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    So, it would seem, then, that this is a valid solution (pun intended) to the problem. I just came home from work and eleven hours later a test sheet was still flat on a piece of glass. The corners are starting to lift where the paper had dried and in the middle the there is still a coat of water.

    I actually use this method often when painting with watercolor, it saves having to tape or staple the edges to a board.

    Thanks for the comments.

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    Dear Tim,

    I am impressed by your ingenuity. Well done.

    Neal Wydra

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    Well, thank you Neal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim_bessell View Post
    Sorry, should have mentioned the paper is Ilford MG IV RC.
    Will it work with FB? I've had the same concern, bent paper
    needing to be flat. I put several small sheets of FB through
    the test. First a short soak in H2O, a sponge drying each
    side, then on to the easel. Flat enough. Papers it would
    seem have manufacturing stresses included as pancake
    flat they would not go. So Very nearly flat.

    The problem was an uneven reflective sheen left
    upon the emulsion. That even with the most patient
    sponging of the surface. So, failure. I did consider
    trying the technique you've described; wetting a
    flat surface then placing the paper upon. I've
    doubts the method would work with FB. Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by dancqu View Post
    Will it work with FB?
    Dan,

    Sorry I can't answer that question. I didn't apply water to the paper, but just to a sheet of plate glass. I would suggest experimenting with a scrap piece first to find a technique that works. The backside of my paper is very smooth and didn't need very much water at all. Water never soaked through to the emulsion side.

    When you find a method that works with FB paper, please let us know.

    thanX
    tim

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