Stretching Watercolor Paper by stapling sides down

In my quest to get better at watercolors, I was having a difficult time with the paper buckling because of my aggressiveness with the water and loose expressive style, in other words, not being neat and tidy.

So I tried soaking the paper and then stapling it down to a wood board. It works pretty good and the paper stayed flat, but the paper tore at the bottom through the staples and started to buckle down there.

Lesson learned:
1) make sure you leave plenty of extra room around your eventual picture plane. You can see I can no longer use this painting as a 11×14″ because of the torn parts and when you take the staples out. With this extra paper, I will not put the staples so close to the edges.

desert mirage watercolor painting

desert mirage painting paper


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