How to paint book edges?

I’m binding a custom book.

The edges of the text block need to be painted black.

I’ve been experimenting with techniques but have not found the perfect one yet. The best I have so far is using clamps to hold the book shut and using a paintbrush to dry brush acrylic paint on.

This almost perfectly eliminates bleeding, but the pages stick together and tear a little bit when I separate them.

I have zero experience with airbrushing so I’m not confident trying that.

What is the best way for me to make my book edges black?


I, personally, would use ink and a roller, or a small pad/sponge, not paint.

Ink will go on thinner, cover just as well, and not be tacky.

This ink

Something like This India Ink. It’s opaque, waterproof, and typically drys pretty fast.

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