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.
Buying this product has saved me money. I am now able to paint on 140 lb rough paper, instead of having to pay out for 300 lb paper. As time passes, this item will have paid for it's keep, no end of times.
Thanks Ken Bromley. You are a star. Steve Garside (Wiltshire) on 10 Dec 2010
I am delighted with these stretchers. They are are must for anyone creating their own artwork. Which needs that little extra help to create something special! I shall unashamedly say, "It Does Exactly What It Says On The Tin"!!!! A+A+A+A+A+A+A Ian Temple (Eastleigh, Hampshire) on 23 Feb 2010
After my first unfortunate result (see below)I made a second attempt with much better results. This time I exercised patience and allowed the paper to dry without hair dryer or sunshine and was rewarded with a perfectly flat surface, a pleasure to work on. I will take your advice and use heavier watercolour papers. My rating is now a full five stars, Thank you Ken.
"Interesting kit. Tried my first stretch with 220gm/sqm daler highest quality cartridge paper. Applied hair drier and then left in sunshine to finish drying. Paper dry with jagged split half to one inch in from long edge. Wondering if the paper was too wet. dried too quickly? or both? may perhaps be able to apply a better star rating when had more experience."
Ken Bromley's replies: Cartridge paper is not very strong, so when you tap the rods into the groove, do not tap the rods too hard. The paper can be put under too much tension and when it dries it can split the paper. This is not really an issue with watercolour paper which can withstand the tension produced using the stretcher board. Also, be careful not to make the paper too wet as the cartridge paper as absorbs water very quickly. Kevin Kerrigan (Wirral, United Kingdom) on 20 Jun 2013