Melinda Tidwell – Day Two

Collaging The Book: Making Materials from Paperback Books


This workshop explores deconstructing paperback book covers and altering them to create your own collage materials.


• Deconstructing paperback books
• Creating texture with sanding and painting
• Making shapes with scissors, Xacto knives and hole punches
• Using words in your composition
• Refining composition

Workshop Image Gallery (click on the thumbnail to see full images):

Melinda Tidwell

Duration of Class:

One Day (6 Hours)


Collage/Book Arts

Skill Level:


Student Supply List:

  • Scissors
  • Xacto knife
  • Utility knife with new, sharp blade
  • Cutting pad
  • Metal edge ruler
  • Large plastic triangle
  • Acrylic medium
  • Acrylic paints (colors you like)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Embroidery thread (colors you like)

Provided by instructor:

  • Kit/Materials Fee – $15 (payable to instructor at class time)
  • Kit fee provides for the following: Watercolor paper, book-based collage materials, paperback books, hole punches, sand paper, dust Mask, black paint, sewing needles, awls, repositionable glue sticks, pens, pencils, erasers

Class Size:

Min # of students: 8
Max # of students: 20