Here is my recent adventure in bookbinding. I started with some drawing paper and a no. 2 pencil.
Kitchen low-tech! I used an oatmeal container and some mason jar lids to make circles.
Next I did some acrylic washes on both sides - recto/verso.
Once they dried and I liked the colors I began to fold and rip, match into signatures (sections of four), and then began sewing.