We all make mess up our watercolor paintings sometimes, even me! (Frequently my foster kittens.)
Lifting is the process of removing watercolor pigment from your papers surface with a paper towel or sometimes a dry brush.
PRO TIP: using an untextured soft paper towel works miracles! Some napkins and towels tear or leave behind bits of material. Viva Cloth-like Paper Towels are my absolute favorite and must-have for any watercolorist! This is not sponsored or endorsed- I’m saying this because it’s true! Good luck!