First attempt at peeling paint on basswood using Chuck Doan's method of a light coat of paint thinner (mineral spirits) a few minutes prior to two brush coats of acrylic. Give the acrylic a few minutes to form a hard skin, then gently peel with clear Scotch brand magic tape. The mess at the right was an experiment with chalk washes before the acrylic fully dried.
Wire brushing the wood with the grain prior to staining produces ridges that promote peeling in strips. The wood was first stained a weathered gray using a Driftwood-like stain.
The two "blobs" along the bottom resulted from locally burnishing the tape with a fingernail before peeling.