Does anyone here have any experience with coating paper for printing using pigment-based inks? I am looking at making handmade paper, and I would like to prepare it for printing photographs on my Epson 3880...
PIGMENT inks do not suffer from bleeding anywhere near as much as dye inks (as the pigments sit on the surface)
The main problem you may face with handmade paper will be the inconsistency of the surface, which could actually reject the ink as well as being very porous in other areas. You MAY be OK (give it a go!)
If not, what you need is to coat it with an "ink receptive ground" coating, such as: http://www.goldenpaints.com/technicalinfo_digigrnd
I have personally used this coating on stainless steel, and some other interesting papers on my Epson 3880.
inkAID is specifically made for random types of paper and other materials.
No direct experience but I can give you a starting point. Inkjet paper has a few special properties and your paper will need to be a layered construction to be able to support a print.
Obviously you'll have the paper base.
But if you just print onto this you'll get 'wicking' or spreading of the ink so you also need a impermeable layer on top of the base. If memory serves me right, this is either Kaolin or Baryta.
This impermeable layer will need to be waterproof so you will then need something on top of that to hold the ink (and prevent it from spreading.) Gelatine is commonly used.
Then you may require some kind of upper coating depending on what finish you want on your paper (matt, gloss etc.) US Patent 5858514 may offer a good starting point.