I needed to prep the pages in my new (5" x 8.25") Moleskine journal. I usually use Gesso for this task.
However, I have a few sample jars of Valspar paint on hand. So I chose the color Adirondack Path (light beige) and worked with that. The paint added strength to the pages and provided a good barrier for the art supplies that I will later add to the page surfaces.
Before prepping, I protect the rest of the journal with wax paper under the pages. I then paint the two pages, give it a quick dry with my heat gun, add a sheet of wax paper and move on to the next pages. I let it all dry overnight and then remove the wax papers. Later, I reuse the wax paper for other mixed-media art pages.