Bookbinding Masterclass 1
Learn to bind a hard cover journal in real time.
Ready to fold, crease, and bind your very own handmade journal? In this 3 hour ONLINE masterclass I will teach you to create a multi-signature blank hand sewn journal!
StartPre-Session Video 1 -- Paper Selection (10:06)
StartPre-Session Video 2 -- Bookboard (10:06)
StartPre-Session Video 3 - Paper Grain (12:44)
StartPre-Session Video 4 -- Book Cloth (10:33)
StartPre-Session Video 5 -- All The Supplies (23:16)
StartPre-Session Video 6 -- Removing the Spiral (3:11)
StartPRO TIP - Folding Paper (5:37)
StartPre-Session Video 7 -- DO THIS -- Paper Prep (10:25)
StartPre-Session Video 8 -- Paper Pro Tip -- Tearing (3:06)
StartPre-Session Video 9 -- Under Weight (3:44)
If you have a question about whether a supply you have is similar to one on my list, just email me a picture of what you have and ask me.
The rest of this list is stuff we will use to begin filling our pages. You can bring what you have. NOT REQUIRED but things you're likely to see me use. I say “likely” because sometimes I add things here or there, but I’ll try to keep the list updated. With that said, I highly recommend starting with whatever you have on hand. Don’t run out and buy a bunch of stuff before you know what you really want to try and which techniques seem fun and reasonable to you. I’ll be using a lot of things you can make yourself and some things that you likely have in your stash. I have my favorites and that’s what I list here, but I will also try to tell you about alternatives. Here’s the list:
- acrylic paint — I prefer the Liquitex Basics brand because of how it transforms the feel of the paper, but you can use any acrylic paints you can find. Others I like are:
- gesso — I like the Liquitex brand. Use whatever you can find, but know that not all gessos are created equal.
- rubber stamps — I’ll show you how to make your own stamps — two techniques!!!
- stencils — I am a huge fan of making anything function like a stencil, but for the ones I spend money on, I love Stencil Girl Stencils, but use any that you have.
- pens — I’m a bit of a pen snob, so the ones I recommend (without being too snobby about it) are:
- Pilot Multiball Pens –top of my list — it’s a staple in the mixed media and art journaling world
- Fudeball Pens — a really close second — this pen makes a strong, bold line and writes over dry paint and gesso, but is NOT waterproof until it is completely dry (so build in drying time).
- Micron Pens — I started with a full set and then as I run out of one or the other, I just replenish the one that’s out. My fav in the set is the brush and the .8.
- All pens by Sakura, but especially their Glaze pens — my absolute favs — I have the basic set and the bright set. Some art stores sell these pens individually.
- Uniball Signo 153 & 207– White and Black — the white is a must have but it’s not waterproof, so brace for that, but it’s great for adding the final touches to your art. I’ve linked you to the 153 WHITE version . Here is the link to the 207 and it’s kinda waterproof.
- Pentel Pocket Brush — great waterproof brush pen — I’ll also show you how to use your waterbrush with India ink.
- markers – I use Sharpies a lot, but I also really like the dual-tip Tombow markers and the Letra Watercolor Markers
- colored pencils — Derwent Inktense are my favs, but you can use Prismacolors also and get great color.
- other color making supplies:
- Faber-Castell Gelatos (I buy the Gel Sticks from the kids section because they are the same things, but less expensive). I adore the metallic ones.
- Portfolio oil pastels — don’t waste your time on the 12 pack — go for the 24, you’re gonna love them that much.
- Caran-d’Ache NeoII water-soluble crayons — there are other brands, but don’t bother, these are the best!!!
- old gift cards, credit cards, or hotel key cards.
- washi tape — careful!!! this stuff is addictive.
- collage materials — papers, magazine images and words, and other ephemera.
Hello Beautiful Creative You!
I'm happy you're here.
I'm Kiala Givehand, a multi-passionate intuitive & intentional creative. I walk through the world as a LifeAlchemist™ for creative, heart-centered, soul-filled women who want to change the world by shining their light more fully and more brightly. I call myself a LifeAlchemist™ because I help women bring together all the parts of themselves to create a life they love. As an Alchemist, I support women through creative and spiritual awakenings and guide them towards empowerment.
As an artist, I make (and sometimes sell) handmade journals using a mix of mediums. I host workshops, retreats and online classes where I get to teach the things that nourish my soul -- bookbinding, journaling, creative writing, and self-discovery though transformational tools and content.
For almost 20 years, I taught English, Language Arts, and Creative Writing at every educational level, while simultaneously traveling the U.S. delivering workshops and presentations to educators. While I no longer travel to work with teachers, I now enjoy working one-on-one and in small groups with students, teachers, artists, writers, and creative entrepreneurs. I do this work because I love helping women find the thing that fills them with joy and watching them pursue it without regrets or apologies.
I've done a lot of things in my short 45+ years on this planet, but I'm most proud of raising my nephew Treavor, and listening to my inner wisdom by doing the things that make me come alive. Constructing handmade books and art journals is one of those things that allows me to feel A L I V E!!! And I'd love to have you join me on this journey. Reading tarot & oracle cards, pulling astrological charts, and delving into the esoteric and ancient guidance systems is another way I help women have spiritual and creative awakenings. I'm eager to do the same for you.
I cherish every single day and treat life as one amazing adventure. I play with paint and watercolor, fold paper into books, write poetry, short fiction, & creative non-fiction, and guide women through sacred remembering of who they truly are. But always, every single day, I journal and do something that I feel is creative. Oh!! And did I mention that I'm the proud owner of a fabulous collection of fountain pens? (I know. Geek alert!)
Join me and let's create something beautiful, TODAY!!