|Colorful, Decorated Edges, by DBOA Member Eduardo Tarrico|
Welcome, everyone! In today's blog, DBOA member Eduardo Tarrico gives us a step-by-step process to creating a simple edge decoration for designer books. Though the process will be the same, Tarrico's technique can give you book a range of styles and feels: from the gilded edges of an antique leather-bound volume to a sleek black and even bright and colorful!
Step 1 - Cut the edges of the book. I prefer the plough, but you can also use a guillotine.
Step 2 - Sprinkle the cut edges with talc. This will prevent them from sticking to the leaves.
Step 3- Put the book in the press, making sure that the book is well-squared and held in tightly with wood tables or cardboard on the sides.
Step 4 - Using sandpaper of varying thickness, sand the edges of the book. Start with the thickest sandpaper and work your way to the thinnest, ensuring a clean and even edge. In these works I used: 120, 150, 180, 220, 400, 600, 800, 1200, and 1500 weight sandpaper.
Step 5 - When sanding the edges, wrap the paper around a thick eraser. The sandpaper should be thick enough to cover the entire thickness of the book's edges.
Step 6 - Always sand in one direction: from our forward position. Experience will best indicate when you should change the sandpaper, but multiple passes with each thickness is a good guide. Do not allow the sandpaper to overheat, do three or four passes, pause, and start again, otherwise you run the risk of the sheets sticking together.
Step 7 - Between passes, frequently clean off the dust. These particles can damage the paper if you are sanding on top of them.
Step 8 - Check (using a magnifying glass is highly recommended!) during the sanding process that the edge of the paper is perfectly smooth. When working with the finest sandpaper, the paper should appear smooth and polished.
Step 9 - When the sanding stage is finished, the edge of the book should look like a mirror.
Step 10 - Apply a mixture of water and paste with a brush or cotton. The water acts as a mordant paste.
Step 12 - Paint. In this case the edges were painted with an airbrush, but you can also work with a brush, cotton, sprays from a brush and a grill, etc. You can also use several different types of paint, such as acrylics, watercolors, and airbrush paints.
Step 13 - Apply a little beeswax to a soft cloth and use this cloth to wax the edge of the book. The wax protects the paint and enhances shine.
Step 15 - The book can now be removed from the press! The book will now be complete with a colorful, finished edge! Repeat these steps on the other two sides of the book fully-colored edges. Each side can be the same color, or you can mix it up. Try something new!
-Eduardo Tarrico, Designer Bookbinders of America