It was in a humid envoirnment and the pages are a little yellowed but this is my all time favourite book to journal in. It have over 500 pages but some have been removed or have fallen out. I have sketched over 200 pages so far.
I now refrain from using gesso or acrylic paint because it has made some pages very sticky and some of my collage and painted works have come away when the pages were pulled apart. I do not recommend acrylic paint or any polymer based products for old pages because the paper is old and delicate and when trying to pull apart the sticky spreads you risk ripping the them easily. They do take inks, light washes and pen surprisingly well. Just don't over saturate the pages! I recommend painting with mediums like gouache, tempera and watercolour.
I could place wax paper between each spread but that would add bulk and the old spine may not be able to cope with it so I have just decided to work on the last 300 pages without any kind of acrylic.
I love seeing text under a sketch or drawing. It give it instant character and charm, I feel.
Every book will contain different paper and much depends on how the book was stored. It is best to remove a couple of pages and test them wih your usual mediums to see how the paper handles them.
I use my book journal when I want to try a new technique or when I want to sketch freely and not worry about making mistakes. It is amazing how much you will surprise yourself at creating what you thought that you couldn't do!
This is a spread that I start last evening and I finished the opposite page today