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The Sisterhood of the Travelling Sketchbook

Oh I do love a good idea, and this is one of the best! A travelling sketchbook!

Let me go back to the beginning….

A while ago I was inspired to make sketchbooks from odd bits and pieces of paper that I had drawn on, practised watercolour washes on, started paintings on and so on. I offered them to blogging friends and sent about half a dozen around the world. One was to Kate in Northern Queensland. (You can read more about the original idea here.)

Earlier this year Kate and I had a chance to meet up in Melbourne. When she got home she sent me back the sketchbook with delightful additions. This was one, and you can see all the pages in my post from earlier in the week.


Though the comments in that post Kate came up with the brilliant idea of having a travelling sketchbook. She even came up with the awesome name

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Sketchbook 

So, would you like to be part of the Sisterhood? [And men are welcome too!]

What would you have to do?

  • Add to the sketchbook when it comes in the post to you. Draw, write, collage, sew, paste in a photograph ~ whatever you would like to contribute. There would be no rules, no themes, just a heartfelt contribution.
  • Post it onto the next person on the list and notify them that it is on the way. The sketchbook will probably be small enough to go as a letter.
  • Perhaps a blog post when it arrives or leaves you. That would be nice, but not a requirement.
  • Hmmm, I think that is it. If there is more, let me know in the comments.

Too easy! If you would like to be involved, don’t feel that what you put in has to be perfect. This is about the connections we make through the journey of the sketchbook. It will become a work of art because of that.

I am going to include a world map so that we can mark its journey. Wouldn’t it be good to see it travel right around the world!

So, let’s chat in the comments. If you are going to be part of the Sisterhood send me an email with your address to

[Also, don’t forget that I am offering a 10% discount on my paintings and drawings in my Etsy shop AnneLawsonArt. I am only offering it to blog readers and until the end of April. Follow the link to the shop and use the coupon code APRIL16 at the checkout.]

29 replies on “The Sisterhood of the Travelling Sketchbook”

Me too, but bearing in mind we plan to be on the road from early June to October ☺Perhaps put me later on the list, and I might have some lovely new ideas to add after that.
P.S. Also think keeping a photo record is a good idea, not only to share via blog posts but just in case of the awful event it goes awol in the post.


Reblogged this on talltalesfromchiconia and commented:
My friend Anne, a talented and generous artists, has come up with a fun idea. Have a read and see if you’d like to join in. So far there are seven of us participating, but the more the merrier, and the more varied the input the more interesting and creative the outcome will be.
Sew, draw, paint, write, photograph, cook, collage…. make some kind of creative contribution and make this Travelling Sketchbook totally amazing!

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I hope to make the Sketchbook this week and launch it next. Yes, let’s send it in the order of joining. That seems to be pretty ‘region clustered’ anyway. I will have to move EllaDee down the list a little way.


[…] So she made a sketchbook, drew her own contribution in it, and posted it to the first person on the list of those who’d signed up for the project. There are 15 of us, and each is to ‘add to the sketchbook when it comes in the post to you. Draw, write, collage, sew, paste in a photograph ~ whatever you would like to contribute. There would be no rules, no themes, just a heartfelt contribution.’ (You can read the whole post here) […]


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