Why and how would you do it? The main reason people stretch their watercolor paper, is because when it gets wet, as you paint, it expands creating cockles or wrinkles. These can make painting difficult for some people.
I apply 3 coats Painting paper gesso to the textured side of the paper. I apply three thin coats of water to the back of the painting, place it pigment side down on clean glass, wax paper over it, then a piece of wood on the waxed paper, completely covering the artwork, with weights of some kind on top of the wood — often books, which are handy.
When the paper is completely dry, it is flat and stable. I have experimented with applying water to the back after gesso and before painting. Cathy Jennings March 28, at 3: Thank you for describing the process for flattening your acrylic paintings, we are sure other artists will find it helpful.
A similar method is used to flatten watercolor paintings, although then the back of the paper is only slightly dampened since water is of greater concern. Although your process is working beautifully, we wish to clarify for other artists that there is a possibility of change to the painting when flattening a paper substrate.
A sheet of thick unmarred glass would be a good surface to use as a base, since acrylic will not permanently adhere to glass. Gesso is porous, so water may be filtering through it to the paper and causing buckling during painting.
There is a chance that using undiluted Heavy Body and Gels over the entire surface might result in less buckling, while diluting with water and applying more paint in some areas of the paper and less in others would encourage buckling.
Happy painting, Reply Lisa Meyers March 28, at I have never tried this product but would be interested in it for this and for applying over previously painted canvases. Applying a layer of Absorbent Ground over paper is likely to increase the absorbency and allow the paper to stay damp for a longer time.
Depending upon the paper being used, the ground might encourage more buckling. Absorbent Ground will adhere to any surface to which acrylic paint will adhere, which encourages exploration beyond the possibilities offered by paper.
The Absorbent Ground Tech Sheet offers more information which you might find of interest. Happy painting, Reply Angela Bandurka March 28, at Cathy Jennings March 28, at 2: We are glad you found the testing helpful, and it is great that the surface is drying without buckles when you paint with acrylics on a watercolor block.
We did not think to test that approach, so thank you for sharing! And yes, adhering paper to a board is one of the best ways to keep the paper and painting flat. Happy painting, Reply Alan Geller March 28, at 2: Buying stretched canvases on sale builds up a storage issue and using paper allows one to keep a lot of paintings for reference and gifts.
So, there are a lot of peripheral benefits to developing some good techniques in this area Cathy Jennings March 29, at 2: Although we have seen buckling when painting on papers coated with a medium or gel, exploring the differences would be interesting for a future article.
Thank you for the idea! So glad to have a dependable source when it comes to technique and supplies. Rebecca Cathy Jennings March 29, at 2: We are glad you find our research helpful.
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The paper or support you choose can be prepared for painting in different ways. This page primarily describes methods for stretching paper. (Methods for preparing the surface with resist or maskoid are described in the page on resists & edge control.).
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Preschoolers and toddlers will love adding paint to their learning activities. My 3 year old loves painting so I often pick up different papers to try.
She usually uses fingerpaints and this paper holds up well to both using hands and brushes.