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Image to Handmade Book - Drum Leaf


Led by: Clea and Adrian Beasley

11th - 13th July 2023


You will be sent an invoice from Clea shortly after reserving your place

2 Nights Bed and Breakfast (See below for other meals)
2 Leaders  4 Clients

The thrill of seeing your own images come to life in a beautiful handmade book is truly addictive!  It is a fantastic way to curate and share a selection of your photographs with others.  It is so much more tactile than sharing electronic images on a screen of whatever sort and much more practical than making and framing large prints, which you then must find precious wall space to accommodate.  The drum leaf book structure that we will be teaching in this workshop is an ideal form for including images of different sizes, including full double page spreads as the pages lay flat across each spread.


Over the course of 2 full days, we will take you through a step-by-step process from selecting images around a theme that you have chosen to the outcome of a unique hand-bound book. Adrian has a wealth of experience and expertise in the selection, editing and printing of images.  On our first day, he will guide and instruct you in a way that will enable you to produce prints of a high quality to form the pages of your book.  We will discuss possible layouts, the inclusion of text – whether that be a simple title page on a single page or multiple text pages.  We will share useful templates and tips for constructing pages for the book form that we have chosen for this workshop.


Clea will lead on the second day, taking you through the practical, hands-on process of turning your printed pages into a well-constructed book.  We will cover the selection of materials, safe and effective use of tools and the different elements involved in constructing a book block and then adding an attractive binding that complements your images. Your book will incorporate endpapers which can be patterned or plain, chosen from the wide selection that we have available.  You will also be able to select from a range of quality book cloths for your book cover (case). We are happy to offer advice about suitable choices based on practicality and aesthetics.  


Our workshops are sociable events for small groups of creative individuals. Previous clients have told us that this is an aspect of our residential workshops that they particularly enjoy! In addition to the more organised teaching sessions, we will spend time together in the evenings at our home and in local restaurants.  This allows time to share ideas and experiences in a relaxed setting.  We would encourage you to bring along examples of any books that you have made previously that you are happy to share. 


You will leave our workshop having learned the key skills needed to make a stylish book of your own and with a set of instructions, resources and suggestions regarding tool kit that will enable you to continue your own journey into book creation.

Your tutors

Clea's parents were antiquarian book dealers and she was brought up in a bookshop. Her dad still runs a bookshop today. After early retirement, Clea re-connected with her love of book making and taught Adrian how to make them too. Whilst this is a new addition to the portfolio, you are in good hands as we have led quite a few workshops over the past 18-months. Adrian brings his editing and printing skills to the workshop, helping you to select, edit and print your book pages to the highest standard.

Location, Accommodation, Transport

The workshop is based at Kingsdown House, Bideford, North Devon. You will be staying at the Royal Hotel in Bideford on a single occupancy B&B basis.

If you want to arrive by train, please speak to us as we will almost certainly be able to assist with transit from Barnstaple.

Start and End timing

The workshop starts at 2pm on the first day and finishes at 4pm on the last to allow for travel and de-stress. The first session will involve personal introductions, introduction to the workshop and schedule, and a visit to the local coast followed by an evening meal at our home.



Breakfast, sandwich/soup lunch are included. We will also provide a meal on the first evening. On the second evening we will visit a local restaurant. This meal is not included.



  • No previous experience is needed, especially for the editing, printing and book making elements. Training and tools will be provided during the workshop.

  • We suggest bringing about 30-50 images with a theme in mind for your book. We will help you to select images for the book.

  • You need to bring a computer for the editing and selection session. If you do not have a suitable computer, we may be able to loan one but please check with us before booking.

  • Please make sure you have suitable travel and equipment insurance.


  • Tuition by Clea and Adrian Beasley

  • All paper, ink, book making materials and use of tools

  • Book making guide with recommended material suppliers

  • 2-night accommodation on a single occupancy basis

  • Breakfast, lunches and the first evening meal are included

Not Included

  • Travel to and from the workshop

  • Travel and equipment Insurance

  • Computer and editing software

  • Alcoholic drinks

  • Final evening meal

Location & Contact Details

Clea Beasley 07845 005229

Address and travel details will be provided after booking.

Booking and Cancellation Policy for Residentials

Generally we require a 10% deposit when you book to secure your place, final balance will be due 4-weeks before the start of the workshop. If you cancel at any time, please understand that I may need to retain some of your monies to cover incurred costs that I cannot recover, unless I am able to re-sell your place. In general, if I am able to re-sell the place, I will refund you so please contact me as quickly as possible.

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