In 2012 I stumbled upon the Sketchbook Project. If you haven’t heared about it, it’s a collection of sketchbooks all in one library and made by you. To be exact, you order an official sketchbook on their website and when it arrives, you fill it up with your sketches, collages or whatever comes into your mind. When you are done, you send it back and it will be catalogued and can be viewed by anyone visiting the library on the internet, if you choose the digital version too. The little library of The Sketchbook Project is mobile and travels through the USA and sometimes even around the world.
When I ordered a sketchbook of my own, I was simply curious, what I would come up with. Since you don’t have a set theme to work around, you are free to choose whatever you want. You can even rip it apart and stitch it together, if you want to. It took me a long time to choose a theme, but when I found it (“Create & Capture”), I finshed the sketchbook within two weeks. And I came up with totally new ideas and styles of collages for me. It was like a journey to know myself better. I posted every page in 2012 on the blog, but since the pages look like an art journal and the photos are way too small, I thought it would be fun to share them again with you in a single post, all together.
If you are interested to participate in the Sketchbook Project yourself, you can order your sketchbook here.
This is my very last page of my sketchbook from the Sketchbook Project – Limited Edition. I must confess, I’m a little bit sentimential, that this project is over now. I really loved to work with a theme for a while and fill a whole book with my ideas. I hope you enjoyed my pages. 🙂
This page is my favorite, because of its message and the bold colors and patterns I used. Maybe I should print and frame it and hang it above my workdesk to remind me everyday. Remind me, that it’s possible to be creative everyday, have courage and finish a whole book and not stop after two thirds of the pages are filled. Normally that’s my problem. I love to start a new sketchbook or notebook and then, after a little bit over half the pages, I don’t want to write or draw into it anymore but start a new book instead. Don’t know why. It’s like all my ideas run away and would only come back, when I open a new notebook. Can you relate to this feeling or is it just me?
Anyway, this project was a new experience for me, because I had to finish it to the last page. So I sat down and forced myself to fill it. It was not easy and I got stuck for a few days. But eventually found some ideas after a lot of brainstorming which were good enough to be brought to life and into the sketchbook. So here it is now, filled to the last page and now on it’s way through the USA with many other sketchbooks. 🙂
You can find all pages of my sketchbook here: