Different types of decorative printing paper include classic, casual, abstract and some batik and marbled papers. Batik and marbled papers used for printing require a smooth or calendered surface and should be of text or bond type.
Classic types of decorative paper include floral, art deco and manuscript motifs. Casual paper prints include nature scenes, cities and free-form flowers. Abstract images types offer dots, waves, zigzags and ink blots.
Batiks and marbled papers come in both handmade and machine-made versions. Machine-made versions are generally preferable for printing, since handmade versions have irregularities that can cause printers to jam. Batiking involves applying wax to the paper before dying to add coloring effects and texture.