My latest find was a color plate book of Renoir prints. Opposite each print is a short "review of the artwork by a leading scholar of the times." I bought it for $8.00. I thought it was expensive until a realized if I was actually at a museum the price would have certainly been 10 times that!
I continued to dug through the pile of old books and found the beauty above. Aren't the colors and gilding wonderful? I briefly thought of doing an altered book, but the thought vanished quickly as I realized it didn't need altering at all!
Tucked into a box of sewing notions that contained a fabulous pink tatting shuttle, was an envelope containing this set of butterflies. Won't they look great framed up? I can't decide if I want to frame them together, individually, or create silver bezels and use them in jewelry. I think I'll just consider the $2.00 spent on the box as the cost of the tatting shuttle and these are FREE. Thoughts about ideas to use them?
I haven't taken a real close look but the wings look real and the bodies appear to be printed paper. The detail on the bodies appears to simulate the real colors and patterns.