That was the question I received a few weeks ago from a YouTube viewer. I was asked if I gesso my pages first. Actually, I think many people do but I don't. I tried gesso - a thick white primer paint - a couple of years ago when I first experimented with art journaling and couldn't see much difference.
Still the question nagged me a bit. I hadn't tried gesso on my Strathmore journals and I hadn't tried it with gelli printing, something I do often. So I did this experiment. The right hand page is gessoed and the left hand one isn't.
Here's the process video where I share what I did and some thoughts:
Spoiler alert! I really won't be changing my process much after this comparison.
Thanks for watching!