Today our guest blogger is Aimee Santos from Swellmayde, one of the best DIY style blogs we know.
I started my fashion career as a denim designer, and through that job, I began to appreciate denim in a whole new light. Now, denim has become my favorite material to DIY. It is the perfect blank canvas that can be altered in an endless amount of ways, from dying to distressing to studding. For this DIY, I decided to try something new and wanted to recreate the printed denim trend that I’ve seen all my style icons rocking. I started with a pair of white jeans by Levi’s since I’m a huge fan of the classic denim brand. I loved the idea of a paisley pattern, but this can be easily done with florals or any stencil design of your choice.
- White Levi’s Jeans
- Tulip Fabric Paint (I used: Blue Velveteen and Cool Blue)
- Sponge Brush
- 2 Paper Plates
1. Cut your stencils out if they are on a sheet with other designs.
2. Pour a small amount of each fabric paint into each paper plate. Then, add a small amount of water (½ tablespoon of water for every 2 tablespoons of paint). This will create a better consistency to paint with. Place the stencil onto your jeans and firmly hold in place. Then, dab the Blue Velveteen paint onto your stencil with the sponge brush.
3. To give the pattern a more dynamic look, I added a few dabs of the Cool Blue paint in certain areas of the stencil.
4. Start with the front side of the jeans. Let fully dry. Then, repeat the steps for the backside of the jeans. Once, both sides are fully dry, you can heat set the paint by ironing over the painted areas using medium heat. It is important to heat set your DIY’ed jeans, so that you can wash them in a washing machine.