Then I used my heat gun to emboss the images. (Have I mentioned that I stamp in my bathing suit now? )
Without pretreating either of the papers, I applied the ink directly to the paper with the aquapainter first. On the second image of each sheet, I first spritzed the paper with water and then applied the ink.
So you see the results below. The first is not bad but streaky and yes, it does give a flat looking image. The plain cardstock just soaks up the liquid and does not let it blend.
The water spritzed paper is terribly washed out. Again, the plain cardstock just acts like a sponge.
The glossy with just ink is again, streaky. The brush marks are not exactly the effect I wanted to achieve.
But this is the effect that I'm going for. I tried to speed up the drying process with the heat gun and you can see the water marks a little where it was really pooled. Normally, I would let it dry a bit more on it's own. The glossy paper doesn't soak up the liquid allowing it to pool and the ink to blend with the water thus giving it a natural look.
The results side-by-side.
So I hope, dear reader, that this will answer your question.