Do you fancy learning how to create your own handmade books? 

Do you want to learn how to dye paper using my secret technique? 

Hello, I'm Liz from Book Art Studios and I sell a vast range of unique, scrumptious

and one-of-a-kind handmade books & journals, here in New Zealand. 

I offer a range of book making/book binding classes both online & in person,

which take place in my gorgeous studio.

I'm an author too, and have a range of published books for you to enjoy. 

Now, let's get on with it and get you creating....


P.S Oh, and I offer FOUR day Book Camps (retreats for women) to create yummy books!

Book Camp New Zealand 2021

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WOW!!! Book Camp NZ 2020 was a wonderful experience with a fabulous group of campers. If you'd like to read more about it and see some photographs of our work, please visit my blog.

Here's some feedback:

Hi Liz,

I just wanted to write and express my absolute gratitude to you, Jo and Cath for the brilliant creative experience that was book camp.

To have the time to dedicate to one’s passion is priceless and to be among such generous women was an absolute joy.

I felt supported, valued and very much part of a creative community that was there to awhi one another.

Above all I learned that creating is essential to who I am and is something I will no longer put aside for anyone or anything.

Thank you again so much. What a privilege to have been a part of book camp 2020. I am definitely going to be back next year.


Lesley x

Meanwhile......Book Camp NZ 2021

I'll be working on this over the holidays. As usual, we'll announce what we'll be creating at camp at the beginning of February. A deposit of $300 will secure your place (full fees are usually $1400) but we need to check there are no unexpected price rises before committing to this figure.

If you'd like to stay in the loop email me and I'll add you to my newsletter list.

NOT IN NEW ZEALAND? Then Book Camp Correspondence School might suit your bookish needs! NEW NEW NEW and as yet, untested.

Meanwhile, I've left some information on here for you to read if you're in New Zealand and are really, really keen to know more. Scroll down after the video to have a read.

What the fees include:

  • Accommodation (sheets & towels provided)
  • Food (vegetarian and meat)
  • Materials
  • Two tutors
  • Cleaning fees

All you need to know about book camp

Liz Constable - Book Art Studios

Liz is the founder of Book Art Studios and Book Camps here in New Zealand and Australia. An experienced book artist, author and teacher, Liz’s warm and engaging teaching style is popular amongst her students. She’s mastered the art of stepping in when needed and butting out when needed! She’s good with nervous creators and experienced artists allowing everyone to work at their own level, pace and expertise.

Author of One Small Drop, DIY Notebooks Made Easy (also in German).

Cath Polman ‐ Camp Mother

We learnt very quickly at Book Camp, in order to run an efficient event we needed an efficient person on the team. Cath, known fondly as Camp Mother, keeps Book Camp running smoothly. She’s Liz's right‐hand woman who ensures she gets the help and support required. A highly experienced artist, Cath delves in deeply into the projects too and always amazes us all at the stunning creations she goes away with.


Bella Rahka is nestled in forest like settings based in the heart of Oratia, West Auckland. Once you embark on the drive down the long and winding driveway, you find yourself breathing deeply and automatically slowing down.

Each camper enjoys a room to herself so there’s space to go off and have a nap/time out should the need arise.

There are two wings each with a set of shared bathrooms.

There are plenty of places around the property to enjoy, a walk in the extensive gardens, reading quietly in the fully carpeted chapel or sitting outside in nature.

The Classroom

Our classroom is open 24/7. It’s situated in the middle of the two accommodation wings and is a large light filled room that opens out onto an expansive veranda. We bring extra lighting to ensure night owls can work efficiently should they wish. We also create a reading nook/lounge area in the classroom so students can grab a coffee/cup of tea and enjoy some time out as they need it, but still feel part of camp.

We can fit 14 students + Liz easily into the room, and the tables are laid out creating an inclusive community feel. Campers enjoy sharing their ideas/knowledge/skills so it becomes a giant pool of creativity students can dip into and take delight from.

The Food OH the food!

We have our food freshly made each day by two local chefs ‐ the owners of Vevo Foodstore. Victoria and Elliot provide us with the most delicious meals and this is a highlight of camp. Not having to shop, think about what’s for dinner and cook for four days is a treat for most women! We provide two options, vegetarian and meat.

Gluten free and other dietary requirements can be met. Our chefs are incredibly accommodating.

The following meals are provided:

Sunday night dinner

Breakfast, lunch and dinner for Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

Breakfast and lunch for Thursday (we leave in the afternoon at 4pm).


All the materials will be provided to enjoy the printmaking experience (there may be an opportunity to buy your own gelli plate to keep so don’t rush off and buy one!).

Liz will provide covers and paper for all the book projects. She’ll have her usual set of travelling supplies. But a full list of what to bring will be sent out to campers once fees have been paid in full.

Please read these carefully before considering booking your place at Book Camp 2021

  1. Bookings and payment: A $300 deposit is required initially which is non‐refundable. This will be taken off the camp fees. Please note, your place is secured for Book Camp once you have paid in full. Payment is in NZ dollars. Payment in full is required no later than September 30th 2020.
  2. Cancellations and refunds ‐ once a payment has been made in full there is a 7 day stand down period in which you may ask for a refund (only until October 14th 2020) after this period we cannot offer a refund). If payment has been made via PayPal the fees will be deducted and the remainder (less the $300 deposit) will be returned. There are no refunds offered after the 7 day stand down period, however, we will accept another student taking your place if you can arrange it. If Book Art Studios are unable to run Book Camp for unforeseen reasons, your camp fees (less deposit) will be returned in full or a new date will be arranged if the attendees are agreeable. Please note, Book Art Studios are not responsible for any travel costs.
  3. Concerns or complaints ‐ please address any concerns or complaints to Liz Constable 021022 44684 or email:
  4. Health, safety and medical conditions ‐ Book Art Studios is not liable for personal injury sustained or any lost, damaged or forgotten personal property, whilst on the premises of Bella Rahka. Book Art Studios aims to provide a safe learning environment to reduce the risk of injury.
  5. Contact Details ‐ Book Art Studios will use your contact details to keep you up to date regards any Book Camp news. Your details are safe and will not be shared with any other parties. All emails are sent out BCC. At camp, there is a discussion about how the camp attendees would like to stay in contact.

6. This is an important one - if you cannot stay until the end please do not book in.The only way to run book camp is if we'll all stay in it together until the end. With a united front we all clear up our own spaces and the shared area (cleaning is not required) tidying up is.

In the area:

Is a fantastic coffee shop/cafe: Sozo

A wonderful shop called: Just Plane Interesting which we make a field trip out to. This is optional and 10 minutes away by car.

An amazing book art studio Book Art Studios ha ha but it is! AND we will be taking a visit there...

The wonderful artisan bakery: The Crafty Baker

If you are in the area on Saturday be sure to visit The Oratia Farmers Market and get yourself the BEST custard tart in the world!

Around on Sunday? Then get yourself off to one of our longest most well‐known markets in the West: Avondale Markets

Questions? Email Liz: and ask away!

Please note, no students were harmed during last year’s book camp, a good time was had by all!!! A HUGE thank you to Christopher Hope at Property Pics for the amazing drone footage. WEBSITE

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