Vanishing Fore-Edge Painting: A workshop with Martin Frost, MBE

Vanishing Fore-Edge Painting: A workshop with Martin Frost, MBE
16A Chapel St, Petersfield, Hampshire GU32 3DS


Sunday 6th November 2022, 10-4pm

The workshop will be held amongst the shelves of fascinating books at Hampshire’s most noted 100 year old antiquarian bookshop. For a virtual tour visit

Course Summary
An opportunity to learn how to create and take away your own ‘vanishing’ book edge painting

Techniques that will be taught in the course
Students will be shown the correct way to prepare the book, plan the image, and apply the paint to
enable the painting to magically dissappear. They need to be able to handle small brushes but not
necessarily be accomplished artists

Materials students should bring
Watercolour paints and a selection of brushes (sizes 4-8), mixing plate, small water pot, pencil, ruler,
sheets of A4 paper, and some ideas as to their preferred image (the fanned edge is a slim 5:1 format)

Materials for sale (by cheque or cash)
Students can bring their own suitable gilt-edged books, however A5 gilt-edged blank books and an
8 page manual are available for an additional£35. Fore-edge Painting Clamps will be on loan,
or purchase for £60, payable to the tutor during the course.

Tuition fee
£90 via Paypal, with complimentary lunchtime tea and cakes. To book your place in advance contact

Fore-Edge Painting is a British book-art practiced for centuries by a few binders and artists. These curious secret paintings are hidden under the gilded page edges in such a way that they can only be seen by fanning the book and examples will be on display.

Martin is currently the only practitioner offering workshops and, having created 3500 examples, will show the technique he has used for the last 44 years. The craft has been declared as ‘critically endangered’ by the British HERITAGE CRAFTS ASSOCIATION who awarded him ‘Maker of the Year’ for 2017.

He has also been awarded the MBE for sustaining and promoting the art. He has featured in a number of national magazines, radio and tv shows worldwide. International workshops include Venice Crafts Biennale, Amsterdam Crafts, the Royal Library in Copenhagen, Toronto and many venues in the USA.

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