Stretch your cartridge, pastel or water colour paper (up to 140lb) and dry it 'tight-as-a-drum' in minutes and it will not cockle or pull away no matter how wet the wash. The board is made from top quality lacquered wood and comes with 4 plastic gripper rods and full instructions. This is a simple and certain way to use lightweight paper and save time and money with no fuss.
The paper stretchers are available in three sizes to fit full, 1/2 and 1/4 imperial paper. In order to allow the paper to fit round the edge of the board, the boards are slightly smaller than the paper and the finished painting will 3/4 inch smaller than the paper size.
The working area of the boards are:
Full Imperial: 20" x 28"
1/2 Imperial: 13.5" x 20.5"
1/4 Imperial: 9.5" x 13.5"
A camera tripod mounting bracket is also available seperatley which will enable you to use your stretcher board with a camera tripod. Click here.
See the Perfect Paper Stretcher page for more information.
When I have soaked my paper for about 1-2 minutes, I then dry out the access water and as soon as I hammer in the rods with a wooden mallet the paper starts to tear. It always tears in one corner of the board. Paper weight I have used is about 200gsm - 300gsm. John (South Africa) on 20 Jul 2014
Ken Bromley's replies: There are several ways to overcome this issue. 1) do not tap the rods in fully, just enough to grip the paper. 2) With fine sandpaper, sand out the groove a little bit. 3) 300gsm watercolour paper is normally soaked for about 3 minutes. 4) When tapping in the second rod, in the video we suggest you pull the paper lightly to create tension of the paper accross the board. If the paper tears, the paper may need to be pulled more lightly.
I am always sceptical of online reviews, usure they are a true reflection, unedited. Well I have to say these were all true.
I am just starting out as a professional artist, and have had so many problems with the old gum-strip metod, so couldn't afford costly materials that wouldn't be effective. So I was concerned that this would be a mistake, but it works and works really well, I am very pleased.
It takes a little practice to get it perfect though - so I suggest a small stack of practice papers.
The 1/2 and full imperial are now on my wish list and I won't be going back to the old method. Phoebe (Manchester) on 21 Jun 2007
I debated about buying one of these for a long time as I thought they were a bit pricey, but am glad I did and wish I'd done it sooner. Easy to use, (watch the video clip to see how) and it really does the job extremely well. Try it, you won't be disappointed! Caroline Borland (IRVINE, United Kingdom) on 14 Aug 2012