A while ago I decided I wanted to see my Impossible Project emulsion lifts printed larger on fine art inkjet paper. A friend of mine recommended Harman inkjet paper. Looking at Harman’s inkjet paper sample book I noticed they had a great selection of paper surfaces, everything from matt to high gloss finishes, smooth to textured. After a bit of research I went with their Matt Cotton Smooth 17×22. I found that I really liked how the Matt Cotton Smooth seemed to make the lifts look like they were a part of the paper not just ink sitting on top of the surface.
Since then we have received stock on the Harman Inkjet papers and we regularly carry the Matt Cotton Smooth, Gloss Baryta and Gloss Art Fibre in 8.5×11, 13×19 and 17×22. There are five other choices such as, Matt Fibre Duo, Matt Cotton Textured, Gloss Art Fibre Warmtone, Gloss Baryta Warmtone, and canvas that are easy to special order in if you would like to use them.
Here are some examples of the different papers with images printed on them. I have taken photos of them at a certain angle with a directional light hitting them in one corner so you can actually see the texture (or lack thereof) on each of them. Most of these photos are also very close up too, in the hopes that you can get a sense of what the texture looks like. We have sample books in store so you can feel them and see them in person!
Some interesting bits of trivia I learned while researching Harman Inkjet paper is that the name Harman is the surname of the founder of Ilford, Alfred Harman. Also that Hahnemuhle and Harman paired up to produce this paper together, which is how they have been able to produce an inkjet paper that has the look and feel of traditional Ilford darkroom paper, or fine art watercolour paper, depending on the finish.