This is an altered book art journal.
I selected an old book. I glued 2 pages of the book together (resulting in 1 page) and covered both sides with gesso. After prepping 2 pages in that way, 2 pages were torn from the book. Because this is a mixed media journal, the book cannot handle all the pages. The same process was used to prepare the entire book.
Watercolor reacts differently on gesso. It does not soak into the paper but sits on top of the page. It results in a very soft watercolor painting.