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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.

Next course on 3rd October 2017
During this workshop students will make 2-3 different types of non-adhesive books; a pamphlet booklet, a long stitched book and a multi sectioned bound book all with soft covers using Khadi Indian handmade paper. These styles of binding allows for the use of a variety of paper weights including graph paper, tracing paper, decorative paper and envelopes. You will be taught how to measure, pierce and stitch each book using cotton thread and ribbons to...
Next course on 26th November 2017
Join us to learn the art of book folding, while chatting, making new friends and drinking tea. Bring a book (hard back) or alternatively use one of ours. Our tutor will guide you through the folding process and you will leave with a fab new statement piece for your home. Once you have got the bug...folded books make great gifts for weddings, christenings, birthdays, valentines, anniversaries and christmas keepsakes.
Boundbooks in Frome, Somerset. I have been restoring antiquarian books for archives and booksellers for 10 years. I have a PGCE and a post grad in Arts and Heritage and I have taught at Art Colleges, Schools, Museums and Festivals. If you would like to learn how to make a hand sewn leather bound book please join me on a Friday or a Sunday. I teach on these days every week. The range of projects...
Next course on 3rd March 2018
Learn to make a hand bound leather journal. This hands-on workshop will teach you to make a hand bound leather journal from scratch. Starting with a large sheet of paper you'll be guided through the process of turning it into the individual pages of the journal, binding them together and adding a leather cover as well as a page marker. You will be given the opportunity to dye the veg tan leather to form the...
Next course on 21st October 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...
Next course on 4th December 2017
2017 course dates: Monday 4 December - Friday 8 December (5 days) Tutor: George Davidson Covering both restoration of existing books and the creation of new bindings, this course is equally suitable for beginners and those with previous experience, since tuition is given according to individual needs. The course emphasises the traditional skills and techniques of hand binding and helps you develop a deeper insight into this rewarding craft, whose origins go back over 2,000...
Next course on 5th October 2017
Ten weeks of children's book illustrations. These evening classes will introduce you to the world of children’s books. With guidance you will create your own illustrated story for children, focusing on the internal workings of a picture book. It runs for 10 weeks on Thursday evenings between 6 pm and 8.30 pm. The course is suitable for everyone from beginners to the more experienced wanting to build their portfolio, and writers who want to learn...
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...
Full board 4 night creative craft holiday in Wales. Discounted rates available for early bookings! Taking inspiration from the locality, and by using experimental techniques, we’ll develop unique sketchbooks of exciting visuals that can be taken forward into creative textiles. Transform your observations into inspiring designs, using a range of papers, pastels, paint, crayon, inks, bleach and printing. Holiday Highlights: Create your own sketchbook brimming with inspiration Our professional craft leader will guide and encourage...
no5workshops run stimulating taster art workshops to introduce you to printmaking methods. These include; linoprinting, mono printing, gelli printing, woodcut, paper making, shiburi textiles. minimum 4 people, maximum 8. You will be taught by a fully qualified Art and Design teacher with more than 25 years teaching experience in the post 16 sector; A Level, BTec, Foundation, Access and Degree level. Come and join a group or celebrate a special occasion with friends. Get in...