Paper Marbling & Bookbinding with Cynthia McGuirl

August 06, 2014
Wednesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Gamble Education Center
In this 2-day workshop, 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. The paint can be applied in a variety of ways and patterns can be manipulated with skewers, rakes and combs; participants  will learn the proper way to lay the paper on properly. Each person should be able to marble approximately a dozen Texoprint papers, a waterproof sulphite paper with latex that stands up well as a cover for books.  There will also be Japanese Masa and lightweight BFK rag paper for experimentation.                       
On the second day, participants will learn bookbinding techniques such as accurate folding, hand sewing, measuring and gluing. Precut book parts and papers will be provided. The cover paper is glued around a matt board body.  The inner pages, using quality writing paper or heavier sketchbook paper, are folded and stacked. Holes are sawn on the folds; the paper is assembled and sewn together with waxed thread. The binding is reinforced with glue and Japanese paper. After drying and weighting, the cover and pages are glued together. Participants will be provided with all materials for two 4 1/2” x 5 3/4” x 1/2” books. Writing paper books have 94 pages and sketchbooks have 28 pages. Students will go home with instructions for making and figuring their own hardcover journals.
Instructor Cynthia 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, Maine and the Book Arts Bazaar at the Center for Book Arts at the University of Southern Maine. To see her work, visit
Cost: $130, $112 members (includes a $40 materials fee)
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Price: $112.00