In the past I have always avoided using glossy paper such as full color ads or magazines for strip mache as I felt it didn’t soak up the paste as well as non-gloss newsprint.
During my recent work on some large papier mache pumpkins I was having trouble telling how many layers were being applied so I opted to use alternating layers of b&w newsprint and full color glossy ads.
The idea of alternating between b&w and color was a technique that I had read on several papier mache sites, so thank you to those that have posted information about this technique.
The technique worked well and I experienced no problems. The glossy paper held the paste well and presented no problems.
Glossy paper is now a welcome addition to my arsenal of techniques.