Category: Artist Tips

How to Stretch Watercolor Paper

Stretching Watercolor Paper

September 6, 2018

“Why do you tape your watercolor paper to a board?” is something that I was asked while giving a watercolor painting demonstration. I answered, “it stretches the paper, which prevents it from buckling.” This led to more questions, which I was happy to answer. If you too have questions about stretching watercolor paper, read on,…

A brush wash, made without turpentine or mineral spirits.

Brush Wash

March 9, 2016

For years I avoided oil painting because I never liked the fumes of solvents, such as turpentine and mineral spirits, which are commonly used to thin paint and wash brushes. There is such a thing as odorless mineral spirits (OMS), but it still smells, only not as much. And though OMS is said to be…