Joan of Art
Joan of Art are Suki and Thea Wilkins. We are illustrators, artists, art event organisers. We practise all different art mediums but they all benefit from our love of sketching. We love exploring the forests and rugged coastline around us in North Devon, as well as venturing up country and beyond. Helping us to deeply appreciate and remember our wanderings is our very own portable painting kit.
We need your help if we are to get The Sketching Tin into production!
The Sketching Tin
The Sketching Tin is a pocket sized kit for drawing and painting.
The tin itself measures in at 9.5cm x 6.2cm and is 2.2 cm deep (3.7 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches).
It is ideal for carrying with you every day, allowing you to sketch your surroundings whenever you get a chance. It's also the perfect multi-tool for documenting your travels. It facilitates a creative lifestyle by making daily drawing and potentially habit forming. It is ideal for everyone aged 14+.
The Tin contains:
3 x watercolour half pans
These are highly pigmented watercolours giving a concentrated hit of colour. A magnet on the bottom of the pan secures it to the base of the tin or the palette lid, or anything else metal. We have selected colours that are useful as individual shades and also have great colour mixing capabilities when used in combination. There are four different ranges of colours to choose from, each with a different mood. Choose from:
1. Cerulean Blue, 2. Permanent Rose, 3. Yellow.
Strong, bold shades. Really versatile for mixing a wide range of useful colours.
1. Indigo, 2. Van Dyke Brown, 3. French Grey.
For painting in tones. Indigo is inky, Van Dyke Brown is rich and sepia-like. French Grey is fresh, calm and sophisticated.
1. Indigo, 2. Rose Madder, 3. Yellow Ochre.
Ideal for rugged landscapes. Robust and rugged colours. Evocative of wood, earth, gorse and clay.
1. Permanent Light Blue, 2. Hot Pink, 3. Lemon Yellow.
Pure electric joy! Colours plucked from a candy coloured dream. These colours will light up your artwork like a fluorescent sign. Permanent Light Blue is like bubblegum. Hot Pink is like a tropical ginger flower at full strength and candy floss when diluted. Lemon Yellow is effervescent and zingy. When mixed with Permanent Light Blue it creates a delicious aqua.
This brush fits in the tin in two separate parts - The brush with lid attached and the barrel with stopper. Water is stored in the barrel of the brush which is secured with a stopper. When you are ready to paint, the stopper can be stored in the base of the tin and the brush is screwed onto the barrel. Just squeeze the barrel gently when you want more water and let it flow through to clean the brush. A wide range of brush stroke thicknesses can be achieved. From broad washes down to fine details - this brush has it covered!
We think 2B is the ideal pencil grade for versatile sketching.
Great for removing mistakes as well as adding highlights by taking away areas of pencil.
This sturdy sharpener will keep your pencil lines clean and your details accurate.
The lid of the Sketching Tin is coated white for easy mixing of colours and wipes clean easily.
Make your water go further by cleaning your brush on your wrist cuff before you squeeze water through it. Our wrist cuffs will be embroidered with our logo in black thread. We keep ours stretched over our Sketching Tins to protect the tin and for easy carrying.
The Sketching Tin Manual
Complete with colour wheel, gradients to demonstrate the scope of the colours, tips and ideas for sketching subjects and techniques.
Why we are passionate about Sketching Tins
Both of us at Joan of Art are avid sketchers. We have enjoyed spending days together drawing around our local area since we first met. Our drawing days soon branched out to day trips further afield. And many of our happiest times have been spent travelling to new locations and drawing as much as we possibly can. From the very beginning of our drawing days, we have discussed and compared art materials, recommending techniques and tools to each other. These discussions and our sketching practise formed the basis of the development of the Sketching Tin.
Artists have been making their own homemade painting kits for a very long time. The practise of painting outdoors ('en plein air') became very popular in the mid 19th century with artists such as Claude Monet and J.M.W. Turner using Pochade boxes to capture the light on their subjects and in their landscapes. These were small painting kits typically made by adapting a cigar box. We were inspired by the historical use of painting kits but wanted ours to be more modern and even more compact than a Pochade box. We started by adapting vintage tins for our own use and were so impressed by how much refining our tool kit increased the effectiveness of our drawing that we continued to develop them, increasing the quality and functionality. Our trusty homemade companions have become the prototypes for the refined versions we hope to make. We have strived to discover all the highest quality elements for our tins and include all the best adaptions in one functional and durable kit.
We want everyone to be able to enjoy our favourite activity. We feel that too many people are so intimidated by the idea of being judged that they are too put off to try. But anyone can benefit from the positive effects of the process of making art. Whatever the aesthetic results are, they're not always relevant and they're certainly nobody else's business!
Sketching is good for stress relief, observational skills, memory retention, problem solving and just simply being happy. When you draw the world around you, you notice a whole new level of detail. Sketching helps you to see the world through new eyes.
Drawing is highly effective at enhancing connectivity between different parts of the brain. New research suggests it may even prevent age-related decline of cognitive functions. What more reason do you need to pick up a pencil or a paintbrush?
(see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/08/how-art-changes-your-brain_n_5567050.html for more details)
If this project is successful, we will be creating online galleries on our website joacreations.com. We will showcase submissions from sketchers around the world. We will also share tips on getting the most from sketching, inspirational nuggets and suggestions on what to draw and how to draw it. With your help, we aim to foster a global, online sketching community. Please join us!
Kickstarter campaign finishes - 10th September 2017
Funds arrive/place orders for materials - 28th September 2017
Last products arrive/tins compiled - 09th November 2017
Dispatch of rewards completed - 23rd November 2017 (In good time to make a wonderful Christmas gift!)
Materials - 70% - We will order the minimum order quantity possible for all the different materials required to make up the components of our Sketching Tin. This means we are offering each tin for the lowest price possible, whilst keeping the goal to a minimal amount.
Postage and packaging - 20% - All rewards will be securely packaged to ensure they reach you in perfect condition.
Fees - 10% - This is the percentage that Kickstarter takes from our goal and from each pledge for processing payments.
Like the pencils in the Sketching Tin, our reward pencils are 2B grade, which we think this is the ideal all round pencil for sketching light and dark tones. They are screen printed by hand in England's oldest family run pencil factory.
We were inspired by Andy Warhol to create our postcards featuring four different art materials.
Our glossy vinyl stickers are strong, durable and plenty sticky.
Our enamel pins are made from die struck metal, then each design is coated in a different coloured finish. Finally, vibrant soft enamel is poured in. A coloured rubber clutch secures the pin and they are mounted on a backing card and packaged in a cellophane bag.
Yes, pledges can be added together! Drop us an email with what pledge packages you would like and we will work out how much you need to pledge and let you know.
The music in our video was written and performed by David Smale, percussion by Ry.
David Smale: https://www.facebook.com/davidsmalemusic/
All uncredited artwork in our video is by Joan of Art. Please contact us for details of artwork by Thea Wilkins, Suki Wilkins and Virginia Coryndon.
Steve Simpson: http://www.stevesimpson.com/ https://www.facebook.com/SteveSimpsonIllustration/
Hester Berry: http://www.hesterberry.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/Hester-Berry-225026604936/
Risks and challenges
We have received samples and prototypes from all the manufacturers that we are ordering from so we feel that we are able to trust their reliability. We will of course be carrying out rigorous quality control checks on everything we use. If anything is not up to our high quality specifications we shall ensure that the manufacturer rectifies this. We feel it is unlikely for this to be an issue, but in the case of this happening then this could cause a delay in sending out the rewards. We will keep everyone updated every step of the way so if we come across any issues/delays all backers shall be informed as soon aw we know!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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