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literal
06-11-2001, 01:13 AM
I've had a gummed tape crisis. I have had some problems with gummed tape lifting on stretched paper during painting. (as the initial wash layers dry)

This is a new problem (and not a new roll of tape)

I recently became bolder in my use of water. Could the wetter washes be causing the lifting?

It is especially annoying because the painting in question has been coming along very well.

The other question is can I restretch and restick the paper without soaking it?... I don't want to lose the hard work put in so far.

Mark
"My kingdom for a pre-gummed block of stretched paper"

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Rod
06-11-2001, 04:10 AM
More use of water is not likely to be the problem, I really wet my paper until it shines. Have you recently changed the board you stretch your paper on ?. I use gator board and find on some sheets the surface is extremely smooth and less absorbant and my gum strip will lift.
If you carefully lay your painting in some clear water without disturbing for a few minutes you should be able to stretch it back onto a board and continue,
Rod.

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literal
06-11-2001, 04:34 AM
Rod,

I'll try restretching it as you suggest.

I haven't changed the board I use. One thing I didn't mention that it just occurs to me could be the cause though...

I just finished watching Nancy Tichborne's second watercolour painting video and I noted that she used a hairdryer to speed up the drying process. Perhaps the heat from the dryer caused the problem? (actually that seems quite likely in hindsight)

Thanks for the restreching tip.

Mark

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If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up somewhere else.

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olika
06-11-2001, 06:18 AM
I too had exactly the same problem although mine lifted even as I was stetching the paper. I would soak my paper and then put the tape on but as it dried, the tape lifted and my paper pulled out from under it and went back to original size http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/frown.gif So I picked up some fairly thin plywood and now I staple it with an ordinary stapler and my paper stays put *smile*

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Why do I make it so hard?
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