Stretching Paper

During our first workshop in the print studio, we learnt how to stretch paper. This technique is used when you are adding wet media to a piece of paper, normally the paper becomes crumpled and depending on what look you are going for, this technique will help keep the paper flat when you are using wet media.

In order to complete this technique, first you must dampen the paper slightly with a sponge. Then using gum tape, tape the paper to a board. Before the paper dries add your media. For this we used inks and some resist materials, including wax, wax crayons and salt. Leave the paper to dry and then cut away from the board using a cutting knife and ruler. The paper will be slightly smaller then the original size, but this is the downside of keeping your paper flat.

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