Sketchbook Project Tour

I've been participating in the Sketchbook Project almost since it started (10 years ago). In fact, it's one of the things that got me into art when I was just starting my creative journey.

If you're not familiar, it's a global project run by the Brooklyn Art Library where you purchase a small sketchbook, complete it (there are themes but you don't have to follow them) and send it back by the due date. Then all of the sketchbooks from that year go on a global tour, then live permanently in the Brooklyn Art Library, where you can go and visit them whenever you're in New York.  

In all the years I've been participating I've never been in the right place at the right time to see them at one of the mobile tour stops - until now! I made sure to fly back from L.A. a day early, just so I could see the tour when it stopped in Boulder on Saturday. And I'm so glad I made the effort.  

Not only did I get to chat with the staff, look at so many incredible sketchbooks from around the world, but I also met a few local Boulder artists who had their books in this year's tour!

This is  Allison Wheeler , a Boulder artist who's sketchbook I got to check out from the mobile library

This is Allison Wheeler, a Boulder artist who's sketchbook I got to check out from the mobile library


There is such a variety of amazing artwork as part of the project. I would have stayed there all day and looked at books, if it hadn't been 95 degrees in the shade that day!  A few years ago I started a Pinterest board just to save all the cool Sketchbook Project books I came across, check it out:

I've signed up again this year, so stay tuned for more paper tests, tutorials on how you can remind your sketchbook (while still staying within the project guidelines) and more. Leave me a comment if you have any questions or want to see anything in particular.