This is the start of a new art journal for me. I actually have a bunch of brand new, hardbound art journals, but have a 'white page' phobia - so I find it more comfortable to make a small signature, one at a time. A signature is 4 or 5 pages, folded, and then stitched together. 16 pages to fill is not so daunting for a new beginner ( like me). It is also a comfortable place to experiment, and not feel intimidated that I might make a mistake, and 'ruin' my new book. I like to put down acrylic paint straight from the tube, and mix it on the paper using a plastic scrapper ( or credit card) , and blending that way to quickly cover a large area.
The front cover is the blue 'What's Going on Here?" which I have started stamping... I was inspired by the title of the text, which I left unpainted. Actually this page was all about earthquakes and tsunamis!
There is also a collection of some pages ready for another signature to be made. You can see the variety of pages I am using - basically anything that I find. Here I have taken apart an old 1950's geography book, and a univeristy accomodation brochure. By carefully cutting the threads of the signatures, or opening the staples, you can remove the double pages to slip straight into your own. I then prime with gesso over most or all of the writing, and/or any pictures, but you can see in mine I have opted to leave a lot of the line drawings.