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View Poll Results: How do you prepare your paper
Stretch Before 10 34.48%
Stretch After 0 0%
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Old 02-07-2018, 04:00 PM
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Stretch before or after

I read an interesting blog recently where the artist claimed to stretch the paper when the painting is complete. I still haven't tried it because I don't have a board to staple to.

I have been painting without taping or stretching with the belief that I can stretch later if I care to.
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Re: Stretch before or after

As I use 1/4 sheet or less and use 200lb Saunders Waterford Rough I don't stretch.

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Old 02-07-2018, 05:44 PM
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Re: Stretch before or after

With 1/4 sheet Arches I don’t stretch. With a ½ sheet I stretch before and mount it on my board to dry.
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Re: Stretch before or after

I stretch the paper while I'm painting it. I wet it with clear water during the first washes, at the areas that I haven't painted yet and at the end I simply iron it.
If the paper is heavy weight and I have to work with details I don't stretch it at all.
If I want to work wet in wet on a heavy paper I wet the underside ( I spray it with water) then I lay it on my painting board where it sticks because it is wet and then I spray the front side and I proceed with my painting.
The paper gets stretched this way by itself.
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Old 02-08-2018, 02:45 AM
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Re: Stretch before or after

I don't stretch either before or after at all.
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Re: Stretch before or after

Using 300 gsm (140lb) no stretching. I prefer not to stretch, because this process upsets the sizing properties.
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Re: Stretch before or after

If you look at Steven Cronin or Dave Usher videos you will see a method of stretching the paper as required whilst painting.
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Re: Stretch before or after

I do not stretch - favorite size half sheet of 140/300gr, when wet, sticks well to any plastic/plexi board.. when if buckles just lift the wet sheet, then slap it back on! Instant flat!
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Re: Stretch before or after

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If you look at Steven Cronin or Dave Usher videos you will see a method of stretching the paper as required whilst painting.

I see that Steve uses binding clips to stretch as he goes. Haven't watched Dave yet. Thanks, I'll check Daves vids later.
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Re: Stretch before or after

I see a few of you just rely on the wet paper sticking to a plexi-glass board. I don't have a board yet but I'll try this when I get one.
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Re: Stretch before or after

Hi, Dick,
Dave Usher uses exactly the same method as does another artist named Alan Owen.
They all seem to use it for painting what I believe is called "Big Brush Watercolour" which I first came across being used by an artist named Ron Ranson.
This type of painting uses plenty of water, initially, hence the need to stretch the paper.
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Re: Stretch before or after

I usually work on quarter sheet or A3 cold press or rough (140lb) and I always stretch it first by wetting it and taping it to a board. If I work smaller than that it's usually because I'm doing a quick sketch or experiment and I don't stretch my paper. I don't tend to stretch HP paper as I don't use as much water with that.
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Re: Stretch before or after

I've tried stretching a few different ways and could never get them to work for me. problems came up when trying to removing the tape. Since then I just use masking tape on a board and go to it. another way I paint is to use 300# paper.lately most of my paintings are 1/4 sheets
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Re: Stretch before or after

Has anyone tried that “Perfect Paper Stretcher” that I saw on Ken Bromley?
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Re: Stretch before or after

I don't stretch the paper. I"m really new to watercolor painting. I use a Strathmore block and just rely on that. It buckles, though, so I think maybe next time I buy a block, I'll try a better grade of paper.'

I also like to use a Pentalic sketchbook for smaller things. I like Pentalic because the quality of the paper is good and it's got the same tooth on the front of the page and the back of the page. I've found that in painting on both sides of the Strathmore paper, the back of the page is smoother than the front.
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