First, you have to recognize that your paper will never be the same after ripping or overworking the paper. As best as possible – try not to damage your paper. The paper is really what makes or breaks a painting – and overworking can damage a piece beyond help. But – realize that mistakes happen and as long as the rip-page is contained to a small area – there are a couple of things you can do to hide the blunder.
The first solution is to used an acrylic paint which is thick and opaque – to cover the damages paper. This solution can provide a sense of depth and interest to your piece that otherwise would have been. I once used this technique to paint tree bark – one some damaged paper. The texture of the paint mixed with the watercolor – created some interesting details that I otherwise couldn’t have achieved with just watercolor. However, keep in mind, you can’t paint over this stuff with watercolor.
The second solution is one I used in a recent video! Check out the video below! This is one of my favorite ways to repair damages paper! Since gold foil is great for creating texture in a painting – it also is great for covering up unwanted texture. Simply paint the torn area with gliding solution and then lay the gold foil where you desire. To add even more texture – you can paint iridescent watercolor paint on top of the foil for even more fun.
Finally, you can create a 3D paper effect by painting sections of the illustration on a separate piece of paper and then gluing those sections to your original piece. This can create really unique depth in a painting and add a whimsical 3D paper art effect.
ARCHES 300LB WATERCOLOR PAPER SHEET (I bought mine from
BIRCH WOOD SHEET FROM HOME DEPOT
GRAFIX ALL PURPOSE LOW TACK FRISKET FILM ROLL (DON’T BUY THIS :P)
STAPEL GUN (purchased mine at HOME DEPOT)
IRIDESCENT WRAPPING PAPER (purchased mine at WORLD MARKET)
MEASURING CUPS (FOR POURING WATER)
IPAD AND PROCREATE (for digital drawing)
Gold Brown -Winsor & Newton (discontinued ?)