Deb Ward, GWS, OWS, PWS, WSI - WATERCOLOR/WATER MEDIA - My passion is teaching adult “beginners”. Weekly classes in my home; workshops; classes for Cincinnati Recreation Commission. My work is nationally recognized and published - see “Featured” on my sidebar. I’m a Signature Member of Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana state Watercolor Societies, Cincinnati Art Club, past-President of Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society. Contact info below under “Class Information”

Thursday, August 1, 2013


I needed a painting board that would hold a full sheet of watercolor paper before I left for my recent retreat.

You can buy these boards, called “watercolor boards”, at Jerry’s or ASW online, but it was too late for me to order one. You can buy materials to make them locally and probably much cheaper. I made a trip to our local Home Depot and found just what I needed.

The material will probably be located by the lumber and trim. It’s a corrugated white plastic called Plaskolite – you can hopefully read that here.
Since it’s plastic, paint will wash off, but it’s sturdy enough to prop up your painting.

As you can see, I rounded the corners so I wouldn’t poke anyone! I just used an Xacto knife and drew the curve by running a pencil around the edge of a cup.

Then I cut out a “handle” and wrapped it with art tape. I’m sure you could do something much neater than I did, but, hey, it works! And, “if it works, it’s perfect” – that’s my motto!

Let me know if you make any of these and how they work for you!

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