So I purchased my first jar of gesso the other day. I know... i'm so far behind the times..LOL Just to play with it, I stenciled the floral with it and let it dry over night. I was very pleased with the results. Since I did this on watercolor paper, I thought the texture would lend itself well to just light sponging. The texture of the paper itself is really beautiful and stands out under the sponging.
The only drawback with using this technique is that you MUST be patient while it dries. I let mine dry over night.