The Sketchbook Challenge

The Sketchbook Challenge

Techniques, Prompts, and Inspiration for Achieving your Creative Goals

Book - 2012
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Have you ever bought a new sketchbook, opened to the first page, and thought, "Now what do I do?" Sue Bleiweiss and the talented minds behind The Sketchbook Challenge are here to help. Imagine a supportive community of artists sharing the innermost pages of their sketchbooks and offering you tips and techniques for overcoming creative blocks. That's what The Sketchbook Challenge is all about, and the popular blog of the same name has already inspired thousands. Inside this book, you'll find: Themes that will motivate you to start your sketchbook and, more important, keep at it. Tutorials spotlighting such mixed-media techniques as thread sketching, painted papers for collage, digital printing, and much more. Strategies to get off the sketchbook page and start creating inspired arT, whether you're into painting, collage, fiber art, or beyond. In-depth profiles of artists who have taken the Sketchbook Challenge and used it as a launching pad for their own meaningful artwork.
Publisher: New York : Potter Craft, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 144 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9780307796554
Branch Call Number: 741.2 Ble


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May 15, 2018

The book features twelve journal "topics", each covered by two artists using different mediums.
CONS: The pictures where they show you how they did certain steps in embellishing their themed journals are quite small. Other pictures included of the submitted journals seem chosen at random to showcase only the artists' style, not to inspire or guide the reader.
Dialogue about how they approached the assigned theme is mostly vague and doesn't truly relate to how to plan and create a journal. For example, one artist shows a beautiful panel made of cloth done with quilting and trapunto, but I didn't see it attached to a journal and wondered why this artist and her art style were even included in this journal challenge. Wished the distant shots had some comparison close-up detail, plus more grouped pictures of interior/exterior from each journal.
PROS: There are some interesting SNIPPETS on how to use mixed media. A couple of the journal covers were very lovely to view. Several well known artists contributed to book.

Nov 20, 2016

Nice chatty text

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