The Decorated Edge

 Registration is closed for this event
$ 205.00

December 15th, 2019 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Juliayn Coleman
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: December 15th, 2019 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: December 15th, 2019 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 1

A beautifully decorated edge can be a highly expressive part of a fine binding or an artist’s book. From subtle to funky, decorated edges add a special touch to the textblocks they adorn. In this class students will learn several techniques used in edge decoration, focusing on three basic materials: ink, graphite, and 23K gold leaf. They cover sprinkling all along an edge and in patterns with two colors. Everyone will also learn how to use graphite on an edge, create a perfectly smooth surface, and gilding with 23K gold leaf in the basic method taught by Hugo Peller at Ascona. Some experience handling gold leaf will be helpful, but not necessary. 

Materials to Bring: Optional and available at SFCB for student use during class: bone folder, awl, utility knife, scissors, dividers.

Optional/if possible, bring: flat­ backed lifting knife suitable for cutting paper, paperback books printed on sturdy paper to practice on (some of each of these items will be provided by the instructor for students to use, as well as several other tools/materials to be used communally.)

Workshop Fee (includes $40 materials fee): $205.00

Date & Time: Sunday, December 15, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Note: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class


About the Instructor | Juliayn Coleman

Juliayn Coleman has been a professional bookbinder since her graduation from the North Bennet Street School bookbinding program in 2003. Her private practice encompasses all levels of book repair and conservation, custom portfolio and enclosure making, teaching, and being a good ambassador for the craft of bookbinding in general. Some of her creative and professional projects can be seen at

Past Student Reviews:

[What did you like most about the workshop?] “Learning the skills and of course Juliayn's helpful and generous teaching style.”

“It demystified edge decoration, also working with gold leaf was a surprise.”

“A day at SFCB is a good day.”

$ 205.00
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States