Gain insight into this special book art, vanishing fore edge painting, now an endangered craft skill. Using small watercolour brushes, try your hand at this magical form of book decoration, which has origins dating back 350 years in Britain.
This day course offers a basic technique introduction to the traditional, British form of book decoration known as vanishing fore-edge painting.
You will be shown the techniques of this very special book art and can expect to take away your very own example at the end of the one day course. This intriguing, discreet and hidden form of magic book decoration has a 350 year old history in Britain, but the secret is available now in this workshop offered by Martin who has produced 3500 over the last 45 years. Traditionally the subject of fore- edge paintings has been landscapes. However, Martin can show how any image you choose can be used, so long as you are adept at working small, with watercolour brushes. It is not necessary to be a skilled artist to attend the course.
Martin will have examples of a variety of book edge paintings in process and completed. He will also demonstrate the technique of book edge gilding and explain something of the history of this rare book art.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
Martin Frost as trained and practised in theatre craft, then to book decoration and latterly to craft bookbinding. As a member of the Heritage Crafts Association he was awarded Maker of the Year 2017, which led to the national honour of the MBE.