Advanced Techniques for Creating Pop-Up Books

A course by Silvia Hijano Coullaut
Editorial Designer. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 09/10/2019
, Editorial Designer

Learn different mechanisms to create your own three-dimensional book with multiple settings

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 308 students
Advanced Techniques for Creating Pop-Up Books

Learn different mechanisms to create your own three-dimensional book with multiple settings

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • Available from September 23, 2020
  • 308 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • Available from the app
  • Unlimited access forever

Exploring the infinite three-dimensional possibilities of paper, combining creativity and technique, is one of Silvia Hijano Coullaut's specialties. Founder of the Libracos studio, she dedicates herself to the creation of pop-up books, handcrafted works that not only transmit stories and contents but also provide a singular and impactful experience.

After doing an introduction to Pop-Up Book Creation in her first Domestika course, Silvia now teaches advanced techniques for building your own three-dimensional book.

Learn the step-by-step process of creating multiple scenarios using a wide variety of mechanisms before hand-binding your creation. In the end, you will bring to life a unique work: a foldable map-book that will also work as a pop-up book.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Practices
  • U3
    U3. Cartography of love
  • U4
    U4. Binding and waybill
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Learn about Silvia's trajectory and how she began to dedicate herself to the wonderful world of handcrafted books, following from the beginning of her studies to the creation of her workshop. Se also the main artists and books that influence her work.

In the second unit, learn the importance of angles and of doing good linear work so that the mechanisms work. See how to control movement and intensity.

Then, start to create your folding geometries, learn how to make the V-folding technique and its different combinations, then see how to make page-turning elements that are versatile, take up little space, and create great effects.

Silvia teaches you how to create elements by inserting even more volume using the grid technique and shows you how to make 3D geometric figures that will give impact to your design.

In the next step, define the type of book you’re creating, its history, the target audience, and the mechanisms you will use. Then start working on your final project, creating page by page of your folding map book.

By the end, you will do one of the most complicated processes: the binding. Silvia explains to you how to carry out a simple pop-up bookbinding process and then explains how to turn your project into a folding map book.

What is this course's project?

Create your own multi-stage pop-up map book that tells a story. Silvia will create a "Cartography of Love", a book that shows the trajectory of this feeling in our brain and the havoc it wreaks.

Who is it for?

This course is for curious people who want to discover new worlds, learn new techniques, and express their projects in an artistic and impactful way.

What you need

No technical knowledge is needed, only manual skill and a lot of will to create.

Regarding the materials, you will need simple tools: a tool to cut and mark, double-sided ribbon, cardboard, fabric for binding, a printer, and an angle protractor.

Silvia Hijano Coullaut

Editorial Designer

Libracos is an editorial design and production company, founded by Silvia Hijano Coullaut, which has been making ideas come true since 2008. Their work is completely handmade, which has turned the workshop into a kind of bridge between past and present, as they make pieces with centuries-old techniques combined with modern ones to achieve all types of finishes and volumes.

They have worked for advertising agencies, film producers, design students, among others, in addition to making their own products in which they unload all their creativity.


  • U1


    • Presentation (Who am I)
    • Influences (The most versatile and durable invention in history)
    • What will we do in the course
  • U2


    • Materials and tools
    • Non-math class
    • Mobile elements (Part 1)
    • Mobile elements (Part 2)
    • Mobile elements (Part 3)
    • Combination of mobile elements
  • U3

    Cartography of love

    • Page 1: "You just fell in love" (Part 1)
    • Page 1: "You just fell in love" (Part 2)
    • Page 2: "Your brain connections shut down" (Part 1)
    • Page 2: "Your brain connections are shutting down" (Part 2)
    • Page 3: "Dopamine Factory"
    • Page 4: "Amusement park"
    • Page 5: "Your brain is no longer the same"
    • Secret page: "With you or without you?"
  • U4

    Binding and waybill

    • Simple binding
    • Gouging and binding in the form of a map (Part 1)
    • Gouging and binding in the form of a map (Part 2)
  • FP

    Final project

    • Advanced Techniques for Creating Pop-Up Books

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Advanced Techniques for Creating Pop-Up Books. A Craft course by Silvia Hijano Coullaut

Advanced Techniques for Creating Pop-Up Books

A course by Silvia Hijano Coullaut
Editorial Designer. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 09/10/2019
  • 308 students