Bookbinding and paper marbling

Bookbinding – create a unique journal with Tracey Bush

Ref: S1D08836


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About this course

Create a one-of-a-kind book while you learn key bookbinding techniques. You will make a multi-section binding with a playful combination of different papers, page sizes, fold outs and envelopes for inclusions.

Course Description

This one day workshop will introduce you to some techniques of creating one of a kind books. You will make a multi-section binding, unique to each participant. This idiosyncratic book can contain different paper: plain, lined, gridded, and pockets and envelopes for inclusions. Other pages can include simple pop ups, fold outs, varying page sizes and tipped in additional recycled paper. The resulting book you will take home is a resonant starting point for your own visual journal.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of materials for your journal (excluding decorative papers which may be purchased individually).

What students need to bring

  • Any papers or items you may wish to incorporate
  • Scissors, set square, ruler, mechanical pencil

Available to buy

  • A wide range of decorative, textured and plain papers
  • Other art supplies, if required


Tracey Bush

Tracey Bush trained as an illustrator, and successfully freelanced for many years before attaining her MA in Fine Art Printmaking from Camberwell College of Arts and Crafts. She has produced a series of books under the imprint Fathom Five Books, which have been acquired by national and international collections including the Yale Centre for British Art, Tate Britain and the Marvin Sackner Collection of Concrete Poetry. Tracey has a PGCE from the Institute of Education, London and regularly devises and delivers workshops in major institutions. In 2014 Tracey was commissioned to create the large scale 'Ports of the World' butterfly box, which is installed on the P&O cruise ship, Britannia.

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