The Sketchbook Project!

One of projects that I decided to participate in, for fun, this fall/winter was the Sketchbook Project.

I belong to a few groups on facebook where the common thread is that all of the people are creative in some way.  Mostly, it seems they are painters, drawers – you know, people who work on paper!

I had heard about the Sketchbook Project last year from one of these groups, but it took me a while to have enough nerve to actually sign-up to do it!  Of course, I forgot until it was almost the last minute to sign up which meant I had a short time line to get the book done.  I received my sketchbook in the mail on Oct 10th, and it was due back Jan. 15th!  Not much time!!!

The outside cover of my sketch book!  I drew on the woodgrain and re-inforced the edge.  Note the bar-code!
The outside cover of my sketch book! I drew on the woodgrain and reinforced the edge. Note the bar-code!

The beauty of the sketchbook project is that you don’t really have to be an artist per se, or even someone who can draw or paint well.  They just want to encourage people to be creative – first, the ones who actually take the plunge and get a sketchbook; and then, the people who do to the Brooklyn Art Library to look at our sketchbooks.  The only criteria is you have to keep the dimensions of the original book and you can’t make it more than an inch thick.  You also can’t have bits hanging out or loose.  If you would like, you can pick a “topic” for your sketchbook.  I didn’t do that ’cause I knew I just follow my whims in a sketchbook – I don’t like to be hemmed in!

Not surprisingly, I like to use color in my sketchbooks!  I also like to use my imagination!
Not surprisingly, I like to use color in my sketchbooks! I also like to use my imagination!

I did have a lot of fun, even though there was some time pressure! I sketched (imagine that!), fooled around with paint, collaged, stamped and used colored pencils too!  I did attempt one “real” sketch which, in my opinion, showed that I need to practice more if I want to sketch from life!

I'll be explaining this further in another post.  This one turned out reasonably well, but the paper in these sketchbooks really is way to thin for watercolor.
I’ll be explaining this further in another post. This one turned out reasonably well, but the paper in these sketchbooks really is way too thin for watercolor.
I do love fanciful designs - and then when you add color, well it's just too much fun!
I do love fanciful designs – and then when you add color, well it’s just too much fun!

As I mentioned the paper is a bit thin, but I was very careful – until the third to last page…

It was disappointing to get this far and then get a rip.....
It was disappointing to get this far and then get a rip…..

I included a little greeting from Fonthill, since my sketchbook will be going on a trip!

A vintage postcard as part of my greetings from Fonthill!
A vintage postcard as part of my greetings from Fonthill!

The sketchbook is in the Brooklyn Art Library now, but one of the interesting things the organizers do is take the books on a road trip.  This way all sorts of people can be inspired by the sketchbooks and make some art too!  My book will be part of the tour that is on it’s way to Austin right now!  The tour will be in Toronto on June 7, 8, and 9 at the Gladstone Hotel!

Maybe I’ll see you there – or you can check my book out!  Which reminds me – last Friday I received this email:

Hello!

We just wanted to let you know that Tammy L. just viewed your sketchbook (#S98964) at Brooklyn Art Library in Brooklyn, NY!

Your book has been viewed 1 time so far.

Sincerely,
The Brooklyn Art Library Librarian

I was so excited!

Now I’m thinking of doing it all again – except this time I’ll try and get my book earlier!  Maybe you should do it too!

Valerie

 

 

 

 

4 Responses to The Sketchbook Project!

  1. I did this Sketchbook Project in 2011. It was a great experience. I woke up each day thinking about what to draw. It also gave me tons of content for blogging too. It’s really a good creative journey and I see that you have a great experience too! :)

    • this is so funny because i've realized that i'm no longer that ENTP that i used to be 15 years ago. it took being at ALT to finally realize that i really am an intarveot….rnd it's totally okay. i think i'll come to your party too.

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