5 IDEAS to Fix a Pen Spelling Mistake in Your Sketchbook

Your beautiful Hand lettered quote in your journal has pen spelling mistake! No worries, I’ll share 5 ways to fix it today!

It has happened to us all. Even with the best intentions and double-checking every word you pen- you’ve made a spelling mistake. While using Brush Pens, spelling mistakes happen but they can be easily fixed and these are my go-to tricks.

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5 ideas to fix Pen Spelling Mistakes in your Sketchbooks:

1. Use a Sand Eraser

For this quote, I misspelt the word and wrote “Many” instead of “Matter”

Since I was using this Mixed media sketchbook, which has quite decently thick pages I chose to fix the spelling mistake by using a Sand Eraser. This eraser works like super-fine sandpaper and will gently scrape off the top layer of your paper.

Tip: This will erase even a black ink off of a white page- but you need to erase slowly and apply an even soft pressure.

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I then lettered the correct word and I love how it turned out!

This method will leave the area you erased rough and uneven, so be cautious when you bring the pen back to the paper.

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2. Use a Water Brush

Using a Water Brush will not work on ALL papers! If you are working on watercolor or mixed media paper AND using a lighter color of brush pen this method will work.

Here is spelled muffin with 3 f’s :). A big pen spelling mistake indeed. As soon as you catch your spelling mistake paint over your letter with a generous amount of water using a Water Brush. Be careful to not touch the water to the adjacent letters. Work carefully but also quickly.

Then using a paper towel or tissue dab all of the water off of the page. Repeat these two steps- paint with water and then dabbing with a paper a few times till the color almost disappears.


NOTE: This method will not completely remove the mistake, but it can remove enough so that the word can be reworked.

ALSO NOTE: This method works better with certain colors than others.


3. Cover it with paper

This is an easier solution if you don’t mind a little layer on top.

Here, my pen slid while I was lettering the last word “side”. But I so loved the floral illustration already, that I decided to think out of the box. I trimmed a small banner shape of the same paper and instead of trying to make it blend in-, I made it stand out. Run your pink marker along the edges of the banner to decorate it and then adhere it in place. Letter your correct word into the banner 🙂


4. Paint over it

A great colorful option to correct your mistake is to use paint.

Here I didn’t make a pen spelling mistake, but I really did not like the way the f from “mindful” and the w from “new” collided. Since this was in my dot grid journal, the sand eraser might have torn the page.

So I used a pencil to lightly sketch out a floral illustration, that was large enough to cover the words. Using these acrylic craft paints, I simply painted bold florals to cover my mistake.

NOTE: You can also paint the entire page a solid color and then write on top with a marker or gel pen

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5. Leave it be

While this is not a “fix” this is also a great option to consider.

Here I spelled the word “Happiness” with just one p instead of two and did not realize my pen spelling mistake till much later!

I liked the way quote looked, and decided to let it be as is. That is not a bad option- as we are all human and mistakes are just a part of life.


Smitha Katti creativespace e1577349763159

Hi, I’m Smitha! I live in Minnesota with my husband and two daughters. You’ll always find me painting florals in my sketchbook. And I love the sheer joy of making something with just my hands! But my bigger love is capturing it all on camera Read more.

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  1. These are great tips! I have used number 3 many times, covering mistakes with paper! It often turns out better than planned!

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