Side-bound Hardcover Bookbinding


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10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

$160 + $20 Supply Fee + Supply List

Class Limit: 12 Students


Take your bookbinding skills to the next level by binding loose pages into a side-bound album with a hardcover and hinged spine.

Finished books are approximately 5½ x 8½” by approximately ½” thick and will feature a decorative paper cover and ribbon tie embellishment on the side.

Students will also have the option of creating a smaller side-bound soft cover booklet using a simple Japanese stitching method and working on a collaborative book project with other students over the course of this weekend workshop.

This is a beginner to intermediate level class and all aspects of bookbinding will be addressed.

About the Instructor: Multi-disciplinary artist Arlene Westen brings over 30 years of teaching experience to her students. Her proficiencies include mixed-media, collage, surface design, book arts, and printmaking.

After graduating from Grant MacEwan University with a Visual Arts Diploma, she earned two further baccalaureate degrees: Fibre Art (Honors) from Alberta University of the Arts, and a Studio Arts Degree (Honors with Great Distinction) from University of Lethbridge.

To see more of Arlene’s work, visit her Facebook and Instagram:

Facebook: @aweinspiredcreativity

Instagram: @arlenewesten

Instructor will provide: Ribbon in various colours, PVA glue, flour paste glue, bookcloth for spine, decorative paper for covers and end sheets, book board, linen thread, punches, assorted small tools, and disposable items for student’s use during class (included in the supply fee).

Please Bring:

  1. Text paper for inside of books – requires 4 full sheets (25.5 x 40” each) of Arches Text Wove 119g, or your choice of text paper of appropriate weight (talk to the Paint Spot staff for choices). If cost is an issue, copy weight ink-jet paper can be used (a stack of paper should measure at least ¼”).
  2. Bone folder, bookbinding needle, cork-backed metal ruler, cutting mat, box cutter or X-acto knife with extra blades, container for glue, roll of waxed paper, small scissors, and ½”-wide inexpensive paint brush (for glue)
  3. Apron or clothes that can be soiled without remorse, notebook (optional), lunch & drink, and your own PPE (gloves, mask, hand sanitizer)

You will receive a 20% discount on all art supplies from your registration until the end of the class!

Artelier is located at 10045 81 Avenue NW (back alley entrance). The workshop space is one block south of The Paint Spot.

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