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07-23-2000, 05:32 PM
Please bear with me as I'm a novice to watercolour but I do have a few questions that may help me on quest http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/confused.gif

I have heard lots about stretching my paper, but do I have to when using wet on wet techniques. I use a heavy rough paper nothing in particular as I am trying out lots at the moment.
On one occasion tried to stretch my paper with gummed tape but how do you remove it

I would appreciate any help for someone so confused but eager to learn. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif


07-23-2000, 06:48 PM
Hi littleone...and welcome to the site! I personally do not stretch my papers, but think it is a matter of personal choice. Some do it to remove sizing, but sizing has not bothered me in all my years.
If you do it with gummed tape, the paper must be totally dry before removing that tape. Even then, it can cause damage to the fibers. Use artists tape (linen) - or staples, unless you can purchase special boards made for that process. Hope it helped... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol

07-24-2000, 03:00 PM
I normally stretch any paper that is less than 450gsm in weight.
Nothing worse than having the paper cockle when you are working on a wash,

Rodzart from New Zealand (http://www.artistnation.com/members/paris/rodzart/)

07-24-2000, 03:04 PM
I learned from my college professor years ago to stretch 140lb. wc paper around a wooden frame using thumbtacks and have used this technique dozens of times. You soak the paper for an hour first, then lay it over the frame, bend the edges over the sides and stick the tacks in. Simple to do and you end up with a drum tight surface.

07-25-2000, 12:26 AM
Thanks Carol for your reply
I will try to not worry about stretching paper
I love the site only found it yesterday and I will no longer feel lost and confused with so many likeminded artists at my rescue.
Thanks again I look forward to learning more
Gillian http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

07-25-2000, 05:05 PM
I was taught to use much the same method for stretching paper. Only, we only soak the paper for 20 to 30 min, then staple it into canvas stretcher bars, (you can buy the pairs to fit the size your papers are), first staple top center, then bottom center, the centers of the sides. Then staple diagonal corners, the disperse staples evenly about 2" apart. Staple approximately 1/2" from the edge of the paper. Do not try to pull the paper tight, or it will tear and pull the staple out as it dries...it will dry very tight!

I especially like this way of stretching paper, it seems to dry quicker between washes than when it is stapled or taped to a board.

If you are taking a workshop, or painting out of doors, or do not know how many time you are going to need a new sheet of prepare paper, consider watercolor blocks. They don't require and special preparation. (In workshops often you do several small studies, if you have a 12x16 block, it is approximately the size of a quarter sheet of watercolor paper. You can draw a line down the center and do 2 of the 1/8th sheet exercises you do in workshops.

Billie D

07-26-2000, 12:10 AM
Hi Tim

Just tried your technique of stretching paper and I love it I can work as wet as i like.
Gillian http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif