The short story: I’m starting a little, fun internet hashtag project and I’m inviting you to join. It’ll be quick, simple and easy to participate! Post pictures of artwork of any kind that you make in or of a small book. Hashtag the picture on instagram #littleartbook. Now check out other images that other people have hashtagged! See, I told ya, easy and fun!
The long story:
I love little books, oh yes I do! I love making them and I love making art in them.
In 2010 I created a year long list of things I wanted to accomplish. #30 on that list was to “organize a glue book week”. In my mind what that meant was to email some of my favorite internet folks and invite them to participate in a week long project where people would post a picture of a little glue (or cut and paste, stapled, etc.) book to their blog, every day for one week. The concept for that project was in line with Polaroid Week or Color Week, where people share pictures of Polaroid pictures or photographs with color themes every day for a week.
That was 2010 and here it is closing in on the end of 2014 and I never accomplished that project. Maybe because I was waiting for the right time, or afraid that no one else would want to participate, I never organized it.
Fast forward to today, and things on the internet have changed. Many people don’t blog every day, or even every week for that matter, myself included. Fortunately, we aren’t missing out entirely, Instagram has taken the front seat, with hashtags sitting shotgun.
A few years back I came upon a fun, but flash in the pan, instagram hashtag project. The organizers invited people to share pictures of things in their notebooks. I think they shared weekly prompts and it was a good project to get me inspired and working in my little book again. Only, there were a couple of problems. One – even though I wasn’t the only one to share artwork in my notebook, I suspected that the administrator’s original intention for the hashtag was to showcase writing. And then Two – the administrators quickly no longer had the time to organize the project and it all fell apart.
I missed that project and the community.
I remembered my Glue Book Week and decided it was time to put these two together.
What can you post and share?
This is an Art themed project, but as I like to say “I’m not the Art Police” so if you call it Art and there is a little book involved, then it’s good to go!
Here are some ideas and suggestions:
You could make a little book yourself, and the book alone is Art in itself.
Or maybe you want to fill pages of a little book with Art.
Or maybe both!
How BIG is little? Any little book, let’s say 8×8 inches (20×20 centimeters) or less, but as I said before, if you think a foot square (30 centimeters) book is little, so be it!
What is a little Art Book?
Maybe you made your little book (folded, stapled, glued, sewed, handbound, riveted, etc.) the possibilities here are endless.
or maybe you bought or found it (an out of circulation library book, perfect bound sketchbook, handmade by someone else, spiral bound ruled notebook, children’s book, etc.)
What could you put inside your #LittleArtBook? Collage, drawing, lettering, image transfer, patterns, sketches, photography, painting, doodles, needlework, sculptures, pastels, printmaking, mark making, mixed media, digital art printouts, fiber art, illustrations, a zine, maybe it’s not even a functional book, but a sculpture of a book, and the list goes on and on.
Weekly prompts and spotlight features
I’m still kinda working out the kinks and deciding on how much time I want to invest in this project. If you are interested in participating, would you like weekly prompts? At the same time I would love for the hashtag to just grow and people use it on pictures of their own little art books and maybe that is that. I created an instagram account @LittleArtBook for the project where I would like to share and feature contributor’s pieces and possibly other fun little projects. I’ve also just created a pinterest board for inspiration found elsewhere. Would you like to contribute to that board? Just let me know and I’ll add you.
Please join in the fun!