Make your first book

Further information:

Bookmaking Workshop

Saturday 21st March 2015


Preseli Community Learning Centre


Make a complete book with hard covers and a stitched and covered spine, suitable for use as a sketchbook, notebook, diary or journal. Learn techniques for including storage pockets or envelopes, place markers and retaining ribbons for closure.

During this one day workshop participants will complete an A5 size book filled with drawing quality paper.

We will start the day with a short examination of various book structures, materials and tools.

Tools /Materials suggestion list

I will provide

pieces of thick greyboard for the covers

book cloth for the book spine

140gsm white acid free cartridge for the pages ( if you would prefer watercolour or another type of paper please contact me)



Please will you bring:

Essential tools scissors- I use a big pair for cutting paper and a small pair for fiddly bits

a ruler – both for measuring and as a cutting edge

darning size needle

a paintbrush suitable for glueing

If you have one

a craft knife / stanley knife

board to cut on

a bradawl with a point and tools for making holes

wrapping papers for the book covers eg interesting paper bags, packaging, gift wrap, advertising flyers, pages from magazines….. etc

cords and ribbons

If you might like to add a ‘tie’ to close your book a ribbon piece approximately 1m in length and 1-2cm wide is required- I will bring a selection of ribbon but you might like to bring what you have.

embellishments eg lace, decorative pictures, fabric,beads, buttons, anything you think might be useful

If you would like to attend this workshop please book directly with

I will soon be publishing a list of other workshops that will take place at Nant-all sorts of techniques and fun-let me know if there is anything you would like especially on the list.


Workshops at Nant 2014

Summer Workshops at Nant 2014
All workshop days are 10.30- 3.30pm
Please bring your own lunch – tea and coffee provided

Booking for all workshops is essential as places are limited.
or 01559 370276
Please pay when you book. Cheques should be sent to Carole King, Nant, Pantybwlch, Newcastle Emlyn, Carms. SA38 9JF
Tutors: Glenn Ibbitson and Carole King

Wed 3rd Sept
Tues 7th October
Mixed print : monotype, drypoint or collagraph
A day to experiment with any of these techniques.
Work with a printing press to produce images up to a width of 30cm.
Inks provided, paper at cost.
You may like to bring some old stiff brushes.
An overall is useful.
Complete beginners and those with some experience are all welcome.

Reduction Lino Printing
Sat 6th Sept
Using easy cut lino, learn the basic technique of reduction lino cuts and complete your first multicolour print
(tools £5 extra- please order when booking)

Tuesday 9th September
A practical 1 day crash course on bookbinding and creating your own books from scratch.
Making covers, concertina folds, stitching methods, ties and closings.

Collage and Tunnel Books
Thurs. Oct 2nd
Work in 2d or create a tunnel book.
Constructed like a miniature theatre the tunnel books have an intimacy reminiscent of pop up books
Todays workshop will let you into the secrets of constructing these special books.You should be able to take home a finished piece as well as lots of ideas for developing the process further.
By using collage to provide the many images required a book can be created quickly. This workshop also welcomes those wishing to work in 2 dimensions.
Please bring a selection of magazines and other 2d material that you may find useful
Complete beginners and those with some experience are all welcome.

“Not another bowl of fruit – Breathing new life into Still-life”
Sat Oct 25th &
Wed Oct 29th

A two day acrylic and oil painting workshop [with several drying days between sessions]
Bring painting materials and board/canvas
Complete beginners and those with some experience are all welcome.
£30 for 2 day workshop

Cornwall Design Fair

zigzap ringbound minibook

The ‘Zigzap’ paper design developed late 2013 and has since been printed in a rainbow of different colour ways. With four layers of ink the paper becomes quickly complicated as the translucent colours mix together to create more. The silkscreen printing process never fails to be exciting as each print colour combination produces surprises at each stage.

Having purchased a new toy- a ring binder -I used it  for this fun book, in fact its perfectly functional although not pocket shaped (it has its own box).

This will be just one of the books that I will be taking with me to the  Cornwal Design Fair in August