Redcollie Watercolour Stretchers have been selling internationally online for 15 years and are proven to be a simple solution to the problem of keeping watercolour paper flat while painting. They do away with the need for gumstrip tape for ever.
I developed these when teaching watercolour painting, realising that many people had problems stretching paper by conventional gumstrip: get the paper too wet and it doesn't stick to the board, and even if it does it can sometimes tear free as it dries.
Ideally suited for papers up to 300gsm these stretchers are lightweight and easy to use, enabling the watercolourist to stretch a sheet of paper in as little as ten minutes. If bought in pairs they can be placed face-to-face, thus preventing the paper and painting from being damaged in transit - particularly useful when working en-plein-aire or going to a watercolour class.
The board is made from waxed mdf or hdf and the binders are plastic.
The binders are slightly thicker than the board, meaning a ruler can be used to steady the hand over the painted surface.
When the painting is complete the binders are removed and the painting is ready for mounting and framing.
They come in various popular sizes: A3, A4 or Quarter Imperial or can be made to your own specifications. Please call me for further details or visit the redcollie website.
The A3 board is 42 X 30 cm (16.5 X 12 inches) The A4 board is 30 X 21 cm (12 X 8.25 inches) The Quarter Imperial board is 38 X 28 cm (15 X11 inches)
Please note that these sizes are specific to the size of paper to be stretched.
They come complete with the binders to hold the paper on the board and full instructions as to their use.
The paper is soaked as normal, then fixed to the board with the two-part binders. A hairdrier can be used to dry the paper if required, or if working wet-on-wet you can start painting immediately.
Ten percent discount is available for the purchase of 2 or more stretchers.
Shipping is included in the price within the UK. Overseas customers should contact me first for a quotation.