Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Sketchbook Project

Even if you have not picked up a colored pencil or paint brush since grade school, you can join in on this fun project.  The Sketchbook Project is a traveling library of artists' sketchbooks.  You can paint, stitch, draw, write poetry, add photography, collage or whatever your heart desires.  No previous artistic experience is required, just a little inspiration and desire to create.   It's a friendly, low stress environment to share your artwork.  For examples of the amazing variety that others have submitted in the past, check out some of the sketchbooks in the digital library

When you sign up with a nominal fee, you receive a small barcoded sketchbook of about 30 or so pages with a cardboard cover along with a very short list of rules.  You fill the book and send it back by the deadline (The 2013 project is due in January 2013).  The sketchbooks have a library in Brooklyn, NY and they take road trips.  When your sketchbook travels or gets checked out to be perused by someone, you receive a notification to let you know what your book has been up to.  How fun is that?!

I'm using my sketchbook to explore a variety of medium and techniques.   I've been wanting to creatively play with collage, textiles, watercolor pencils, Japanese Washi tape to name a few.  I've been reading Collage Lab: Experiments, Investigations, and Exploration Projects by Bee Shay which has all kinds of techniques to try which are great for art journaling too.   Because I have a deadline to meet, I find I'm more inclined to make the time for my creative play.  Here are a few pages of my dabblings so far in my sketchbook:

Play with watercolor pencils

If this project seems a little more than you want to take on, they also occasionally offer shorter, sometimes free, projects during the year too.  For anyone that has wanted to put their artistic talents out for the world to see or if you want the motivation of a deadline to get you creating, you should check this project out.

Thanks for reading!
 ...One Resourceful Cookie!

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