When we travel, I always reap two benefits from the Visitor Guides that I pick up. Typically, I read them to get details on area landmarks and sites. Later, when I'm back home, I'll search the Guides for inspiring phrases, and words, that I might use in my mixed-media art.
You can always find a lot of positive language in these Guides. And usually interesting images too. (But be careful about copyright issues.)
First, I cut out the phrases and paste them onto index cards. The latter provides additional support for the thin pages usually found in Visitor Guides. Since many of the pages are also glossy, I use Crafter's Pick - The Ultimate to make sure the small pieces of paper stick to the index cards. In my experience, I've found that glue sticks, or plain white glue, don't always work with glossy, slippery pages.
This afternoon, after looking through the Guides, I gathered enough phrases to fill four index cards. I may use them to enhance my Art Journal pages. But sometimes, I use the phrases as art prompts (similar to how a writer uses word prompts) to jumpstart a new collage - or mixed-media art piece.
Where do you get your text for mixed-media art?