Well, nothing is on fire.
You know how when you do big washes on watercolor paper the paper gets all wobbly? I had enough of it. Ever resourceful and with sharpened critical thinking skills from years of being lazy, naturally, I reach for my clothes iron.
The thought process was simple. What removes wobblies? Iron does. Did I consider maybe that the paper would combust? Of COURSE I did. I did gently smother it with a pillow case beforehand.
Shhh no its ok I’m totally not about to burn you to a crisp aha,
The heat did somewhat flatten the paper…? Maybe?? Losing all pretense of thoughtfulness I just slap the iron on the bare paper and go to town.
You can’t tell but this is a before and after shot.
Hypothesis is proved incorrect due to the fact that the iron emits a penetrating steam and the resulting water made the paper even more wobble-prone. In the words of my ni chan, if anything, it made the wobbles smaller and more numerous. Resigned to fate and contemplating nihilistic thoughts I painted on top of the wobblies. I garner a small amount of accomplishment. I slap a bunch of heavy books on it and call it a night.
Maybe the iron helped denature the wobbles. Maybe the books did the job by themselves. As for what truly transpired… I guess we’ll never know for sure.