I'm working on a new journal spread, with experiments on side by side pages. Gesso as a base on one side, but not on the other.
Same techniques on both pages, starting with a stencil and texture medium spread through the stencil.
The real reason I started this experiment happened after I was reading Dina Wakley's new book, Art Journal Freedom. One page had a simple comment, but it has become my new favorite quote.
She was talking about gesso, and said "Gesso is like underwear for acrylic paint. You can get by without it, but something isn't right."