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Think you've finished a Social Artworking step incorrectly? Well, since each Social Artworking canvas is unique, there's no right or wrong way to complete them. But, if you're determined to get your painting back on track, the tips and tricks below can help.


 Have an undesirable brushstroke, a paint drip, or an incorrectly mixed color? If the Social Artworking paint is still wet or semi-wet, there's still hope. Take a paper towel and dip it in water, and rub the paper towel over undesired paint until it fades as much as possible. Beware of water drips from the paper towel. Then paint over the area to with the correct color.

OVERLOADED BRUSH: Many common problems come from having too much paint on your brush. This can make it difficult to paint small details and the brush may become out of control.

TOO WIDE: When brushstrokes are too fat, either use the Erase Method and start again, or paint over each side of the fat brushstroke to make it skinnier and more appealing.

PAINTING DETAILS: When painting details, be sure to apply less paint to the brush. Remember, more paint does not necessarily mean more fluidity when painting.

BRUSH CONTROL: Try adding less paint and some water to the brush to cover more surface area with a smoother result.

CHANGE BRUSHES: If you feel more comfortable using a different brush than the number instructed, feel free to change to the one you like. However, your resulting painting might seem a bit more unique than the Social Artworking design you purchased!

SPILLS: Spills are bound to happen. Just remain calm, clean up the mess, and quickly move on. DecoMagic Brush Cleaner may help remove stubborn stains.

WATCH YOUR STUFF: Be careful where you place your brush, and don't confuse your brush cup for your or someone else's drinking glass!

DRYING HELP: To minimize drying time, don't load too much paint on your brush. Fans or hair dryers are helpful for speeding up the drying time of Social Artworking acrylics on canvas.

PATTERN TRANSFERS: To successfully transfer your Social Artworking pattern, be sure to:

  • Position the pattern and use several pieces of easy-release tape to adhere it to only the top of the canvas.
  • Slide the transfer/graphite paper under the pattern, graphite side down, and trace over design lines.
  • Be sure the pattern is centered and spaced evenly before beginning to trace the lines.
  • Carefully lift the pattern and graphite when done, to check for complete transfer. If you miss something, just re-align the design and continue.


TRANSFER MISTAKES: If your pattern looks a bit off-center after you've transferred it or you messed up a line, don't worry. A simple pencil eraser will work to remove the graphite transfer from the canvas.

MIXING COLORS: You can easily mix the Social Artworking paints to create a wide variety of colors for your piece:

  • When mixing colors, be sure to mix enough to do the instructed steps. This will save time and keep you from having to re-mix more paint, which often leads to color differences on the finished piece.
  • If your color becomes too muddy on the palette, it is better to discard the paint and start over than to try to "fix" it by adding additional paint. Just get a new, clean palette and remix your Social Artworking acrylics for fresh, bright colors.


UNEVEN EDGES: If your brush slips and you get uneven design edges in your detail work, grab a cotton swab for a quick fix. Dampen the cotton swab with water, squeeze out any excess moisture in a paper towel, and use the swab to wipe away unwanted paint while it's still wet.

DRY PAINT MISTAKES: If paint has dried before you notice a mistake, just apply a base coat color or other desired color over unwanted area. Remember that any area can be painted over once the paint is completely dry.

BE PATIENT: Wet colors mix and blend on canvas and become "muddy", or they change color from the desired effect to a not-so-desirable effect. If the instructions call for you to allow the previous step to dry, it's a good idea to follow them.

WORK AT YOUR OWN PACE: If you fall behind the rest of your painting group, don't panic. Everyone works at his or her own pace, and you can always purchase your own Social Artworking pattern pack to complete your piece at home if needed.

SEALING THE SURFACE: Be sure to allow your painting to dry completely before applying sealer or varnish to protect the surface.

YOU CAN DO THIS: Don't get discouraged if your piece does not look exactly like the original picture. Your own Social Artworking painter's touch is what makes your painting unique and gives it personality!

HAVE FUN: Remember to have fun with this. Stress will make painting harder!