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Bookbinding- Create a Leather Bound Journal

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Sunday, September 17th, 2017
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Price includes materials and applicable taxes. During this workshop you will create a beautiful leather bound book to hold your thoughts and experiences ... making a journal as unique as your personal thoughts and feelings. Choosing between two styles of leather, a variety of gorgeous end-papers, linen thread and finishing touches, there will be plenty of opportunity to build a journal that best reflects you! The book produced will have 100 pages of quality mixed media and printmaking paper able to support a wide range of journalling techniques to help tell your story. The paper can take light watercolour, acrylic, pastel, ink and glue for adding photos or other bits of ephemera. The exposed stitch style of binding will allow the journal to be opened flat, allowing you to use the page to the margins. The 5 1/2” x 8” size and soft leather cover make the journal easy to carry along to use whenever the mood strikes you. Skills covered include folding, scoring, hole punching and sewing. In addition to the journal, participants will also make a 6” x 4 1/2” pamphlet notebook. Bring along any special buttons, beads or charms for adorning your personal journal.


About Tracy Leal: Tracy Leal has been a bookbinder for 20 years, beginning with courses taken at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and Dawson Room Print Shop at Dalhousie University. Her studies included a variety of bookbinding styles, repair and archival techniques. During her 17 years running an elementary school library, she had many opportunities to introduce bookbinding to students and teachers, and through the Nova Scotia Art Galleries ArtsSmarts Program and the Labrador Creative Arts Festival had further opportunities to teach bookbinding to students from kindergarten to high school.


Tracy is a member of Canadian Bookbinders and Book Arts Guild and has represented Nova Scotia at Word on the Street Festivals for many years. Bookbinding: Create a Leather Bound Journal with Tracy Leal (Sep) You might also be interested in:

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