An affordable way to get great art is to frame a great illustration from a beloved book. I do it in my home and some pictures I have had up for years.
My store was started as a way to recycle, reuse beautiful old book illustrations from books that were damaged and unusable.
I had been framing them myself, but haven’t found a way to make that pay for itself, so now I mostly offer up the page, from a beautiful, damaged book, that you can frame yourself. It’s inexpensive and you can customize it.
Behind the scenes of the brain factory here at GotchaChaCha. First I am showing off my new soft light boxes, which hopefully will make my product photo’s look better.
Then you see a table of the journals I have put together in search of ways to utilize old books. Nothing quite work, sadly. It has been a while since I have looked at them, so I wanted to see what I had done with fresh eyes. Back to the drawing board! Hope to get something figured out to put in the store.
When I went to China in the fall, I found some interesting books to bring home.
Here is an orange book I know nothing about, except it is stab bound, and in a cardboard sleeve. It has funky orange fabric on it. I bought it an excellent bookstore in Shanghai on a street filled with art stores and some book stores.
I found this book in their upstairs gallery space. It was 150 yuen, which I figured was around $25, which I thought I was a fair price. When I went to purchase it, a man was astounded that I was buying it, claiming, “even Chinese people have trouble reading these books”. I said, “I thought it was a journal”, because I really did, I was too timid to open it up and see what was inside. The sales clerk quickly swiped my credit card and felt like I had just been taken for a ride.
At the hotel room I opened it up and was very pleased what was inside. It is cheap paper, yes, and not a very elegant book, and of course I will never be able to read it, but I like the pictures and I like how it looks which is why I bought it. See for yourself:
In my quest to find use for books with no use, I take the covers from old books and fill them with sketch paper. So this is my first one. How does it look? Any suggestions?