# Filling in gaps in illustrator (by not using gap detection)

I am trying to colour an image on adobe illustrator. I initially "image traced" the image, so many of the strokes disappeared. I used live paint and direct selection to fill in the colours. However, now I am at the point of finishing my colouring, but there are gaps outside of my image that I can't fill. I tried gap detection, it does not fill the gaps. I tried joining the strokes with the paths but then I can't colour within the region. How do I join the gaps and colour within it? I hope what I am asking makes sense.

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