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Sketchbook Design and Binding

A course by Maru Godas , Illustrator

Illustrator. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined February 2013

Learn how to make and customize your own art sketchbooks with all types of paper, colors, and formats

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  • 100% positive reviews (237)
  • 5947 students

Learn how to make and customize your own art sketchbooks with all types of paper, colors, and formats

According to painter and illustrator Maru Godàs, a sketchbook should be an extension of the self. Join her as she shows you how to create, bind, and customize your own sketchbook. In her previous courses, she brought us the Pictorial Sketchbook with Gouache, and Acrylic Painting Step by Step: Create Incredible Landscapes.

In this online course, learn step by step how to design and make your dream sketchbook by hand, with different formats, colors, fabrics, and types of paper. Maru shows you her tricks to personalize your sketchbook and turn it into a work of art.

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What will you learn in this online course?

17 lessons & 26 downloads

English, Spanish
  • 100% positive reviews (237)
  • 5947 students
  • 17 lessons (3h 8m)
  • 26 additional resources (10 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English, Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Design and bind a personalized art sketchbook with your own hands, ideal for carrying around in your day-to-day life or for working in your studio.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Artists, professional illustrators, and anyone who likes to draw and paint in a sketchbook.

Requirements and materials

You don't need any previous knowledge to take this course, just come ready to create and have fun. As for the materials, prepare:

    ⦁ Paper (200-300 gr), kraft paper, and cardboard.
    ⦁ Fabric
    ⦁ A binding needle and thread
    ⦁ A punch, folding tool, and box cutter
    ⦁ Acrylic paint and glue
    ⦁ Clips


5947 Students
237 Reviews
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Maru Godas

A course by Maru Godas

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Maru Godàs studied graphic design at the IDEP school and at the Llotja de Barcelona. From that moment on, her career focused mainly on projects for various publishers, such as RBA, Cruïlla, Planeta, and Salvat, among others. Her true passion has always been illustration and, after discovering the Urban Sketchers collective, she took to the streets with a sketchbook in search of inspiration.
Since then, she has published several books with her work and illustrations in magazines for various big names such as La Caixa, La Vanguardia, and RACC. She currently combines her commissions with teaching, leading workshops and courses on urban sketching and illustration around the world. She enjoys sharing her discoveries with her students and, above all, encouraging them to try new things.


  • U1

    Welcome Sketchbooklover!

    • Hello Again!
    • Influences
  • U2

    The World Is a Notebook

    • Your Art Is Unique and So Is Your Sketchbook
    • The Choice of Paper According to Types and Techniques
    • I Present the Materials
    • Designing Your Ideal Sketchbook
  • U3

    From the inside Out: The Body of the Creation

    • The Adventure Begins
    • Sewing the Textblock
    • Gluing and Pressing the Spine
    • Endpapers and Flyleaves
    • Tips for Trimming Your Sketchbook
    • Reinforcing the Spine of Your Notebook
  • U4

    Outside: The Covers to Protect Your Art

    • Taking Measurements
    • Fabrics and Cardboard: Covering the Covers
    • Final Step: Joining the Cover and Textblock
  • U5

    Custom Finishes

    • The Details That Make the Difference
    • Painting the Front Cover of Your Art Sketchbook
  • FP

    Final project

    • Sketchbook Design and Binding

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    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

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    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Sketchbook Design and Binding. Craft & Illustration course by Maru Godas Best seller

Sketchbook Design and Binding

A course by Maru Godas
Illustrator. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined February 2013
  • 100% positive reviews (237)
  • 5947 students