A Brand New Bookbinding Adventure:
Where: Live and Learn Pharmacy, Riverview, Florida
When: Saturday, July 29th, 2017, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Cost: $55 

To register for this class now, please send me a message via the "Contact Me" form over in the right sidebar and I will send you an invoice! 

What Will We Be Learning?

Come and learn how to create your very own watercolor sketchbook with a self cover using a reverse piano hinge. If you like to add found items and ephemera to your pages, this is the sketchbook for you! 

This particular style of bookbinding is easy to learn and requires no glue. Torn edges make the style very forgiving as well. We’ll be building our own string fastener to keep our sketchbooks tidy when not in use. 

I will teach you step-by-step how to create a basic book and then show you extra tweaks to make it more personal to your own aesthetic. Once you learn the basics, this book can be made in a variety of styles and sizes. You will also leave the workshop with written directions so you will be able to make another book any time you want! 

Important Information On Paper 
There are two choices of paper to use for this class—Fabriano Artistico or Canson Moulin du Roy, both in 140 lb. weight. The paper finish (hot, cold or rough) is up to you. Artistico is available in traditional white or bright white, again you choose which to go with. 

The success of making this book lies within choosing the correct paper. After you learn the basics, you’re welcome to experiment. Please note that Arches watercolor paper is not suitable for this project. I’ll be explaining why during this class. 

The supply list is fairly straightforward with no need to purchase expensive equipment. Please note sizes and follow them closely. If you are unable to locate an item in a specific size, please contact me for alternatives. The supply list is linked below as a downloadable PDF. 

Please click Supply List to download the pdf. 

Limited Class Size And Hours
Due to the need to spread out as we wrestle with full sheets of watercolor paper, this class will be limited to eight people. The hours of the class are 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a short break for lunch.  We will start promptly at 9:30. It is possible that the class may not take until 2:30—this will be determined by you! I have left the extra hour in for those unforeseen circumstances that can crop up!

You can reach me via the "Contact Me" box in the side bar. 

What Else Do I Need To Know? 
This class is limited to 8 students and spots will be available on a first-come, first serve basis. A wait list will be started if the class fills.

The workshop will be held at Live and Learn Pharmacy and the address is 13224 Boyette Road, Riverview, Florida. Maps and parking instructions will be given once you are registered.

Doors will open at 9 am for early birds and will close at 3 pm. Class hours are 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Please bring a sweater or light jacket as the air conditioning will be running.

There are two restaurants within walking distance (Subway and Papi's Cuban Kitchen) as well as a refrigerator for those of you who would like to bring a brown bag. There are other restaurants nearby, but not within walking distance and the lunch break will be short so that we have time to cover it all!

What If I Have To Cancel?
Cancellations will be accepted up until 48 hours before the start of class and full refunds will be given.

Cancellations occurring within 48 hours of class will forfeit the class registration fee ($75). Kit fees will be returned ($25).

Ready To Enroll?!
Please send me a message via the contact form over in the right sidebar and I will send you an invoice! The invoice can be paid via credit card or e-check and does not require a PayPal account.

Please note:
Cancellations will be accepted up until 48 hours before the start of class and full refunds will be given.

Cancellations occurring within 48 hours of class will forfeit the class registration fee unless there is a wait list and someone is able to fill the vacancy.


  1. Will this course ever be online as I am in France.

  2. Hi, Cindy! I am looking for a way to put the bookbinding class online—I've run into some "technical challenges" as I'm wrestling with a full sheet of watercolor paper and my current video set up won't let me video something that large. I'm actively looking for a workaround and when I find it, I'll post an update. Thanks for your interest!

  3. Hi Laure, I would also be interested in this class if you ever put it online. It's fun to dabble in book arts occasionally and I think this would be a cute book to use for your travel classes.


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