Stretching Watercolor Paper
If you have a relatively small piece of paper, say 9x12", then you can just use cheap clear packing tape to hold the watercolor paper down to a hard surface or board. I like to just tape the dry paper right down to my work table. The packing tape will peel cleanly off of the watercolor paper without ripping. The work table will get gummed up by the tape, so don't do this if it is a table you care about...like your dining room! Instead, you can just tape it down to a piece of Masonite or drawing board.
If you are working with a large sheet of paper, for example a full size sheet of paper, then you will have to use this process for stretching the paper.
Don't get intimidated. Just follow these easy steps and you can download my free checklist to help you out.
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