Epson SureColor P800 printer ink effect on arches printmaking paper

Dec 19, 2017
Dear professionals,

I'm an illustrator who would like to use my access to an Epson SureColor P800 to print my final sketches on some Arches printmaking paper after which I would start painting my illustrations using acrylic paint. I'll probably be using 140 lb. hot press paper (haven't actually decided between hot or cold press yet).

1. Since this is an inkjet printer, would I have to spray the printed drawing with a fixative so the image remains intact when I start painting washes over it?

2. Would it actually be possible to lightly gesso the paper first as well before feeding it into the printer or would that mess up the printer heads?

I'd appreciate any advice or direction. Thanks!


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