At the beginning of the year I thought I wanted to join the "Documented Life" group so I bought the recommended Moleskin calendar but quickly learned (again) that I am not much of a follower and that I WAS NOT happy with my moleskin calendar! If you look closely at the picture below you can see why...you can see everything through the extremely thin paper!! And all that I used on the back side was a ballpoint pen! Argh!
Last week I watched a YouTube video where the girl used gesso on one side of her journal page. I'm sorry but I can't remember her name. I'm pretty sure that this is old news for most because I have always seen people use gesso on journal pages but I thought it was for texture, or to change how the paper reacted to whatever was being used to color on it, I didn't know it blocked any bleed through .... until her video....So I tried it. And then I put it through the ultimate test...black broad tip marker, plus gelatos, plus water.
Eureka! Perfect results. The only little bit of black showing through is where the page wrinkled up as I was covering it with gesso..and that bit didn't get full coverage.
Also see that the page is smooth now. It buckled up like paper does when it gets wet, and the edges curled, but all is good now that the book has been closed flat for a few days.
I'm not certain if all Gesso is created equal so I bought the brand she uses:
And this is the set of Gelatos I have: