How to Fix a Dent in Canvas Artwork

I’m incredibly clumsy which is one of the reasons why I really like painting acrylic on canvas. It’s durable and it’s basically Katana proof. Once I even sliced open one of my canvases (how did that even happen?) and had to stitch it up and paint over it.

Don’t worry, a fix for a dent is a lot easier. It just happened to me so I took some photos to share the repair.

I just finished painting a landscape and put it down on a table; I didn’t even see the keys that were sitting on the table. The keys left a dent in the surface of the artwork which doesn’t look good.

An unsightly dent in the finished artwork.
An unsightly dent in the finished artwork. Don’t worry we can fix this. I took a picture with glare so you can see the dent more easily!
Here is the dented canvas from the back. In a previous life it was a demo canvas so I used the back to show an example.
Here is the dented canvas from the back. In a previous life it was a demo canvas. I used the back to demonstrate a brushstroke which is why there’s paint here! 

Take a note of that curved line because in the next picture you can’t see the dent.

Repair ruined canvas art by adding water on the back
Just add water to the back of the canvas. It will bead up, so massage it a little to make it soak in. And just like Kelly Clarkson, it’s Already Gone.
The canvas dent is fixed
And now the canvas dent is fixed!

Author: Katana

Katana Leigh is a professional international artist with her paintings at home in Canada, the USA, Costa Rica, Australia, and more. Find her on Artist Katana Shop, Google! and Instagram

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