> One of the most unusual types of book decoration is fore-edge paintings. These are books which have one or more of the top, fore or bottom edge painted
> Fore-edge paintings are scenes, portraits, or designs that are painted onto the edge of a book. Although some of these paintings are visible when the book is closed, such as is the case in the photo above, much of the time these paintings are covered over by gilded edges, so that the paintings only become visible when you fan the pages in the manner illustrated below.
E.g. What did Gollum to look like to her based on the description from the book?
But I’d imagine it’s hard enough to paint like this, so probably easier to work off an image with input from a different medium than just words.
Amazingly, you can do a half decent binding job just with copious amounts of white EVA glue holding all the pages together, followed by a simple cover for that spine, made of some stiff paper like non-corrugated boxboard (e.g. cereal box) or filing cabinet divider.