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Sketchbook Project Live Stream at SCAD!

Steven Peterman, founder of The Sketchbook Project, was invited to speak to students, faculty, and alumni at Savannah College of Art and Design’s Trustees Theater. Watch the whole thing here:

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Calling All Printmakers!


We’re excited to present the third ever global swap of printed matter here at Art House with Print Exchange 2013!

This project is open to 500 printmakers worldwide who will each create an edition of 12 prints in any printmaking method they choose, whether it’s intaglio, silkscreen, woodblock, lithography - as long as it can be made into an edition, the materials are up to the artist!

Once all of the prints are mailed back to Art House, they’ll get put into sets so that each participant is sent back 10 different prints by 10 other artists from near and far! Besides getting 10 incredible pieces of art, one of the prints from each submitted edition will be archived at Brooklyn Art Library with our other projects, and another print will be displayed in an exhibition here in New York of all participating artists in the exchange.

We’ve put together some resources for those participating in Print Exchange 2013, or for anyone who wants to know some more about printmaking tips, techniques, and sources of inspiration from other artists.

Printeresting : A huge variety of inspiration for printmakers

Nontoxic Print : If you want your printmaking to have as little impact on the environment as possible, stop here. The site is a research resource and practical guide for printmakers, artists, and educators. You can also get information on workshops, various mediums, and more.

World Printmakers : Stop here to view contemporary fine art prints and print makers from around the globe. Choose from what’s new or go on an artistic trip around the world. Other resources include services for artists, interviews, and technical topics.

Woodblock : If you are interested in this form of printmaking, click here. The table of contents gives previews of work, stories, a newsletter, and more. The also offer an eBook to help with your first print.

Making A Mark : This site is a great stop for artists of all kinds. Selecting the printmaking tag will show you all about it. You can also find help with selling your work. Check out this article on signing a print properly.

Welcome to Solarplate : Learn more about this form of printmaking with a visit. They also have an online how to. A trouble shooting guide is also included.

Wonder How To : A collection of video tutorials on a wide range of topics - there is an area of the site specifically dedicated to videos related to printmaking!

Lower East Side Print Shop : A great institution and resource in New York City - check out their helpful glossary of printmaking terms.

International Fine Print Dealers Association : Another great glossary online for printmaking vocabulary. Find out about some techniques you never knew existed!

Printmaking Blogs:
Bound Staff Press : This printmaking blog stands out as a resource for those interested in the nuts and bolts of the medium. Justin is an art teacher and printmaker who explains it all. In addition to tips, he also blogs on his student’s work.

In The Studio : Laine is an artist based in Japan. He regularly features his own work, as well as those of others on his blog. You can also find his pieces online, along with other blogs.

Artist Printmaker On Line : Aine Scannell is a fine artist printmaker from Dunfermline, U.K. She often writes about how her work is going in technical and non-technical terms. She also informs of exhibitions, contests, or works she finds inspiring.

Wood Engraver : From Cambridgeshire, U.K., Andy enjoys working in the studio mostly as an engraver. He also describes what he is working on, along with useful tips. If you enjoy it, be sure not to miss his Albion Press Restoration Blog.

Woodblock Roundtable :  Get discussions triggered by the activities and work of woodblock printmaker David Bull. From Japan, he gives a table of contents to his blog for easy sifting. You can also check out his current projects for progress.

Olansa Cuttings : David Harrison lives in West Worthing, U.K. and is almost single-handedly shoring up the under-80 demographic. He works in relief printmaking, is a father, and draws bugs. A recent entry was on an innovative new drying rack.

Printed Material : P.M. is from Narbeth, U.K. and is interested in printmaking, as well as feltmaking, book arts, gardening, and beekeeping. Her art often follows her urge to find out more about what grabs her attention. In addition to art, she also posts on items of interest.

Colin Beaumont Printmaker  : This blogger is located in Fife, U.K. He is a printmaker who works in reduction lino prints, collagraphs, linocuts, and etchings. See them all by having a look at the blog.

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A Landmark And A Mission Tour Recap

Well, it’s official. The Mobile Library has had its inaugural tour! Special thanks to Ugg Australia’s Creative Council and Christopher Jobson from for helping to make this happen.

We set out early Friday morning to make sure we arrived in time for our 6pm show in Pittsburgh. After securing a parking spot in front of Assemble that was four car lengths long, we started the first ever set up on the Mobile Library!

Curious eyes peered in at us as we opened for the first time. After a fun, yet extremely cold night in Pittsburgh, we ended up checking out 358 books! Everything went off perfectly.

The next morning we headed northwest to Ann Arbor. After a 5 hour drive we managed to arrive at RoosRoast with 45 mins to spare. We got the library open and we were ready to roll at 4pm.

We happened to be in Ann Arbor on a warm day. It was a beautiful 54 degrees while the sun was up. Once it set, it got pretty nippy. We had a fire going inside and coffee in hand, though. It was an amazing night. Chris from Colossal also stopped by. We met his wife and his kid. Good times were had by all.

On Sunday morning, we left at 7am so we could make it to Cleveland for the 12pm show. We were stationed right in the park in front of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Many people thought we were a food truck, until closer exploration.

It was a beautiful sunny afternoon. People were sitting out in the grass and the benches reading through sketchbooks. It got us excited about the summer to come with the Mobile Library. We can’t wait!

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Tip Jar Thursdays

Project of the Day: 

By Rob Jelinski [The Sketchbook Project 2011-2013, The Self Portrait Project 2012, and The Meal]

4 Essential steps to herald the news of your amazing Sketchbook Project!

Over the next few months you and I will pour hours of time into transforming that ordinary Sketchbook Project into a one-of-a-kind work that will reside in an art library located in the coveted neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn! While many participants may be satisfied with simply expressing themselves or having their art tour the U.S.A. and beyond, I feel that a little extra time invested into marketing my SBP will build a greater momentum for my project and possibly overflow into my career or reputation. This Tip Jar will provide you with both samples and resources that you can use or model to promote your Sketchbook Project in the upcoming months. I hope you enjoy them and dream big for 2013!


  •  Your Art and Creativity
  • Facebook, Twitter, InstaGram, and YouTube accounts
  • Adobe Creative Suite

Estimated Time: 30 minutes (not including time for marketing campaign or media creation)

Let’s Do It!

We all will agree that promoting our art on Social Media is highly effective. But promoting an exhibition (especially one that spans many months and locations) should not be promoted with the vain repetition of blasting around the same image or media. Rather, I suggest you use an array of marketing that leaves your viewers intrigued instead of disenchanted. 


Step 01: Use the theme written above the barcode on the back of your sketchbook to help you decide what the subject matter of your project will be. Theming your art will help streamline the marketing process. For example, The Chapbook theme grabbed my attention when I realized that many of these printed pamphlets or chapbooks used images combined with literature to speak out against social and religious issues between the 16th and early 20th centuries. I decided that I wanted to speak out against the self-centeredness of our culture by contrasting the heart of a solider who is willing to die to protect the life of another.


Now think of a catchy name for your project and write up a short project theme. The goal of this paragraph or sentence is simply to help concentrate your theme and give you strong promotional wording for the future. Your theme can be as complex as the sample above or as simple the project statement below. Maybe even do it both ways.


Here the theme is condensed into a statement or sentence for marketing items with limited space.


Once you have a strong foundation, create some titling* (digitally or traditionally) to use on the front/back covers or centerfold of your SBP in addition to marketing items such as Facebook and Twitter cover photos, YouTube videos, printed materials, merch, and so on. Just as a logo gives an identity or face to a company, so your titling will give identity to your project well before your viewers ever glance over your artwork.

*Please note: if you don’t feel tiling suits you or your project, pick one of your pieces from your project to use as a featured image ;). 

Step 02: Download ( link underlined text to ) the zipped folder of resource images and let’s start marketing your Sketchbook Project!

In Photoshop, open the file named Facebook_Cover.jpg. This image is the exact size Facebook crops cover images to. In my design, I included titling, release date, and the brag- made exclusively for The Sketchbook Project. With guides turned on, (view> show> guides) you can design your title or featured image over mine in order to eliminate switching back and forth between Photoshop and your browser. (See the live samples at /RobJelinskiStudios)

Now open Facebook_Profile.jpg and design a perfectly sized profile image for your Facebook account. This template is not always essential as Facebook does not require a profile picture to be square, but if you want to design something like my image that needs to be cut flawlessly in the thumbnail instance of Facebook, this file will come in handy. (See the live samples at /RobJelinskiStudios)



Facebook_Profile.jpg is also the exact size for Instagram pictures. Again you may not need to pre-crop the images outside of Instagram, but if you need it, you have it. As you can see from my Instagrams, I like to post lots of Inspiration to promote my work. I just love all the vintage filters InstaGram offers. (See the live samples at @RobJelinski)

Twitter just came out with cover images a few weeks ago, so they have not fine-tuned it yet. They set your profile wording to run over the image which, frankly is kind of weird. I used a featured image of my Revolutionary art for Twitter_Cover.jpg and suggest you do the same. (See the live samples at @RobJelinski)

Step 03: While digital marketing has aggressively taken over the territory of printed collateral, don’t underestimate the power of print especially when it comes to The Sketchbook Project. You are investing large amounts of time into creating a physical book that will be showcased in the palm of viewer’s hands. Use a printed tour card to help convey the tactile aspects of your project. If you open up the Moo Slim Tour Card Front and Back files you will find a sample of my 2013 card printed at as a MiniCard. Simply insert or design your art on top of mine and upload to Moo following the steps below.



Launch your favorite browser and land on From the top menu, choose Business Cards> MiniCards> Use Your Own Images.



Click the Pack Layout drop down and choose full image layout> landscape.



Click the upward pointing arrow to upload images from your computer or respective icons to import from social networks then choose the images you want to use. Once the images are uploaded, highlight the proper image for the front of the card and hit the use as full design button.

(Cool fact:Moo will print multiple images on the front side of your cards per pack. So featured images work really great with these steps too!!)



Roll over the image of the front of the card to see the dotted lines (designating the safe zone) and make sure anything important falls inside of it. There is a good chance that anything outside of the safe zone will get cut off if the press goes out of register. You can also click the image to bring up editing tools. These can come in handy, but make sure you are using them properly and do not have any warnings (listed above the preview image) when you are finished. Click the flip card over button to proceed.



Once you see the blank card box again, drag the back minicard image file into the box. If all is well with this design, hit the Next step button. From here on you will run down the final checklist, follow the prompts, and order your wonderful tour cards to promote that your art will soon be traveling the U.S.A. and beyond on the famous Sketchbook Project Tour!

Step 04: The Art House Community really understands that promo videos can be a lot of fun to create and a great tool to intrigue our viewers. In fact, so many of us have created promo videos that Art House launched their own channel last year! Below are 3 different types promo videos that you may want to create for your 2013 project.


Teaser of Trailer Video ( )

The key to a good trailer is that it shows you enough to want to see more, but not enough to satisfy the desire.



Progress video example: ( )

A progress video should give a good overview and should not be exhaustive. 



Project video example: ( )

Your project video should be the grand finale of your promotions. 

Here are a few other really awesome videos to inspire you!

Linu Yen’s Teaser ( )
Carne Griffith’s Progress Video (
Kasi Kasi’s Project Video ( )

Wrap Up: Now you should have a good understanding of how to streamline the marketing and promotions of your Sketchbook Project from project titling to your very own tour cards! I hope this Tip Jar will prove helpful and that these techniques will help you expand your project beyond limitations!

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The Perks of being the new Sketchbook Project

The Reinvented Sketchbook Project

I bet your wondering what makes this reinvented Sketchbook Project so awesome. Well here is a recap…

How does this work?

Remember when you would go on a road trip with your family. Well this is much more exciting then that.

1. Once you sign up and receive your sketchbook for the project, you can head over to to connect and register your book. If you already have an Art House account you will simply connect your brand new sketchbook to it. If you don’t, you can create a new one.

2. After you have successfully connected your book, the fun part starts. You now get to “curate” your own tour! Each tour has a theme and 3-4 unique cities your book will travel to. Pick a city near you, or pick a place you have never been to. It’s all up to you. Please note: once you pick a tour you CAN NOT change it. If you are not feeling any of the current tours, don’t pick one. New ones are added every 3 months.

3. Please make sure to send your book back by the postmark deadline of the Tour you selected. If you do not, your book will not travel.

4. Once we get your book back, we will take it on a road trip to the unique cities on your Tour! After the Tour, as always, your book becomes part of the Brooklyn Art Library’s permanent collection. The largest collection of sketchbooks in the world!

5. If you selected the digitized option, your book will be professionally digitized and added to our digital library. To date, the digital library has had over 1.3 million books viewed! Also, your book is eligible to be selected and sent on future tours!


Tours are a new way for us to take your books on the road. Each tour will have less books. Less books = more views! But it still will have over 1500 books per tour. So you will not run out of awesome sketchbooks to check out. Each tour is going to 3-4 cities. And not just major cities. We are heading to small towns and cities all across North America. The Mobile Library allows us to travel to more places in less time.

The Mobile Library

The Mobile Library is our new home on wheels. Its a 16 foot custom trailer designed with The Sketchbook Project in mind. This guy will travel year around and visit an upwards of 45 cities a year. Read all about it here.


Our whimsical themes are back and are better then ever. Now your theme is not just a theme. It’s a whole tour all created around it. Check out all the themes here.

The Rolling Submission

Sign ups are not just once a year anymore! You can now sign up any time. The best part is, if you want, you have endless time to work on your sketchbook. Once you pick a tour you will have a deadline that you must follow. Need more time? Just don’t select a tour yet.

Still have questions? Check out these FAQ’s!

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Stories from the Road: Heading Home

The Sketchbook Project: Stories from the Road Video #2

Tour Diary: Oakland to Brooklyn

The 2012 Sketchbook Project is heading home! The tour crew is currently chugging across I-70 in Ohio, with the smell of bagels and the glint of skyscrapers urging us on to NYC.

It’s been a week to remember. Last Friday, we hosted the closing reception for the Sketchbook Project Pop-Up Library in Oakland, CA to bring together as many contributing artists as possible for one final gathering. Curious patrons streamed into the space as the evening cool descended on the East Bay, checking out hundreds of books by 10pm. It was especially rewarding to meet such an interesting mix of first-time participants, long-time vets, and complete newcomers drawn by the local buzz.

Saturday and Sunday kept the tour crew busy, as sketchbooks seemed to leap from the shelves. When the dust settled on Sunday evening, we were ecstatic: 5,222 books viewed and 571 library cards issued — more than any other tour stop so far. Thanks to the incredible response from the local arts community, we reached an even better milestone: As of now, every single book contributed to the 2012 Sketchbook Project has been checked out at least once.

A distinctly bittersweet feeling crept over us once the doors shut for the last time on Sunday night. Transforming an abandoned office into Oakland’s own Sketchbook Project Library seemed like an impossible feat just three weeks ago, and yet there we were in the midst of it. We met hundreds and hundreds of funny, kind and creative people and carried nearly the entire 2012 collection in our hands, all while working together to breathe life into an empty space. One thing’s for sure — California, we’ll be back!

We left Oakland first thing Monday morning with 3,000 miles ahead of us and clear blue skies all the way across the West. After changing a tire (no mean feat on a 5,000 pound trailer!), the crew hopped onto Route 120 and headed straight up the Sierra Nevada to Yosemite National Park. After winding through the mountain roads, past glacial lakes and towering redwoods, we caught our breath by Mono Lake and trucked on to Nevada.

Highway 6 in Nevada feels about as far from New York City as it gets. There are just three towns across more than 250 miles of two-lane road, which made the extra fuel containers in our trunk feel like a pretty wise move. By the time night fell, we were more than an hour’s drive from a town in any direction — just the tour crew and 7,500 sketchbooks alone in the universe. At the remotest point of the drive, we pulled over to the side of the road, shut off the lights and gasped: Above us stretched thousands and thousands of visible stars, all but lost to us in the big city. It takes a truly awesome sight to make a 16-foot trailer, an Econoline van and 2 tons of sketchbooks feel infinitely small. But a clear night in Nevada did the trick.

The next day we set out early and continued east through the salt flats of western Utah and all the way across the state. After a brief break by the Sevier River, we met up with I-70 and continued on toward Colorado. A stop for gas in the tiny hamlet of Thompson Springs (pop. 37) led us to an intriguing detour sign for Sego Canyon. We ventured up a small unmarked road that dead-ended at the ghost town of Sego — a once-thriving coal mine that has fallen into ruin. We took a quick break to explore the abandoned village, which was eerily quiet in the punishing desert sun. After spotting a giant gophersnake catching some rays, we hightailed it back to Thompson Springs when a massive rock face caught our eyes. The smooth, flat expanse of cliff was covered with petroglyphs and pictograms — artwork from three different civilizations stretching back almost 5,000 years. Even a scrawl of graffiti that marred the stone canvas came with a surprising history: The vandal had signed his name and the date was 1873.

A bit humbled by our unexpected gallery visit, we gassed up and hit the road again with a lot on our minds. Of course, the entire Sketchbook Project involves bringing an archive of artwork with us wherever we go and watching strangers encounter creativity that they never knew existed. But we still forget that there’s no experience quite like exploring unfamiliar terrain and finding strange beauty there.

600 miles to go. See you soon, Brooklyn.

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Is This Your Sketchbook???

Hi everybody! We have four Limited Edition and/or 2012 sketchbooks here without names or submission numbers attached to them. Please let us know if one of them is yours! If it is, please email us at









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35 Sweet Sketchbook Cover Patterns

These 35 Limited Edition Sketchbook covers explore patterns in ways that wow us. Variety, color, line, repetition. We dig it. You will too.




[above: cover by Pigeon, from Bristol UK]

[above: cover by Melanie Philpott, from Torquay UK]

[above: cover by Sarah Perveen Rizvi, from Houston TX]

[above: cover by Anil N. Singh, from Toronto ON]

[above: cover by Amy Mullin, from Los Angeles CA]

[above: cover by Christine Schwanke, from Berlin ]

[above: cover by Kristie Ann Harris, from Sacramento CA]

[above: cover by Stephanie Cooper, from Toronto ON]

[above: cover by Hilary Lawler, from Laytown, Ireland]




[above: cover by Filmina&StarLata, from Grenada, Spain]

[above: cover by Rose Hope, from Portland OR]

[above: cover by Maria Luisa Sandos Cuellar, from Oaxaca Mexico]




[above: cover by Lucie Fergeson, from Baltimore MD]

[above: cover by Heather Scott, from Leven UK]

[above: cover by Dan Daulby, from Richmond BC]

[above: cover by Signe Nordin, from Tucson AZ]

[above: cover by Amy Lynch, from Dublin, Ireland]

[above: cover by Kelly Mills, from Hamilton ON]




[above: cover by Patricia Gendron, from Quebec QC]

[above: cover by Javier Poblacion, from Caceres, Spain]

[above: cover by Natalie Maurer, from Gold Coast, Australia]

[above: cover by Jon Procter, from York UK]

[above: cover by Catherine Schechter, from North Vancouver BC]

[above: cover by Sophie Morgan, from Marietta GA]

[above: cover by Kirsteen Harris-Jones, from Ellesmere UK]

[above: cover by Stephanie Chee Mei Cheng, from Nottingham UK]




[above: cover by Janika Regelin, from Kankaanpaa, Finland]

[above: cover by Kimberly Nguyen, from Garden Grove CA]

[above: cover by rObfOs, from Redland City, Australia]

[above: cover by Abbie Scott, from Aberdeen UK]

[above: cover by Marie Sullivan, from Bunbury Australia]

[above: cover by Becca Rose, from Bristol UK]

[above: cover by Sally O’Dell, from Ovapa WV]

[above: cover by Andrew Casano, from Elizabeth NJ]

[above: cover by Kate Palley, from Selinsgrove PA]


Ready to see more Limited Edition sketchbooks?

Join us this Friday at the Brooklyn Art Library for the Project’s Opening Exhibition.

More details & RSVP here.


And if you’re feeling inspired to make some patterns of your own,

don’t hestitate to check out the current project:

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Meetup with The Sketchbook Project at home.

On June 3, 2012 dozens of communities all over the world organized through, and got together on a local level to celebrate Global Sketchbook Project Day. Yes, it’s a holiday that we invented, so that Sketchbookers all over the world could meet each other, share their sketchbooks and ideas, and get down with some good old fashioned creative fun.

Here are some highlights from a Sketchbook Project Meetup in New Jersey, organized by Sketchbooker Rob Jelinski:


Above: Welcome to City to City {Exhibition x Live Music x Sketchbook Project Gathering} (Photo by Edward Chan)


Global Sketchbook Project day is about sharing inspiration with the world, so Rob thought why not do an hour long, live street performance for everyone passing by!?


Rob showed off some of the tangible inspirations for his in-progress 2013 Sketchbook, entitled Revolutionary.  (Photo by Edward Chan)


We loved seeing these photos from Rob’s event, and hearing all about it. If anyone else has pictures or stories from their Global Sketchbook Project Day Meetups, be sure to send them our way so we can share them with the rest of the community!


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Folks may wonder what the rest of the Art House staff members do when the Tour Crew is out traveling the country (and beyond) with the 2012 Sketchbooks.


Answer: We throw parties at the Brooklyn Art Library and work on our 2013 Sketchbooks, of course. 



For the inaugural Global Sketchbook Project Day this past Sunday, the Art House staff, local Sketchbookers, and neighborhood folks celebrated in style at the Brooklyn Art Library. It was a gorgeous morning and I (Caitlin) got up early to bake cookies for the event. I couldn’t imagine throwing a party without something homemade to offer around. By the time I made it down the the Library, Chris—our Head Librarian—was already there, busily setting up for what would be a whole day full of Sketchbook-related festivities.





We flung the doors wide to the bustling sidewalks of N 3rd St., home also to a slew of interesting boutiques, an architecture firm, the used book store Book Thug Nation (a seminal Williamsburg establishment), a yoga studio, and of course the Mast Brothers Chocolate factory (mmm, love them). Balloons bobbed in what had become a somewhat wily wind outside, and passersby stopped by to see what all the fuss was about. 



Most of the afternoon was devoted to hanging out around the Sketchbook Start-Up Table, where we began working on ideas for our 2013 Sketchbooks … a bunch of people even started the Project right then and there. The long wooden table was strewn with pencils, markers, and pens galore, as well as glue, stencils, paper of all colors and sizes, and cut-up print materials for collage. 

While getting a head start on this year’s project was a much needed creativity boost to all of us Art House staffers, the best part of the afternoon was getting to know everyone who stopped in. We got to catch up with local Sketchbookers whom we’ve known for awhile, and met others for the very first time. One woman had only just moved to New York a few days prior, and coming to Global Sketchbook Project Day was one of the very first things she had done in New York. So cool.






Next on the agenda for the day? Chris gave an amazing presentation on typography. Of course we know that Sketchbookers generally have an interest in all things visual and creative, but Chris really knocked it out of the park with this one. He covered a wide swath of typographical concepts and styles, all the while sharing ideas on how the novice typographer can explore different techniques or approaches in his or her own work. Afterwards, someone asked him what his favorite type face is. Answer: Gotham. We are in New York City, after all.







For the last few hours of Global Sketchbook Project Day, everyone at the Library enjoyed the sweet melodies of local songster Justin Allen. I can’t think of a better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon than with good people, making art, listening to live music.





Someone even drew on a cookie!






Already I can’t wait for the next Global Sketchbook Project Day, and also for the other upcoming Meetups at the Brooklyn Library. Big thanks from all of us at Art House to the folks who stopped by on Sunday to hang with us—that’s what makes events like these so much fun! We hope you join us for the next one:

July 5 - Sketching Salon #1

The Sketching Salon is the first installment of a new event series at the Brooklyn Art Library that welcomes artists of all backgrounds to come together for a communal sketching session. Each Salon will feature a live musical performance and an array of still life settings to inspire an evening of creativity. 6pm - 9pm. Free.

Want to participate in a Sketchbook Project event in your hometown? Just create or join a community on, then start an event! If you let us know about it, we’ll even help you promote it. 

Getting together with other local Sketchbookers is such a fun way to get started on this year’s project—it was so inspiring for us to hear and see other’s ideas and modes of creating work. So get those 2013 Sketchbooks ready, get together, and start making things! It’ll be fun. We promise.