1. The magazine image was a two page spread from a Natural Geographic magazine, the images are of Penquins at their nesting site... Well I glued with the acrylic medium right to the surface of the book and then I brought fine sandpaper over that surface of the magazine to give it character and also to break up the shinny surface of the magazine so the acrylics will soak in and really show up..
2. I've used the sandblock in this picture just to help hold the cover flat for taking the picture.. but as you can see the other material, acrylic and that's a baby wipe..I apply a small amount to the baby wipe and then rub over the magazine surface that has been sanded. No acrylic medium is on the surface of this paper, if there was it would be to difficult to sand off. Acrylic medium was used to glue it to the surface.
3. I have a bottle of gesso, and I squirted it on the surface of the book over the edge that I tore a few steps back...you know that nice edge..now I'm covering it up with the gesso...Oh well, just was in the moment. I use a old or used plastic gift card/credit card to smear the gesso around..Now you could use a piece of scrap mat board or cardboard and even a piece of cardboard for a recycled cereal box would work. All I did is spread it around.