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The Sketchbook Project


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My Facebook friend Joanne Swiss asked me if i was participating in the Sketchbook Project.

"It’s like a road trip, but with sketchbooks.

The Sketchbook Project is a global, crowd-sourced art project where participants from all walks of life are sent a sketchbook and have until January 15th to fill the pages and return it for inclusion in a traveling exhibition and permanent collection at The Brooklyn Art Library.

Anyone – from anywhere in the world – can participate in the project."

Watch this cool video on how the Sketchbook Project works.

I was considering doing it however i have an attachment issue Smile and also with my ADD I’m not sure that I’d be able to fill 32 pages before getting bored.  That’s why i like art journaling on individual pieces of cardstock.  I don’t get daunted by having to fill up a book.  I am sure some of you out there however will be up for the task and would just LOVE to get your art out there inspiring thousands of folks!

I’m off to babysit my sweet little grandson Cillian today!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Lots of love, Violette xo

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    3 Comments to

    “The Sketchbook Project”

    1. On January 4th, 2013 at 10:39 am melissa Says:

      The project is kinda fun though I wish they offered a variety of paper choices. I mean… I get that we can just rebuild the books with our own paper, but those little books cost $25!

      I think they have two of my books and that’s enough for me, lol. There are soooo many that the odds of a person finding your book is very slim. Last year, my book was picked up by three people. Eh, I’d rather just blog :P

    2. On January 5th, 2013 at 10:56 pm Suzana Says:

      Yes, the Sketchbook Project is fun/ different – and you can connect with a whole community of SP artists on the site… However, I’ve done it three times now… and this was my experience:

      You’re right, it IS really difficult to let go of your sketchbook. Like you, I prefer to work on individual pages rather than in a book, so just completing one is a huge deal. I couldn’t complete the first one in time to send it off…

      Like Melissa, my second sketchbook has only been viewed a couple of times, though I have had several nice messages about my work from other artists in the SP community…

      Finally, my third book was part of the published “Limited Edition” collection – my work appears in Vol 4 – which ended up being a THICK book of (mostly) tiny thumbnails of pages seemingly randomly selected from artists’ sketchbooks. There’s not a lot of information about how they work through the selection/ publishing process and artists have no input into what gets published. For me, it was SO disappointing to receive my copy (eagerly awaited for over 12 months) to find that they had only chosen ONE page of my sketchbook to publish (some artists had multiple pages published) and that the particular page they selected was an ‘emergency’ collage page I’d created over the top of a piece that ‘didn’t work’ – so it’s not even one of the better pages of my book/ best reflections of my work. The Limited Edition series was supposed to ‘show artists’ process’ – but the page they published does nothing to reflect this about my work. :(

      So, would I do it again? Probably not… I’d hang on to your ‘attachment’ issues. And I agree with Melissa, your work would receive better exposure/ appreciation on a blog…

      PS. If anyone’s interested in taking a peek, you can view my sketchbooks online by clicking ‘artwork’ at:

    3. On January 9th, 2013 at 10:49 am Tracy Shave Says:

      I bought two books this year as I loved doing it last year but had a real issue sending mine off and really really really wanted to keep it – and SO wish I had now – like you two mine was only viewed a couple of times- I think you have to spend A LOT of time in the SP community to get your book seen. I went to london to see mine and a couple of other ladies had a list of artists they wanted to find.
      I got two this year because I figured I’d make a copy – do each page twice and therefore keep one – or do two and send two..
      I’ve not started yet!! They have to be postmarked the 15th and I’ve had them for ages…
      I also took part (or paid to be part of I should say) the Special Edition Project and was also disappointed – I know others who were too. Some people had a whole page for one of theirs while other artists had one page as a thumbnail but we all paid the same money… NOT impressed.
      I might start to do something in my book and attempt to get it done but I think it will be better to just fill it and keep it for me.

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