The Farnsworth Art Museum will host a two-day workshop titled Paper Marbling and Bookbinding, led by multi-media artist Cynthia McGuirl, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 6 and 7, at the museum’s Gamble Education Center at the corner of Union and Grace streets. It will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days.

Participants will create their own marbled papers and then use them as covers for making handmade, hardbound books. On the first day, participants will learn the paper marbling process, which involves working on methyl cellulose thickened water with acrylic paints. On the second day, participants will learn bookbinding techniques such as accurate folding, hand sewing, measuring and gluing.

McGuirl is a multimedia artist and teacher. She recently exhibited handmade books of her original etchings and marble embossed copper and paper in “Paste & Pages” at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell and the Book Arts Bazaar at the Center for Book Arts at the University of Southern Maine. To see her work, visit

Fee for this class is $130, $112 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, visit or call the Education Department at 596-0949.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or