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Lifting dry watercolor paint

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Lifting dry watercolor paint with watercolor brushes

Any of your regular watercolor brushes can be used to lift dry watercolor paint. Use clear water with a gentle scrubbing motion, blotting carefully with a drier brush or tissue as you go.

Using red sable or other soft hair brushes creates a softer edge but is less effective at loosening the dried paint from the paper.

This method offers greater control in the areas you are lightening.

Using your good painting brushes for lifting paint can wear down the fine tips over time. If you’ve invested money in high quality brushes spend a few more bucks and keep some synthetic watercolor brushes handy for your dry color lifting needs.