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11-22-1999, 02:15 AM
I have just completed a watercolor that I am planning to frame. However, I did not stretch the paper prior to use and it is a little wavy. I would like to mount the paper to something to make it stay flat. I had thought a foam core board might work, but I have no idea how to adhere it. Anyone with any ideas or experience dealing with this problem?



Leslie Pettie
11-26-1999, 11:40 AM
Try wetting the back of your completed WC, then place the wet paper under a heavy object(maybe those hardcover books you have been meaning to read but never get to cause you are always painting).

Once dry, the watercolor paper should be flat.

12-14-1999, 07:09 PM
In addition to what Leslie posted, after you have wet the back of your painting, you could stretch it by stapling it onto a board. Leave it on the board onto perfectly dry. I have also just put a dry painting under a stack of heavy books - protect the face of your painting with another piece of paper. This works pretty well with smaller paintings. The larger ones I usually rewet and let dry stapled on a board. You could use a blow dryer to dry it.

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12-14-1999, 07:28 PM
If you are using cotton rag paper, such as arches, you can iron the painting from the back using very light steam.

12-14-1999, 08:47 PM
I was able flatten it by "soaking" the
back with a damp/slightly wet but not
drippy sponge and then place it between
to peices of fiberboard and placing books
on top. Thanks for the help http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif


12-26-1999, 11:53 PM
Whatever you do, do not let a framer vacuum mount it onto FoamCor...you will never get if off if you decide to reframe. I speak from much experience as an artist and framer.

K. Smith

02-22-2000, 04:02 PM
It's quite easy to flatten a finished watercolor. Simply place it on a flat surface, face down, and dampen the back repeatedly with a sponge, making sure not to flood the front. When the paper is thoroughly limp, turn it over and staple it to a flat surface. Staple about every three inches. A piece of plywood will do nicely, but I use a building material, which is a bit softer than wood, for ease of staple introduction, and removal. When the paper is throroughly dry, remove the staples. The paper should be flat.I'll try to get the name of it for you. I also use it to stretch the paper in preparation for painting.
Good Luck.

02-23-2000, 10:08 PM
I have never stretched or removed sizing from my paper before painting with watercolor but usually only use 300# cold press. With 140# paper I have used the methods already described when necessary, but if the paper is securely taped to my board before painting, I don't get the "ruffles".