I’ve generally tended to do a fairly dry watercolour painting (misnomer?!) but many people like a wash – so… how to keep your paper from getting too warped?

Even the finest watercolour paper can buckle under a wash of paint. Our paper is 250gsm thick. It’s a general paper that the printer recommended because we wanted a relatively smooth surface for pencils and pastels, but thick enough to take paints.

Take a look online, you’ll find lots of videos showing you how to prepare paper, and you don’t need special equipment: a few minutes soak in a clean baking tray of water, excess water blotted off and tape with masking tape to a clean board or surface – and you’re ready to paint. Let your painting dry before you remove the masking tape.