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Do You Stretch Your Paper? How? 

25%
208 deviants said No, but I want to know how! :eager:
20%
165 deviants said No, I never stretch paper.
19%
157 deviants said Yes, I Soak it.
15%
122 deviants said No, I use paper blocks.
12%
97 deviants said What are you on about? :giggle:
5%
45 deviants said Yes, I Dab it.
4%
30 deviants said No, I do something else. (please comment)
2%
17 deviants said No, I use thin sheets.

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:iconmegadee:
Megadee Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
I soak and then staple to a board. If you soak it you automatically have a wet surface to work on to get general, loose tones of the painting.
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Red--Squirrel Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Used to soak paper then butterfly tape; pain in the backside and as I have found, unnecessary. As long as I use 140lb+ paper I can paint straight onto paper without it buckling - and I use lots of heavy washes. The trick is to use masking tape to stick it firmly down (though make sure you add an extra border round the edge for this as some masking tape is strong and will tear paper; In some cases it's easier to just cut where you have masked off).
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Red--Squirrel Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yeh, forgot to add it buckles at first when painted on, but allow it to fully dry and it will go back to a normal flat surface.
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junglekatz2002 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been soaking my sheets of paper in water and then taping them to a wooden drawing board, but I also use watercolor blocks to eliminate the waiting time. :) I usually use 140 lb/300 gsm cold-press paper, but a friend gave me a couple of 90 lb. paper pads that I didn't want to go to waste, so that definitely needs to be stretched. :XD:
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:iconquilsnap:
Quilsnap Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011   General Artist
I let it buckle :3
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:iconlechaoss:
LeChaoss Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
~lol i mean i wet it & stretch it &glue...etc. :P
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LeChaoss Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
~I wet & glue it's border with board ;)
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bpisek Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I responded " I do something else ".

I don't wet and stretch because I want dry areas for different effects from my Watercolors. I will use 140lb. Strathmore watercolor paper most of the time, and when I do get buckling I wait for it to get as dry as I want it to, then I roll the paper in the opposite direction of the curled paper.

Depending where I am in the process of painting, I will sandwich the paper between heavy weights to flatten the paper, then proceed.
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SunaB Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I use 140lb/300gm paper & just tape it down dry to a solid board with masking tape. I've tried stretching it by soaking and using water activated tape in the past, but didn't see any difference in the finished piece/ while painting. If I were using a lighter weight paper I would *definitely* stretch it. That stuff buckles like crazy on me.
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vitious Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I do something else is my vote here. I usually apply a very thin layer of water and then add drops of white watercolour to obtain my shadow effects so the only thing I make sure of is that my paper is both heavy and very clean. Nice survey by the way! Cheers
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annetookeen Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just tape the borders down haha
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:iconslategreen:
slategreen Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I soak my paper, lay it out on a board, then stick it down with paper tape. :D
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:icondre-dre:
dRe-dRe Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
I use paper tape and water to stretch a large piece of paper (arches), and stretch the paper on my Masonite board with the paper tape, then I use drafting tap or artists tape to create my boarder clean, then I am ready to paint!
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sahyeh Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010   General Artist
I run water on both sides of the paper for about half a minute, then tape it to a wooden board.
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:iconmbowersox:
MBowersox Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
I dab my paper and use artist tape when I feel the need to stretch but mostly I work off the block.
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BigNtasty Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
if you have a heavy enough weight stretching isn't completely necessary. and soaking and dabbing to stretch is pretty much really time consuming and not all that necessary. best way to do it is to just keep it perfectly flat on a board and tape it down with water activating adhesive tape. this keeps it flat, is somewhat permanent, and makes stretching unnecessary. and if the piece is small enough, as long as the board is rigid enough you can use any tape.
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witchesrose Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It depends on the paper I use.... I use paper of at least 300g/mē so it doesn't curl very often, ...
Beacause I like to work with masking tape... and often work on large formats.
If it does curl, I strech it afterwords (making the back whet and than attach it with tape to a wooden board) before it goes in a frame
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:iconartymrs:
artymrs Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
I streched paper years ago, but not recently, ithink I need to watch tut above thanks
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:iconprotomd:
protomd Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
300 pound = no stretching required
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:iconbatcup:
BatCup Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I just use regular old masking tape. I tape the paper to a board.
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MRZ-Tonks Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
most of the time I stick it down with masking tape - it also gives a border, which I like, but depends the effect I want to give it
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zelo75 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
i will usually work on a loose sheet of paper and once i'm done with the entire painting, i wet the back, usually with a spray bottle. I let the water soak into the paper and then place a heavy board or wook block that is bigger then the painting over the painting. then i let it sit for a few hours or untill the paper is dry.
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:iconlilydollhide:
LilyDollHide Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Student General Artist
I generally use heavy paper, that doesn't need to be stretched.
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Mahwaew Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
When I want to prevent warping because I'll be using excessive water I:

1. Dampen the piece of paper with a wash cloth ever so slightly on both sides.

2. I place it between two thin cardboard pieces (like the kind you have on sketchbooks) and lay books on it.

3. Let it sit for a couple minutes or until its a cool damp. It'll be really soft. The cardboard soaks up some of the excess water.

4. Then I tape it to a board, let dry, then paint on it.
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lilynoelle Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Student General Artist
If I could afford 300 pound paper this would not be an issue! ;) But I soak my paper for five minutes, stretch it on a cutting board (soaks up the excess water), smooth the paper several times with a sponge, and then take the sides with the sticky-when-wet art tape, smoothing the tape with a separate sponge. (Using the same sponge for both over and over will eventually ruin your paper, as it will carry glue residue.)

Let it dry for at least three hours. Don't let it dry for less time; in my experience it bubbles and crinkles just as if you never stretched it. Don't leave it taped for more than 24 hours. The paper will bubble quite a bit while its drying but once its dry it should be very smooth.

It's best to paint it while still tapped to the board. The tape does NOT remove clean, so don't count on nice white borders. ;)
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Torsle Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Student Filmographer
I soak it, wipe of the excess water, and then tape it down. Let it dry, and then go! >3>
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IvieMoon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010   Traditional Artist
Since I work on 140 lb, I soak then staple my paper (oh to afford 300 lb...) I find staples hold up better than tape. I work wet in wet a lot, so I can't get away with not stretching unless its a tiny piece. I've tried a smallish block, and found it decent enough to work on. However, I work out my sketch on newsprint and then trace it onto the watercolor paper with a lightbox once I'm satisfied with it, to avoid overworking the paper before I even get the paint out. This method doesn't work well with a block ;) so I've settled into soaking & stapling. It seems to work for me.
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Twarda8 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I voted for never, but actually I did something similar to stretch once. I sticked sides with scotch tape x] Lame, I know.
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:iconzzen:
zzen Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I use only glued blocks, 300 g/m and it works fantastic.
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susanne-billich Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
I use paper blocks of at least 300grms/square meter and I put an extra tape (simple tesa paper tape for painting the walls) to secure the edges. Thus the paper will not loosen from the glue of the block, because I paint wet in wet at the beginning.
I tried stretching of the paper on a wooden board with a water-soluble glued tape, but I have made the experience that the board bends. When you start to paint the paper will not be plain at painting. You get troughs and hills and the water collects in the troughs. When mounting the paper on a board you will need an extra-heavy board to prevent bending.
So I just use my block and tape the edges.
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k8lag Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I prefer thin, stretched paper. I do use boards and thicker paper sometimes as well (with no stretching).

I use Zipp Clamps for most stretching, but they are rather pricey (I bought mine about 15 years ago and for awhile they were no longer available). I do love them as they do keep the paper stretched and protected.

When I stretch without the Zipp Clamps I use either gator board, foam board, or extra thick foamcore for my support (regular thickness foamcore will bow to much). I gently wet both sides of the paper with a soft brush, I do not soak the paper in a tub. I want the sizing to remain. I lay it on the support and do two side-by-side rows of staples all the way around. I allow it to dry and then tape over the staples.
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:iconkrisztiii:
krisztiii Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Well... What is exactly streching?:noes: What is it good for? And how to do it?^^;
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:iconkelliroos:
KelliRoos Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Stretching your paper keeps the paper flat as you paint. If you ever had problems with the paper curling as you paint, you may want to look at the different ways people work around this issue in this poll!! :D

For some traditional instruction of stretching, here are 2 dA tutorials. [link] and [link]

Enjoy! Let me know if you have questions.
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:iconkrisztiii:
krisztiii Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
Thank you very much! I'm sure it will be a great help! (though I dont have much time for painting during school...:tears:)
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:iconkelliroos:
KelliRoos Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :D Just as long as you find small ways to enjoy art, even just a sketch or taking a picture, painting will always be there for you. <3
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bhora Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Since I mess up with the gummed tape and you can do more tricks with masking tape like make interesting borders, I just run the back of the paper through water (it starts to curl) and tape it on the front with masking tape. I use thick watercolor paper, so I wonder if that's more to credit than my pwning stretching skills.
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:iconladyrsanti:
LadyRSanti Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Soak mine in the bathtub and then stretch on a board with heavy-duty staples.
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:iconpagan-inspiration:
Pagan-Inspiration Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I soak it and tape it to a board, as I can't spend enough money for really good paper. I did get a block on sale though and really like that... not sure if I'm a convert yet though.
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LiquidFaeStudios Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I do not stretch, I tape dry paper to a board and it dries flat - same as gothicchic up there
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:iconsilverarmada:
silverarmada Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
I do this too.
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:icontisheenamanzana:
TisheenaManzana Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Me too n__n
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:iconvilva73:
vilva73 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010   Traditional Artist
Hah! I never stretch paper (but i know how:)). I usually paint on the cardboards (cause it has higher gramature).
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:iconjellysocks:
jellysocks Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
I know how to, I'm just too lazy to do it :XD:
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I use heavy-weight paper and before I learned how to properly stretch it, it would curl despite being heavy-weight :D Nowadays I soak it completely and the tape it to my board, though I'm really considering using staples, because the tape doesn't have proper strenght and tend to tear up.
Btw. John Howe has a great description of how to stretch a paper (I learned a lot from this): [link]
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:iconkelliroos:
KelliRoos Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
That's a great link, thanks! :D

:giggle: I had the same problem even with heavy paper, it always curled!
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:iconlucieon:
LucieOn Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, though John Howe deserves the main credit. The man is simply a genius. I still can't believe his paintings are watercolors.
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Noss91 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010   Traditional Artist
I don't usually need to stretch my paper, but I used to before, simply taped it to a board and wiped a wet sponge across it a few times and let it soak. I've done it the other way around and taped it afterward too.
But nowadays I usually paint bigger surfaces just... as bigger surfaces. I use pretty heavy paper, so it won't warp either way.
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WildWoodArtsCo Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010   Traditional Artist
I rarely use heavy washes so even if I'm not working on a paper block I never stretch the paper first, but I always use at least 140lb (300gsm) paper. If I am planning something that needs a lot of large area washes I work on 300lb paper.
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tantmonokrom Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010   Traditional Artist
I used to soak the paper always and then stretch it on a board. Now it depends on what I'm doing. The colours generally spreads more evenly when using pre soaked paper, that holds up to 24 hours. I have started to like the effect of water colour on dry paper so now I paint water on the backside and stretch it afterwards.

I don't like it when the board bends of all the water or gets uneven with old paper strips so I have started to use plyfa, a kind of smooth board that's used for construction work. That can be showered or covered with water without bending.
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:iconstdamos:
StDamos Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I never stretch paper. I thing that with a nice 300gr watercolor paper
and a little positiveness with your brushes everything is fine.
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