I’ve signed up to get a sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project 2011 – run by Art House Co-op in Brooklyn. A little scary, but I (virtually) know quite a few people who’re taking part – and anyone can join in – it should be a great project to be part of. My sketchbook hasn’t arrived yet but I think they come quite quickly after you sign up. There are lots of very different themes to choose from and I chose ‘Lines and Grids’ – I thought it might provide inspiration for weaving as well as being fun to explore.

Of course as soon as you start to look there are lines and grids everywhere – these are some from my Flickr photos:

grids and lines mosaic

1. lobster pot, 2. bramble leaves turning, 3. patterns and textures at Jolyons, 4. nets at Praia da Vagueira, 5. lines in rock, 6. sculpted by nature, 7. rusty fence, 8. light and waves, 9. fibre and tines, 10. prints in the sand, 11. patterns and textures at Jolyons, 12. netted rock, 13. under a sunlit chair, 14. creel, 15. waves, 16. grass shadows on the sand

I also think there are lots of expressions about lines to play with, e.g. ‘crossing the line’,’line of enquiry’,’taking a hard line’, and probably also some about grids though they don’t spring to mind so readily!

the sketchbook project

20 thoughts on “the sketchbook project

  • June 21, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Glad to be in the sketchbook club with you 🙂 I am scared too having had a major art drowt. We can be scared together :)I’ve started keeping an ideas notebook so I don’t forget the good ideas I have between now and the arrival of the sketchbook. Can’t wait to start now – I chose Beneath the surface

  • June 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I’m doing lines and grids too Fiona and I already have loads of photos for ideas as well. See you there 🙂

  • June 22, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    I’m in this too. My title is “This is not a sketchbook”. I thought I might feel a bit less scared by that and it gives me a lot of scope – I hope! That’s a good idea of Carol’s to make a note now of any ideas.

  • June 24, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    I just signed up, for a red one, oh, how exciting. The most terrible thing that could happen is that you feel you can’t use it because it will be exhibited, though it IS a sketchbook – not a work of art… or? 🙂

  • June 25, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    I got one too! xxx

  • June 28, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Lovely lovely post. Love the mosaic :o)
    I went with “beneath the surface” because I thought that lent itself to textiles, but as soon as I see what theme other participants are doing I want to do those instead! Must stick to “beneath” LOL :o)

    My sketchbook came. It’s smaller than I thought but has a LOT of pages

    Hope your journal doesn’t take too long!

  • July 2, 2010 at 3:57 am

    I’ve just joined right now and I am anxious and excited at the same time! Mine is FIGURING YOU OUT. This is my first attempt at joining art exhibits and I have no idea how to go about. Thanks for this great tip about collecting images for inspiration!

  • July 11, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Love your photos of textures and fibres! I just happen to search for that project and found your site! I also joined the project! Choosed “Figuring you out”… received the sketch book yesterday… trilled and nervous, so many blank pages!! hehehe Happy to see so many participant! Have fun with it! 🙂

  • July 27, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Still waiting for my red one, and “figuring you out” is really getting the juices flowing! Fascinating to see how many textile artists have signed up for this one!

  • July 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm


    Just joined up too, but terrified. I’m a complete amateur and I have never done anything like this before so it will be exciting and a little scary, my theme ‘if you lived here…’

  • July 31, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    The more I see this the more scary it appears to me and the more I want to do it too!
    Did you choose your own title?

  • August 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    I chose ‘facing forward’. Now I have to conjure up some ideas!! I’m looking forward to working on it even though I’ve never done this before.

    PS. I always have plenty of ideas until I sit down to work on something. 🙂 Then its ‘stare off into space time’.

  • August 22, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Hey…I just signed up today as well and am TOTALLY looking forward to it. 🙂

    I created a special blog for bloggie artists to join specifically for the Sketchbook project. I would love to add you….FREE marketing for your art and a place to share in the journey and meet new bloggie artists and friends. You can find it here: http://sbdoodleheads.blogspot.com/

    If you would like to join, please email me and I will add you to the blog to post whenever you would like. 🙂

    Happy Sunday!

  • September 4, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    How is your sketchbook going? I have been taking lots of photos of things people forgot around Liverpool, so many odd shoes! But I’m not sure where I’m going from there… xxx

  • October 15, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Lines and grids are a great theme – I love finding patterns in nature. As humans, we seem to have a basic need to create order, and patterns tend to happen, even when we are trying to be random.

    Would love to see the sketchbook update!

  • October 16, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Hiya Fiona,
    Thank you again for the wonderful wedding charm. They all made me very emotional!!!
    Hope all is well. I’m dropping by after a long absence blogging and am delighted to see your pages again, also to add a little note… I’m changing my blog and webpage to http://thestudio-helensuzanne.blogspot.com/ and thought you’d like to update/add any old link you might have for heb-art journal.

    Helen S

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