I have made four dummies of my picture book Waiting for Chicken Smith, all with the cheapest paper I could find in the drawer. The cover is based on a drawing made on a piece of scrap paper. The illustrations are made using cheap brown wrapping paper and a lot of it was pasted onto cartridge paper I got for half price at a chain store. I used a half finished oil pencil to draw most of the pictures and now it's gone. I used gouache from 30-year-old tubes made by a company that no longer exists. The text is written on a typewriter with a faded ribbon and a bent G key.
I wouldn't do it any other way.
A beautiful reproduction of what is described above can be yours in July this year.