I learned quite a bit with this first book:
1. If it is a really old book the pages may tear a lot depending on what kind of tool you use to make art on them.My fountain pen poked through the pages several times. I taped these holes up with masking tape. You must be sensitive to the pages on what and what you can't use on them (but if it is a newer book with newer pages this might not be an issue).
2. Sharpies work great on fragile paper. I normally don't draw with sharpies but hey, it is always great to change up what you create with.
3. The gesso wasn't a good idea. It added to the pages fragility.
4. And for me it is better to just go with what is there rather than making a plan. I had hoped to make a story out of my pages. I still might, but I have found what I've created so far may end up being separate subjects in future pieces of art.
So, I am going to share eight pictures with you from my book. The book is not complete by any means but it has been fun. Pastels work well. Ordinary crayons work. And I used a lot of watercolor pencil.