The Art of Book Collage with Melinda Tidwell

Friend of BAG Melinda Tidwell is teaching “The Art of Book Collage” at Artisan Santa Fe. Lesson 1: Mining the Hardback is on Monday, March 25, 2019, from 10 am to 4 pm. The workshop is $135 plus tax.

Discarded hardback books, especially old ones, are a treasure trove of materials for collage. Bring your old worn books and together we will deconstruct them and create fun abstract book collages on paper from the harvest. Students will learn how to deconstruct a hardback book, tips for cutting and adhesives, and many ideas for altering these rich collage materials. Students should bring their own materials (suggested below) and paper will be provided.

Skill Level: Open to all skill levels – beginning to advanced.

  • No Refunds after March 21, 2019 
  • 10% discount available 30 days prior to and including class date
  • Please park on Maclovia Street between Artisan and Autozone – Please DO NOT park directly behind the Artisan building

Materials List:
old hardback books w/ fabric covers (min. 3)
Exacto knife with new blade
Cutting pad – small
Metal edge ruler
Acrylic medium (not gel) and/or pva glue
Paintbrush for gluing, ½” and 1″ flats
pint size plastic tubs for water and acrylic
paper towels

Needles and embroidery thread
Your favorite collage materials

Instructor will bring:
Various hole punches
Utility knife
Magazines to catch excess glue
9 x 12 cold press WC paper

Bio: Melinda Tidwell is a collage artist with an interest in discarded books. Her love of books and vintage materials lured her from the world of graphic design and into her current work in book collage. Tidwell’s collages are shown in yearly gallery exhibitions, international art fairs, and are included in numerous private and corporate collections in the United States. Her work is currently represented by galleries in San Francisco, Seattle, Sun Valley, and Santa Fe. Melinda also teaches from her studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and at other venues around the country. For more information and a full portfolio, please visit:

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