Many times I like to use recycled pages instead of paint for the backgrounds of my Art Journal Pages. The background pages may come from magazines, catalogs, travel brochures and guides.
For these two journal pieces, I used pages from a Naval Museum Tour Guide. The page above is actually the cover of the guide. I added some text and washes of acrylic paint. I like the resulting dreamy look and may not add anything else to the page.
There was also a vellum sheet in the guide covered with blueprint-type images. The latter made for a nice background. I then added Gelli print scraps and collage images from a Teesha Moore Collage Sheet. I plan to add a quote to the page.
Look through your piles of catalogs and magazines to find interesting background pages for your Art Journal.