NEW! Follow-on handmade book workshop


Total cost: £485, including all materials and use of tools, Fotospeed fine art papers, pigment links, use of Canon and Epson printers, refreshments and lunch.

Handmade book workshop in Weybridge, Surrey, with Rachael Talibart, Adrian Beasley and Clea Beasley. GROUP SIZE: 8.

This workshop builds on the basic skills you learned in the first workshop, adding some additional techniques.  This time, we will teach you to construct a book with drum-leaf binding, a book form that incorporates an adaptation of a flat-back, case style binding, with lay-flat pages.  We will help with preparation of images and the physical building of the book. We provide all the equipment and materials needed, so you only need to bring your computer and images. If you want to make more books at home, we can provide a comprehensive shopping list of all the equipment used and a list of material suppliers.


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Follow-on, two-day, handmade book workshop 

This course, following on from our introductory Handmade Book workshop,  will teach you the skills needed to produce a book with a drum leaf binding. Your book will have up to 16 pages (8 double page spreads) available for images and/or text.

Day 1 (10am - 5pm)

As with our introductory ‘Handmade Book Workshop’, we will help you with selection, sequencing and editing your collection of images in preparation for printing and then constructing a handmade book.  We will teach you how to use Lightroom’s print module to lay out your images and text, giving you the control and flexibility to format pages in a range styles. The type of book we will teach in this course allows for a variety of layouts, a chance really to personalise your book.

Finally, you will print your pages using Lightroom or Photoshop. Having spent time selecting, editing, sequencing and printing your images on day 1, the second day will be focused on constructing a beautiful, hand-crafted book to showcase your chosen images.

Day 2 (10am - 5pm)

We will provide the tools and materials needed to complete your project, including a selection of plain and patterned endpapers and linen book cloth. You will learn how to measure, trim, and glue the book block, how to add decorative endpapers and how to make decorative binding for your book using cloth and paper.

The lay-flat nature of the book lends itself to a wide range of layouts, including double page spreads that incorporate a single image or multiple images and/or text. We suggest that you come prepared with an initial selection of around 30-50 images to select from and an idea about a possible theme for your book.

Adrian, Clea and Rachael are enthusiastic and experienced teachers and you will receive their one-to-one attention throughout the workshop.  The workshop is full of practical advice so that, if you wish to, you may continue to create books with confidence at home. With a group of only 8 clients and 3 tutors, individual attention is guaranteed.

This workshop is suitable for graduates of our concertina book course but, if you have learned how to make a concertina book elsewhere, then please get in touch, as it may be suitable for you too.

For both workshops, you will need to bring your laptop with a selection of images to work on. Before the workshop, you should identify the topic of your book and bring a good selection of images to use as the starting point for selection. If you do not have a laptop, we may be able to accommodate desktop machines. Please get in touch to discuss.

To secure your place on either workshop, we take an £100 deposit payable via PayPal now (no PayPal account needed). Please select the relevant date from the dropdown menu above and click the 'add to basket' link. Four weeks before the workshop, we require the balance which is payable via Bank Transfer. You will receive instructions by email.