Stains on your good drawing paper? Never fear! Stains don’t have to be the end of the world, even if they’re old and dried into the paper.

Some time ago I wrote about what to do if you accidentally spill something on your drawing surface. I came up with some techniques for removing fresh stains from watercolor paper and another on using bleach as a last resort. Both are both good articles if you need to simply minimize the damage caused by a spill.

3 Ways to Remove Old Stains from Good Drawing Paper

The best tip for removing fresh stains is to quickly blot the stain with a damp paper towel. Pick up as much of the stain as you can, then blot the paper dry. If you’re fast enough, you’re likely to be able to use the paper once it dries.

But what if the stain is old? What if it’s dried into the paper? Is there any hope for that sheet of paper, or is it good only for cropping or scrapping?

I’m here to tell you there are ways to remove old stains from good drawing paper; it really isn’t the end of the world!

In this week’s article on EmptyEasel, I’ll tell you what I did—what worked and what didn’t—when I found old stains on a brand new sheet of drawing paper. Read 3 Ways to Remove Old Stains from Good Drawing Paper on EmptyEasel.