The Sketchbook Project 2013!

Well, I did it again!

In case you don’t recall, last year I participated in the Sketchbook project that is the brainchild of the Art House Co-op.  The sketchbook that I did for the 2012 tour came to Toronto in June, at the Distillery.  Scott and I went to check it out and we now have our “library cards” for the Sketchbook project.  It was fun.  Of course, I made Scott take out my book and I took out a facebook friend’s book.  We also spent time looking at random ones based on the categories they have in their search fields!

The Sketchbook Project Mobile Library from Art House Co-op

I decided to sign up again for 2013 (which means it was due on Jan 15, 2014).  This time I got it in good time – in April.  Not that that means I didn’t have to scramble a little at the end!  Here are a few excerpts from my book:

The cover, once again, I had to put something over it!
The cover, once again, I had to put something over it!
As I tend to do in my sketchbooks, I collaged and drew some crazy shapes!
As I tend to do in my sketchbooks, I collaged and drew some crazy shapes!
I know!!  It's crazy, I actually sketched in the book in the more expected sense of the word!
I know!! It’s crazy, I actually sketched in the book in the more expected sense of the word!
Of course, it seems everything I do is full of color, whether it's collage or fantasy flowers in pencil crayon.
Of course, it seems everything I do is full of color, whether it’s collage or fantasy flowers in pencil crayon.
A collage with paint and stamps.
A collage with paint and stamps.
It was getting down to the wire, so somehow Little Shop of Horrors inspired flowers seemed appropriate!
It was getting down to the wire, so somehow Little Shop of Horrors inspired flowers seemed appropriate!
Just like last year, I added some Canadiana in the back (the Mountie is another vintage postcard).
Just like last year, I added some Canadiana in the back (the Mountie is another vintage postcard).

This really is a fun project, and I recommend it.  They’ve structured the project a little differently, now this book will only go on tour of “the East” (of NA).  I think the response was possibly larger than they even imagined!  As I said last year, you don’t have to think of yourself as an artist or even a sketcher.  It’s just an opportunity to be creative and have fun.

If you do decide to do it for 2014, but think you might need some ideas I like this blog “The Sketchbook Challenge“.   They have a monthly theme to give you ideas, which can be helpful sometimes.  They blog about their sketchbooks, and sometimes have technique posts so that you can branch out in your sketchbook (or your art, for that matter).

Now, if you see the mobile library from the Sketchbook Project is coming to your town – go check it out!  You might be inspired!

Valerie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Responses to The Sketchbook Project 2013!

  1. Lovely blogpost, I do love your Summer sketch and the Canadian mountie! Very nice. Great that you did again. Last year was crazy busy all over the place for me so I did not enter but in a way this project, like any collaborative project is a great way of committing time to yourself. Combining with others increases the obligation to our art. I really loved what I gained from the experience of putting my art together as a book rather than individual works so I definitely recommend others taking up the challenge. My only criticism would be the quality of the paper. In an effort to keep the cost and weight down its very thin, but collaging is a great way around this as you have done. I was very glad someone warned me not to use a wet medium before I started. Other than that it’s a super fun project, with a big audience and many lovely connections and opportunities that can come from it, like having people like you see it. Makes the world a smaller place. :)

  2. suzi poland commented on Firepan Jewellery Designs:

    Lovely blogpost, I do love your Summer sketch and the Canadian mountie! Very nice. Great that you did again. Last year was crazy busy all over the place for me so I did not enter but in a way this project, like any collaborative project is a great way of committing time to yourself. Combining with others increases the obligation to our art. I really loved what I gained from the experience of putting my art together as a book rather than individual works so I definitely recommend others taking up the challenge. My only criticism would be the quality of the paper. In an effort to keep the cost and weight down its very thin, but collaging is a great way around this as you have done. I was very glad someone warned me not to use a wet medium before I started. Other than that it’s a super fun project, with a big audience and many lovely connections and opportunities that can come from it, like having people like you see it. Makes the world a smaller place. :)

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