I'm having so much fun painting on vintage book pages that I'm conspiring to nudge others to try it. So I've created a tutorial page with all the details on making a stitched pagelet (little page paintings). I adore old books; as a librarian, as an english major, as an artist. I collect them and sort through them for the pages I love best, then bring them out into the light of day by using them in collage or as a layer behind a painting. The text on the page speaks through the art you create, murmering softly about its subject. I've collected cooking and baking books, but also appreciate vintage children's readers and old math and science books. Whatever your interest, find an old, unloved rummage sale book on your pet topic and let the author speak through your art. Think of it as a duet created from voices separated by years and geography. Since I am drawing challenged until I take one of Jane LaFazio's sketching classes, I'll show you my easy method for getting an image on the page and how I add color and stitch. If you're ready to make music of your own, follow along. You can adapt the supplies to what you have on hand. The only necessaries are an old book, some sort of paint and a sewing machine...the rest is up to you. Enjoy!