Conditions for Sketchbook Swap

I posted earlier about organizing a sketchbook swap and I now have 5 names already signed up.  So I thought I would try to lay out the guidelines for it in one place. You can check back here as I will keep updating this post to clarify any changes we as a group have made.

*Every person needs to get a sketchbook with the following traits:

100 pages or more

easily mail-able, remember 10 people or so are going to have to pay to mail it.

pages that are not going to fall out in travel

( I am using a Moleskin ($16 from Barnes and Nobles Books in the U.S.)) but you can use whatever you please.

*Every person will do the first 5 sketches in their own book, then mail it to the person below them on the list. You only have to mail to one person. All 10 books will come to you one at a time and when you are completed with your 5 sketches you mail it to your one person. Every person has one address that they mail to, keeps things simple and every book will follow the same round circle to all 10 people. We will exchange addresses through emails so they stay private.

*All artwork can be anything you choose, any style, any topic, any skill level. The only request is please keep the book intact, and easy to mail.

*Please do not mar, mark, or damage any other artwork in the book.

*No comments will be made on any artist’s skill level or entries. This is about sharing creativity and not judging what someone put in the book.

*When the book arrives, you will have 3 weeks to complete 5 sketches and then mail it to the next person.

*When the book has made it to every person you will receive your own sketchbook back filled with new artwork.

*I will probably setup an online photo upload site so we can share photos of entries if you would like.

*Remember you will have to pay for postage for 10 sketchbooks, one every 3 weeks.

*Any comments are very welcomed.

*thanks and enjoy.

11 responses to “Conditions for Sketchbook Swap

  1. Are you going to try to organize the mailing lists by continent/country? I know from Canada standard mail to the US is a week or two but to the UK is 4-6 weeks – if it’s going back and forth that would add on alot of mailing times.


  2. castlegardener

    That is a good idea, I will see what I can do to keep the shipping times and costs down for everyone.


  3. Do you have an idea of when this will start?


  4. castlegardener

    As soon as we get all the people signed up. But you can go ahead and find your sketchbook and begin your first five sketches.


  5. Hey,

    Is it for the U.S only?

    Or can other countries also join?


  6. castlegardener

    Any one can join from anywhere up till the point we reach our limit. The limit is set by how many pages are in the sketchbook.


  7. > Any one can join from anywhere up till the point we reach our limit. The limit is set by how many pages are in the sketchbook.

    (^ ok.. 100 devideode by five. 20 artists?
    (^ kNOw wait. ioo SHEETS or SIDES of pages?

    (^ the difference gets dicey if the materials used to work with BLEEDS THOUGH.
    ssso. 50 pages? two sided? hmmmn.
    (^ tsk. i often draw in sharpies. harsh: bold strong one one side:
    then use the other side to finesse and mute down a bit. you hold the page up to the light and get yet another impression.

    glad to see emily pop in here. she might almost understand what I’m trying to convay here. 9she’s seen some of my personal stuff)


  8. castlegardener

    The moleskin I bought has 50 individual pages which adds up to 100 sides. On the front cover though it is sold as a 100 page sketchbook.
    More than ten or so means the project takes a lot longer and each person has to pay more postage.


  9. Yes, I hope I can get the time to post so frequently.


  10. I agree keeping it to 10 or so works – anything more than that I think the time span of starting out and ending would mean too many would get forgotten or put aside.
    I think if we’re getting 5 pages both sides any style of drawing would work – otherwise it would be harsh for the person having to start their works on the backside of someone elses – could lead to alot of bleedthrough.


  11. (^ yep. this is going to get interesting.
    (^ one main element will become timing.
    (^ and the hope the books don’t hit the door during mid life crisis and get shuffled away to som e back bookshelf.
    (^ so! I guess we all get to become friends now, hmm?
    otherwise, the hard feelings can become a focal point where everyone has different priorities and this sketchbook for one, is just a side job:
    for another, it’s thier soul itself.

    (^ Having the ability
    (^ to forgive and REMEMBER
    to forget the angst filled pinpainprickles that are always a part of collaborative ventures.

    (^ heal with it. deal?
    (^ goodlies.

    (^ no flames intended.
    (^ just a flicker of light at the end tunnel.


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