Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A big piece of paper

I'm so excited. I had ordered and yesterday received this paper from Dick Blick. I'm excited because this is one BIG piece of watercolor paper. It's a bit over 4 feet wide and it's 30 feet long. I'm going to paint some nice big watercolors. Move over oils!


  1. Hi Kristen

    Firstly, let me say how much I love your work.

    Secondly, can you please post how you get on with 'flattening' out your paper! I bought a roll of lovely Arches hot-pressed watercolour paper and no matter what I tried, I couldn't flatten the bits I cut off to use. And I tried everything - soaking it, weighting it, putting it under the bed for months etc. If you come up with a magic answer, please let us know!

    Thanks. Have fun with it.


  2. @Tim Martyn
    Thanks! What I did to flatten my paper was this: I cut off a piece the size that I wanted (which was probably the hardest part), then I laid it flat on a large table with the wrong side up, and held it down on either end with big blocks of watercolor paper, so it was trying to curl up from either end. Then I just sprayed it down really well with water. I made sure to thoroughly soak the whole thing a couple times. The paper completely relaxed within 10 minutes, then I sopped up the excess water with a towel and hung it with clothespins to dry out. It worked really well. Hope that's helpful :)

  3. Thanks for that Kristin, I'll be sure to try that. And I can't wait to see what you paint on it! I think your work is just beautiful.