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Sketchbook Cover Ideas

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I realized the kids at art school were much cooler than I was when I got there with my plain black sketchbook, and theirs were all painted and drawn-on and beautifully tattered. I had a lot to learn. But, armed with supplies, I was up to the task.

I’m giving my girl a leg-up by introducing her to the concept of arting up her sketchbooks early on in life. Only then will she have the self-confidence to face the other kids at art school in 9 years. Of course, by then, all the kids will have had solo museum shows at age 17, so who am I fooling?

In any event, we still had fun with Fen’s sketchbook. We primed the cover with 2 coats of gesso first. We don’t bother to sand the gesso or try too hard to smooth it out with the brush, because we like the texture.

gesso on book


After it had dried, Fen decided she wanted to collage the cover with small pieces of rice papers. Alternatively, you can use non-bleeding tissue paper.

rice papers for sketchbook collage | Artchoo!


collaging on sketchbook | Artchoo!


collage trimming on sketchbook | Artchoo!

After the glue had dried, she brushed a layer of Mod Podge over the cover and let it dry. She had used Mod Podge in art class before, but I was a little excited, as I was a Mod Podge virgin.


rice paper collaged sketchbook project | Artchoo!

How cool! The Mod Podge gave it a beautiful finish- you can see all the little rice paper fibers.

Now you obviously need some ideas to fill your sketchbook, and I have 50 sketchbook ideas right here.

More sketch book cover ideas:

White enamel paint pen. From dotartdude


Fabric embroidered cover by Sarah Bell Smith


Stenciled cover by Dreamcicle Journeys


Stack of sketchbooks by Becca Stadtlander


ink and acrylic cover by Flora Chang


From Artists Workshop



canson sketchbook

rice paper circles
rice paper circles!

mod podge



Acrylic Gesso 16 oz.

This acrylic paint marker is probably more young-kid-friendly than enamel.



butterfly stencil

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Jeanette Nyberg

I'm Jeanette Nyberg: artist, author, introvert, creativity-pusher, color-lover.


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