DIY Journal Making: Traditional Hard-cover Book

With DIY craft kit delivered to you

Learn how to make a traditional artist or writers journal with book cloth and decorative paper



2 hours Class size 1 to 15

label $190 (or 4 payments of $47.50 Afterpay)
How it works
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Book your preferred time
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We'll send a ClassBento Box to you (a craft kit with what you'll need). Shipping is free, and it should arrive within 1 day before start of class. We ship nationwide.
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Enjoy the online class - after booking, you'll get a link to join the interactive class.

Looking for unique things to do at home? Begin your DIY bookbinding journey with this beautiful traditional hardcover journal - made by you!

During the session, you'll learn how to make a writer or artist journal using the traditional case binding technique. Your book will be finished with a hardcover, book cloth covered spine and decorative paper.

This class is designed for you to bind the book, following along with Isabelle, while being able to ask questions and participate in discussions along the way. Learn the techniques but also tips, tricks and anything else you might want to know.

At the end of your online class, you'll have a lovely journal to cherish and admire as well as the knowledge and skills to continue DIY bookbinding!

The closing date for those requiring materials delivery in the Sydney Metro area is four days before commencement of class.

Materials:
Materials can be included, or you can supply your own. If you are sourcing materials yourself, you can use what is suggested below for ease.

The closing date for booking for those requiring materials delivery in the Sydney Metro areas is four days before your class commences.

A full materials pack couriered out to you, free post (no tools included, except needles).

Refunds:
No refunds for Online workshops once commenced. A Zoom link will be sent out to you a few days before. We'll start gathering students 10 minutes before the workshop. Lateness will not be accommodated.

Workshop written and delivered by Isabelle McGowan © 2022 Isabelle McGowan. All rights reserved.


Add-ons available for this class
  • Bone Folder ($12)
  • Scalpel and blades ($20)
  • Board Cutter ($12)
  • Awl ($12)
You can add these when you book (optional).
 
Knowledge required
This is a technical workshop. The workshop requires a certain level of capability and confidence in using sharp instruments and being able to follow verbal instructions is expected.
 
What you'll get in your craft kit
Materials in your bookbinding:
  • Paper
  • PVA Glue
  • Linen Thread
  • Book cloth
  • Decorated paper
  • Book Board
  • Endband
What you'll need
Tools you will need:
  • Awl (handy)
  • Needle
  • Paper knife
  • Board Knife
  • Waste paper for gluing
Your teacher
Isabelle McGowan
Isabelle McGowan

Florence-trained Bookbinder now based in Sydney with over 10 years teaching experience

4.9 (29)

Make Books!

Isabelle McGowan is a Florence-trained Bookbinder working through her Bindery, the Owl & Lion. She specialises in Historical Repair and Restoration of Books, Fine Bindings and Traditional Gold Finishing.

Isabelle completed her Fine Arts Degree (Drawing and Painting, Printmaking) at the Edinburgh College of Art, in Scotland. She went on to train as a Bookbinder in Florence, Italy.

The original Owl and Lion Bindery was situated in Old Town Edinburgh, Scotland.

In late 2017, Isabelle and the Owl and Lion Bindery relocated to Sydney, Australia.
Visit the Owl and Lion Bindery - we are a vibrant bindery based in the heart of Sydney.
We run the largest programme of bookbinding classes in Australia. If you want to learn to make books that folds, flaps and flips, or traditional books from scratch, we are the place to be!

This year we have programmed a series of exciting online workshops, with all things relating to the craft of bookbinding. Whether you want to expand on your crafting skills or start your bookbinding journey, we have something for you.

The Owl & Lion is now based in Sydney, Australia.
WE ARE LOCATED AT:
Suite 6.05
Precinct 75
75 Mary Street, St Peters

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Emily H Apr 2022

25 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


I am blown away by the results from this class! Easy to follow along with concise instructions from Isabelle making things go so smoothly. The pictures speak for themselves and even as a one off class you’ll be glad you did it!

Paper Craft and Ink workshop review by Emily H Sydney

Chris Johnson Feb 2022


Isabelle provided a box of times all delivered in time for the online Zoom. Her instructions were clear and her two camera presentation allowed for clear visual understanding of techniques required. Completed the construction of a book in the time given and exceedingly proud of result.

DIY Journal Making: Traditional Hard-cover Book review by Chris Johnson

David Millar Feb 2022


The class was excellent - step by step a book appeared like magic - Isabelle is engaging and was able to move each participant through to a close. Even when I fell behind slightly at one point I never felt I wouldn't be able to catch up as instructions were able to be repeated in good time. Masterfully done, thanks Isabelle.
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