Collaging the Book: Making Abstract Collage from Discarded Books
Melinda Tidwell, Instructors
April 30-May 4, 2018
skill level: All
This 5 day workshop is an exploration into deconstructing discarded books and altering these
materials for imaginative and surprising collage art.
Day 1 we review 2D design fundamentals for abstract art, as well as common structures that can
be a starting point for your work in collage. Discussion of tools and materials will be followed by
a demonstration of collage construction techniques. Students will be constructing collages from
altered book elements that I provide on Day 1. Subsequent days they will be making their own.
Day 2 we will explore deconstructing the paperback bookcover. Using a variety of tools I will
demonstrate how to disassemble the paperback book, and then the many fun alterations we can
make with the cover material. Students will be creating their own collage materials from
paperbacks and adding them to their collages.
On Day 3 we will do a similar exploration of the hardback book. Students will first tear down a
hardback book into it many interesting components, and then we will proceed to create collage
elements from the remains.
On Day 4 we will be using acrylic paint to make elements from the inner pages of our discarded
books. We will be using thinned down acrylic to tint papers and also more opaque paint to
obscure any print on the page.
On day 5 we are back to design, this time refining and completing collages we have made.