Why Do I Need to Stretch Paper?

As a beginner many get confused about stretching paper, what does it involve and why would you need to stretch paper?

Why Stretch Paper?

Stretching paper gives a perfectly flat surface on which to work and your paper won’t buckle when you use watercolour or other water-based media.

Paper is usually stretched for watercolour work but it is useful for any media as papers of less than 250gsm usually buckle.  Paper doesn’t always buckle it depends on the amount of water you use and how much the paper has to absorb and the type of paper.  It is always best to stretch paper to ensure a non-buckled perfectly flat surface.

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The 4 Most Useful Brushes

My learners often ask which brushes are best to buy, this depends on what type of painting you are doing.  There are four types of brushes that I couldn’t do without and I think everyone needs.  Below are the most useful types of brushes in my opinion:

The Flat Brush 

This brush is ideal for backgrounds because it covers a large area without leaving those brush marks that you get with smaller brushes.  It also can save lots of time, because of the coverage you can get with them.  They are also great for painterly backgrounds and effects.  If you work large you will need a wider flat brush if you are work fairly small a medium sized one will be fine.

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The flat brush and the types of brush strokes it can achieve

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