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. You make the distressed technique look so easy to make beautiful projects. but I know from experience it isn’t as easy as it looks. You have amazing talent. I love the colour combo you choose!

  2. I’m rethinking my view on art journals. Your work is so awesome. I love mixed media but have only completed a couple projects on canvas. Always enjoy watching you create.

  3. Love the “distressed” look and the wonderful colors, and I particularly love the sentiment. I’m always inspired to start an art journal when I see these posts — it’s on my “to do” list.

  4. I adore this grunge/distressed look so very much! Fabulous colors! :) I have never heard of using petroleum jelly, so am excited to give this technique a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Love the color combo and you create so many awesome pieces of art Shari! It is so fun to see what you come up with next.

  6. Hadn’t heard of using the petroleum jelly as a resist.
    Great idea. thanks. Love the cover.

  7. Oh Shari this color combo is amazing; absolutely love what you did ! I’ve been trying to talk myself out of that flip journal … YOU are not helping ! hahaha

  8. I’m always attracted to art journaling but I haven’t tried it yet. You make it very tempting. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I so love the colors of the background, Shari. I can now see how a little patience really makes a difference. It is a beautiful composition! That’s a terrific video – instructions clear and what you were doing in each step easy to see. Thanks

  10. It was interesting to learn that the petroleum jelly works as a resist agent. I love the colors you used. Thanks for sharing!

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