Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Painting on denim!!!! Try it, you'll like it!

Pretend that denim is like a stretched canvas!
Experiment on and old pair of jeans to get the feel of brushing on the paint. You have to push the paint into the fabric and sometimes layers of paint are best. Paint what you know. Animals, flowers, abstract, holiday themes. Use foam rubber stamps to get started or even iron on a pattern from the craft books made just to transfer designs.
Let dry 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.

Denim article of your choice. Old worn denim works very well, like painting on canvas. If you choose to use new denim, you must pre wash it!!! Suggestions back of a jacket bottom of jean legs (makes an interesting border) pockets, jacket cuffs, denim purse or tote, workshirts, childrens oshkosh overalls, skirts, baseball cap Supplies Any craft paint(decoart, americana, plaid) You do not have to buy fabric paint! Brushes of all sizes, but 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

these are some pants I painted when I started doing oil paintings.
I painted swatches of color in then labeled the color. I did it this way so I could look down and read what color I needed!!!

My work pants!!!
Denim duster.
I wanted to "walk in a garden"!

(yes, I really did used to wear them!)

Denim apron
Baby coveralls
Stamped Sunflower(foam stamp, white acrylic paint as a base)
Then added painted and a black fabric marker to do some outlines
I use all kinds of craft paints(decoart,americana, plaid, does not have to be fabric paint)


Altered Couture
Pollock pants on left

Altered Couture
(mine, even though they credited another artist)
trust me I still wear it!

thanks to gingersnap for inviting me to be an August Muse!


Fun With This and That said...

Very cute You are the first I have seen on blogs that do Decorative Painting. I also do it love painting on wood.I will be back
Laura Q

whyducks said...

I love you work, it is so pretty, thank you for sharing it.