Like most people, you probably have an old pair of jeans hiding in the depths of your closet. But if you can't bear to toss it, why not give it a face lift? That's where fabric paint comes in. This easy DIY tutorial will teach you how to paint a floral pattern that's simple and sweet. And with spring right around the corner, how can you say no? It's the best way to welcome the new season.
Luckily, you don't need to be Monet to take this on. The tutorial features basic lines and shapes that even a beginner crafter can do. Plus, the pattern is extremely forgiving. The more random and natural it looks, the better. This will just add to the artsy vibe of the finished project.
If you're nervous, test it out on scrap paper. This will give you some practice before working on the real thing. Before you know it, you'll have a "brand new" pair of printed jeans. Spring cleaning just got way cooler.
- Old jeans
- Thin paint brush
- Fabric paints
- Cup of water, paper towels, paint palette (or scrap cardboard)
- Flat, hard work surface like a table or desk
Do you already have acrylic paints in your ideal color palette? Here is some good news: You can still use these on jeans. Simply mix each color with fabric medium, a painting medium that helps acrylics stick to fabric. It softens up the paint and makes it washable. You can find fabric medium in the paint section of your local craft store. To use it, just add it to each color according to the bottle's directions.
Your best bet is to work on one element at a time. For example, do Step 1 by painting the entire leg with stems. Once the whole leg is done, add all the leaves. This will help you create a natural flow between the pattern's details.
Ready to start painting? Follow these six easy steps.
1. Along the outside seam, randomly paint thin lines for "stems." Alternate between straight and curved. Add shorter, miscellaneous lines to each one to represent smaller stems.
2. Using another color, paint pointed ovals off of each stem. These will be the "leaves."
3. For contrast, use another color to paint short dashes along the stems. These alternate leaves can be placed right around the pointed ovals.
4. Now, here's the fun part. Make a cluster of five dots for each flower. With a contrasting color, add a sixth dot to the center. These flowers can be made in groups of three or as singles. Alternate between the two for some variation.
5. For an artsy touch, draw wispy curved lines on each stem. These will act as fillers, giving your pattern some depth and dimension. You can also add random groups of dots throughout the pattern. They work especially well along the edge of the pattern.
Finally, take a step back and look at the pattern as a whole. If an area looks awkward or empty, go back in and add more elements. Remember, there's no right or wrong way to do this.
6. Once you've finished one leg, repeat Steps 1-5 on the other. Let the paint dry overnight. Your new personalized jeans are ready to rock n' roll!