I love using old books as background.You can also do a transfer on canvas of book pages and paint on that.
This is one of those Inforgraphic Pins that contians wise info from a wise old sage rather than the modern 'gurus'...
watercolors and sketchbooks
.and keep writing
How to build a story out of scraps of ideas. Every aspiring writer should read this
Books and tea. A beautiful combination.