Another exciting collaboration to add to our new online workshop offer.


Two Arienas Collective workshop artists - bookbinder Cass Barron and artist Lou Davis - team up for this treat of an online workshop, which celebrates colour, texture, mark making and bookbinding! 


A series of step-by-step video tutorials will encourage you to experiment with a range of simple but effective printmaking techniques and create a one-of-a-kind A5 sized junk journal, which makes for a great sketchbook, memory book, diary or gift for someone special. 


Lou will show you how to make a DIY gel plate, and share some of her favourite gelatin printing techniques, including how to create your own stencils and using found objects to make unusual textures. She will also share her tips on how to get the most out of a limited colour pallete, and give you some guidance on colour mixing and composition.


Once you have created a series of prints onto different papers, envelopes and pre-loved materials such as old maps and book pages, Cass will show you how to transform these into a colourful A5 Journal with exposed spine and decorative cross stitch binding.


At the end of the workshop you’ll have a wide range of mark-making techniques under your belt that can be applied to everything from bookbinding and card making, to printing your own wrapping paper. You’ll also be equipped with the skills to make eye-catching, colourful books that make great personal journals and unique gifts for birthdays, Christmas and other celebrations.  


How the workshop will run


This workshop will take place online in the form of a series of pre-recorded videos, which take you through the process step-by-step, much like we do at our face-to-face workshops, but with the added bonus of being able to pause, rewind and come back to the workshop as works best for you.


You will have continuous access throughout the life of this course so that you can complete it in your own time, and return to it again and again.


Keeping it social - optional Zoom get-together


An optional Zoom Sharing event is included. The next Zoom is on Monday, 15 February 2021 from 6pm - 7.30pm and will be hosted by The Arienas Collective. Places are limited to allow time for sharing and questions, so if you'd like to join in please request a space in 'Add a note' section when checking out. You'll get the chance to meet Cass and Lou, find out more about their work, ask questions and share your books and printing creations (if you want to). These Zooms are a way for us to replicate the ideas sharing and social elements of our face-to-face workshops that usually happen over a cuppa!


How to choose the right price option


Since some of you may have taken workshops with Cass and Lou before and/or already have some of the kit at home, we've created a range of pricing options. Please read through the options below carefully to make sure you choose the right one for you.


£130 = Access to Cass and Lou’s online tutorials including FULL MATERIALS AND TOOL KIT

This option includes access to Cass and Lou's online tutorials, including the Zoom Sharing Event, plus all the kit you will need for this workshop. This option is perfect for those who are new to bookbinding and home printing. This full kit includes: vege gel powder for making your gel plate, set of acrylic paints, paint roller, a selection of textures for printing, a collection of plain and pre-loved papers to print on and include in your book, book board, leather, glue, book film, waxed thread and high quality bookbinding tools. Plus a teabag and biscuit to fuel your creativity! To choose this select the 'Full kit' option.


£115 = Access to Cass and Lou’s online tutorials including BOOKBINDING KIT AND MATERIALS ONLY

This option includes everything in the full kit described above EXCLUDING Lou's printing tools/materials (paint roller, vege gel, acrylic paint set and printing textures). To choose this select the 'Bookbinding kit and materials' option.


£125 = Access to Cass and Lou’s online tutorials including PRINTMAKING AND MATERIAL KIT ONLY

This option includes everything in the full kit described above EXCLUDING Cass's bookbinding tools (awl, bone folder, cork punch board, bookbinding needle, ruler). To choose this select the 'Printmaking kit and materials' option.


£110 = Access to Cass and Lou’s online tutorials including MATERIALS ONLY

This option includes everything in the full kit described above EXCLUDING Printing tools and materials and bookbinding tools but including all the paper, book board, thread, book film, glue and leather you need to make an A5 Junk Journal. A good option if you have all the tools and paints for printing and bookbinding but would like access to all the materials needed to make your book already cut to size. To choose this select the 'Materials only' option.


£80 = Access to Cass and Lou’s online tutorials (NO KIT)

This option includes access to Cass and Lou's online tutorials, including the Zoom Sharing Event, but no kit. You will receive a full list of the materials and tools you will need to participate with some suggestions of where to get these from. This is ideal for those of you who already have all the bookbinding and printing equipment you need for this workshop (see the 'full kit' description above for details). To choose this selectthe 'No kit' option.


Your kit will be sent out by first class post within 2 working days of receiving your order.  The link and password to access the online course will be sent to you by email. If you have ordered the 'No kit' option, then you will receive the course materials link and password by email.


If you have opted for the Zoom, a reminder email with Zoom log in details will be emailed to you prior to the next available Zoom date.

Online bookbinding & printing course with Cass Barron and Lou Davis | £80-£130

Kit options
  • We are not able to offer returns or refunds for online courses, so please contact us if you have not received your kit so that we can look into this for you.

  • The ‘with kit’ options include postage within the UK. If you are based outside of the UK, we will need to charge extra to cover international shipping (this will vary depending on where you are based), please email us for details. 

    Kits will be posted out by first class mail as soon as possible after your order is received. 

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