Friday, September 16, 2016

Watercolor Basics: How To Tear Large Sheets

There are many watercolor papers on the market, but sometimes the one you want isn't availble in pads or blocks, or may not be available in the size you prefer to work.  Fear not, it' easy to tear your watercolor paper at home, so go head, buy those sheets!

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Materials Needed:

  • Large sheet of cardboard (to use as cutting surface.  If you have a huge cutting mat, that works too)
  • Large metal ruler
  • Rotary cutter (to score paper)
  • Pencil
  • Your watercolor paper

Measure your paper and mark where you want to cut it

Score your paper along that line using your ruler.  Don't press hard enough to cut through, just hard enough to score a line down the paper.

Fold your paper in half.

Unfold your paper, and using your ruler as a guide and a hard edge, press the ruler against the paper and tear along that edge.  Now you have a deckled, hand torn edge that matches the rest of your edges.

Now that you know how to tear large watercolor sheets, you're probably going to need somewhere to store those sheets until you can tear them!  I recommend a large cardboard portfolio- inexpensive and will protect your paper until you can use it.

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