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After a three week bout with the flu, I am back- This is a re-post of a previous blog.

I had been writing a three part series about how to re-work a bad watercolor painting, and this is the third way. Ordinary laundry bleach can strip the paper of pigment- sometimes. Use it carefully, first diluting with water, increasing the concentration if needed. Use in a well ventilated room. Don’t spill it on your good clothing, as I am prone to do-

So you painted a watercolor, it is too busy, too dark, too something. You spray water on it, scrub it, dab it, but the paint won’t lighten. It has stained the paper deeply, like good watercolor should do, and it won’t leave. Image I had heard about painters using bleach to lighten or remove watercolor from paintings. I liked the colors here, the turtle, but the background didn’t fit…

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