I signed up and got my sketchbook a few weeks ago, so it was fun that so many mentioned this project in the comments yesterday. We are so many that already has signed up. It will be fun to follow along with those who post their progress online as I plan on. Well, if you haven’t signed up (yet) it costs 20 dollars to get a Sketchbook and be a part of this huge experiment/exhibition! You must finish your sketchbook and send it in before January, so there is plenty of time. I plan to start working in mine after summer, probably in September.
At the Art House site you can read more:
- Thousands of sketchbooks will be exhibited at galleries and museums as they make their way on tour across the US.
After the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be barcoded and available for the public to view.
Anyone – from anywhere in the world – can be a part of the project. To participate and have us send you a sketchbook that will go on tour, start by choosing a theme…
I choose the theme Grids and lines.
I am excited to work with a theme in a whole notebook like that. I like the thought that pages I create will be in an exhibition – and then stored somewhere in the US together with lots of other cool art. I stumbled upon The Sketchbook Project when visiting Fiona’s blog (at love fibre) and signed up at once. Since then I have seen this project everywhere – well in quite a few places already. I got quite intimidated when I saw that “real drawing artists” has signed up, but I guess all can not be pretty birds and girls… Someone must submit messy charcoal lines and crayon marks in grids. I think it must be me.
So go check out The Sketchbook Project and sign up for a book of your own!
Edit: Be sure to read the rules before you sign up and start working in your book. The papers are really flimsy and thin, it is a “writing notebook” (a 5.5×8.5 inch Moleskine Cahier) so any wet media will make the pages bubble as some of you noticed. You can re-bind it like Kelly Thiel did and use thicker papers. In the rule it says: Your book must remain within the dimensions of 5.5 x 8.5 inches. It can open up to something wonderful (of any size), but it must fold down to the original dimensions. You are welcome to unbind, rebind or alter the book in (almost) any other way. If you want to use a thicker stock of paper, go for it!
Yay, go for it!
Edit 2: I’d love to keep track of what you make in your Sketchbooks, when you twitter about it don’t forget to add the #sketchbookproject tag to your tweet, that way we can all stay connected!