Stretching Watercolour Paper
To stretch watercolour paper
you will need the following,
- A drawing board.
- Gum strip or parcel tape.
- Drawing pins.
- A Sponge
- Cut four pieces of gum strip
a bit longer than the edges of your paper.
- First of all soak the paper
in a container of water for a couple of minutes until it is wet all
the way through. You will find that the heavier the paper the longer
it needs to be in the water.
- Hold the paper above the
container by the corners and let the excess water drain off.
- Lay the paper flat on the
drawing board and smooth any wrinkles away using the damp sponge.
- Wet the gum strip with
the sponge and use it to stick the water-colour paper to the drawing
board. Make sure that half the gum strip is stuck to the paper and the
other half to the board, this will ensure that the paper is gripped
- Press a drawing pin firmly
into each corner of the paper and then leave it to dry.
You will find that as the
paper dries sometimes it will buckle but if you leave it alone, once it
dries completely it should be perfectly flat.
When your painting is finished
you should use a craft knife and a ruler to cut through the tape and then
lift the painting off the board.
[FROM FREE WATERCOLOUR LESSONS - IRISH MOUNTAIN LANDSCAPE]