Art Journal: Distressed Paint Technique

Welcome everyone!!! I’m working in my Dylusions Small Flip Journal today and playing around with a distressed layered paint technique using petroleum jelly. There’s nothing better to me than old furniture with layers and layers of paint that are gems of time gone by!

I started with some torn pages from a book and glued them in place on my page. Next step is to cover the entire page with Gel Medium to “even the field” so all papers have the same texture and finish.

I added some petroleum jelly with my finger on areas that I wanted to preserve and then covered the page with one paint color at a time using a brayer. Once the paint layer was dry, I wiped the page clean with a baby wipe and paper towel then continued on with another coat of petroleum jelly and paint. The petroleum jelly acts as a resist to the paint. 

This technique allows you to use a variety of colors without them getting muddy because each color is used separately. 

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  1. A very stunning page Shari. I didn’t know this distressed technique and certainly not that you could use petroleum jelly.
    Thank you so much it was great to see, have a nice weekend.

  2. Awww Shari, I could spend a whole day watching your videos, making “your magic”. I love this piece of art! TFS

  3. I always love watching your process and seeing how your projects turn out!! They always absolutely amazing and are always so beautiful!!

  4. Great job with the distressing Shari. Why is it the most ordinary things, in this case, Vaseline, makes an important part of the project. We seem to always go for something we’ve bought instead of looking around for what will work. Thanks for sharing with us.

  5. What a fun way to create a background for a journal page. Shari you are a true source of inspiration, thanks for sharing this.

  6. Another amazingly beautiful project. Love love love your work Shari. Thank you for sharing your talent.

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