Saturday, October 1, 2011

Sketchbook Project 2012, Chapter I

You may have noticed, if you have been visiting, that I have taken a rather long break from my blog. Sometimes this happens in blogland. I had a good reason when my break first started - I had surgery on my shoulder - twice. It was really hard to sit at the computer and hammer out a post. As time went on, it just got harder and harder to get back into the groove, even though I really liked blogging when I was doing it. 

Now, I don't want to make any promises, and I don't want anyone to wave this post in my face later, so what I'm about to say has a big fat TRY attached to it, ok???? Here goes: I am going to TRY to blog more regularly. Now that I have that out of the way, I'll tell you why I think I might be blogging more. 

Sketchbook Project Logo
customized for our group:
  "The Sketchy Characters"
Thanks to Penny Arrowood for photo 
Because I'm sooooo excited about being a part of the Sketchbook Project 2012 

There are 18 of us from The Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild that decided to do sign up for this as a group.

You can read the details on the Art House site, but basically it's this - you sign up; they send you a sketchbook; you fill it up and send it back to them in January; the sketchbooks will live in the Brooklyn Library; and they go on a tour next year so everyone can look at them.

So, we signed up and we waited for our books. We talked about our chosen themes, and art journaling, and all the cool things we were going to do, and we waited... and we waited... and we waited... And finally, they arrived! and they looked like this:
Photo from the Art House

For those folks who are sketchers or writers only, this would have been fine. But we are MIXED media folks! Some of us were planning to use different types of paints, some were planning to use fibers and stitching, some wiring... The really THIN paper in this book just would NOT do!!!! There was no way that we could paint on it, sew it, rivet it.... We looked at these books and our faces fell. Then the questions started - can we change the paper? how big? how thick? We went to the website and found the answer - Yes, we can! So, yes, we did!

My next post will show photos of my rebound journal and some of my first pages.


Michelle said...

Welcome back to the land of the blog, Toni! I can't wait to see your re-bound sketchbook, and your first pages...I haven't even begun THINKING about what I'm going to do yet!

Penny A said...

Great post! Welcome back -- you have been missed. I can't wait to see what you have done in your beautifully rebound book :-D

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