This is a great tutorial on readying an old book to use for an art journal. I find that children’s books are the best for art journals. They’re usually really easy to find at yard sales and book sales. I tend to grab the ones that make me think the original printing of the book was a waste of paper and it really needs a better life. You know what I mean. There is some amazingly awful books in the kiddie lit genre!
My library also has a constant free box in their lobby. It’s a good place to snag art journaling books and supplies.