DIY Sketchbook Making at Home

With DIY craft kit delivered to you

Make a sketchbook at home with this evening online class


Isabelle McGowan

Isabelle McGowan

4.9 (13)

3 hours Class size 1 to 8 (public dates), 4 to 20

label $220 - $250 (or 4 payments of $55 - $62.50 Afterpay)
($220 for Class and box A5, $250 for Class and box A4)


How it works
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Book or Request 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 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 and it doesn't get more personal than making your own.

This workshop will teach you how to make a traditional botanical style book in the sewn-board binding technique, that opens flat; great for sketching, printing and ink pens.

The book opens up flat, to ensure maximum space when sketching, painting or printing. We shall alternate leaves of thinner drawing papers with thicker leaves of watercolour papers. Make a versatile sketchbook that is great for drawing, writing, journaling, printmaking, watercolour painting and pen and ink.

For this workshop, you can choose to make an A4 book, using luxurious artist-grade 250gsm 'toned' art paper in grey. For an A5 book, you will use 150gsm art paper in off white.

The books shall be finished in hardcover with your choice of specialty book cloth and beautiful decorative papers in marbled designs or vintage patterns.

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

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

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
  • 12 discs Watercolours ($23)
  • Scalpel and blades ($20)
  • Board Cutter ($12)
  • Awl ($12)
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
  • A4 Paper - at least 150gsm paper short grain for A5 and 250gsm for A4
  • Thread
  • PVA
  • Book cloth
  • Decorated Paper
  • Book board
What you'll need
Tools you will need:
  • Needle
  • Bone Folder
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Awl
  • A paper cutting knife (straight-blade)
  • Cutting mat
  • Magazines for waste paper
Suitable for

This Box and Live class is great for individuals and couples as well as for virtual team building activities at home.

This would also be a nice gift for her, gift for mum or anniversary gift.

Your teacher
Isabelle McGowan
Isabelle McGowan

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

4.9 (13)

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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