How to fix watercolour painting problems

I have just posted a series of six articles on my Painting With Watercolors website which cover the topic of fixing or repairing a watercolour painting which you may previously have just thrown out.

Most people think that a watercolour painting is very hard if not impossible to repair or fix but this is not usually the case. There is really quite a deal you can do to turn what you think is a failed painting into a success. Obviously it is always better not to have to repair a painting or correct it but it is also good to know that there is a lot you can do to fix it.

Old shearing shed watercolour painting by Joe Cartwright

Old shearing shed watercolour painting by Joe Cartwright

I usually do not cover this topic of watercolor painting fixes until my students have already progressed to a certain level of proficiency as I like to keep them focused on the importance of good technique and design principles when they first start out. However once a level of proficiency is achieved, and as everyone has the odd watercolour painting that needs improvement, then why not look at how to make these repairs.

Some of the topics covered in these articles are:

  • Stray dots which land in the sky section of your painting
  • Tone too light in a section of your painting
  • Mass of tree foliage to flat and uninteresting
  • Large splash of paint in and unintended or unwanted location.
  • Objects in the wrong place
  • A small area of your painting which is too dark
  • Lost highlights
  • Composition doesn’t look right
  • Small area of muddy color
  • Large area of muddy color
  • Painting is a real mess and really can’t be fixed
  • An area of the painting is too dark

You can find the first part of this article here: How to fix a watercolour painting.

Happy painting,

Joe