Make Your Own Sketchbook

Print & Book Arts

Make Your Own Sketchbook

Create your own sketchbook with blank pages and a hard cover.


Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Tue, 6/25/2024 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tue, 6/25/2024


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Class, No Prerequisite

Print & Book Arts Studio

Book Arts


Make your own sketchbook and learn how to bind like "real" bookbinders. You'll learn about the case binding technique, which involves sewing multiple signatures (groups of pages) together to create a traditional book.

You'll have two choices for the sketchbook's cover. You can either create your own hard cover by hand gluing paper to board, or you can repurpose the cover of an old book. This is a versatile technique that is the foundation for traditional book binding and can be used for large or small books.

Throughout the day, we'll discuss the history of book binding, watch demonstrations of techniques, create our covers, and sew the book pages together. At the end, everyone will have their own, one-of-a-kind sketchbook.


  • You're welcome to bring in an old, hardcover book (6 inches by 9 inches, or smaller) if you'd like to repurpose its cover for your sketchbook. Otherwise, you'll make a new cover using studio supplies.
  • Bring a lunch. BARN has a refrigerator and microwave on the lower level.


You'll create a unique, blank sketchbook with a hard cover and at least five signatures (groups of pages).


A $35 materials fee, included in the cost of the class, covers everything you'll need to create a book with a new cover. You have the option of bringing in an old, hardcover book (6 inches by 9 inches) if you prefer to repurpose an existing book for your cover.

Class Policies

Ages 14 and up are welcome.

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

Dana Seeger

Dana Harris Seeger was born in San Francisco and split her childhood between California and Indiana. She pursued her passion in high school and college and received a bachelor's degree in painting from Anderson University in Indiana in 2004 and a master's in fine arts in printmaking from San Jose State University in 2011. She is a member of the California Society of Printmakers. In 2014, Dana co-created an art studio and school in San Jose, Calif., called the School of Visual Philosophy. Her work in printmaking and painting helps her connect real to imagined memories and her life experiences to her heritage. Growing up as a second-generation Baltic American, she has always tried to connect the artifacts acquired from Estonia and Latvia into her own story. She lives in Poulsbo with her husband (a sculptor), daughter, and twin sons.

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