I started with the pencil drawing of the hibiscus flowers on all 3 papers, as follows:
I didn't notice any difference in the three drawings, for which I used a 2B pencil.
In order to keep things as simple as possible, I decided to go with a limited palette of only 3 colors from Sennelier, namely: Sennelier Yellow Light, Rose Opera and Cinereous Blue. And I am using two Pentel brushes, small and large. The materials and a test of the colors are shown bellow:
I started with the background washes, by wetting first the bigger area with clean water and starting to drop in paint.
Garzapapel background wash:
Arches background wash:
Fabriano background wash:
Garzapapel and Arches absorbed water well, while the Fabriano paper did not absorb very well. The wet-in-wet pigment movement was similar for all 3 papers. The Fabriano paper started to dry out very fast, and didn't give me the time fully work the background in one wash, while Arches and Garzapapel remained wet even quite some time after I took the photos. The Garzapapel and Fabriano papers started to buckle at some point, while the paper was wet, while Arches had bucked edges when dry out.
After a while, when trying to add some more washes to the background, the Garzapapel was more difficult to work with, like the paper wasn't completely dry.
I left all 3 papers under a pile of books over night, and they were all 3 very flat again the next morning, ready for more washes (to be continued in the next post).