Make Your Own Traditional Art Portfolio

With DIY craft kit delivered to you

Make a personal artist portfolio at this online bookbinding workshop



3 hours Class size 1 to 8

label $250 (or 4 payments of $62.50 Afterpay)
How it works
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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 class commence. 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? Take some time out of your busy schedule to learn bookbinding with Isabelle McGowan and discover how to make a gorgeous art portfolio.

A beautiful and practical art portfolio, made with traditional bookbinding techniques, is unsurpassed in quality and luxury. Whether you use it to store all your beautiful artwork or as a lover of beautiful papers, a traditional portfolio like this one is priceless.

At this unique online class, you'll learn how to make a traditional artist portfolio in A4 or A3 size with beautiful marbled papers, which you'll then cover in a book cloth.

This is a portfolio constructed in the best of traditional box making techniques, using materials that will endure over time.

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.

Tool and material options:

  • Option one: A full materials pack couriered out to you, free post.
  • Option two: 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
  • Bone Folder ($12)
  • Board Cutter ($12)
You can add these when you book (optional).
 
Knowledge required
Please note: 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 Box:
  • Book cloth - at least 1/4M for A3 1/8M for A4
  • Book Board 2.35mm at least 3 x A3 Size or 3 x A2
  • Full sheet of marbled paper
  • 1/2M Ribbon
What you'll need
Tools you'll need:
  • Bone Folder
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • - PVA and/or Paste
  • A board cutting knife (absolutely necessary)
  • Scalpel and blade or paper knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Magazines for waste paper
Your teacher
Isabelle McGowan
Isabelle McGowan

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

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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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Emma Morris May 2022

78 ClassBento workshops attended • 55 reviews


This was an interesting class, I struggled a bit with keeping up because I got confused with all the different parts, definitely keep your materials organised before the class!

Summer Woods May 2022


Very happy with my art portfolio. Teacher was really helpful during the whole process. Loved using all the different materials

Paper Craft and Ink workshop review by Summer Woods

Alicia Wandek Apr 2022

10 ClassBento workshops attended • 10 reviews


Gosh this online class was tricky! Isabelle was very patient, I was the only newbie in this class, so I had plenty of questions. I’m really pleased with my finished Art Portfolio. It looks so beautiful & is made to last. This is definitely one of my favourite Class Bento classes.
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