In addition to my info post on watercolor powders, I wanted to share a few samples that I made on different types of
paper. Be sure to experiment with the papers you have at home - each one
takes color a little bit differently!
Most of my card samples are done on watercolor paper, which just makes sense since the product is used with water... hot and cold press papers can be used. Cold press paper has a textured surface, while hot press papers are smooth.
Canvas acted similarly...
Coffee filters naturally wick color out, and soften the colors...
Glossy photo paper absorbs the color pretty quickly, so instead of a blend, the results are more spotty. This piece was monoprinted with a stenciled first and then layered with more color. You can also transfer color onto glossy photo from another colored piece - I sprinkled Color Burst onto a coffee filter and then laid that onto the photo paper to make a print.
Clay-coated cardstock tends to absorb color quickly too, in some areas more than others, depending on the amount of water used... this is great for sort of impressionistic garden scenes, like the one below. I use Mohawk Color Copy Ultra Gloss.
Cotton watercolor paper produces a very smooth blend, as it's highly textured and takes a lot of water. This is the Shizen 100% cotton paper.
Shipping tags are coated on one side and matte on the other - each side has its own unique results...
Hope those visual samples are helpful as you play!