Watercolour preparation

This page serves as a reference for preparing watercolour paper to fit standard mount sizes.

Image sizes

Reference Length Height
A 10″ 8″
B 12″ 8″
C(i) 7″ 5″
C(ii) 6″ 4″
D(i) 5″ 5″
D(ii) 4″ 4″
E(i) 8″ 6″
E(ii) 7″ 5″
F*

*can be used for two 4″ by 5″ images or trimmed to C

Paper cutting

Paper roll width: 59″

Reference Length Height
A 14″ 12″
B 16″ 12″
C 10″ 8″
D 8″ 8″
E 10″ 12″
F 14″ 8″

12″ row height cut pattern: B A E E E
8″ row height cut pattern: D D F C C C

Approx paper cost (Fabriano): 0.373p / square inch

Board cutting

Currently using 9mm thick hardwood plywood
Board dimensions: 607mm by 1220mm (approx 48″ by 24″)

Reference Length Height
A 16″ 14″
B 18″ 14″
C 12″ 10″
D 10″ 10″
E 12″ 14″

Piece 1: 14 by 24; E + E
Piece 2: 14 by 34; A + B
Piece 3: 10 by 34; C + C + D

Notes: On each side the gummed tape obscures 1″ board from edge and 1″ of paper (2″ width gummed tape). In-between 0.5″ and 1″ of additional border are left on the unobscured paper for sketching space. Composition can be laid out on unobscured paper and the final cropping done with low tack masking tape before painting. All dimensions are based on these figures.