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A facebook art page “follower” asked me today, “i failed to understand how you remake the failed or destroyed painting; i mean how you clean the watercolors from the paper ?

I am writing today to tell Naeema how I do it.

I will explain in a three part blog about three techniques I have developed

which work for me.


This was a bad painting, going nowhere. With nothing to lose, I sprayed it with water, then dropped on colors  of acrylic inks. These inks come in liquid form in small bottles and are very concentrated. When mixed with the water on the paper they become less concentrated, and allow some of the painting you are covering to show through. This allows for interesting depths and textures to give you ideas.


Further textures can be added by covering the wet paint with plastic.


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After I decide what to paint on top, I sketch on my idea and use white ink or white gauche to complete my creation. Details with other colors of watercolor can also be added.

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This was a bad floral painting I covered over.  Transformation- Breaking Through

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I scrubbed off much of the bad painting with water and paper toweling, then added color with opaque pearlescent gauche to create Woman of the Forest.

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Failed painting wet, then white ink dropped on. Later, I covered it with alternating strips of paper, worked on exposed strips, then repositioned the strips and worked on the uncovered portions.


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I seek inspiration from the work of other artists, from how to books, from playing with materials, from my students and family. And I seek from my imagination- having always had a vivid one, lol.

Experimenting with art materials teaches me a lot, and having the freedom to cover up mistakes is quite liberating!

Next week, more ways to cover up your failed artwork, rise up your phoenix from the ashes!

Happy February!