive everything from the "Ruby" package.

    Includes:
    • *The ”Japanese Maple" mandala stone
    • Signed copy of "Jewels of Nature" book
    • 2019 "Jewels of Nature" calendar
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    The “Grevillea” Package

    This package is the ultimate experience for those of you who love a collector's item Receive the "Grevillea" Mandala Stone featured in the book.

    You will also receive everything from the "Ruby" package.

    Includes:
    • The "Grevillea" Mandala Stone
    • Signed copy of "Jewels of Nature" book
    • 2019 "Jewels of Nature" calendar
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    The "Field Maple Stone" Package

    This package is the ultimate experience for those of you who love a collector's item. Receive the "Field Maple" Mandala Stone featured in the book.

    You will also receive everything from the "Ruby" package.

    Includes:
    • The "Field Maple" mandala stone
    • Signed copy of "Jewels of Nature" book
    • 2019 "Jewels of Nature" calendar
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    The "POPPY STONE" Package

    This package is the ultimate experience for those of you who love a collector's item. Receive the "Poppy" Mandala Stone featured in the book.

    You will also receive everything from the "Ruby" package.

    Includes:
    • The "POPPY" Mandala Stone
    • Signed copy of "Jewels of Nature" book
    • 2019 "Jewels of Nature" calendar
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    The "Bluebell Stone" Package

    This package is the ultimate experience for those of you who love a collector's item. Receive the "Bluebell" Mandala Stone featured in the book.

    You will also receive everything from the "Ruby" package.

    Includes:
    • The "Bluebell" Mandala Stone
    • Signed copy of "Jewels of Nature" book
    • 2019 "Jewels of Nature" calendar
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    The "Crab Apple Blossom Stone" Package

    This package is the ultimate experience for those of you who love a collector's item. Receive the "Crab Apple Blossom" Mandala Stone featured in the book.

    You will also receive everything from the "Ruby" package.

    Includes:
    • The "Crab Apple Blossom" mandala stone
    • Signed copy of "Jewels of Nature" book
    • 2019 "Jewels of Nature" calendar
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    The "WATER LILY STONE" package

    This package is the ultimate experience for those of you who love a collector's item. Receive the "Water Lily" Mandala Stone featured in the book.

    You will also receive everything from the "Ruby" package.

    Includes:
    • The "WATER LILY" mandala stone
    • Signed copy of "Jewels of Nature" book
    • 2019 "Jewels of Nature" calendar
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    The "Tulip Stone" Package

    This package is the ultimate experience for those of you who love a collector's item. Receive the "Tulip" Mandala Stone featured in the book.

    You will also receive everything from the "Ruby" package.

    Includes:
    • The "Tulip" mandala stone
    • Signed copy of "Jewels of Nature" book
    • 2019 "Jewels of Nature" calendar
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    The "Fuchsia Stone" Package

    This package is the ultimate experience for those of you who love a collector's item. Receive the "Fuchsia" Mandala Stone featured in the book.

    You will also receive everything from the "Ruby" package.

    Includes:
    • The "Fuchsia" mandala stone
    • Signed copy of "Jewels of Nature" book
    • 2019 "Jewels of Nature" calendar
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    The "Daffodil" Package

    This package is the ultimate experience for those of you who love a collector's item. Receive the "Daffodil" Mandala Stone featured in the book.

    You will also receive everything from the "Ruby" package.

    Includes:
    • The "Daffodil" mandala stone
    • Signed copy of "Jewels of Nature" book
    • 2019 "Jewels of Nature" calendar
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    The "PASSTIONFLOWER STONE" package

    This package is the ultimate experience for those of you who love a collector's item. Receive the "passionflower" Mandala Stone featured in the book.

    You will also receive everything from the "Ruby" package.

    Includes:
    • The "PASSIONFLOWER" mandala stone
    • Signed copy of "Jewels of Nature" book
    • 2019 "Jewels of Nature" calendar
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    The "SWEETGUM STONE" package

    This package is the ultimate experience for those of you who love a collector's item. Receive the "Sweetgum" Mandala Stone featured in the book.

    You will also receive everything from the "Ruby" package.

    Includes:
    • The "SWEETGUM" mandala stone
    • Signed copy of "Jewels of Nature" book
    • 2019 "Jewels of Nature" calendar
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    The "Cactus Stone" Package

    This package is the ultimate experience for those of you who love a collector's item. Receive the "Cactus" Mandala Stone featured in the book.

    You will also receive everything from the "Ruby" package.

    Includes:
    • The "Cactus" mandala stone
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    The "FLOWER COMMISSION STONE" package

    Get your own commissioned mandala stone based on your favourite flower! Stone will be approx 5cm.

    You will also receive everything from the "Ruby" package.

    Includes:
    • 1 commissioned flower mandala stone
    • Signed copy of "Jewels of Nature" book
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    The "Amanita Mushroom Stone" Package

    This package is the ultimate experience for those of you who love a collector's item. Receive the "Amanita Mushroom" Mandala Stone featured in the book.

    You will also receive everything from the "Ruby" package.

    Includes:
    • The "Amanita Mushroom" mandala stone
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    • 2019 "Jewels of Nature" calendar
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    The "PINK TULIP STONE" reward

    This package is the ultimate experience for those of you who love a collector's item. Receive the "Pink Tulip Stone" Mandala Stone featured in the book.

    You will also receive everything from the "Ruby" package.

    Includes:
    • The "PINK TULIP" mandala stone
    • Signed copy of "Jewels of Nature" book
    • 2019 "Jewels of Nature" calendar
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