Paint your own cover and make a concertina book

Paint your own cover and make a concertina book


Learn how to make your own concertina style books using your own decorated cover papers.

On this workshop Janina will show you how to make two types of concertina books.

First we will start by decorating paper with abstract patterns using acrylic paint, mediums, and paint pens. We will use techniques of paint scraping, stamping, stencilling, and added paint pen detail. These decorated papers sheets will be used as the covers for the two concertina books.

The first concertina book will be an A5 portrait book with hard cover and added coloured paper hinge detailing. The pages will be thick 220gsm cartridge paper.

The second book will contain 225gsn watercolour paper and will be made with an aperture for a flat backed embellishment or medallion.

There is no sewing in this style of handmade book!

Cover charge

The costs of materials for each student is £5 pp. This includes paint, mediums, greyboard, PVA glue, 220 gsm cartridge, 225gsm watercolour and other incidentals.

What to bring:

You may want to being a flat backed embellishment for your second book. If you don’t have one there will be several to choose from on the day.

Janina will have tools to lend but if you have your own that you like working with you may prefer to bring them. There is no need to purchase any tools if you don’t have them.

Old credit card, store card or similar

Drawing tools: Pencil, eraser, sharpener

Cutting tools: Cutting mat (A3 or bigger if possible), craft or cutting knife (scalpel is too delicate, and will not cut the 2mm greyboard) metal ruler


Bone folder (for creasing paper)

Paper knife / clip knife / shoe knife (for slicing paper)

Paper scorer (an old biro without ink would work)

Refunds are not available on this booking. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Included on the day:

Any other materials not specified for the students to bring

Expert tuition

1 to 1 guidance

Detailed demonstrations

A selection of tea, freshly brewed coffee, biscuits and delicious cakes

And of course you take your wonderful creations from the day. If you would like to share any photographs of your day here and/or your finished work, we’d love to see them, so you can share this on social media and tag us.

Terms - Fee is payable on booking. If, having booked, you cancel your booking, we are unable to offer a refund. However, you may nominate someone else to attend the workshop or class in your place by notifying us using the 'Chat with the Maker' button. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop up to 48 hours prior to the workshop date. We will only cancel due to insufficient places sold and you will be refunded the full amount paid.

Level: Beginners

Number of students: 10


Lauren Millbank at Micklems Farm Creative Workshops


Micklems Farmhouse
Knowl Hill
RG10 9YD

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners


1 day (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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