My sweet friend Brandi showed me something called The Sketchbook Project a short while ago, and I pulled some money together and signed up just this weekend. It's such a great art project! Here's what the website has to say about it:
"Thousands of sketchbooks will be exhibited at galleries and museums as they make their way on tour across the country. After the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be barcoded and available for the public to view. Anyone - from anywhere in the world - can be a part of the project."
Amazing, right? For $25, your art will be on display around the country! When you sign up, you get to choose a pre-listed theme and will receive a brand new Moleskine with a colored cover of your choice. You can sign up through October, but note that while there are many choices for themes and covers, fewer choices will be available the longer you wait.
I'm terribly excited to get mine and start experimenting. I hope to finish up my current art journal by the time I receive (and start working in) my Moleskine, so I can dedicate all my time and energy to it. It's a realistic goal, as I'm very close to finishing what I consider my first "real" art journal!
I know that my friend Ashley over at The Paper Phantom is thinking about signing up for The Sketchbook Project; do let me know if you're going to take part, too! I'd love to follow your journey and inspire and be inspired by your work. I'll be sure to share with you my pages here, and I encourage you to support Ashley if she takes the leap.