I often use discarded library books as materials for collage work. I tear out their pages and use them as is or paint them. I turn their words into collage poetry. I use the books themselves as the basis for newly created artist books. And when the interior of the book is all used up, there’s still the cover, isn’t there?
Here’s a project I did recently. It’s a sort of diorama, I guess. The cover is from a volume in the children’s mystery series from the past involving a nurse named Cherry Ames. I used up all the pages, and such nice soft paper they were, too. Now here is the cover. I decided not to change or paint it – I liked the idea that Cherry Ames, Private Duty Nurse, was not forgotten.
The inside is another story. I used paint, papers, yarn, twigs from a tree in my yard, a shell I picked up on a beach years ago, and a little tile person I made this year.
The finshed object can stand up on a table or shelf and be something to look at every so often, I think.