Surface Gilding

Reid-Cunningham, James
September 2009
Bonefolder: An E-Journal for the Bookbinder & Book Artist;2009, Vol. 6 Issue 1, p28
Academic Journal
The article discusses the use of gold leaf as a bookbinding decoration. This bookbinding decoration, which is also called the surface gilding, is said to be evident in art deco bindings in France during the 1920s and 1930s and has been commonly used by design binders in the modern times. Also explored is the author's experience of developing several techniques for surface gilding on large surfaces, as well as some illustrations for gilding loose sheets or plaquettes of leather on the bound book.


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