The Sketchbook Project

May 24, 2017 , In: 2D Art, Events, Journaling, Mixed Media

Every single year for the last…I don’t know…3 or 4 or 5 (or more???) years I have sworn it will be the year I improve my drawing skills, draw something every single day, and be more amazing than I already am. (ahem! that was a joke in case you thought I was serious.) 

Every single year I do nothing like that. Excuses abound. Lack of time. Lack of basic skills. Lack of interest. Lack of the perfect environment.  What will it take to motivate me to do rather than to make goals I have no motivation to keep?

I came across a website called The Sketchbook Project last year. I don’t recall exactly how or why, but for some reason a vague memory of stumbling across The Sketchbook Project Journal and/or The Sketchbook Project World Tour in a funky Vancouver shop late last summer may have been the catalyst for making a note of the website and looking it up later. The video below explains a little bit about the project:


I was captivated by the idea of doing an entire book that you send off into the world that goes on tour, and never have possession of again. Does that relieve or add to the pressure of drawing? I don’t know, but I intend to find out. 


Basically you go to the website to sign up (deadline is January 5th, 2o18). If you want your book digitized, there is an additional cost. They have had people from all over the world participate, so if you are from somewhere outside the United States, you are welcome too! 

When you sign up, they send you an instruction pamphlet with rules, the current year’s themes, etc. 


Each participant receives the same 5×7″ blank sketchbook, which you then complete before the deadline (postmark March 31, 2018). 


Once you have filled your book and sent it in by the deadline, they will take your book on tour for the summer. Once the tour is over, it becomes a permanent collection of the Brooklyn Art Library. 


In the video below you can see people visiting the touring library and a small sampling of the artwork in the books. There is a wide variety of skills and creativity, which is really cool to see. 


The 2018 themes are: Underwater/ This is not what it Seems/ Textures/ Lines and Graphics/ Long Stories with Short Endings/ A Comic Book Ending/ No Worries/ Tacos/ Connections/ People I wish I knew/ 

So what do you think? Will you join the Sketchbook Project challenge with me? 


Jennifer Cameron

Combining fire and glass since 2005, Jen Cameron discovered jewelry making after realizing a small child could disappear in the growing collection of beads sitting around the house. Jen is the adoring mother of two, jackpot winner in the husband category, and zookeeper of several pets. Jen is also the instigator for bringing together this team of innovative, talented, passionate and dynamic women to write for Art Jewelry Elements.
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    Ooh! I love the Sketchbook Project! I signed up a few times and ONCE actually completed mine and sent it off. There is an option to have your piece scanned, and viewable digitally:

    That was a great memory viewing my A-Z of goddesses. Go for it Jen!

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    ooo I want to do this!

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    Looks like fun! You can look at completed books on their website…addictive!

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