Lesson Two Demo - Paper Stretching
July 22, 2016, Friday
Cephas House, 217 MLK Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Lesson Two Demo - Paper StretchingNote: Click on any photo and view a larger image.
You may know that artists who paint on canvas stretch it and prepare it carefully before committing any paint to the canvas. Preparing a canvas keeps it taut - very flat - and ensures that it has an even amount of tension all across the image surface.
A seamstress working with cotton fabric will first wash the fabric, to let it shrink and shift, before cutting the pattern. Once the sewing is finished, the garment will fit properly, if the fabric has been pre-sized (shrunk) in advance.
Paper for watercolor may also be stretched, even it is not attached to a wooden frame. Preparing, or pre-sizing, paper this way can prevent it from buckling and warping. Lighter weight papers (under 300 pound weight) will tighten up and remain flat if first stretched before painting with water-laden watercolor washed.
Roxanna demonstrates her method: