How to Fix Mistakes and Make Corrections in Ink Art

Articles & Drawing Tutorials, Drawing With Ink

Ink drawing has a reputation of a technique that doesn’t allow considerable correcting: after the line is already drawn, it’s difficult to remove it.

The more experience has an artist, the fewer mistakes are going to be made. If the drawing was properly thought over beforehand, it’s much easier to create a flawless artwork.

Experience and courage are helpful too because they allow transforming an unforeseen contingency into a beautiful improvisation, but sometimes an accident can occur. 🙂 It can be a shaky hand day or drop of ink, accidentally fallen from the nib.

In this article, I would like to tell you about my ways to handle issues like that. Of course, if the mistake in your drawing is too big and fundamental, sometimes the only method to achieve a good result is to redraw everything from scratch, especially if you need a neat clean copy.

But some small mistakes can be edited very successfully. It is possible to fix something, even in an ink drawing! 🙂

Let’s have a look at the photo with the most effective and simple artist’s helpers.


  1. White ink pen (or white liquid ink + nib).

If the white ink is dense enough, it can cover the strokes those were drawn with black ink by mistake. Sometimes a thin layer of white acrylic or gouache paints are used instead of applying the white ink. After the white re-cover layer is dry, you can draw with black ink on the top of it.

This method can be a real rescue for your artwork, but don’t be too carried away with it. The best way to become a master in ink technique is to aspire to “no corrections” mindset.

  1. Eraser with a rough surface.

On my photo, you can see an eraser with two ends, a light for pencil and a dark for pen strokes. The dark one is helpful for removing unwanted ink strokes. It’s important to hold the paper sheet carefully while erasing because you can accidently crumple it. This way is appropriate for thick and qualitative types of paper, the low-quality paper may crisp and create pellets too soon.

3. Emery paper – better small-grained one. It can easily remove some excess ink strokes if you rub your drawing with its rough surface.

4. An ordinary office knife, similar to knives those are used for sharpening pencils. This method is really great for small areas on coated paper (you can just cut off a layer with the mistake strokes with the blade, and it can be almost invisible). However, the knife way is appropriate for thick types of paper like whatman, too.

What you can do if you applied one of these ways, removed the unwanted ink strokes, but the surface of the paper is damaged and rough? There is one simple way to make it smoother.

Take a sheet of thick paper and place it above the problem area of your drawing. Press the paper sheets accurately with your hand. Also, you can try to erase with a rubber just on top of the blank buffer paper (and the damaged area below it). The paper fringe will flatten and the drawing will look more neat and natural.

I wish you happy and successful fixing of all your drawing mistakes and correcting flaws 🙂 Don’t fear to make a wrong thing, mistakes are our experience. Have fun creating! 😀

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