I am not an artist, and I don’t have a lot of art skill or experience. Can I still participate? Yes! Of course you can. It's about self-expression and tellin' your story - so go on and tell it!
Can children and teens participate? Sketchblack is open to all ages. The recommended ages are 8 years and up. Some prompts my have sensitive-content or mature-content, so, please review prompts before purchasing for a child or teen. If you have questions about appropriateness for your child or teen, just reach out.
How much is shipping? Shipping in free! And your return-shipping is free too! I prepaid return label is included in your package.
Can I buy one as a gift? Yes! Just put the gift recipient's name and info under "artist" when placing your order.
Do I have to follow the prompts? Prompts are written to activate the senses and the mind. There is room for eveyone's thoughts, perspectives, feelings, experiences, memories, and dreams. Prompts are there to support those that may need a little help getting started and are open to your interpretation.
Can I participate and use my own skectbook? Please use the sketchbook provided. Remember you can change out the paper if desired. The completed sketchbook must retain its orginal cover and must be no more than 1-inch thick when closed.
How many pages are in the sketchbook? There are 16 pages (32 if you use the front and back). What materials can I use? The paper is best for dry media (i.e. pencil, pen, colored pencils, pastels). Wet media (i.e. markers, watercolor, paints may bleed through pages.
-If you want to use wet media, you can unbind and swap out the old paper for paper of your choice! Just be sure your book remains no more than 1-inch when closed.
Any embellishments must be securely attached. Do not use anything that can flake or fall off, or that becomes sticky or tacky over time. Refrain from using glitter, sand, and anything perishable or hazerdous. Embellishments (i.e buttons) can extend no more than 1/4 inch inch off the book. Please seal soft/chalk pastel and charcoal.
How long can I keep my sketchbook before I send it back? Please return your sketchbook within 3 months. New "series" are released in January, April, July, and October.
When will my sketchbook appear in the digial library? Sketchbooks will be scanned/photographed and added to the library as they are received. I'm a one-lady show over here (for now). I appreciate your patience.
What happens to my physical skectchbook? How will my artwork be used? You may request to have your sketchbook returned to you after its processed into the digital library. You will pay for shipping. Otherwise the physical sketchbook becomes the property of Artspiration.
By participating in Sketchblack, you opt-in to have your sketchbook on view to the public. You give Artspiration licence to use your sketchbook and its contents as needed. Any time your sketchbook or its contents is used, you will receive full credit unless you choose to remain anonymous. Your sketchbook and its contents will not be sold, and you, the artist, retain ownership of your work.
Who makes these sketchbooks? Shout out to Scout Books - who makes custom books with care! They care about plants, the environment, and people too!
Cover - contain 85% post-consumer recycled content and 15% pre-consumer recycled content! Paper - contains 100% recycled papers sourced from American mills! Ink - They use vegetable-based inks! Energy- They run all of their presses and machinery with renewable energy. Can you believe it!?