Challenging Myself

The Sketchbook Project: 2011

I'm Challenging myself.  While browsing around Blog Frog I saw an ad for The Sketchbook Project 2011.  I had never heard of it (am I living under a rock?) but it caught my attention and I took a look.  I won't go into details about how it works as you can get that from their website if your interested, but you choose a category, they send you a sketchbook, you fill it up and send it back.  Then it goes on tour all over the country and ends up in the Brooklyn Art Library.

I debated a while.  A lot of work goes into filling a sketchbook so to do all that work then send it away forever....  The thing that changed my mind was that each book has a bar code on it and every time someone looks at your book you get a notice that it has been viewed.  How fun is that! Now amongst so many sketchbooks I'm not sure how much mine will be viewed, but I thought it would be a nice challenge for myself.  A project to force me to sketch daily.  I did consider just making my own sketchbook project that is only me, and if you would like to play along but don't want to join the official project I'd love to see your creations!   I will share some sneak peaks with you along the way.

There were many categories to choose from.

I chose "things found on restaurant napkins" sound fun right! Throw your ideas my way if my theme inspires you.  I'm going to start a list of ideas that pop into my head.  I'm going for humor, witty, maybe a couple sad (things have come to mind).  Let's hear it.


  1. pick up line and phone number....

  2. Thank you for posting this, I signed up for the project!

  3. What a great idea - you could have your kids do a page too :)

    Things on a napkin...
    room plan
    love note

  4. Oh this is amazing, thank you for sharing it! I'm going to check it out right now. :)

  5. 1:
    A food splat and a fly.
    2: The food sitting at the table and a hand drawn on the crumbled napkin as if it were wiped off and now trying to get out.
    Oh I know...I am a freak!
    3: Money drawn on the napkin inside of a tip...due to poor service.
    4: a Better meal on the napkin that the actual meal.
    oh great my mind is just a twitching with ideas.....somebody stop me~

  6. Yeah! I found this a few weeks ago, and had the same thoughts as you did. I'm chronicling mine here: http://littlebit.posterous.com/

    Will we be seeing all your pages here?

  7. I signed up for this, thanks for posting