I've got a couple of questions about my upcoming altered journal project. First question: I'm using a coil-bound sketchbook that I bought at M's. I want to paint the cover before I embellish it, and I'm wondering if a) I should put some sort of primer-type thing on the cover before I paint it, and b) if I should put some sort of protectant on top of the paint before I adhere the embellishments and what the best thing to use would be. Second question: I'm thinking about trying to paint some of the pages; any suggestions for techniques and/or mediums to do this? TIA!