You will need the following supplies:
- Any type of craft paint (Decoart, Americana or Plaid) works for this project. You do not have to buy fabric paint!
- Brushes in a variety of sizes - make sure they are fairly stiff.
- Pieces of cardboard to put under areas to be painted.
- A white sewing pencil is helpful to mark designs.
- Masking tape for graphic designs.
- Foam stamps, pattern and nature books.
Pick a denim article of your choice - old worn denim works very well. If you choose to use new denim, you must pre wash it!!! Some suggestions for items you could use are the back of a jacket, the bottom of jean legs (makes an interesting border), pockets, jacket cuffs, denim purse or tote, workshirts, childrens Oshkosh overalls, skirts, baseball caps etc.
When starting out, it's a good idea to experiment on and old pair of jeans to get the feel of brushing on the paint. Pretend that denim is like a stretched canvas. You have to push the paint into the fabric and sometimes layers of paint are best.
When choosing a design, paint what you know, such as animals, flowers, abstract or holiday themes. You can use foam rubber stamps to get started or even iron on a pattern from the craft books made just to transfer designs. Inspiration can also be found in nature books or magazines.
I created this Sunflower with a foam stamp with white acrylic paint as a base, then added more paint and used a black fabric marker to do some outlines.
This design was created with a white sewing pencil:
Here's a similar one:
Once you've finished your design, allow to dry for 24 hours before washing. Cold water is best and I lay item flat to dry. I have dried in dryer, but they wrinkle more. You may use an iron, but be sure and put a press cloth (any old towels) to lay over the painted areas. Cardboard also helps under the area you are ironing.
For more examples of painted denim visit Peggy's Mixed-Up Art!