Make Your Own Sketchbook

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Kids can make their own sketchbooks out of poster paper, computer paper and paint. A great way to start the new year is to create a place for all of your clever creations.

By Andrea Mulder-Slater

What You Need:

  • a sheet of poster paper (or thin cardboard)
  • white computer paper (8 1/2″ x 11″ or 21cm x 28cm)
  • a hole punch
  • a pair of scissors
  • some yarn and a few paints (optional)

What You Do:

  1. Cut your poster paper to a size of 14″ x 22″ (35 1/2cm x 55cm)
  2. Fold your poster paper, but leave a little flap (3″ or 7cm) as shown in the illustration.
  3. Place your computer paper inside your poster paper and punch matching holes.
  4. Tie the book together with some yarn.
  5. To close the sketchbook, fold the flap in, punch two holes on the front page of the cover and punch matching holes in the closing flap. Thread yarn through the holes and tie together.
  6. You are now ready to sketch!
  7. Try to draw a little something every day or, if that’s too much, try to draw something once a week.
  8. When you fill your book, make another one. It’s just that simple.

Did You Know:

Leonardo Da Vinci was an Italian Renaissance artist who lived from 1452 to 1519. Da Vinci is probably best known for his painting, “Mona Lisa” or “La Gioconda” which was a portrait of the wife of a Florentine official. Da Vinci always kept a sketchbook handy, so he could write down his good ideas or draw things that caught his eye. In fact, when he died, he left more than 8,000 pages of sketchbooks containing scientific projects, inventions, architectural designs and sketches. Many of the notes Da Vinci made in his sketchbooks were written backwards, so they could only be read if held up to a mirror.