Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Sketchbook Project 2012

For a number of years now, The Art House Co-Op have been running a program called The Sketchbook Project. This year, I took the plunge and decided to participate.  I'm not sure why, maybe because I wanted the challenge of creating a sketchbook that is devoted to a theme, maybe it's because I wanted to get my art 'out there' more.  I don't know.  But I went ahead and signed up. The theme I've chosen is "A Path Through the Trees". 

I received my custom designed sketchbook in the mail shortly after signing up and have already had a wonderful time playing in the pages. It's only a small sketchbook, 5.25"  Wide x 7.25" High, it's on 100% recycled paper, 70lb text stock, and is 32 pages long.  The cover is a natural brown that lends itself to some very creative approaches. There are very few restrictions on what you can do in the sketchbook, many people remove the pages completely and re-bind the book into something different.  The only stipulation is that the finished book must remain the same size and can not exceed an inch in depth. This is to ensure ease of packing, storing and displaying.  I'm sure there are some very clever creatives out there who are going to turn this sketchbook into works of art.
Inside front cover
The 2012 project is going on a global tour for the first time.  In addition to the USA, it'll take in the UK and Australia.  I'm excited about that because Melbourne is my home town and maybe some of my family will get to see it. Participants need to sign up by October 31st, 2011 and the books need to be back in the hands of The Art House Co-Op in Boston by January 31st, 2012.

I've decided to approach this project using my favorite "materials of the moment".  I've painted all the pages cover-to-cover with black gesso and I've been using my treasured Twinkling H2O's with a splattering of Neocolor II's and a flourish of acrylic.  So far the results are mostly shimmering, but I still have a long way to go.  I'll show you more pages as time goes on.

If you feel so inclined, then I encourage you to sign up and participate.  There will be some amazing sketchbooks by some very talented artists, and you'd be in good company.

Thanks for checking in. xx