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Have you ever done a drawing and accidently spilled water on it?  Or maybe your paper just ended up too wonky from painting too much?  Well I have the way to fix that!

Now if you spilled water or juice or something and messed up the coloring or the drawing itself...well I can't help you there...but I do know how to make your paper go straight again after its gone all wobbly.

For this you'll need:

- The messed up drawing.  It has to have already dried.  Do NOT try this while the paper is still wet!
- about 4 to 6 spare sheets of thin paper from your printer
- spare fabric, enough to cover the drawing.  A nice cotton shirt works well
- an iron
- a heavy book

Step 1:  prep your iron so its nice and hot.  While your waiting for it to get warm go to step 2.

Step 2:  Lay two sheets of paper onto a flat surface.  I used a notebook but a table or thick board works too...a cushioned ironing board will not work

Step 3:  Lay your messed up drawing on top of the two sheets and then place another two sheets of paper over that.

Step 4:  Lay your fabric over the papers and make sure that everything is even and smooth

Step 5:  Take your iron and press over the entire area.  The Fabric will soak up any condensation from the steam and the two sheets of paper over your drawing will protect it from further damage.  Keep the iron on the spot for a few seconds...you can count to 5.

Step 6:  After ironing the whole area, lay your heavy book on top of the fabric and papers.  Do this immediately after you take the iron off the drawing

Step 7:  Go get a cookie and enjoy it while you let the book sit for a minute.

Step 8:  Take everything off and see how your drawings wonky shape from the water is gone! Ta-da~! all nice and flat again!

It may not end up perfect *mine didn't* but it will be a lot smoother than before.  :3 I hope this helps people...I just tried doing this now and I never heard of this method before.  I only heard of pressing it between books but not using an actual iron -3- I'd recommend testing it out on a practice sheet of paper first.  I might make this into an actual tutorial and post it in my gallery later if it gets positive feedback *nod*

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:iconnightmarelord90:
nightmarelord90 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Now if only i could actually draw well enough for this to be worth trying. i would post things but I'm to scared of what people will say.
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NihilisticD Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
I just set a drawing onto a big wet ring where my water glass was :-( I am going to use this technique now. What I did in the meantime is set it on a warm computer and it dried very fast.
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TheSixBPencil Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
im gonna try this out! my mum spilled water on my commission, and the deadline is today! you are my saviour if this helps! thank you!:D
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MikeEnv-usClothing Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
Im about to attempt this right now i'll report back with results
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mineralz4Dream Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Wonderful! I might just be able to save my drawing which received water from a nearly full glass :/
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RobotPerson Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
Awesome. Really useful! :D
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AlissaMT Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Student General Artist
I always buy super thick board to paint on because I hate when my paintings buckle. XD But drawing while I'm drinking something makes me paranoid. One of my high school art teachers actually had a special giant press iron to flatten drawings and paintings. XD
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kikitue Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Student General Artist
I reckon with the painting face down is alot safer cause if you're using leaky liquid watercolours the colours would intwine just to annoy you x_x

kikitue xx
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raila Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
well either way your sandwiching it in between paper and the fabric which is why I figure it wouldn't matter too much, plus the paper should already be dry so I'm not sure the colors would be leaky.
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kikitue Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Student General Artist
Lol at any rate I gotta try it out, at some point, thanks for the heads up n_n

kikitue xx
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Sonicrox-888 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Student
lol cool thanks
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pepsicolatier Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
:D Finally!

Very smart, by the way. This will come in handy.
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FaithAverted Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
"Wow, that's incredibly helpful!" xD Truly, it is. :3 I WILL NEVER BECOME ENRAGED OVER A WET DRAWING AGAIN. 8D
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Hellsing365 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
*rotfl* brilliant!
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Kingpoof Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This may come in handy :)
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Kawano-Chihiko Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
One question, is the image facing towards the iron or away? Just because I know I am going to mess up a picture in this way and I value your master splinter abilities.

~Sarah
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raila Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
XD oh lawl~ well I had the drawing laying face up but I think you could do it up or down
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moonsun098 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Student Filmographer
Woh, perfect timing. Just spilled water on something yesterday. XD Now all I need is an iron |Db
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VoodooBunni Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
Also works for laminated covers of paper backs. If you bend the cover, you can iron the wrinkle of out the lamination.
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milkberry-chocolate Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
that's a neat way of treating wet paper. thanks for sharing the tip :) :heart:

I thought it was impossible to do that, I guess not anymore :XD:
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myshrinkingviolet Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
This is the same way the heat presses work in our school. They're very convenient!^_^
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The-Tabby-Cat Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
Sounds spiffy! ^_^

I might try this out sometime... just for the sake of trying it out. xD
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havockid Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
hha i think if you "stretch" the paper ( dunno seem to have heard of sumthing like tat) before you paint it would eliminate such problems o.O haha
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:iconraila:
raila Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
ummm...stretching the paper sounds like it might rip XD

This is moreso if you messed up and didn't stretch the paper beforehand I guess.
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:iconhavockid:
havockid Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
haha mm stretching paper is basically wetting it before hand and.. dunno how "stretch" it and dry flat so it wonk up next time

haha yea i do agree that this would be more helpful if u went. OMG THE PAINT, THE PAPER, THE CURLS! D: haha
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:iconraila:
raila Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
XD yeah unfortunately I had water spill on one of my drawings earlier today *first time in years* so I had to think of a way to fix it.
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havockid Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
haha creative thinking! :D its similar to the batik technique of remoxing wax after you are done with it :D
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h-eri Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
Oh wow cool! I wish I knew about this a while back. D: It'll definitely come in handy, I'm sure. ^^
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