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Paper Crafts with Your Drawings

Lesson 27 from: How to Draw

Cleo Papanikolas

Paper Crafts with Your Drawings

Lesson 27 from: How to Draw

Cleo Papanikolas

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27. Paper Crafts with Your Drawings

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Paper Crafts with Your Drawings

I like to make notebooks. This is called a, um this'll is called a pamphlet stitch. Um and that means you just take a stack of papers and stitch it together with one string. So I like to I made these notebooks out of some of my old artwork, and the special thing about it is you can put any paper you want in there, so I put all different colors of paper. So if I wanted to do, you know, value studies or or some of my chalkboard drawings? I could do that. So I'm gonna show you how to make those start out with a piece of scrap paper. This again is posterboard. Ah, lot of times I will just use, like if I have printer paper, there's usually a nice extra piece of stiff paper, and they're all use that. So you saw this on the T shirt? This is a drawing a dead eye scan this in, and I printed it out because I don't really want to put my original drawing in the front. I could, but this is just kind of a little scrap notebook. You can put any kind of paper you want in it. So I have a big stack of p...

aper. I have just something I pulled out of a sketchbook. I have some tracing paper, bunch of kind of vintage paper graze. Stack them all up like that. Let's get the cover going first so it can be drawing. So I kind of eyeball it. I hold it up to the light with a light behind it. You can kind of see where it goes. Straighten it out. And I know I'm gonna have a binding on it, so I wanna have it mostly to one edge, and then I'm just going Teoh draw around that. So I know where to cut it. Okay, clear your drawing that you scanned in and printed out. Did you print it out on any specific type of paper? This is called brochure paper? I think so. It's just a little bit thicker, and it probably has a little bit of a coating on it. Okay. Is it a little bit more? Maybe like a card stock that we could find that Yeah. You think you still use card stock? I think this one is not even that heavy. Great. Um and now I'm gonna cut this out using a knife. Now, I know earlier in class I was talking about how when you think you want to start a project, don't go shopping. Just do work with what you have and get started. The exception to that is if you're about to kind of piece of your heart with a very dull knife blade go shopping. This is a new I think it's cutting it out on the lines. You could probably do this with scissors if you wanted. Since you've already drawn your lines, you could probably cut close enough. But I think that used the materials you have philosophy is perfect for this project because you're using all sorts of paper for the interior. It sounds like perhaps leftover graph paper, computer, paper, anything that might be used for sketching. Yeah, and it also makes it more interesting to draw on to. So, as you can see, I've kind of off centered this a little bit because I know I want to use a piece of this tape and do a binding. Okay, then just glue all over. Oh, now when I glue, I'm gonna put a piece of scrap paper behind it. And I'm going to kind of work from the center out, and I'm gonna make sure I get all the edges. And now I've kind of come to the point where my fingers are getting over into a little corner. I usually use sort of the backs of my fingers, So just the tips of my fingers. I have fingernails. The backs of my fingernails are touching in the glue area. That way, I don't end up with glue everywhere. That's kind of easy to wipe off. Okay, remove your scrap paper and then carefully placed that on the front. Okay, Now you can press this under a book. Let this dry a little bit. Actually, I think I'm gonna add my binding first. So this is gaffer's tape. You could use duct tape. It's very similar. This just has a little bit more of a canvas quality, um, and sticking. This is a little different, and I just I think it looks a little bit more artistic when it's when it's a matte finish like this and has more of a campus quality. So I I know that half of this is about that wide, and I want to get it on straight. So I'm gonna draw a little line here to follow. Okay, that looks pretty straight. Then just follow your line, okay? And if you want, you can tuck in the edges there on the back and tucking the edges a little bit. Now, you can see I'm not opening this all the way up all the way because I want my notebook to stay flat. Bookbinding is a really big field, and it is There's just so many possibilities, and it's really fun. Um, that you can get really into, like, archival, papered, handmade, cotton, leather bound stitch things. And they're just also super beautiful. But for our for our class, our theme is just use what you have and get something out there. Get yourself excited about it. So you want to keep going. So we're not worried about that. You know, this tape, this poster board, all of these? Yes, in 10 years, they're probably going to get a little bit funky. But for now, I like outlook, and I'm gonna use it up pretty soon too. So Okay, so we've got our cover. We're gonna, you know, let let that dry for a little bit. Here's our stack of papers now. They're all noticed. They're all totally different sizes. You want to fold them all in half. This is a bone folder. You don't have to have this. You can use back your fingernail, anything that's not going to make a mark. Sometimes all use like the end of a pen or something. But if it is black, it's likely to make a mark on your paper. So I love this one folder just for this purpose. Pulled everything in half. I would say you could maybe do a couple of sheets at a time, but you don't want to do the whole stack at once. The bone folder just presses along like that. I have some Kraft paper, the kind you just have on your tables. Tracing paper, Still all different sizes. Get all of those folded in half. It's okay if they're all different sizes, then stack them all up in the order that you want him this'll is just gonna be a single state signature. That means we just have one stack signatures are if I were gonna have maybe three different stacks all sewn together in one binding. And since this book is so easy to buy, and it's also very easy to take apart, So if I make a mistake on one of my pictures, I can just cut the string and take that piece out in restraint. What? I love about this what I love about this so much. Okay, so we are doing a pamphlet stitch that requires three holes, so I'm gonna take my all I'm gonna Markoff three holes. 12 three. Just gonna go right through the whole stack. You could do your cover separately if you want. If you're cover is thicker and my cover is not too sick. So I'm going way through. Don't poke your finger out the back with this. It's really, really sharp. I'm going first. I'm going into my mat. And then once I know where my pin is and I've got everything stacked up, Then I go all the way through or something. So poke right in all the way through. Okay, Now, this is when we use that wax Lynn and threat again. And let's see, I'm meeting a 12 and 1/3 just for good luck. Cut that off and let's see, I have one already threaded because it is a little bit hard to get this. And this is a tapestry needle. Um, just any kind of Ah ah, big needle with an eye big enough to fit through that waxed linen thread. This one's a nicer one. So we're making a pretzel way. Start at the centre back and go through the back one. And it might take a little bit of wiggling to get through all those holes if you want, you could clamp all this together. Um, with you know, he put two clips here and two clips here. Okay, leave a little bit of that sticking out Now go over to one side. So I I came through the back up to the middle back down. Now I'm out of the spine again. And how you remember this is the spine has is the side that has just one big, long piece all the way across the back. You could flip that if you want, but that's how you remember the order to stowing. One is gonna have one big, long piece all the way across it. And I do usually like it as the spine and back through this last poll. Okay? And to end up the pretzel, we go through the middle again. Okay, so now when you come out the end here, you have two ends coming out the center hole, and you have one long piece. Tighten everything up a little bit. I usually got my needle off this point and make sure that that long piece is in the middle of these two pieces that are coming through the same hole. Otherwise, you're not. Might slip back through that hole. So here we go. Square not right over. Left. Left over. Right. Okay, trimmed those off. Kind of almost looks like the books, but it's a little floppy. We've got a bunch of pages hanging outside, so take your ruler. You're going to trim all this loose stuff. Hold this down real tight on the edge of your cover and get your knife ready. And don't try and cut through all of it at once in one big heavy cut. Just lightly skim across all of it and just keep going until you've got through all of that. If something like this happens and it starts to crumple up, that means your blade is getting dull. So I'm just gonna change that right away because we don't deal with dull blades, Thistles your artwork and you spend a long time getting to this point. You don't want to tear it. Um, thes things just pop off like that. The next one comes out. I usually wrap this in something before I throw it away, Just in case you stick your hand in the trash can. Okay. To more edges. Okay. Got through all those layers. Last edge and kind of satisfying getting through all these layers. There you go. Nice and cleaned up. And you have this really fun little notebook that has all these different kinds of paper in it. You have to choose which paper you want. You made it. So if you want, you can always just cut this string, take something out, reorganize it, put something in and just tie it back up again.

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Lt. Cmnd. Data

This fun course is perfect for the beginner that wants to learn how to draw with pencil. Cleo had lots of great tips and techniques that are easy to employ and you can get started with whatever supplies you have around the house (back of the envelope and a #2 pencil..). It is great to have more fuel for my creative habit!


This class is fantastic for getting you off and running for a daily practice of drawing and DIY exhibition. The range of techniques that Cleo goes over are easy to follow and enable you to create something that has potential! I am inspired to apply what I have learn in this class right away. I primarily work in the digital space, so spending time developing analog skills with an experienced instructor has been so valuable for me and my work. And as a side note, I loved focusing on everyday things (keys, scissors, etc.) and bringing out the character and beauty of those objects in our drawings.


I thought this course was great! Cleo broke down the fundamentals of drawing in a way that was easy to understand. I was particularly impressed by the different tracing paper techniques and using the pencil as a measuring tool. After taking this class I can now look at drawings and identify the techniques that were used to accomplish them and that's an awesome feeling :)

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