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The Sketchbook Project Mobile Library

Last week I found out that The Sketchbook Project‘s mobile library was going to make an impromptu stop in Raleigh along their summer tour route.  Of course, I immediately planned a Sunday date with my hubby to go check it out!

the super awesome sketchbook project mobile library

To be honest, I wasn’t entirely certain what to expect.  “It’s like a food truck, but with sketchbooks,” I told Matt on the way.  And it really was.  But cleaner and more organized and not at all greasy.  I loved that they actually issue library cards… signing up was a cinch and checking out was even easier.  Seriously, this is such a clever concept!

sketchbook project: colorful sketchbooks

sketchbook project: architectural drawings

At first, I based my selection on the color yellow.  They gave me the cute balloon portrait book (above left) and then a bonus surprise sketchbook, which turned out to be some really great architectural drawings.

flipping through sketchbook project books!

Matt enjoyed that one while I checked out some more based on my interest, favorite style, and mood.  Neat, right?!

this sketchbook project came from sweden!

We probably flipped through about eight or ten books together.  The effort and skill level of each artist was really interesting to see and I especially liked that a few of them put where they were from and/or their contact info.  One of the books we enjoyed (above) came all the way from Sweden!

If the mobile library comes through your town, it is definitely worth the visit!  You can even pick up your own book while you’re there — the next postmark date is next January, so you have plenty of time to get creative!

Thanks to CAM Raleigh for hosting and to the mobile crew for camping out in Raleigh for the day!

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