Online workshop: Books for Photographers and Printmakers

TBA | 6 weeks
6 pre-recorded video tutorials and PDF instructions posted each Wednesday at 8:00 am ET. Access to a private chat area for questions and comments, additional videos posted when needed. Two zoom office hours will be available during the class for students to meet, discuss, and ask questions.

Students in the US, email us at so we can tell you when it is next offered.

Instructor: Andrew Huot

Books for photographers and printmakers

This workshop will present book structures ideal for artists making imagery one side of sheets of paper, such as photographers, printmakers, and collage artists. The class will cover the Drum Leaf Binding, Storage Book, and Multiple-Leaf Accordion structures. These binding methods allow for easy arrangement of imagery, from one image to the next throughout the book and are constructed with adhesive, creating uninterrupted images across the pages. These structures are also perfect for making journals and sketchbooks. Students are encouraged to have samples of their favorite papers on hand to discuss and sample prints to bind in the workshop.

In this course you will learn:

How to use the bookbinding tools.
Knowledge of bookmaking materials and their qualities.
Three (3) book structures ideal for prints and photographs.
The skills to make more books for journals, sketchbooks, or artwork to your specifications.

Level of Experience / Skills Required

All levels; no prior book-making experience required.

You will need the following supplies:


Cover or text weight paper – 65# to 80#
Book Cloth
Binders Board
Decorated papers for covers and endsheets
Cambric cloth

Kits of curated materials are available for purchase. Materials will be from a variety of sources and cut to size. There will be enough to allow you to make each book.


Bone Folder
Craft Knife / Olfa / Xacto
Metal Ruler
Self-healing cutting mat
Bookbinder’s Awl
Bookbinding Needle
Glue Brush
PVA Adhesive
3M 415 Tape

In the US, assembled tool kits for this class can be found at Colophon Book Arts, link here. You can purchase the basic kit at the link and add on any additional tools for this workshop. You can also purchase tools from any bookbinding supplier on the resource page or at your local art supply store.

In Canada, you can find these tools at George Hill & Co, link here.

How this online workshop works


Video tutorials and accompanying pdfs will be posted on Wednesday mornings. You can access these materials any time once they are released, and work at your own pace. You’ll have time to complete the lesson at your convenience before moving on to the next lesson on the following Wednesday. During the week, I’ll be checking messages in the chat area to answer any questions you may have along the way.


Tutorials post at 8 am ET

Week 1, Overview of tools and materials, one page books
Week 2, Accordion with a Hard Cover
Week 3, Drum Leaf Book
Week 4, Double Folio Accordion
Week 5, Storage Book
Week 6, Storage Book Inserts and pockets