Not all paintings that we do are satisfactory. We make mistakes! Sometimes it might be a part of the painting which might look muddy or an area where there is excessive texture and we did not plan in that way. It could make you want to leave the whole thing or start over fresh because we feel it won’t work out otherwise. Just relax and read this article as we give you some tips to help you cover up the mistakes that you commit on canvas while painting.
The first and foremost thing is to not panic when you spot a mistake on the canvas, no matter how big it is. We all get attached to the work we do and sometimes it could also be emotionally exhausting so to objectively clear the mess it is important that you also think clearly. It does not matter if the paint is acrylic, oil or pastel – you can always find a way to fix it. The most effective way is to white out the area where you have spotted a mistake and begin it fresh. However, in doing so very often the painting loses the texture and quality. This could be a major issue mostly if your entire painting is thin and the area which you have repainted starts looking more vibrant compared to the rest of the painting, which will be noticeable to viewers.
The best way to cover up a mistake on a painting is to apply two coats of titanium white over it. This colour is opaque and can cover almost all colours including darker shades such as black. However, it is advisable to apply two coats only and not more. This will provide you with a fresh base to start over when it has dried away. Don’t confuse titanium white with zinc white, as the latter is more transparent than the former. Also, make sure that you paint it completely white and leave no stains of the colours beneath it to ensure a clean base.
This technique is more applicable for oil paintings than acrylics since acrylic paints dry up quickly as compared to oil paints. Oil paints do not dry up fast and take sufficient time.
- Try to sweep off as much paint as you can with a painting knife without hampering the fabric.
- Take a soft cloth and gently wipe off as much paint as you can. However, make sure that the cloth used is not dragged across other areas of the painting. It could cost you big!
- You can add some solvent to the cloth and then wipe off if there is excess paint or stain still left on it.
- In doing this ensure that you have not damped the cloth a bit too much. It only needs to be slightly dry with a bit of water. You would not want water dripping on your canvas and ruining the rest of the area.
- Make sure once this is cleaned you allow the area to dry completely. This could take 2-3 days in the case of oil paints.
- Once the area has died down completely, apply two fresh coats of titanium white and let it dry completely.
- You can now repaint the area.
Tonking is a beginner’s technique that is mostly used to erase a mistake while doing oil painting( For oil painting, you can refer to instapainting.com ). If you want to redo an area where you have committed a mistake or add texture to a certain place talking bits of help. Here’s what you need to do:
- Take a piece of paper of the same size as the area you want to cover and remove the paint from.
- Now gently put it over the painted area (which should be wet also) and put pressure with your hand without damaging the canvas.
- Now take the paper away from it gently.
- You can repeat the process as long as there is no more paint left in the area.
- If you still notice stains of the paint on it, take a small cloth and put some oil painting solvent on it and wipe it on the area, without touching the other parts of the painting.
For Dry Paint
You can apply the following technique in case of acrylic paints:
- Sand down the area where you want to repaint with a sandpaper.
- If you come across wet paint in the process, just remove it with a palette knife.
- Take a damp cloth in order to remove away stains or excess paint.
- Now let the area dry for a day and then apply two