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Illustration: Geoff Slater

Level: Junior and up
Grades: Gr. 3 and up | Age: 8ys and up | Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
[Andrea is one of the creators of]

A great way to start the new year is to create a place for all of your clever creations.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Cut your poster paper to a size of 14" x 22" (35 1/2cm x 55cm)
  2. Fold your poster paper, but leave a little flap (3" or 7cm) as shown in the illustration.
  3. Place your computer paper inside your poster paper and punch matching holes.
  4. Tie the book together with some yarn.
  5. To close the sketchbook, fold the flap in, punch two holes on the front page of the cover and punch matching holes in the closing flap. Thread yarn through the holes and tie together.
  6. You are now ready to sketch!
  7. Try to draw a little something every day or, if that's too much, try to draw something once a week.
  8. When you fill your book, make another one. It's just that simple.

Did You Know:

Leonardo Da Vinci was an Italian Renaissance artist who lived from 1452 to 1519. Da Vinci is probably best known for his painting, "Mona Lisa" or "La Gioconda" which was a portrait of the wife of a Florentine official. Da Vinci always kept a sketchbook handy, so he could write down his good ideas or draw things that caught his eye. In fact, when he died, he left more than 8,000 pages of sketchbooks containing scientific projects, inventions, architectural designs and sketches. Many of the notes Da Vinci made in his sketchbooks were written backwards, so they could only be read if held up to a mirror.

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Create! A Sketchbook and Journal
Sketch, write, draw, paste, create -- any way you want! This journal of fun-filled activities and eight colored pencils gives kids a great place to let their imaginations run free. Design your own decorative stamps, space suit, TV show, underwater house, imaginary language, and more. Write each sentence in a different color. Create a collage from your favorite magazines and photos. Create! encourages kids to be as silly and creative as they like.

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