I liked how using watered down gesso lightened the underlying paper while still letting some of the color and the pattern show through when I was doing the Distressed Gesso technique. Decided to distress some extra scrapbook pages I have for another project using watered down gesso. Sponged the watered down gesso over both sides of my pages. You can see the difference here:
After the gesso dried, inked light pink Distress ink over the green and brown pages, light green Distress ink over some of the pink pages and beige and brown Distress inks over the other pick pages. Then stamped and over stamped french script with light brown StazOn ink. With the pages I'm using in my project I stamped images along the edges of both sides of the paper using dark brown StazOn ink.