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« on: April 13, 2018 06:14:31 PM »

What do people use for covering up the previous writing/etc on a book page before writing/drawing/whatever so that you don't just end up with an illegible muddle?  I'm thinking particularly about something I could use to prep a whole bunch of pages relatively quickly to use later, but mostly want to know what the good options are that will make book pages or the scrappiest pages of a scrap journal into something I can write on.  Gesso? Paints? Thoughts?? Help?
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2018 11:11:48 PM »

It depends on what you are going to use to decorate those pages later - some finishes don't take well to some markers and pens.  I will fall back onto gesso for the most part - white, one layer or  thinned a bit with water if I want ghost images show through, more than one layer if I want opacity.  There is black gesso too and clear if you want the images to show through.  If you want colour, then use paint - it's sometimes a good way to use up dregs of paint leftover in a tube or bottle, or if you prepped paint or medium and there is some leftover - just smear it or blot it onto your surface.
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2018 01:51:32 AM »

I am in minority of not liking gesso. I tried it for art journals a few times but disliked it. I have not used whole complete bookpages yet as I have no old books to cut up. I do have old books but not comfortable with cutting up books. I do have a misprint book which I use to try out things. A wash of some inexpensive/old watercolor paints blurs the text a bit. I have used little pieces to make little notecards. Dry pastels give a powdery page look blended with a makeup sponge.
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2018 05:16:14 AM »

No, you definitely don't have to use gesso - especially depending on what media you like to use on top - especially if it is media like chalk, pastels, or water colours.  

I guess the thing to keep in mind is that as it is a junk journal, and something highly personal and independent, then do what you want - there are no rules (other than DON'T hurt or poison yourself or others).  If it works - great!  If it doesn't then you still learn something new - or it can lead you down a different path.
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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2018 05:37:01 AM »

Thank you!  I guess I just need to stop thinking about it & try some things out. Smiley
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