Correcting a mistake by removing Excessive Paint from Canvas

Not every time we can make a perfect painting, sometimes, a part of a painting may look muddy or an area where there is much texture and we did not want like that. It may lead to a new start by keeping this aside, which you feel cannot work otherwise. The article tells you some tips to cover up these mistakes while painting on a canvas.

Don’t panic after finding a mistake in a canvas, though it is bigger. Sometimes we get emotionally attached to a work we are doing and find it exhausting to clear the mess, it is vital to think clearly. There are ways to fix the issue no matter there is an acrylic, oil or pastels. An Effective way is to add a white to it and make it a fresh start. You may lose texture and quality of the painting while doing it. It is in the case where your painting is thin and after applying white it starts looking vibrant than the rest of the painting, which can be easily caught by viewers. You can also produce a photo to painting from

Titanium White:

You can apply two coats of titanium to cover up a mistake on a painting. This will help to cover all the colors including darker shade like black due to its opaque texture. Try applying two coats not more than that, which helps you to provide fresh base after it gets dry enough. Avoid confusion between titanium white and zinc white as its latter is transparent as compared to former. You must paint it completely without any stain to get the clean base.

Wet Paint:

This technique is mostly used in oil painting rather than acrylic as it gets dry quickly. Oil paints take sufficient time to dry.

  • Try to clean all the paint as you can with a painting knife without hurting a fabric.
  • Use a cloth to wipe out all the paint as you can. Make sure it does not drag across other parts as it can cost you more.
  • Make a use of solvent on cloth, if there is more paint if a stain is remaining.
  • Make sure the cloth is not damped, as you must dry it with a bit of water. It can result in water dripping and ruining of the rest area.
  • Once all is cleaned, let the area dry completely. It may take 2-3 days if oil paint is used.
  • Once it is dried fully, apply two layers of titanium white and let it dry fully.
  • Repainting can be done now.


This technique is used by beginners to erase a mistake in oil painting. It is useful if you want to redo a mistaken area or add texture to a certain place. What you need to do is given below;

  • Take a paper piece of the same size as of the area to remove paint.
  • By putting it on painted area (which has to be wet) and give some pressure without hurting a canvas.
  • Gently take away the paper from a canvas.
  • Repeat the process until the whole area gets cleaned.
  • If there is a stain remaining, use a small cloth with oil painting solvent and wipe, without touching other parts.

For Dry Paint:

Try the following techniques in case of the acrylic paints;

  • With sandpaper, sand down the area to be repainted.
  • Use pellet knife to remove wet paint in case it comes across
  • Use a damp cloth to remove excess paint and stain.
  • Let it dry for a day and then apply two again.

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