Make a Sketch Book

Sketch book made with traditional bookbinding method

Isabelle McGowan

Isabelle McGowan

5.0 (1)

5 hours Class size 1 to 8 label $150 or 4 payments of $37.50 Afterpay

In-person classes are permitted in NSW, under the state government's guidelines

Your teacher, Isabelle McGowan is COVID-19 aware

This means that this teacher won't run a class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days, and will adhere to relevant state restrictions (e.g. on maximum number of students per class)

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We will also practice social distancing during with reduced numbers and more workspace between students.
Disinfect all tools and workshop space surfaces, provide gloves and disinfectant.

Learn how to make beautiful handmade sketchbooks for either your own personal use as a journal, sketch-book 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.

This course is suitable for people with some bookbinding experience. You will be introduced to traditional bookbinding techniques - grain direction, paper cutting, folding, sewing pages together and creating hardcovers.

Smooth artist-grade watercolour paper will be used to make the book insert and decorative paper and book cloth for the book cover. We have lots of colours to choose from so you'll be able to personalise your book. Isabelle will lead each workshop, taking you through various techniques stage-by-stage, as well as responding to digressions and any queries.

By the end of this course you should be able to:
• Sew book sections together to make a book block
• Create hardcovers
• Go home with a beautiful handmade book and learn skills you can repeat over again.

Keeping a Sketchbook
• A sketchbook is a working document, a set of visual notes. It is a personal document that is a learning and recording tool.
• Sketchbooks are not just for drawing practice but can be used for writing down inspirational ideas when they arise, filing snippets of useful information, organization and a myriad of other functions that are purely for personal use.
• As time passes you will end up with a collection of sketchbooks that act a record of your design life, a diary of design experience. As well as charting how your drawing improves over time, a sketchbook is a record of ideas that you may wish to return to for future projects.
• Never worry about the mistakes; enjoy the sketches you are pleased with. Include written notes, diagrams and anything else that will help you to remember experiences.

Aside from this class, this teacher also has the following coming up:

Knowledge Required

Please note: This is a technical workshop: No experience necessary, but 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
You will create a handmade book Traditional Botanical style sketchbook using artist grade paper, specialist book cloth and beautiful decorative papers.
What to bring
All materials and tools are supplied at the Bindery
Other Information:
Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. There will be tea breaks and lunch which you are welcome to bring with you or there are cafes and markets nearby.
Suitable for

This class is a great indoor activity idea for individuals and couples as well as for a birthday, hens party, team building activity, corporate event, bucks party or Christmas party.


Precinct 75 - 75 Mary Street, St Peters NSW

Your teacher
Isabelle McGowan
Isabelle McGowan

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

5.0 (1)

Isabelle offers the largest programme of bookbinding classes for all levels in Sydney. There are workshops covering every stage from beginner to those needing more expertise.

Her specialty is in Traditional Fine Binding and along with her degree in Fine Arts, she has a great interest in Artists Books and how that can be utilised as part of your visual language.

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. Isabelle taught the largest programme of bookbinding classes through her bindery the Owl and Lion, situated in Old Town Edinburgh, Scotland. She also travels to teach all over the UK and Europe.

Isabelle relocated to Sydney in 2017. The Owl & Lion is a fully equip, professional Bindery at:
Suite 6.05, 75 Mary Street, St Peters. Contact her via the message button.

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