Arts Tools

Imbue Creative Tool is the compact Swiss Army Knife of geometric drawing

The Premise. Artists, designers, architects and other creative types use a variety of tools for their drawings. Their lines must be precise and they need accessories to ensure the integrity of their work. When on the go, it is necessary for them to carry around these tools in order to work, but it gets burdensome to be bogged down by so many objects.

The Product. The Imbue Creative Tool is an all-in-one device that combines several different tools in one compact product. Imbue looks like a simple ruler but has markings and holes in it that make it extremely versatile. It has a straight edge for drawing straight lines, markings to draw perpendicular lines like a T-square, a rounded edge, quarter inch markings for measuring, degree markings to draw triangles and several holes to draw circles like a compass. This small tool is made out of aluminum or steel and comes in three different colors. It is designed to be attached to Moleskine notebooks.

The Pitch. The campaign video for Imbue shows someone in a café using the different features of this product to make a drawing. The creators talk about the convenience and finesse of their product and what motivated them to create it. The rest of the campaign goes over the reward tiers, how to attach it to your notebook as well as individual videos demonstrating each of this tool’s features. Imbue hopes to raise a low $8,500 in a 30-day Kickstarter campaign.

The Perks. Early birds can enjoy the Imbue aluminum version for $20 and steel version for $25. The aluminum goes for a regular price of $25 and the steel for $30. Higher tiers offer packages which include Moleskin notebooks. All reward tiers have an estimated delivery date of December 2014. The creators have no clear stretch goals set, but express an interest in producing more colors if they exceed their goal.

The Potential. The Imbue Creative Tool is, like any great product, an incredibly simple idea that is smart and convenient. The creative minds who would use this product do seem to work a lot outside of their offices or studio spaces. There are several other products out there that aim to make drawing and drafting convenient like the 295 Parallel Rolling Ruler, but fail to be flat and small enough to carry around in a small notebook. Imbue takes the best of geometric tools and convenience making it a must-have for creative types and professional illustrato


Tree-zel mounts your canvas indoors and out

Tree-zelWhich poet was it that said, “I think that I shall never see. A place to mount something on as convenient as a tree.” Thankfully, none. Tree-zel lets you keep your artwork sitting securely in the holder and mounted in a convenient spot while you take that breather. The mount presently has a couple of aliases, Tree-sel and Tree-zle, since it can also be mounted to a tree for outdoor painting. The industrious prototype will likely be appreciated by nature painters and still life artists for being easy to use and having space-saving functionality. For $200, backers get a complete product, with an expected delivery of June 2014.


CutterPillar Crop keeps paper positioned during portable projects

The Premise. Blades that dull quickly, inaccurate cutting, they break way too soon. These are just a few of the common complaints among those who use a paper cutter for scrapbooking and other craft projects. So how many paper cutters have you been through since you started crafting for a hobby?

The Product. CutterPillar apparently has a rather popular reputation among those who have need of a paper cutter, and so now it has decided to fill the need for one that’s portable with CutterPillar Crop. Besides having a blade that stays sharp for several years, some of its more coveted features among paper cutter users include durability and a clever but battery-needing LED light that shines through the paper so that you know exactly where the blade is going to hit.

The Pitch. The video for the $15,000 campaign suggests that CutterPillar Crop is aiming its product at a niche market of crafters, especially scrapbookers because it includes sound bite type interviews with several people from that group of consumers. There isn’t much to say outside of highlighting the features that set it apart from the others with which the interviewed consumers apparently had some pretty bad experiences. It seems a bit unbelievable that one would have to go through five to 10 paper cutters in order to find something that’s actually a good product, an average range they all stated experiencing, but the world may be different when paper is such a passion.

The Perks. There are four tiers from which backers may choose. For $30, backers get one product, and the anticipated retail price is $65-$70.  Expected delivery is August 2014.

The Potential. Many scrapbookers and archivists have moved on to computers that allows for many things that might have required “cutting and pasting” in the past to be done with the right software program today. But sometimes there’s no real substitute for the actual cropped article. While crafters might be the primary group drawn in this product, teachers might also take an interest in it, but there are of course less expensive alternatives.