Watercolor and Gelato in 6 x 6 Junk Journal
Roz Stendahl does fabulous drawings in beautiful handmade books. She also does exhaustive experiments and reviews of all kinds of papers and media. One of her recommendations for mediocre paper is to apply a layer of gesso. She will use this even for watercolor, so I thought I would try it. (I'm finding that I'm attracted to a square format book lately, and the only one I have is this 6 x 6 journal made from scrapbook paper.)
I can't say that I'm convinced. It dried OK, but the watercolor was very slippery going on. The background of gelatos was very fun, though - fingerpainting!