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,
Material World: Getting the Most out of Drawing Media (Part 3)
by Sherry Camhy, abridged from an earlier article
Demonstration: Miniature Sketchbooks from Scratch
- 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.
2. Unfold the sheet to half-size. Make a cut from the folded side to the center crease.
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.
4. Press the folds together, resulting in a six-page “book” with a front and back cover.
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.
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.
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).