DIY Sketchbooks With Lineco Pad Compound

Pad Compound

If I am being totally honest, I was pretty underwhelmed when I opened the box from Blick Art Materials last month. Inside was a nondescript bottle filled with a white glue. Yawn! I wasn’t very excited to try the product and it sat on my desk for a week or two. Finally, on a snowy day during winter break I buckled down and put it to the test…and I was happily surprised!

I clamped together 25 sheets of cardstock and applied the glue to one long edge with a paintbrush. The glue is pretty thick so there was minimal running. One coat left a good layer on the edge, and so I left it to dry for a couple hours.  The Pad/Book Compound smells a lot like your standard white glue (odors are important!) and washed easily out of the paintbrush with plain water. Obviously, this stuff was growing on me. Don’t judge an art product by its packaging: lesson learned!

The real test came when I removed the clamps to find a translucent, flexible bound edge as promised. It held up to thumbing through pages and being pressed open. I wanted to give it a real pull and found it’s strength to be comparable to your typical pad of paper. Judging by the size of the bottle and the excellent results, this one 12 ounce bottle could make up to a hundred or so notepads or sketchbooks, depending on the number of pages.

Overall, this would be an excellent product to include in any classroom where journaling, bookmaking, and sketch booking  happens. I loved being pleasantly surprised by it’s economy, flexibility, clean up, and odor-free application.

What are some other must-haves for bookmaking in your classroom?

Have you ever been pleasantly surprised by an art product?


Sarah Dougherty

My name is Sarah Dougherty, and I teach elementary art in a large urban district in central Iowa. I love working with our diverse population of K-5 students to bring art to their homes, communities, and everyday lives.


  • Dee Hartman

    Thank you SO much for the great review! I love sketchbooks but they are very expensive to buy for 300+ students. I can see myself using this product. You are very convincing that it is easy and works well.

  • lux_arts

    How different is this from PVA glue?

    • I think the difference here is that there is a thick gum left behind, just like the edge of a commercially made sketch pad.

  • teachkidsart

    Wow – this looks fun! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks!!

  • Michele Gorham

    OHHH! very excited for this! Is it currently available?

    I can have our district print center make pads of paper for us, but this seems much more hand on and quicker!

  • jesciahopper .

    I used this last year to make sketchbooks with my middle schoolers. It worked very well, as long as the paper and mat board covers were lined up precisely. The only reason I stopped making sketchbooks with all of my classes was the amount of time it took to cut paper and mat board to size.