I've never done much with paper since I have enough fabric in my stash for 20 lifetimes of sewing, but on a whim I decided to take an online Altered Journals class with Sarah Whitmire. The surfaces of her work have such rich, deep color and I can't wait to learn how to do that.
Our first assignment was to prep our journals by roughing them up with a sanding block and giving them two coats of white gesso. Then we collaged cut and/or torn papers. I used some foreign text I got as a freebie from placing an order somewhere and pieces of torn scrapbook paper. Now I'm off to add texture with stencils and heavy body acrylics.