Tunnel Book online workshop

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April 20th, 2021 3:00 PM

  • Instructor: Bettina Pauly
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Workshop Start: April 20th, 2021 3:00 PM
  • Workshop End: April 27th, 2021 6:00 PM
  • Sessions: 2

This is a two-session workshop: April 20 & 27. The first class is two hours, from 3-5pm, the second class will be three hours, from 3-6pm.

Developed in the Renaissance for studying perspective, the Tunnel Book is sometimes called a peephole book. It is an accordion with multiple panels, to be viewed from the front for a 3-D effect.
In this two-session class you will learn the concertina-fold that will hold the pages and decorate the four interior "tunnel" pages with collage/rubber-stamping/painting/sketching. Once the tunnel is finished it will be glued into a simple cover to give it a more finished look.

Materials to Bring: 

  • 4 pieces of 5x7” cardstock – these are the pages of the book and will be used to mount artwork
  • 2 pieces paper for concertina fold 13 x 5” or 12.5 x 5”. Bugra, Hahnemuhle Ingres, or similar are recommended - avoid thin papers.
  • 2 ply mat board or presentation board, each a little larger than 5 x 7" (color unimportant, they will be covered). Available as a pack online or you can get small offcuts for cheap from your local framing store.
  • 1 piece 16 x 6” bookcloth or decorative paper for the outside cover, plus two 5 x 5” pieces to cover the inside.


  • cutting mat
  • x-acto knife
  • steel/aluminum straight edge/triangle
  • bone folder
  • glue stick and PVA / glue brush
  • clothes pegs or binder clips – 4 total to hold up your pages for ‘viewing’

(Bookbinding tool rolls are available on the SFCB website)

Workshop Fee: $90

Date & Time: 2 Tuesdays :: April 20, 3-5pm & April 27, 3-6pm Pacific time

Location: Online over Zoom

Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class.


About the Instructor | Bettina Pauly

Bettina lives in San Francisco as a book artist and works as a letterpress printer with Kim Vanderheiden at Painted Tongue Studios, Oakland, California. She loves books and boxes both as physical objects and as containers of meaning. She is interested in a variety of folded, sewn and woven structures in which she can incorporate her printing.

Past Student Reviews:

 “The whole structure was excellent, divided into two parts. Also great to see Bettina’s own work, very inspiring.”

"Bettina has such knowledge and a talent for these books.  I learned so much. What a fun experience!"

“Bettina gave lovely examples and did a great job showing the steps of tunnel book creation clearly.”

Online Via Zoom
United States