Total Time: 4 hours 30 mins 56 secs
Looking to make your own artist sketchbook? Here are several techniques for making one -- from the easiest pamphlet stitch mixed paper sketchbook to professional Japanese side-sewn sketchbook.
More Sketchbook Explorations
Lisa Congdon
Are you ready to dive back into your sketchbook? Lisa Congdon is back with even more mixed media exercises to explore within the pages of your sketchbook. Using an assortment of colorful mediums, Lisa guides you through the process of developing your own personal voice and style in this four-part course. You will learn the basics of creating well-balanced backgrounds as well as lessons on adding dimension with flowers, animal figures and abstract designs.
Creating a Mixed-Paper Sketchbook
Pam Garrison
A sketchbook featuring a range of fun and colorful papers makes the perfect background for on-the-go sketching, journaling or list making. Learn how to create a mixed-paper sketchbook by gathering together interesting papers and sewing them together with an easy pamphlet stitch. Pam Garrison also shows a few of her own mixed-paper sketchbooks, featuring solid-colored papers, patterned papers and pages on which she’s already drawn or painted.
Japanese Side Sewn Sketchbook
Jody Alexander
Learn four different stitches for this historical Japanese bookbinding structure: Four-hole, Noble, Hemp Leaf and Tortoise Shell. Single sheets are stacked and bound to create this simple and elegant binding. These are great books to use for sketchbooks, journals, photo albums and artists' books.
How to Make a Blank Art Journal
Dawn DeVries Sokol
Learn how to make two kinds of blank mixed-media journals: one from upcycled cereal boxes and a sewn spine; the other with a hard cover book, scrap papers, duct tape, and a button closure. These simple journals are easy to create and are perfect for on-the-go journaling to capture all your creative endeavors.
Coptic Binding
Jody Alexander
Learn this ancient, elegant hardcover binding that originated in the Copt Monasteries of Ethiopia around the 4th century. This binding joins all of the signatures and the covers with a beautiful chain stitch that lays completely flat when open – making it ideal for journals, photo albums and art projects. Jody shows you how to work evenly and methodically to accomplish this two-needle coptic binding, as well as how to customize your own book covers.

Kids Japanese Side Sewn
Jody Alexander
This is a kid friendly version of the four-hole Japanese Side Sewn Binding, no needle required! Kids can use the finished book to write in, draw in and tell a story. And they’ll be very proud of themselves after making a book!