Altered Art Technique Peeled Paint Effect

Using paint and a simple altered art technique you can create a special peeled paint effect on your altered art or scrapbooking pages. Note this process may not be acid free!


Creating special effects can be fun but often need to be practiced before trying it on a layout or special project. This particular effect also requires time to dry so this may be better done at home.

Prepare the area that you plan to use putting down any paper or photos as the bottom layer. You must then paint over the entire area with a gel medium and let dry.

Once the gel medium has dried you can use your finger or brush to apply streaks of petroleum jelly. You are applying the petroleum jelly to the area you want to show under the next layer of paint.

Now apply a contrasting paint color covering the entire area. After the paint has dried you can wipe away the paint on the areas you covered with petroleum jelly. The areas where you removed the paint will appear to be peeled away.

I used a small paintbrush to apply the petroleum jelly. Next time I plan to use a bigger brush for a more dramatic look. Note after the paint dried I wiped the petroleum jelly off the paper.

You have now created the effect of Peeled Paint!

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