Watch this pages of my altered book of virgins to get inspired!
Choose a book with a hard cover, it`s better for this protects the pages and the works you will be doing in your book, I`ve learned first about how to make a book, how to sew it and glue the spine and all it takes to make one, this helped me a lot in keeping my books firm and in place. Along the way I`ve lost some cool pages because of not being careful and adding too much glue or paint in the spine and then it became wet and broke. Always think about the spine and the fragile paper that is close to it, I recommend that if you want to try a more heavy duty work, add some collage or fabrics to the center of the pages so it is stronger.
You can learn how to make a book on line here! It is important for you will be abusing the book a lot so it`s good to know how they are made so it won`t fall apart after so much work yo put on them!
I usually glue two pages so they are stronger and I can add freely all mediums I want but I`ve also done it with simple pages. Adding a coat of guesso or even medium will make my page last, but i keep in mind no to add too much watery mediums for this will make the fibers of the paper weak and finally brake!
Experiment a lot! No art can be called that in the first stages so be patient! Experiment with those mediums you have and learn how they react in your book, not all papers in every book are the same, some are stronger, some are very light and all will react different with diverse materials. Children books are an excellent choice for the pages are very thick and made of a thick cardboard and you can do a lot in them, but they have to be sanded in order to make them absorb the mediums, remove the plastic on top of the illustrations and then you can work on them, another option is to make your own books or journals but it is also a lot of fun to use an old book found at a flea market or in a used books library at very low prices! The possibilities are endless!
How to prepare your pages