I hadn't heard of it before, and you have to pay to join in, and you have to donate your finished book to the Library when the tour is done...but I like sharing so I joined.
The idea is to create your own book of art, that the organisers then travel round the world with, and show to other people(travelling library style), so lots of artist/ordinary folks get to show and share their own style of art. There are a few limitations (durability issues) as your book will be handled by lots of people(hopefully:D), but style and content is up to you.
I chose the title "It's summer where you are", but that is just a starting point
You receive a blank sketchbook roughly 7 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches, craft cover and bar coded label with your details on back
There where too many pages for me, so I glued them together in pairs. This also strengthens the pages, but becareful not to glue the whole book shut :D
I also found the blank pages a bit intimidating, so I messed them up with some Tim Holtz inks(broken china and peeled paint)
I printed some photo's off to use in the book as jumping off points for my hand drawings, and I though this one made a perfect cover piece :D(you can see the bar code thingy on the back)
Then glued pics in place on alternate pages, so book will be double spreads of memory picture with sketches of things I associate with it...
And started doodling on the cover( the words are an old song we used to sing as children when going on a road trip)
I've also written a verse, so I can insert lines amongst the pictures. Not sure if words are allowed, but if I weave them into the pictures they might let it count(there going in anyway).
You still have time to join up if you'd like. You have to sign up by the end of October, and the finished book has to be posted back by Jan 31st 2012
I'm really going to enjoy this project, and by keeping a record I will still always have the book to look at :D XXX
Linking to The Butterfly Effect (of which this project is a great example :D)