I have an Alice in Wonderland book that is in sad repair, the binding is broken and the book itself I don't think can be saved. I plan on making a notebook out of the covers and illustrations, but there are plenty of pages that I can make into artwork.
I like using pages as my palette. I use acrylic paints without first priming the paper with gesso, as I used to. I like the transparency that sometimes happens with acrylics, if you water it down, it can act like a watercolor, but have more stability. Fortunately, the paper from the pages is heavier than some, and can take the paint well.
I pulled pages that had no illustrations on them, on either side. I want to save the illustrations for when I bind the book together later. When I get that done, I will show you that. I have to send it to my friend to get it done. He adds extra blank pages for making them into sketch books or notebooks.
I purchased this book already made. He left some original illustrations in and throughout the book. Now, when I have a favorite book that is falling apart, I can at least save the covers to keep for journaling and sketching. It's a great inspirational book. Anyway, now I have discovered what I can do with the pages that I don't keep in the book.......acrylic illustrations.
Now I am thinking about what I want to do further. I am laying in bed not sleeping about this.......yes, that is what I do. I have in mind, fabric, or collaging, but, just how extensive do I want to get? They are approximately 7" X 9" right now. Do I want to make them much bigger? Can I sell them as is? Do they need colorful borders? That is my wrestle right now. I will sit on it awhile longer as I make more. What do you think?