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September 8, 2016 - by Ruth Collis

What to Do with Acrylic Paintskins?

Here is one way to use paintskins with the Folded Peel approach.  First, a few definitions:

A Paintskin is where you dry a sheet of paint (could be a palette of thick paint built up) and peel it off a non-stick surface to do fun things with it.

A Peel is where you squeeze paint together between two surfaces then peel apart to reveal really cool intricate lines.

Folded Peel now is where you apply paint to a papery surface, fold together, then peel apart to reveal a mirror image on the same sheet.

A fun way to Press & Peel paint apart is to do these 5 easy steps:


  1. Use a non-stick paper so paint can be peeled off when dry, like freezer paper

  2. Apply thicker paints

  3. Fold & press the paint together thoroughly

  4. Peel apart. You can re-press & peel again until you're happy

  5. Dry

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Press & Peel paint apart & transfer to canvas

To learn more, see how to transfer paper peels to canvas in the Peel Painting 1 online course for half off.

  • See how you can peel off the paintskin without it cracking or sticking to itself

  • Cut to shape

  • Transfer to canvas with archival glue to make a fine art painting like above

Benefits of Transferring Peels:


  • ​Be able to save unplanned peels when you have excess paint

  • Have paintskin uses for dried palette paint now

  • Save your dried paint without wasting it

  • Pick up thin paintskins otherwise wasted

  • Prevent cost of canvas until you are ready

  • Save our environment by using paintskins from a peelable palette

Some other things you can do with paintskins are to cut thicker skins into strips to basketweave, or cut into mosaic pieces for more art.

Ruth Collis, Sculptural Painting Instructor

Ruth Collis

Sculptural Painting Instructor

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