Thanks to a friend from a recent shared experience, I found out about the Sketchbook Project from the Brooklyn Art Library on the very last day possible to sign up for it. That meant there was no time to dither about it, worry about whether I should, procrastinate until the deadline had passed–I just did it because there’s wasn’t time to talk myself out of it until a better time. One thing I am learning is that while sure, I don’t want to overcommit myself and end up in a state of overwhelm, sometimes you just have to go for it and trust that you’ll figure it out along the way. That is really a paraphrase of something Ray Bradbury (one of my favorite writers ever) said . . . sometimes you have to jump and build your wings on the way down.
The book is smaller and thinner than I expected. I love the natural cover, and while I’d like to rebind it and use sturdier pages that will accept wet media on them for the text block, I don’t want to get rid of the cover. One immediate thought I had is that piercing a semi-elaborate design on the cover and then sewing with metallic embroidery thread, especially a multicolored one, would be a great contrast to the kraft background. (I do tend to think metallic embroidery thread designs look cool pretty much anywhere, though.)
For some reason, I’m not too worried about what I’m going to do on the pages. If you watch the short (96-second) quite unique video (includes dead Presidents and a plastic horse) the library made about the Project, you can see that there is No Pressure Whatsoever. Generally I can work up a fair amount for myself in any given situation, but in this one there really isn’t any need.