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Tips for Erasing Your Art

Use these supplies to remove art from your Mockups.

All of us — even professional artists — make mistakes. These mistakes often lead to new ideas, but sometimes you just want a DO-OVER.  The great thing about Mockups is that they make it pretty easy to remove your work and start over, so the only thing you really have to worry about is following your sense of adventure and inspiration.

The best method for removing all or part of your artwork depends on the art materials you are using.  But regardless of the material, you’ll want to try the least invasive (and least toxic!) methods first.

Acrylic

  • First, try to scrape off the dry paint with your fingernail. If it comes off, you can usually take off your work by scraping with an object like the dull side of a butter knife, and then following up with an eraser.
  • If your artwork doesn’t scrape off, you can try a mild cleaner or solvent such as mineral spirits.
  • If mineral spirits don’t work, you can use acetone (nail polish remover). This stuff is pretty harsh and should only be used under the supervision of an adult.  Always follow the guidelines on the product packaging.

Pencil

  • First, try using your eraser.  This will probably do it.

Colored Pencil

  • Also try using your eraser first.
  • If your eraser doesn’t work, try using some mild cleaner with a textured cloth. 

Spray Paint

  • Remember to keep it simple. If it’s just a color issue, consider spraying over the existing art.
  • If you must remove the paint, you can try an organic cleaner mineral spirits.
  • If mineral spirits don’t work, you can use acetone (nail polish remover). This stuff is pretty harsh and should only be used under the supervision of an adult.  Always follow the guidelines on the product packaging.