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Spellbinding artists’ books – Sketchbook-making in a day!

Learn how to make your own beautiful sketchbooks.  These book-binding techniques will allow you to choose your own paper and personalise your sketchbook.  Satisfying to make... Read more

£100 + VAT
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Date
06 Apr - 06 Apr 2024


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Art Safari Studio
Suffolk


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Workshop content
Sketchbook making techniques


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Tutor(s)
Art Safari Artist Tutor

These book-binding techniques will allow you to choose your own paper and personalise your sketchbook. Satisfying to make and lovely to work in, they’re the perfect display for small works of art.
Learn how to make your own beautiful sketchbooks.  These book-binding techniques will allow you to choose your own paper and personalise your sketchbook.  Satisfying to make and lovely to work in, they’re the perfect display for small works of art. In a day Hilary will guide you through the enjoyable process of making two different types of sketchbook, plus many ideas for how to make your own personalised sketchbooks of all sizes and papers. Hilary’s tuition at SketchFest each year enables many artists to create their own sketchbooks. She aims to give you the knowledge and confidence to use the papers, colours, formats and folds that will suit your own style of working for a beautiful artist's book. Making your own sketchbooks is an art in itself, with the extra bonus of being personalised as well as saving money! These spellbinding sketchbooks will be exciting to look at, but also so pleasing to work in. Come to our warm Woodbridge studio to spend a day learning.
  • Coptic Binding Make the oldest form of binding! This technique allows you to open the book and work flat across the page.  It has attractive stitching down the spine.  Hilary’s technique allows you to use your own sketches as a weatherproof wax cover.
  • Case Binding – learn how to cover a hardbound sketchbook using book cloth – for hardback sketchbooks for watercolour and drawing.
  Paper folding techniques for your bindings – here are some of the folding techniques which will transform your books into personal artists books.
  • Octopus - Make a new design of sketchbook in just 50mins! Once you have the knack, you'll be making these even faster! These small books will be the perfect display for small works of art.
  • Concertina – Ideal for long panoramas and for sequences of sketches. If you’re working up layout sketches and thumbnails, then they’re great for being able to see and compare many sketches at the same time.  They are ideal for displaying open so that your whole sketching experience can be seen at once – perfect for exhibiting.
  Materials included
  • Cartridge Paper
  • Grey board
  • Book cloth
  • Glues, folding and stitching equipment
If you would like to bring watercolour paper or any other paper of your choice, then please bring enough with you (consult with us about the amounts). It’s fun to mix papers in the same book. Hilary suggests bringing any art paper pads (complete with their backing board) in case you want to re-purpose and recycle art materials you already have at home. Please also bring large scale drawings or watercolours to re-cycle as your covers, we will show you how to waterproof them.

Itinerary

10:00 to 16:00 A day of making!
Suitcase Icon COST:  £100 + VAT, with lots of materials to help you and refreshments to keep you motivated. Please bring a packed lunch with you or visit one of the lovely local cafes. Book your place using the form below or by calling us on 01394 382235
VENUE: Art Safari Studio, The Harbourmaster’s Office, Ferry Quay, Woodbridge, Suffolk 1P12 1BW There is a pay and display car park at the Woodbridge Railway Station. It is a very short walk away! There is no parking available at the Art Safari Studio/Harbourmaster's Office but you can drop off kit by car if you need to.
ACCOMMODATION:  Woodbridge is a picturesque Market Town on the Deben Estuary with a good selection of pubs, restaurants, cafes and shops.  Find out more about the town on the Visit Woodbridge website. Here is a small selection of places to stay which Art Safari guests have enjoyed.  Accommodation in Woodbridge tends to fill up quickly during the summer, so we suggest you book early. The Station Guest House – 01394 384831 The Crown Hotel – 01394 384242 The Bull Inn – 01394 392089 The Cherry Tree Inn – 01394 384627 Hill House Hall – 01394 383890 Seckford Hall – 01394 385678 There are many more options available, including holiday cottages – have a look through Suffolk Secrets and Suffolk Hideaways for holiday rental cottages in the area.