Thursday 5 April 2018

5 in 5 - April 2018 - The Sketchbook Project

Welcome to '5 in 5' where on the 5th of
each month I post 5 photos that I have 
taken in 5 minutes.

The Sketchbook Project is an annual event and this year I decided to participate. Artists are sent a book which you complete in any way of your choosing using a few basic guidelines. The book is then returned to Brooklyn, US and becomes part of a travelling exhibition and permanent library. I was excited when my book arrived and was pleased by the small size, as I had made up my mind that in order to meet the deadline I would need to work within constraints. I set myself a goal which I explained on the back page of the book:

"I can be a perfectionist and chose this opportunity to participate without pressure or expectation.  There are things in the sketchbook that I would do differently another time, but I have given myself permission to let it go. This was a good experience and learning for me, because sometimes high expectation can stop me starting or mean that I did not enjoy the process so much because I undo or redo in search of getting it right. This time I achieved this by letting go, and I enjoyed making this sketchbook and accepted that good is enough!

I chose a quote as my theme as I wanted a connection to flow through the pages, and these words were meaningful to what I wanted to achieve and where I am in life".  

So let's take a look:

I have a few more details to add and then it will be posted back to Brooklyn. I'm glad I took part, it has been an opportunity to be playful and I used a range of mixed media techniques including stamping, paint, pens and ink, collage, grunge paste, stencils and texture. Thank you for looking, and maybe this will inspire you to take part next year.


  1. What a great project! I've never heard of it before. Your sketchbook is lovely.

  2. Sounds like an interesting project. I am viewing this on my phone while accompanying my mother in law to a hospital visit. I can see I will have to look in more detail on a bigger device when I get home.

  3. Creating is always so much fun & what an interesting project to be part of ... history in the making.

  4. It's very strange, but I was quite sure I had commented on this post when it went up, but evidently not! At any rate, this looks like a fun project, and I think starting a new project with no expectations of perfection can be freeing!


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