A Modern Book of Ancient Wisdom

At least...that's what I'm calling my new visual journal for now.  It began its life as a red, hard-back, children's book about ballet and now it's slowly transforming into a tome of ancient knowledge.  Boy, that sounds really deep, doesn't it?  I've always been intrigued by ancient beliefs and ideas.  Stonehenge, the Mayan civilization, cultural superstitions...they're all fodder for my imagination.  Over the years I've gathered a sizable collection of images from various countries and eras and plan on putting them to good use in this journal.  I'm hoping to dedicate each page spread to a different belief or culture.  Here's a sneak peak of the cover and how it took shape...
I know, it's an incredibly creepy image for a book, but  that's partly why I like it so much.  This came from an old library book, as well, but I aged it with some liquid acrylic in quinacridone (if you've never used it, get some!)  It adds that wonderful tea-stained look. I scuffed the image pretty ferociously with sand paper and used my UHU glue stick to adhere it.  The book itself had a red, cloth cover that I painted over with cheap, black, craft paint.  I also sanded over it to allow a bit of the red to show through.  Click the pic to see it up close.  

Very old woodcut print.