How to Stretch Watercolor Paper


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  • aguarino87

    So there's no way to get flat paper without taping it down like that? I hate taping the paper, I don't want a border around my work, I want to paint right off the deckled edges.

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  • Blick Art Materials

    @aguarino87 The heavier weight (thicker) paper you use, the less chance of it buckliing.

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  • MV Art

    @aguarino87 To get the deckled edge back, you can skip the part where she makes the border (or draw one much closer to the edge of the tape). Once you're finished painting and everything is dry, you can use a tear bar or a heavy metal ruler to re-tear the paper, right up to the edge of your paint. Be sure to turn the paper face-down & measure before tearing. This will give you the deckled edges again. Does that help?

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  • Spock

    i buy Blick stuff on a regular basis (Looking for what I should get for watercolor and inking papers). It would be incredibly awesome if in the description hyperlinks to the products used.

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  • Equite

    My tape is buckling only on the watercolor paper but sticks well to the board. Very frustrating.
    what am I doing wrong? I tried having the sponge wet but not dripping and I also tried it just moist enough. Is the watercolor paper too wet and absorbing the glue?

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  • PrincessCadence2012

    ok.. the gummed craft tape DOSENT WORK!!!
    all it does is come loose.. and dosent stick right.. and dont say i used poor quality cus it cost me six bucks a role..
    stick with plain old drafting tape.. it wont damage the paper and is cheeper

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  • Progenator

    Very helpful and nice and concise, thanks gorgeous.

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  • Lucy S

    what do you use for a board is it plywood?

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  • FelineSamantha

    I have a question. I sketched my art directly on the watercolor paper before I wet or taped it. Will the pencil bleed or smear if I wet it?

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  • Zistheone2

    For some reason it doesn’t stick to the paper and the sides that are touching it constantly warp whenever it dries. Right now I’m using a white melamine board with a slightly sanded surface, & I’ve tried turning the board around and laying it down flat after applying the tape.

     I’ve also tried rubbing my fingers on the tape, using a dry sponge to soak up the excess water along the edges of the paper, adding extra layers of tape (as well as masking tape and duct tape), and playing around with the amount of water I apply to the tape since I’m using a damp sponge & I’m not sure if I’m adding too much or not enough. However, none of these solutions seem to be working either.

    The only other thing that I think could be causing this is that, at times, I don't completely place the tape on the paper after I water it since I draw the borderlines on my paper before I soak it and I'm trying to have the tape line up with them exactly. Do you think this could be the cause, or could it possibly be something else?

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  • Dana Collado

    Do you have to use gummed tape? Are there other alternatives? Like idk masking tape?

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  • Kenny James

    I just tried for the first time to use gum tape to stretch my 140 LB watercolor paper. The process was disastrous. After the paper dried it still buckled and when it was time to remove the tape, it stuck to the paper. I had to keep wetting it to un stick it. It was a sticky mess. Any suggestions?

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  • Sakura Home

    I'm going to have to try this I use 140lb Montval by Canson it warps badly because I use a wet on wet technique.

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  • Norman Parsons

    That gummy mounting paper is a mess. I use multiple staples.

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  • homo is short for homeowner

    what board can i get for this? doesnt wood warp? does it need to be a nonporous (absorbent, unlike plastic) suface? and also if i use something like Binder clips or paper clips will that work

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  • Youtube Passerby

    Interesting…

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  • Lucille Femine

    What is pilling? Is that when the paint sits on top and just runs?

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  • rdjhardy

    Cheers!

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  • Gian Carpio

    Can I use a wood base paper like Daler Rowney 200gsm Finegrain drawing paper with this method or will it be ruined? Can I use masking tape instead of gum tape?

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  • Natalie Nathan

    What if I will be painting in my sketchbook?

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  • Yvette Stephan

    I have trouble removing the paper tape. It rips my paper, even though it's heavy. Can you give more instructions on this problem ?

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  • Bill Clarke

    I got the gummed paper strips and soaked my paper but is my board wrong? I used an old kitchen cupboard door, kind of laminated finish, maybe the door is too waterproof? Should i use wood or what?

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  • Brooke Milkis

    Sometimes I find my tape lifts up on the inner part of the paper. I wet the tape with my sponge exactly like you did..did I wet it too much or not enough? Hmm

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  • Steve Sidare

    The paper tape isn't acid free nor is the glue used. Best to cut painting out to avoid having acid on the paper.

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  • Ga Yan

    Could you do a video of removing the gum tape as well?

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  • Milica Masalovic

    Ok so 3 questions. First for the taping surface, is it ok to use thicker cardboard and not wood ? As for the second one I heard you should lossen the tape by taping it on your clothes first so the glue won't be as firm and that should prevent the tape from ripping the paper. Is that true ? And is it ok to use the crepe tape ?

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  • Steve Collins

    I want a table like that

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  • JadoreVanessa

    I loved this thank you for sharing!

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  • Hi my name is Jordan :D

    OMG I BOUGHT SO MANY WATERCOLOUR PAPERS AND EVERYTIME I USED THEM IT STARTED WARPING SO I THOUGHT THE PAPER WAS BAD…i didnt even know this was a thing i wasted so much money on different watercolor papers

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  • bunni luvs

    lmao why does she sound like shes gonna cry

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  • My Space

    You don't stretch the paper, bur keep the paper from stretching and warping.
    Applying Glycerine to the back of the paper before taping solves this problem.

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  • syd

    I've tried everything. I soak the paper well, I have tried dampening the board , staples every 2 inches loads of things. Always the results are hit and miss. I sometimes think I have got it right and use the same paper, same process on the next piece and it's a disaster. Always the same problem, the paper pulling away from the gumstrip tape usually on one side. Using 200lb from now on.

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  • Catherine Levison

    Yellow Frog tape on a board works great for me. No more buckles and I don’t ever pre-wet my paper. It’s going to get wet.

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