Paintsplatter Jeans

From paintings to fashion, paint-splatters make an expressive statement.

Deconstruction, or even destruction, has become a common part of contemporary fashion. Since the safety pin appeared as a fashion accessory in the 1970s, “distressed” clothing from ripped shirts to paint-splattered jeans have had various phases of popularity. In the rediscovery and reinvention of 1980s fashion, the skinny jean has returned in full force, along with the in-your-face paint-splattering style reminiscent of the period. You can paint-splatter your own jeans and save on expensive designer distressing.

Instructions

1. Cover your work surface with a drop cloth. Make sure you cover a bit beyond your work area, as splatters can sometimes accidentally extend beyond your planned work area.

2. Lay your jeans out flat on your work area.

3. Open your first color of fabric paint and mix the paint thoroughly with a stir stick.

4. Dip a paint brush into your first color of paint and flick the brush at your jeans. This will create a splatter effect. You may also drip or paint strokes directly onto the jeans. Close your paint and allow the jeans to dry for a few hours to prevent smearing with other colors.

5. Open your second color of fabric paint and mix the paint thoroughly with a stir stick.

6. Pour some of the paint into a paint tray.

7. Dip a small paint roller into the paint tray and roll it back and forth until the roller becomes saturated with paint.

8. Apply the roller to the jeans in small rolls at different angles. This will create large patches of color. Close your paint and allow the jeans to dry for a few hours before continuing the process.

9. Open your third color of fabric paint and mix it thoroughly with a stir stick.

10. Dip a paint sponge into the paint and blot it on the surface of the jeans. This will create softer, blotted paint marks. Close your paint and allow the jeans to dry for about two hours before wearing them.