Are these just the cutest....
There are six pages of dolls and clothes, and I love them!! Thank you, Sheila!
Yesterday I had library books to return, so late in the afternoon HB and I got out to do that. Our library has a small cart just inside the door and it usually has a lot of paperback books for sale but occasionally there are a few hardcovers and once in awhile there's something good. And the price is 50 cents per book so how can I go wrong. There's a little lockbox with a slot to put your money into and it's all done on the honor system.
Most of the time I don't bother to look when it's just paperbacks but today I glanced over and saw a few hardcovers. I wandered over to have a closer look and the first one I saw was this....
The book itself is like new but the dust jacket has a couple of little chips along the top edge. The book originally sold for $35.00! There are lots of black and white illustrations and a few color photos, and also some advertisements from the era. I think this might be a book I use for art/collage. I'll do some research on it later and make sure it isn't something worth hanging on to but if there are a million of them online then I think I'm safe to cut it up.
Then I saw this book....
It's all in Japanese! This is the box-like sleeve that contains a red hardcover with gild lettering. And it's all printed in Japanese....pages and pages and pages of lettering to be used in collages! I have no idea what the book is about but there are a few illustrations and several photographs.
I was lucky to pick up a book written in some Arabic language not long ago. I thought that might be good for collages, too. It's a small paperback but the lettering is so interesting. I wish I knew what these books were about just in case I use a page in a collage and it turns out to be something either silly or really bad!!
When I'm in thrift shops or used book stores I always keep my eye out for books in foreign languages because they make great backgrounds for art. I guess that doesn't make sense to some people but if the book is cheap or mass marketed then I see no reason not to use it.