Class Dates:

TUESDAYS 4/2, 4/9, 4/23 & 4/30

from 1:00pm-4:00pm (class will not meet on 4/16)

Class Instructor: Diana Patin

Instructor email: diana.patin@gmail.com

Instructor website: diana-patin.format.com

Price: $140.00
    The product is in stock Availability: Available

    Students will need to supply these materials


    Learn how to create your very own traditional hardcover book. In this class we will take bookbinding step-by-step, to make a normally complicated process easy to understand and execute. There is a fair amount of measuring and “exactitude” in this style of bookmaking, so be prepared to move slowly and take care. The techniques covered in this class can also be used to repair old books once you understand the basic construction. This style of bookmaking produces a professional quality finished object that is great as a sketchbook, cookbook, journal, or whatever you desire!

    Maximum of 8 students. Four 3 hour sessions


    *To reserve your place in any class, payment must be received at the time of registration.

    *For a refund on any of our classes, we will need to be notified at least 48 hours in advance of the first class.

    ***All Students get 20% off purchases made while enrolled in a class***



    I will go over all of this on the first day of class if you have any questions or want to wait to purchase specific items (all are available at Oregon Art Supply, stock permitting)

    · 1 pad of 18x24 drawing paper with a hard back*

    · Bone folder

    · Utility knife: I prefer Olfa snap off but any box cutter weight will do, and make sure you have a fresh blade on it and/or some replacements!

    · Self-healing cutting mat (I recommend at least 12x18”)

    · Waxed linen thread: color does not matter, it will not show

    · Bookbinding needle: curved or straight, I prefer curved

    · Awl

    · Mull: 1 foot is plenty

    · PVA Glue: 4 oz or more

    · Foam or other glue brush

    · Book cloth: 12”x24” will be plenty, in the color of your choice!

    · Decorative paper: this will be your endpapers AND hold the book together in some ways. Pick something with a similar weight to the drawing paper and that goes well your book cloth

    · Ruler: 12” or more. I prefer a cork-backed metal one, and you MUST be able to easily read measurements on it down to the 1/8th of an inch

    · Blunt, serrated knife: you’ll use this to cut your pages open at the end. I use an old steak knife!


    · *If you have some paper lying around that you’d like to use, by all means bring it! I’ll let you know if it will work for this process (chances are it will)

    · *You can use a 9x12 paper pack instead of 18x24 if desired, but make sure to get one with a hard back so we can use it for the covers! (see below)

    · I use the back of my paper packs as the boards for my covers, but if you prefer archival / non-acidic supplies, you can purchase a pack of Davey Board to use for those

    · “Headbands” are small pieces of fabric that are glued to the top and bottom of your text blocks (I’ll show an example on the first day) and make the book look a bit nicer, but are not necessary. They can be purchased at the store if you decide you’d like to add them.

    · Book press: this can be DIY, or Macgyver’ed, it just needs to keep your text block flat as it dries, ideally with some type of weight on it
    Here is a good tutorial to make one yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTeg8MH0PtI&t=86s