I’m experimenting today using Epson inkjet glossy photo paper. It’s an interesting surface to work on – unlike anything I’ve tried before.
In my initial test I discovered that waterproof ink (like Platinum Carbon Black) sticks well to it and looks super contrasty on the brilliant white paper. Watercolor paint, watercolor pencils, and Neocolor II crayons all create interesting textures when applied with a waterbrush. I also found that color can be completely lifted with a wet brush and removed by blotting with a tissue.
I sketched the tulips in our backyard. I worked with Neocolor II watersoluble crayons. I built it up by applying the crayon, then I smeared it around with a waterbrush, and then applied more crayon.
I like the loose smeary look. I also like the 4 x 6 inch size of the photo paper. It’s a convenient size to carry around and it’s easy to find frames and albums for standard sized photos. The paper is also nice and thick and does not buckle when you apply water to the surface.