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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Lifting Watercolor Pencils? SURE!

Sometimes we're told watercolor pencils (or even watercolor) can't be lifted, once it's down it's THERE and there's no fixing it.

Not true. Even Derwent Inktense lifts fairly well, allowing you to regain a lighter value, adjust color, or soften an edge.

The trick is to use a stiff brush and clear water, and quickly blot away loosened pigment. Do it again, if you need to, but don't damage your paper.

You can use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, too--find them in the laundry and kitchen-cleaner section of your store, but don't get the one with soap built in!

Here's a demo with three different brands of watercolor pencils...give it a try!


  1. Wow, they really did lift! I have to pull out a bristle brush to keep handy. I know I have one somewhere around here...

  2. I have a rather stiff little nylon brush I use, too...you can get a very sharp line with it!

  3. Brilliant! What a fabulous mythbuster you are Kate!


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