Had that itch to sketch today so I worked this cypress tree in the Strathmore Visual Journal - Bristol Smooth paper.
Decided to use a different fountain pen as well..........my Platinum Carbon Desk pen with Platinum Carbon black ink.
When I added watercolor to it, I thought about adding in a background. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), I was in one of those "hmmmm, I don't know" moods so I went with the "if in doubt, do nothing" decision and left it out.
As far as I can remember (which some days I question), I have not tried watercolor on a Bristol paper surface. I was quite surprised and pleased with how well the paper handled it. Normally I save Bristol for graphite work. I wasn't even sure how well the fountain pen would work on it. Would it smear as I worked? But no it didn't.........at least not with this pen or the ink in it.