Instructor: Diana Tucker
$125 //  5 weeks  //  6:00-8:00 pm// Wednesdays  // May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1

This class will teach basic binding techniques and acquaint students with books created by artists, as works of art. You will design the covers for and create three blank books with traditional hand sewn bindings using simple and inexpensive tools and supplies. In addition, we will discuss various papers, archival vs. non-archival materials, as well as Artist’s Books and their many forms, that will hopefully inspire you and help you see that there can be much more to a book than just pages between a cover. No prior experience is required, having fun is!

Required Materials: (* For first class)

Purchase your papers and supplies at Larkin Arts and receive a 10% discount!

  • Bookbinder’s #3 and small tapestry needles, size 26 (24 or 28 acceptable) *
  • One spool of linen (flax) thread 12/3 or 18/3, approximately 50 yards and/or several skeins of embroidery floss, thickest you can find, (colored is fine. We will wax thread in class) *
  • Bookbinder’s Awl, lightweight (not a screw punch or carpenter’s awl) *
  • Self-healing cutting mat 12” x 18” recommended *
  • Ruler 12 to 18 inches *
  • Small Scissors *
  • Small, #11 X-acto knife & blades *
  • Bone or Teflon Folder *
  • PVA (Polyvinyl Acetate) glue (archival & slow drying) and/or Best-Test Rubber
  • Cement (acid-free & fast drying) *
  • German Glue or Stencil Brush, 3/4” or 1” diameter *
  • HB or B drawing pencil *
  • Kneaded eraser *
  • Colored pencils, markers, watercolors, etc.,
  • Davey (Book) Board, acid-free, pH of 7, 0.07 (1.8 mm), thickness, preferred for our books, or 0.08 (2 mm), not needed for first class.
  • Papers * (more will be needed for following classes):
    When purchasing paper: always choose that which you feel attracted to, such as by surface texture and color. You are the artist! Archival papers always cost more than “acid-free” and will last years longer.
  • Two large sheets of text weight, not more than about 175gsm, for pages such as Rives Lightweight, drawing, Canson Mi-Tientes pastel, Strathmore charcoal, or Southworth Resume, 100% cotton, 24 lb., 8.5 x 11 inches. (available at an office supply store), 8 to 10 sheets. *
  • One large sheet cover weight, usually between 200 and 300 gsm, such as Canson Edition, Rives BFK, Arches Watercolor, 2-ply Bristol or Mixed Media *
  • Handmade or decorative papers of choice: should be relatively easy to fold but heavy enough to stand up to glue application. (we will discuss these during the first class and will use for homework before second),
  • Optional and fun: decorative buttons, small beads, ribbon (1/8th to 1/4 in. wide), thin cording, etc.

In our first class, you will learn more about paper choices for the other books we will make. Students should expect homework in preparation between classes.