How to Stretch Watercolour Paper: The Easy Way

Stretching your paper before you paint is essential when using sheets of 140lbs or less.  Here's a short video on doing it without the fuss and mess of butcher tape or staples!

Da Vinci Paint Co.  Ambassador Crystal Beshara shows you...
How to Stretch your Watercolor Paper: THE EASY WAY!

Stretching your watercolour doesn't have to be messy or difficult. You can do it with masking tape and be ready to paint 15 minutes!

She is using Arches 140lb Cold Pressed Bright White paper. 
-Your paper should be 100% RAG or cotton (artist grade paper)
-A rigid board a little bigger than your paper
-A 1.5-2" wash brush
A hair dryer
-1-1.5" masking tape with medium"tac" (make sure it is sticky enough)
Water bucket

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Proud to be Da Vinci Paints newest Ambassador

"Da Vinci paint has been my only paint for the last 15 years.  Rich, vivid pigment that brushes out beautifully. The consistency is something I can count on from tube to tube and year-to-year. It's also perfect for squeezing into my travel palette when I teach workshops abroad.

I recommend it to all of my students. It's a top notch artist quality paint and with the large size tubes and price point, it's extremely - affordable even for those just starting out .

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You are invited to Life on The Rock

"Life On The Rock"

The Studio Cafe

1089 Somerset Street West, Ottawa

About this show

Watercolours & Oils of Newfoundland

 “Life on The Rock” is the double entendre referring to both the nickname given to the province of Newfoundland but also the actual micro-universe that lives on a rock. A body of work created in homage to my  journey to and experience in Newfoundland in September of 2013.

Its wild and rugged landscape has a unique ecosystem that varies extremely from region to region. With that comes an earthy palette so varied I near got whiplash straining to take in everything I could during my drive from St.John’s to the studio in Trinity, even in September. Treed, dense vegetation in one window and jagged outcrops of rocks painted with bright autumnal tundra.  Of particular beauty is the Trepassey area (along the Irish Loop). Where once it supported one of the worlds largest roaming caribou herds, after a devastating parasite now it has diminished to only a few hundred, heart broken I knew immediately I wished to paint images to tell this story. I was also fascinated by the geology  - from the grandiose scale of a single monolith to the tiniest pebbles, to the thinnest blood red shale. "

The piece entitled “The Weight of a Stone” (click for video)  is from an image I took on a 4 hour hike through Butter Pot Provincial park. The rocks are Precambrian era and are approximately 600 million years old. After the last glacation, huge boulders were left behind that take on rather anthropomorphic shapes. In this case they look to me like a small family, a baby shielded by the presence of it’s parents. I like the idea of linking our human experience to the natural world.