I went to our local library to get an the old book from the shelf of free books for this purpose. This way I got it more quickly than if I would have ordered a ready art journal from an online store. Since this was one of my everything-to-me-now moments, I couldn't wait for the mail so long. :D I chose an old relatively thin hardcover book, which I imagined, no one would like to read so eagerly (as opposed to the newer-looking books, where I didn't feel right using for crafting - for reading yes). :)
I grabbed a few tips online (here), how to prepare an old book for an art journal. I made sure that the book I choose was really bound by sewing and not glued, and then I started to tear pages out of it. This was because I won't need all pages for journaling and the book otherwise gets too thick.
I painted the cover with black gesso and on top of that I painted with a brush and fingers (because the fingers were actually better) dark blue, turquoise and white paint. After that I forgot to take pictures of the different steps. I must have been in too much of a flow. :)
Next, it's journaling time! The first challenge we already got.
I'm an adventurer on the Wanderlust 2016 course! Jei! :)