DIY Sketchbook Making at Home

With DIY craft kit delivered to you

Make a sketchbook with this online evening class


Isabelle McGowan

Isabelle McGowan

5.0 (6)

3 hours Class size 1 to 8

label $140 - $190 (or 4 payments of $35 - $48 Afterpay)
($140 for Class only, no box, $170 for Class and box A6, $190 for Class and box A5)


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). Details   
Shipping is free, and you'll get your box delivered in time for your class. We ship nationwide.
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Enjoy the online class - after booking, you'll get a link to join the interactive class.

A sketchbook is a working document, a set of visual notes. It is a personal document that is a learning and recording tool.

Make a beautiful handmade sketchbook for either your own personal use as a journal, sketchbook or notebook; or give them as a much-appreciated gift to a loved one. A perfect and unique present at any time of the year.

At this half-day online workshop, you'll learn how to make a traditional Botanical-style book, great for sketching and watercolours or ink pens. The book opens up flat, to ensure maximum space when sketching and painting.

We'll use luxurious artist grade art papers, finished in hardcover with your choice of specialty book cloth or vegan leather and beautiful decorative papers.

At the end of this online class, you'll have a fully finished hand-sewn book and have learnt skills you can repeat over again.

Materials:
Materials can be included, or you can supply your own. The cut-off date for a craft kit is three days before the class commences.

If you are sourcing materials yourself, you can use what is suggested below for ease. Materials received from us will have all papers cut to size, ready to go.

Tool and Materials options

  • Option 1:
A full materials pack couriered out to you.
  • Option 2:
Select individual premium tools or standard tools for purchase as necessary.

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 Ting McGowan © 2018 Isabelle Ting McGowan. All rights reserved.


Add-ons available for this class
  • Awl ($10)
  • Bone Folder ($12)
  • 12 discs Watercolours ($23)
  • Board cutter ($10)
You can add these when you book (optional).
 
Knowledge required
This is a technical workshop that 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
  • 32 sheets A4 (at least 150gsm) paper short grain, folds down to A5
  • Thread
  • Glue stick or PVA (minimal)
  • Bookcloth at least A4 size
  • Decorated Paper at least A4 size
  • Book board 2.35mm thick at least A4 size
  • Magazines for waste paper
What you'll need
Tools you will need:
  • Needle
  • Bone Folder
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Awl
  • A paper cutting knife (straight-blade)
  • Cutting mat
Your teacher
Isabelle McGowan
Isabelle McGowan

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

5.0 (6)

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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