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: watercolor tape aggghh!

04-11-2020, 12:12 PM
I just started in watercolors and i love them. To hold the paper down im using a tape that is blue called painters tape i got at the hardware store. It seems to do good if i take it off after the picture drys. But today i left it on overnight and it totally destroyed the edges. Any suggestions on a good tape?:vs_OMG::vs_OMG:

05-17-2020, 01:59 PM
I've never run into that problem using painter's tape, but I always use 3M brand. It's a touch more expensive than house- or off- brands, but I know the adhesive won't pull up paper even if left on for weeks (Yup, I did that, once 🤣 ).

A good brand of regular old masking tape works just as well as painter's tape, but sometimes let's a bit of paint leak under the edge.

Some artists still swear by Kraft tape, the brown stuff that has to have the adhesive side wet like an envelope. My luck with that has been spotty, at best.

Using a block that has all 4 sides glued up eliminates the need to stretch the paper, so no tape needed.