This book showed up in my mailbox unsolicited a while ago – the publishers probably hoping I’d love it and blog about it.
The Sketchbook Project began as a fantastic art library filled with sketchbooks donated by artists just like you and me. Anyone can go in (Brooklyn) and look at the sketchbooks centered on various themes. Now they also have a traveling library and digital sketchbooks that we can browse at home.
Guess what? I DO love it and here I am blogging about it. The Sketchbook Project Journal is a mostly blank book full of pages to be filled, each with an intriguing prompt.
The prompts make me laugh as all sorts of funny images dance in my head. They make me think and imagine and wonder. 300 prompts on luscious white paper ready for your ink. (Or pencil or crayon or paint… whatever makes your boat float!)
I love it enough that I wanted to keep it and fill it up myself… but I know myself too well. It will sit neglected in a pile on the floor of my studio just wishing and hoping to be used. I’ll look at it and feel a little guilty.
So I want YOU to use it! Do you have a strong sketching practice? Will this be just what you need to get you going? Will it be easier to play with a prompt to get you going?
Tell me about it!
I’ll choose a winner from the comments on this post next week – this is a really fat book so US entrants only again. (And yes it makes me sad when I say that – I love my international readers.)
Congratulations to Betty who is the winner of the Travel Accessories by Craft Tree booklet and to Kath who actually HAS an ipod to go into the ipod case that I’ll send off soon! I really do love it when little lovelies find a happy home.
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AnnieMay 27, 2013 at 3:57 pm
I would love to have this book! I would fill it with sketchings and mixed media and hopes and dreams. 🙂
EleanorMay 27, 2013 at 1:34 pm
I love the idea of prompts to get me thinking and sketching.
Marvelia BarreraMay 27, 2013 at 10:59 am
The book would be a great addition to my collection……
ElleeMay 25, 2013 at 9:56 am
I’ve been using graphpaper books for so long, this would be an interesting change of perspective for me.
lyricMay 24, 2013 at 12:13 am
Sarah E. writes:
You have blogged about sketching before and I purchased a blank book with the goal of doing a small sketch every day, but it remains a blank book because it seems too hard to think of a subject to sketch when staring at a blank page. I recently took a class on how to use Tsukineko ink and I would love the little extra nudge to sketch some ideas that I could then ink on fabric.
I enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for the inspiration!
Kat ScottMay 23, 2013 at 10:21 pm
What a great idea to kickstart a consistant sketching practice. Would love to try the book.
Teresa RMay 23, 2013 at 9:22 pm
Prompts will help me think outside the box. I am into art journaling and these prompts will help stir my imagination to create
mjkaszMay 23, 2013 at 7:46 pm
I created a prompt book like this to use with my middle school students for their self exploration. I would certainly like to have this book to use in my retirement to help me explore my creative nature as I am loving the extra time to create with fabric. Really this is more about reinventing myself as a textile artist than retiring to do nothing.
usairdollMay 23, 2013 at 6:20 pm
What a clever idea! I had not heard about that project but I’m sure there is tons of neat things to see. I’d love a book with prompts.
Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.
LisabethMay 23, 2013 at 5:18 pm
I love books like this that help me organize a bit.
It would be just what I need right now to help motivate me.
SueMay 23, 2013 at 1:07 pm
this book looks very interesting!! thanks for the opportunity to win it 🙂
Sandra StarleyMay 23, 2013 at 12:11 pm
I need to do more sketching and this would give me a good reason to do so and a FUN way/place in which to DO IT!!!!!!
Happy Birthday month.
ByrdMay 23, 2013 at 11:03 am
I just bought a small sketchbook to toss in my bag and take wherever. I prefer my larger books for sketching before bed. There’s always room for one more, especially a beauty like this! Thanks and take care, Byrd.
Lissa goldsmithMay 23, 2013 at 9:35 am
This book would be a feast for the creative soul!!
Leanne H.May 23, 2013 at 4:58 am
I do sketch on a regular basis in my journal, especially when designing a quilt. Sketching helps get the creative juices rolling…it also gives me a place to note the techniques used. This books sounds intriguing.
Gina ShillitaniMay 23, 2013 at 12:35 am
I would so LOVE to win this! A prompt may be just the thing to get me sketching more stuff more often! This book looks awesome 🙂
Kate BurroughsMay 22, 2013 at 9:47 pm
I was on the fence about whether I “needed” this book or not. The prompts look really short. Thanks for your review! Thanks for a chance to win a copy. Having some blank pages with prompts sounds like a great idea. I love the previous poster’s note about filling her sketchbook with Gelli printed pages.
Nancy TurbittMay 22, 2013 at 8:42 pm
Lyric, Thank you for passing on such a lovely sketchbook. I have several sketchbooks everywhere but have never tried using just one in a focused way. I would love using this one because of the prompts and because it would force me to sketch in a more regular way in less of a preparatory way (which is how I sketch now) and more of a revel in the moment kind of way. Nancy
LisaMay 22, 2013 at 8:15 pm
I purchased one of the Sketchbook Projects sketchbooks with full intentions of turning it in. I had a blast filling the pages with monoprints made with my Gelli Plate but then I didn’t know what to draw on top of them! I was a bit overwhelmed with coming up with ideas of one theme for the whole sketchbook. Plus the monoprints were so pretty, I probably should have just sent the sketchbook in with just the monoprints but I didn’t. Sad but true! I read about this book coming out but hadn’t seen one. It looks great! And perhaps one prompt per page would be less overwhelming. I will have to go check it out. Thanks for the review.
SmushMay 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm
What a fun-looking book, wish I had it in my hands right now. My doodles and art are feeling like they’ve gotten into a rut. Time for another influence maybe?
Karen SMay 22, 2013 at 7:39 pm
Oooh — this looks like fun!
Maryann GallaherrMay 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm
Patty OjedaMay 22, 2013 at 6:55 pm
What a great idea! I would love to have this book so I could fill it with sketches, drawings, and also fabric ideas! Oh my!
Regina B DunnMay 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm
I would use the prompts to sketch and maybe even to sew onto fabric samples, too. What fun.
Sharry MillerMay 22, 2013 at 4:35 pm
I would love to have this book. I need all the help I can get to start sketching and journaling.
JaynaMay 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm
What an opportunity to do something with that idea that popped up out of nowhere. What a challenge to open the book and make art. Or make it a round robin project with friends.
StephanieMay 22, 2013 at 1:14 pm
I think prompts will help me to sketch, journal and paint. Blank pages can be intimidating. So many techniques, so little time. Smiles.