Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Sketchbook Project 2012 - Forever in a Nutshell

I stumbled across the sketchbook project organised by the Brooklyn Art Library relatively late last year. I was intrigued about the idea of creating an evolving library of sketchbooks, sketchbooks which have been created by artists all around the world. These books are absolutely amazing and truly inspiring - especially for someone who has not used a sketchbook ever before. I signed up for the project rather late and also decided not to choose the subject but allow chance to have the final say: Forever in a Nutshell.
I hit two difficulties: using a sketchbook and not quite knowing how to interpret the theme.
Using the sketchbook taught me a lot ... I am not so frightened of blank pages anymore (lol), it taught me not to worry when creating something but just let it flow and see where the path leads you (not an easy task for me) ... I was able to relax after the first 20 pages (there were 32 - lol). Not being a native English speaker the topic was puzzling and exciting at the same time ... but once I started the pages sort of evolved. I did lots of doodling, scribbling and drawing (another scare of mine!), I used stamping, colouring, cutting, printing, .....
If you would like to see the sketchbook pages, you will find them here. And I cannot wait to see all the other sketchbooks online and in person later this year when the sketchbooks will be on display in London. Petra.

11 comments:

Jingle said...

Amazing.

Shelly Schmidt said...

This is wonderful Petra- I love your sketch- you captured the detail beautifully....love the addition of the ..or not too!

Krisha said...

Oh Petra, this is great. I looked at every page but really laughed at the last one......what genious! How long did you have to create this? Sending you "pats on the back" for this.

trisha too said...

Petra, this is such a neat piece, and what a wonderful concept.

:)

Sharon said...

Looks great Petra!!

Suze Bain said...

What a great project - your journal is fab. x

Marjie Kemper said...

I've heard good things about the sketchbook project. Hope to catch sight of it one day. I really like your cover, especially that corner treatment with the corrugated cardboard!

Lynn Stevens said...

I think a sketchbook is a great way to play! doodle, notes, sketchs all ways to enhance the creative process! Great cover. Have fun Petra!
hugs Lynn

Ali Manning said...

This is an amazing sketchbook, Petra - I'm going to check out the site.

Ali Manning said...

This is an amazing sketchbook, Petra - I'm going to check out that site for sure.

Shar said...

Great design! I really like the detail of the cardboard photo corner! Sounds like a really inspiring project!

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