Grungy bookcloth, decorated end papers and ragged textiles peeking from sewn bindings...all reminiscent of a simpler time when more care was put into workmanship and bookbinding was an artform. The Booksmith Antiquarian is a reflection of these vestiges of the past. Join me in the study of creating heirloom books that look as if they were collected from antiquity.
In this course, you will learn how to:
- add aged patina to bookcloth and book boards
- collate signatures and sew into a signature block
- tip in endpapers (with extra video on making your own endpapers and utilizing other paper sources)
- build 2 styles of book covers from scratch
- install the signatures inside the book covers
Two pages of antique-styled book cover labels and bookplates are provided in the Course Materials for students to download and print for use on their books. Also, in the Course Materials are downloadable binding templates, measuring diagrams and materials list.
*NEW!*: A video segment has been added, at no additional cost, on how to make miniature books with a no-sew option in the Booksmith Antiquarian style.*
There are no out-of-the-ordinary supplies to purchase, unless you want to! Most supply items you may already have in your stash if you are a crafter/bookmaker. This is an advanced bookmaking class. Those with previous book making experience may find the instruction easier, but there is no reason why any seasoned crafter could not follow along and learn how to make books!
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*The legal stuff I have to say ;) ....
*So, first off...I want you to make stuff from the skills I teach and sell that stuff, if you want to!
***But, the contents and techniques in this tutorial are the exclusive property of Nik the Booksmith©, hence students should not share, sell, re-teach or reproduce these tutorials in any form, including but not limited to: lending out or sharing downloaded files whether by emailing, downloading onto drives or media to share with someone who did not purchase the class or other digital sharing, videos, blogs, sharing logins or passwords for Teachable accounts, nor in person by holding classes or workshops whether in public or private gatherings. This is an online course, no physical items will be sent to you. Students will be responsible for gathering their own supplies. Sales of products resulting from any Nik the Booksmith technique should be limited to a small business scale. (i.e. less than 500 sales per year). For larger commercial rights of sale or use of techniques, please contact instructor for details.
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Hello, it's great to meet you! I'm Nik and I live in Colorado, USA. For the past few years, I've produced videos of my work on YouTube. You may know me from there! All my life, I have been an artist, but I really found my calling with bookmaking. After developing tried and true methods of creating uniquely styled books, I have jumped into the world of online teaching. From this platform, I can interact with thousands of students worldwide, spreading good cheer and Booksmithing techniques! Feel free to contact me and ask questions, if you like. Also, check out my YouTube channel (Nik the Booksmith) for a look at past and present work and also course information videos. =)