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Previously: I showed you guys how I pencil my watercolor bluelines (link!)
In this post, I'm going to take you step by step through the process I use to stretch almost any watercolor illustration I complete, from comics to standalone illustrations. I've also provided links for where you can order the materials used in this tutorial.
Materials Used in this Tutorial:
Paper towels (I use Viva)
3M Blue Painters Tape
Cup Clean Water
Spray bottle full of water
Watercolor Mop (I use a synthetic Cotman mop)
Canson Moulin du Roy
Step 1: Assemble Materials
Step 3: Using the mop, apply more water liberally.
Step 5: Flip image over and position. This will be your last real opportunity to position your image on the gatorboard.
Step 6: Spritz front of image with water to reactive the blue inkjet ink. Don't worry- this ink is waterbased and will come up.
Step 7: Liberally apply water with mop.
Step 8: Using roll as a whole, roll paper towel roll over image.
Step 9: Spritz again with water.
Step 9: Again liberally apply water with mop. By now inkjet blue should be mostly gone.
Step 10: Using roll as a whole, roll paper towel roll over image to remove excess water and remaining blue ink.
Step 11: Remove strip of blue tape length of long end of illustration
Step 12: Apply to underside of arm (this will remove excess stickness)
Step 13: Brush top with water.
Step 14: Apply tape to paper.
Step 15: Using paper towel, wipe down tape.
Step 16: Clamp down with bulldog or binder clips
Step 17: Repeat for all sides.
Step 18: Allow your watercolor paper to dry thoroughly before painting.
Coming up next: Applying washes
For more on stretching watercolor paper, check out these posts!
It's Important to Stretch (Your Watercolor Paper)
Stretching Watercolor Paper Revisited