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Book making and illustrating courses, classes and workshops across the UK. Learn the art of illustrating books, using hand-marbled paper and special book cloths. Create, write and illustrate your own picture books or your own hand bound journals. Come and join a course, workshop or group and be inspired by expert tuition as well as like-minded company.

Image for All Bound Up: Repairing Paperbacks
Next course on 23rd April 2017
Restore your favourite paperback to its full glory at Lincoln Castle! Bring your favourite paperback or simple cloth bound book that needs a repair and lets see if we can mend it or give it a new lease of life. Using basic glued repairs and sawing in of cords and supports we can rebind single sheet books. Also you will make a case binding of cloth and learn how these can be repaired. The course...
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Joni Essex is the director of the Gallery, and has made leather journals for the past 25 years. She uses simple bookbinding techniques and sometimes incorporates found objects and unconventional methods to produce journals which are completely unique to one another. For more information, come in and see Joni in the gallery! Make a leather journal in a day! You will be shown how to make a book using simple bookbinding techniques, complete with leather...
Image for Medieval Illuminated Manuscript - one day course at Lincoln Castle
Next course on 22nd March 2017
Medieval Illuminated Manuscript - one day course Embellish your work with gold! Students will be introduced to the variety of illuminated manuscripts. The morning will be spent learning how to apply gold leaf to paper using various traditional techniques. Having mastered this skill, the afternoon will be spent creating a small scale medieval design in watercolour and 24 carat gold leaf to take home. No drawing skills or experience necessary as there will be a...
Image for Reduction Linocut printing with Janet Dickson : a 'Quirky Workshop' at Greystoke Cycle Cafe near Penrith and Ullswater
Next course on 15th June 2017
Click through above to see our website and browse our full 2017 course programme. One day Reduction Linocut printmaking with Janet Dickson We are delighted that Janet has agreed to travel from her Northumberland home & print studio to take her wonderful Linocut courses at Greystoke. Her style, love of garden, flora and landscape fit perfectly; and hopefully we'll be holding at least one of her courses in the garden! During the class Janet will...
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Next course on 17th February 2017
One day book making workshop in Cardigan. Learn about book binding and make a casebound sketchbook with Carole King, in the wonderful surroundings of Ceridwen. Course offered by 'Make it in Wales'. Make an A5 casebound sketchbook with good quality, acid free cartridge. In just one day you will learn all the necessary techniques to create a beautiful volume of your own design. The functional hardback covers will be decorated with your own choice of...
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Next course on 22nd April 2017
Take your gold work to the next level! This illumination workshop at Lincoln Castle focuses solely on the use of manuscript gesso and loose leaf gold. Raising the gold on gesso means that it can be burnished to a high shine producing beautiful resutls. It is a more advanced technique than the one used on our Illuminated Manuscripts day course so makes a interesting next step for those who have some experience. No drawing skills...
Image for Book Binding at Abingworth - 3 night residential
Next course on 21st April 2017
Full board 3 night residential craft holiday in the South Downs. Discounted rates available for early bookings! An introduction to the basics of hand book binding, this course is suitable for beginners. Using traditional techniques that have barely changed in centuries, we will discover how paper is prepared, then hand-sewn into a single-section pamphlet and a multi-section book. Learn how to prepare a book for covering using traditional methods, but with modern materials, and how...
Image for Book Restoration For Beginners - two-day course
Next course on 21st October 2017
Book Restoration For Beginners Tutor: Stephen Cook Do you have any old books that you would love to have mended? Here is an opportunity to learn how to repair them yourself on a weekend course. The tutor will be Stephen Cook. Course outline: This weekend session is aimed at the novice bookbinder. No previous experience will be assumed. The day will cover simple repair projects: replacing end-papers, re-backing books (where the original spine has separated...
Image for Book-making at Assington Mill in Suffolk
Next course on 7th May 2017
Learn how to make your own fine hand-crafted blank book, with professional book-maker Stephen Cook. The books have many uses: watercolour books, sketch pads, notebooks, scrapbooks, albums.... They are each entirely hand crafted from start to finish, using the finest materials: quality watercolour and cartridge paper, buckram and similar book cloths, hand made or hand printed papers from Japan, Italy, India and the UK and printed cotton. No two books are quite the same. They...
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Next course on 8th February 2017
Jean is an experienced calligrapher who has also made a huge variety of stitched and bound books in a range of materials from paper to leather. This course runs on Wednesday mornings from 10am to 12.15pm and you will learn various methods of sewing and binding small books. You will then go on to create and bind your own book, incorporating your own personal theme. These books are ideal for a variety of uses; leave...