Wednesday, June 30, 2010

More books!

I feel like librarians everywhere are probably cringing as I tell everyone to buy books simply to rip out the pages.


I really do love books and feel bad about harming them. So another suggestion could be to purchase the books and then have copies made of what you want to use as artwork at your local copy store.


Here are a couple more suggestions for chic & some what cheap artwork:


Botanicals Butterflies & Insects: $34


Art Forms from the Ocean: $ 16.50


The Parrots: $67.49 (This book is on the higher end, but I flipped through it and it’s pretty amazing!)


The Roses: Used copies for 7.99

The Roses 

Besler's Book of Flowers and Plants: $9

Besler's Book of Flowers and Plants

What other inexpensive ways do you use to get artwork for your home?



Blogger Tiffany said...

I found a great suggestion here - She uses photos from calendars. Isn't that clever?

June 30, 2010 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger LindsB said...

I dont have any, but this is such a great idea. I think I need to keep an eye out for some books like this at used book stores :)

June 30, 2010 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger LifeIsPichey said...

I think buying books just to rip out the pages are a great idea! It becomes great art with the perfect frame. If you want to get a little more crafty, you can use them as envelopes or stationery! Books that are by LIFE magazine have great photos!

June 30, 2010 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

Great finds!! Postcards and scrapbook paper have worked for me as art before.

June 30, 2010 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger Lavender and Lilies said...

This is a good idea. I also frame a lot of my own photos.

June 30, 2010 at 5:13 PM  
Blogger Bri said...

There's a book i bought my son called Big Plans i loved the front cover so much i wanted to frame it, when i took it to fedex kinkos to have it copied and blown up they said no and that i needed permission from the author.So I ripped out matted and framed it myself.

June 30, 2010 at 5:44 PM  
Anonymous Christine said...

I've been using old calendars for years.

June 30, 2010 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger pretty pink tulips said...

Love the butterfly books - I have so many bird related pictures --- but no butterflies. Great ideas!

June 30, 2010 at 10:17 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Tear, tear away!?! Yes! I actually work for a library and over the years we have digitized many similar images and made them available on our website. We have hung reproductions of our rare collections on the walls, sold them as posters and postcards, and even to Hallmark.

June 30, 2010 at 10:35 PM  
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July 1, 2010 at 5:12 AM  
Blogger Hamptontoes said...

Great options for artwork! Other ideas for inexpensive artwork: having kids lends itself to having plenty of artwork in the home that can be framed, putting very special momentos in shadowboxes creates meaningful art and framing maps of places traveled/lived is another great option.

July 1, 2010 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Yep, librarian here- totally cringing. My one suggestion is to make sure that the book that you are ripping up is not a valuable rare book! If not, then go ahead. And Paula's suggestion is great. Many libraries, including New York Public (I don't work there, just love them) have fabulous digitized images available for download or purchase!

July 1, 2010 at 10:41 AM  

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