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"
Spare rods are available.
A camera tripod mounting bracket is also available separately which will enable you to use your stretcher board with a camera tripod. Click here.
Stretch your cartridge, pastel or watercolour paper up to 140lb
Made from top quality lacquered wood
Available in three sizes to fit full, 1/2 and 1/4 imperial paper
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I teach art classes and also do a lot of demonstrations and workshops for art groups and societies. I find the paper stretchers absolutely invaluable for this as I have to demonstrate on quite a large size of paper - otherwise the audience won't see it very well. If I used a big sheet of 300lb paper for a demo it would work out far too expensive but with a paper stretcher I can use a 90lb paper very successfully. I have two half Imperial paper stretchers and one full Imperial one.
Incidentally I find it a lot easier to use 90lb weight paper than 140lb. It hammers in very much easier. I tend to use a really good quality cotton paper (such as Arches or Saunders-Waterford) but only 90lb in weight. It makes a beautiful surface when stretched.
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.
I would never go back to gummed tape. These stretchers are quick, easy and fool proof and well worth the investment. I run a wax candle into the groove after every 6 or so uses and I've never had stuck papaer since.