Cathy, I gesso as well. weight (about 640 gsm) also will reduce buckles. Allow the paper to dry before you start painting. We are glad you find our research helpful. Once I’m back in the studio, I can mount any successful pieces onto a cradled board. We expect that other artists will find your information and experience helpful. Open the Configure Device menu at the printer control panel, scroll to the Print Quality submenu, scroll to FUSER MODES, and then select the paper type being used. Weighted pressure may also transfer texture to the painting’s surface, or adhere the painting to the surface against which it is pressed. I have painted with Golden fluid acrylics on Strathmore 500 series Aquarius II 80 lb watercolor paper for many years with great results. For photographs of papers coated with Golden mediums, see Greg Watson’s article “Painting with Oils on Paper.” Thank you! Yes, it buckles when wet but so do most watercolor papers, again depending on how much water is used. Stick to acrylic and be careful when you wet your brush to dry it of all excess water before putting it to paper. Watercolor paper is often both internally and externally sized to strengthen the paper and to reduce absorbency. Thank you for your question. The Absorbent Ground Tech Sheet offers more information which you might find of interest. The water makes the paper stick to your working surface. Happy painting, The first step to ensure less paper curl is to store your paper in a cool, dry area. Paper quality is important when printing. Home>Uncategorized> Acrylics> Application> Watercolors > Paper Warping When Painting with Acrylics. Cathy. You can find the optimum paper for your printer using the printer manual or visiting the manu… The use of paper of at least 300 lb. We have seen differences in watercolor washes, where the same paint mixture appears lighter on a more absorbent surface and more saturated on a less absorbent surface. This article reports on what happened when High Flow Acrylics and Heavy Body Acrylics were applied to Arches 140 lb. I paint with my heavy body acrylics on watercolor paper when I travel – it’s only 150# but because it’s on a block, it doesn’t buckle at all. Hello Udaya, In the photo below the painting is 11 x 15". Should you be interested, the Just Paint article “Paint and Paper: Making a Watercolor” discusses watercolor paper and sizing in greater depth. Depending upon the paper being used, the ground might encourage more buckling. Cut the edges of the paper to remove the holes created by the staples. Then, apply blue painter’s tape around the edge of the paper, leaving whatever size border you want. The acrylic paper sometimes reacted by curling during paint application, however it tended to flatten out while drying and was not as prone to localized buckling. Strathmore has a number of products intended for wet media in their 500 series artist’s grade category. paint a large X) it reduces curling. The heavier papers, while you would assume they would absorb more, don’t absorb as much pigment. Thank you for the idea! Use cold-pressed paper for a balance of texture and absorbency. Most of the time, for some reason, when I finish drawing, and start coloring, my paper curls up for some reason. Cathy. Hello Jenelle, / 187 g.s.m. If you mean wobbling of paper, getting waves n puddles…. Cover paper with a sheet of sketch paper or a towel. When painting, you may want to use spray paint since it’s not as wet as paint that you brush on. Internal sizing is mixed into the paper pulp, and external sizing is applied after the sheet is formed. Several initial layers of one of these would be needed. You can wet your paper and tape it to gator board with painter’s tape. Thank you for describing the process for flattening your acrylic paintings, we are sure other artists will find it helpful. Soaking and stretching the paper, then painting on it once it is dry. watercolor paper and acrylic paper, both of which remained mostly flat. It was very very helpful and I know I’ll be referencing it in the future! For a less expensive, but still effective option, go … Keep the cardboard pieces under a pile of heavy books for one week. Please help. I have several suggestions for you to prevent curling. A lot of water in an application can really call forth the paper buckles! The towels or felt will help cushion the texture, and it should be possible to peel the silicone release paper off of the acrylic if it does stick. Cathy. If your paper is wrinkled after the painting is dry, wet its back and place it over a surface covered with tissue paper with the painted surface facing the tissue papers. Cathy. Tape down the other sides of the sheet of watercolor paper in the same way. Frame the painting under glass or store it between the cardboard pieces. We would recommend testing to see how the new paper reacts to your technique. The weight is also important, as the lighter canvas paper curled up the most and the heavier weight papers retained the least buckles. Once the tape is in place, take the back end of a brush or some other flat, smooth tool and burnish the edges of the tape to make sure they are thoroughly stuck to the paper. We did not think to test that approach, so thank you for sharing! How to keep the watercolor paper flat after the painting is finished? I paint with acrylics on watercolor paper, usually Canson 140lb/300gsm. I like to use a heavier paper, 300 # will not warp as badly as thinner paper. Allow the paper to dry before you start painting. Streching the paper, you may goohle for detailed process or search youtube. This will stop the watercolor paper pulling off the board when it dries. We found that the two heaviest papers, the 300 lb. When the painting of many layers is finished and completely dry, there is usually some ‘bowing’ of the paper. Happy painting, Buying stretched canvases on sale builds up a storage issue and using paper allows one to keep a lot of paintings for reference and gifts. So glad to have a dependable source when it comes to technique and supplies. Allow time for the paste to soak in ( a small spray bottle with warm water also helps) so that the paper is flexible before trying to bend it back to the ceiling. Hello Jules, Customers like the substantial weight this process brings to a work on paper. I paint with 60, 98, 140 and 246 pound paper and my experience with warping matches your results. How do I stop my drawings on paper from curling up? Tape before painting. I just ordered a pad of that to try and see if it would be less. Staple the top part and move to one side of the paper and then the bottom and the other side. I’ve found this process to be very reliable — the end painting on paper is heavy (not really rollable). Softer sizing results in a more absorbent situation, allowing watery paint to sink into the paper which may create a more muted color. This is fantastic information, thank you!! Happy painting, I gesso the front one more time to seal the masking tape edge. sometimes i need to repeat the water layer on the back, sometimes not. Hi, I use textures in my acrylic paintings on watercolor paper. cotton watercolor paper and the 246 lb. results are variable, depending on how much paint is applied. We did not test other acrylic papers or boards, although we will provide links to a few options. Apply the first staple to the top of the paper, in the center and move your way to the left or right. 5. Answer Save. Adjust heat up as needed to allow the dampness on the back of the paper to relax the paper fibers. Happy Painting, Thank you for the article. Our current recommendation for a GOLDEN product to reduce Support Induced Discoloration would be either Gloss Medium (Polymer Medium Gloss) or GAC 100. Please give us a call if you have questions or wish to talk through any of these options (607-847-6154, 800-959-6543). the texture of the painting does not seem to be compressed. There is not a process that guarantees excellent results. Wet your paper with a moist sponge or a piece of cloth. It was curling a … Before painting your cardboard, use a flat brush to paint a thin layer of gesso onto the cardboard in long, vertical strokes. By doing so, you will reduce the amount of moisture and humidity the paper is exposed to. Dry acrylic films remain porous, so some buckling and curling may still occur. Afterward, I remove the tape and spray varnish the front and back— further protection against fingerprints and dirt. I just wanted to say thanks so much for making this article! I have never tried this product but would be interested in it for this and for applying over previously painted canvases. Often these papers are intended for sketches and studies rather than for major works of art. Cover the back of the painting with tissue paper and put heavy books to press the paper. That made matters worse. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and has been published both on and offline in such sources as the International Educator, Learn Faster and Triple1. Then I tape the paper to a work surface board leaving a carefully measured one-inch border. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Can someone advice a way to flatten the buckled paintings with textures? We actually have an article, “OPEN Acrylics, Shellac, and SID,” which discusses our most recent testing in this area. We are glad you found this testing of interest. The lingering question from most water media artists is; what/which of the many quality Golden mediums, gels, varnishes, or glazes can be used as an undercoat to a quality watercolor paper to both (1) prevent the water absorption buckling and (2) retain a “painterly” Adhering paper of at least 140 lb (about 300 gsm) to a board before application of acrylics will stop buckling of the paper. If one area is soaked in water, use tissue paper to absorb the excess water. Depending upon the needs of the artwork, one of these papers might provide a solution.