Sketchbooks Then and Now (Part 3) AND a BLICK Giveaway!

Editor’s note: The following post is part 3 of a series from Drawing magazine’s Material World column (Summer 2016) and features an article by Sherry Camhy on a timeless friend of the artist: the sketchbook.

Today you’ll learn how to make your own sketchbook and have a chance to win a gorgeous set of colored pencils from Blick Art Materials. Simply comment on this post below and tell us your favorite color! You’ll automatically be entered – it’s that simple.

Happy drawing and good luck,
Cherie

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Material World: Getting the Most out of Drawing Media (Part 3)

by Sherry Camhy, abridged from an earlier article

Demonstration: Miniature Sketchbooks from Scratch

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Step 1. Sketchbooks by Emily and Arielle Ragals, 2016

  1. Fold an 81⁄2″ x 11″ sheet of paper in half three times so that it is divided into eight sections of equal size. Crease firmly.
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Step 2

2. Unfold the sheet to half-size. Make a cut from the folded side to the center crease.

 

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Step 3

3. Gently pull the newly cut segment apart and stand the paper up on the cut ends. Push the folds together to make a star shape.

 

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Step 4

4. Press the folds together, resulting in a six-page “book” with a front and back cover.

 

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Step 5

5. To make a 12-page book, cut to separate the folded edges of each page. Fix the “binding” with staples or by making holes along the folded edge and sewing pages together.

 

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Step 6

6. You now have a miniature 12-page book ready for sketching. You can create larger books using this process by beginning with a larger sheet of similar proportions.

[Read Part 1: Sketchbooks Throughout History]

[Read Part 2: Sketchbooks Then and Now]

 

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You could win this beautiful set of colored pencils from Blick Art Materials!

NOTE: Come back to ArtistsNetwork soon for another chance to win new drawing supplies! And, remember to comment below with your favorite pencils/pens for your chance to win this set of colored pencils from Blick Art Materials! Winner will be chosen March 17, 2017 (must be a US resident).

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114 thoughts on “Sketchbooks Then and Now (Part 3) AND a BLICK Giveaway!

  1. Courtney Jordan

    Thanks to all who entered! The contest is now closed but no fretting–we have a new giveaway sponsored by Caran d’Ache that starts tomorrow! Check back or see it on our FB page! Good luck!

    Congrats to lisariley33 who has won this Blick giveaway!

    1. lisariley33

      Thank you so very much! I feel like the Universe is smiling at me today. These will be perfect for summer sketching on the lake here in Chicago.

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