DIY The Most Under-Rated But Crucial Watercolor Supply

February 7, 2020

LET’S HIT REWIND…

In my last post – I talked about this one supply that every watercolorist seems to own – but few actually talk about. If you have already read that post – you know that the supply I’m talking about is a stretching board. If you want to know the reasons why that supply is so crucial – make sure to check out my previous post.

CLICK HERE TO READ POST – ONE CRUCIAL WATERCOLOR SUPPLY THAT NO ONE TALKS ABOUT

BUILDING YOUR OWN STRETCHING BOARD…

In today’s post – I’m gonna be simplifying my approach to building a stretching board. So here are the steps to DIYing your own watercolor stretching board.

#1: GO TO YOUR LOCAL HARDWARE STORE 

#2: PURCHASE A SHEET OF BIRCH WOOD

#3: HAVE SOMEONE CUT IT DOWN TO SIZE

#4: SAND THE SIDES AND TOP TO SMOOTH OUT ROUGH EDGES

#5: WIPE CLEAN WITH DAMP RAG

#6: PAINT SURFACE WITH CHALK PAINT FOR SLEEK LOOK

#7: LET DRY

And that’s it – you can use this board over and over again for countless painting.   I’ve even used staples in this board for traditional watercolor stretching and it’s held up fantastically.   So needless to say this board will last you quite a while – so in my opinion it’s worth every penny.   

2 responses to “DIY The Most Under-Rated But Crucial Watercolor Supply”

  1. Robin says:

    Hey Carrie! I’ve joined this wonderful place about a month ago, taken a few tutorials, you are so creative, talented, I could go on. I am a Misfitian absolutely. This question feels silly but I need to ask, when you use the Arches paper is that your stretching board? Or do you paint then take it off then put on a board until dry? One other thing that I’m struggling with is a particular tutorial, the one on painting the thin and thick lines until you have what is like a ribbon, I cannot get it. I will say I have some cognitive issues from severe neuropathy that is affecting my entire body but I love to paint and this idea just escapes me, I always start wrong, never end up with anything looking like a ribbon. Any suggestions? I am also from SC, my daughter used to go to Elgin a lot to band competition (15 years ago). Thanks for this wonderful site and keep up with the creativity!

    Robin C
    Fort Mill SC

  2. Robin says:

    Again, I’m challenged, I meant Irmo.

    Robin C

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