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One day, long ago . . .
|Victorian Pincushion Postcard|
|The must-have ingredient for this Peeling Paint technique? Petroleum jelly!|
- Craft Paint in Mustard Yellow
- Craft Paint in Espresso
- Petroleum Jelly
- Sanding Sponge
- Paper Towels
- Paint brush
- Baby wipes
- Picture Frame – any cheap one from the dollar store, thrift store or craft store will be just fine.
- Vintage lace seam binding – optional
|Detail of the sanded frame|
|Frame has base color and distressing applied.|
Distress the frame with some scrapes, nicks, and gouges. Once you’re satisfied with the base color, and the frame is completely dry (I waited overnight), take the edge of your sanding sponge and add some scrapes, nicks, and gouges to the frame for a distressed finish. (This will relieve you of any minor stress – it feels good! ha!)
You could stop here at this point if you wanted to, and you’ll have a frame that looks old and vintage.
|Close-up detail of distressing.|
|Apply petroleum jelly with your finger.|
Add petroleum jelly. With your finger, add petroleum jelly to your frame in different spots, keeping in mind where you want – and don’t want – the base color to show. Petroleum jelly acts as a resist, so any paint that is applied over the petroleum jelly will not adhere to the frame, thus showing off the base color instead.
This is the essence of the Peeling Paint technique, so I’m going to repeat it:
Petroleum jelly acts as a resist, so any paint that is applied over the petroleum jelly will not adhere to the frame, thus showing off the base color instead.
|I used a nice thick amount of petroleum jelly on many spots all over my frame.|
|Painting the brown top coat.|
Paint the top coat over the entire frame. I used a brown shade of craft paint. You will see right away that the jelly begins to resist this top coat.
|Frame with top coat painted over the petroleum jelly.|
Allow the top coat to dry. I let it dry overnight.
|Wiping off the paint/petroleum jelly.|
Wipe off the paint and petroleum jelly with paper towels. The top coat of paint that sits on the spots of petroleum jelly will easily come off. This step is messy yet satisfying as you begin to see results immediately! Once you are satisfied with how your frame looks, you will need to remove the grease left over from the petroleum jelly. I used a baby wipe all over the frame which worked great.
Finished frame with seam binding bow, hanging in my studio.
To finish off the peeled paint frame, I added vintage lace seam binding. I wrapped the seam binding around (and through) the bottom of the frame and tied it into a bow.
Back of the frame . . .
|Close-up detail of back of the frame.|
The possibilities and results are endless with this technique, depending on color combinations and how much (or how little) of your frame gets covered in petroleum jelly.
I love how this frame turned out, especially as the colors really flatter my vintage postcard. Yes, the above picture was taken outside for better light, but I have this frame hanging in my studio where I can enjoy it every day.