The gold tooling design pattern you can see in the picture was found in an old French book whose subject matter was typography, printing, text ornamentation and bookbinding.

The book contained pictures of a large number of different book covers made in Europe and America, including the picture of the book decorated with the above pattern. We called the pattern ‘Gold Tooling Design Pattern’ because the caption below the picture read as follows: "Book binding in green Morocco, with gold tooling. Designed by P. A, Demeter". Tooling is the process of decorating the spine and covers of a book using metal devices known as finishing tools. Finishing tools are simple hand tools that consist of a wooden handle and a metal part, usually made of brass, which have a deeply engraved pattern or letter at their end. The decorating process is simple: the finishing tool is heated and impressed into the covering material, usually leather. This process is known as ‚Blind tooling‘. ‘Gold-tooling’, on the other hand, occurred when the heated finishihg tool was applied (tooled) to the leather through gold leaf.


Gold tooling design pattern
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When we came across this design pattern, we found it quite interesting and immediately decided to draw it for you. At first glance, it seems rather complicated, but if you take a closer look, it actually consists of one single motif that is repeated 12 times, and then the 12 obtained motifs are arranged in a specific way. Thus, the book binder was supposed to make a much simpler finishing tool because only one design element was to be engraved onto it - the basic motif, actually, and the whole decoration was obtained by precise impressing the finishing tool as many as 12 times.

The basic motif of this design pattern, as you can see, is a simple scroll decorated with leaves. Should you have any extra ideas, you could easily change this pattern by drawing a slightly different scroll, drawing different leaves, adding flowers among the leaves or arranging scrolls in a different way. For example, just by deleting 8 external motifs you will get a completely different pattern consisting of only 4 copies of the basic motif. You could arrange the basic motif, for example, around the drawn circle and make a rectangle border. In other words, if you come up with creative ideas, you can easily and quickly draw a large number of different design patterns. Surely you need to know how to use some 2D CAD or vector software so that this process can be significantly accelerated.


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Submitted by Ceh Jan