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HIDDEN TREASURES, THE HISTORY AND TECHNIQUE OF FORE-EDGE PAINTING
Fore-edge paintings are individually painted, one-of-a-kind works of art. Because they are highly valued by collectors, many are held captive in private libraries. Even more are hidden away from the general public in university and public libraries. They are carefully protected because a fore-edge painted book would be destroyed by too many hands fanning the pages wanting to see the hidden painting magically appear.
The first part of Hidden Treasures focuses on the history of fore-edge painting through the present as well as giving us a detailed interview with the world reknowned fore-edge painter Martin Frost.
The second part provides two (beginner & intermediate) sections on step-by-step instructions on how to create your own fore-edge painting. By fanning open, then clamping the fore-edge of a book (the pages opposite the spine), a surface is formed composed of the tiny exposed edges of each page. A miniature watercolor painting is then applied to these edges. When the book is closed, the painting disappears. Edge decoration, such as gold gilt or marbling, hides the painting so the fore-edge painting is seen only when the pages are fanned.
Now, you can make your own fore-edge paintings! Jeanne Bennetts new book, Hidden Treasures: The History and Technique of Fore-edge Painting, to be released in February 2012 by Calliope Press, is the first book ever to give authoritative and definitive step-by-step instructions for painting the fore-edges of books.
LEARN THE BASICS
Even if you have never painted before, the fully illustrated instructions in this book will guide you through every step needed to create your own fore-edge paintings:
How to select the right materials and books
How to prepare the fore-edge for painting
How to fan and clamp the book in the press
How to choose and transfer your design
How to control the watercolor layers
How to complete a fore-edge painting
How to use advanced tools and materials
HIDE THE PAINTING - BIND YOUR BOOK
When your fore-edge painting is finished, learn through step-by-step instructions how to hide the painting and make softbound books into elegant hardbound books.
The final part of the book shows beautiful color examples of work done by professional fore-edge painters and students alike. Signed by the author on the title page.