Watercolor Paper Stretching

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Watercolor Stretching Boards


Why stretch your watercolor paper? Soaking and stretching watercolor paper before applying paint is the best way to prevent lighter-weight watercolor sheets from buckling or warping when water and wet media is applied to the surface. Buckling not only impacts the final artwork but can make painting difficult because media pools on the paper. Stretching resolves this problem and will allow you to use as much water and media as you desire.


Watercolor stretching boards provide a rigid, flat platform for the paper, ensuring it remains even during painting. Strong boards made especially for watercolor painting will not buckle under tension. Find watercolor stretching boards in a variety of sizes made from stable, water-resistant materials like hardboard, wood, and foam.