NIGHT 386 – THE STORY OF HARUN AL RASHID AND THE LADY ZUBAIDA IN THE POOL AND THE STORY OF HARUN AL RASHID AND THE THREE POETS

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FORE-EDGE PAINTING 31 – A MONTH OF FORE-EDGE PAINTING

The 31 days of fore-edge painting are over. Here is a close up of a page; you can see the painting just on the edge and it hasn’t bled onto the page itself. You can also see the gold gilt edge glinting in the light. My favourite part is of course the process of painting and creating. The trick is to paint downwards, and try not to paint upwards, so that the paint doesn’t bleed into the actual pages themselves, and it stays invisible and on the very edges of the page only.

The second image is a beautiful Japanese book with printed fore-edges – a set of 12 rare books known as Honzu Zufu at Kew’s Library which include depictions of around 3,000 plants from the 19th century. You can print fore-edges as well as paint them… the painted ones have a special magic, of course. I love how the kanji (Chinese characters also used in the Japanese language, as well as Korean) can also serve as bookmarks, or placeholders for the text so you can flip to a certain page quickly. I’m sure I will also find some Chinese equivalents and then be inspired to create my own…

I look forward to painting the next one!

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NIGHT 385 – THE STORY OF THE LOVERS IN THE SCHOOL AND THE STORY OF AL MUTALAMMIS AND HIS WIFE UMAIMA

FORE-EDGE PAINTING 30

A round-up of all the pictures of my fore edge painting

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