Tattoo Style Painted Jean Jacket

One of my favorite activities is thrift store shopping with my daughters – we always love finding a diamond-in-the-rough and figuring out ways to transform it into something fresh and funky. Whether it’s furniture, home decor, or clothing, it’s so fun to create a one-of-a-kind piece out of old discarded junk. I think the minimal investment helps boost our creativity, too – after all, if it doesn’t turn out the way we expected, we’ve only got a few bucks in it. This boutique-style cropped jean jacket project features a rose inspired by vintage tattoo flash.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Step One: Gather supplies and prepare your work area. When using any sort of fabric paint, always be sure to place a sheet of waxed paper underneath the layer of fabric you are working on to prevent damaging the rest of the garment or your work surface.

Step Two: Decide on the positioning of your rose and secure the stencil to the denim with masking tape.

Step Three: Apply fabric paint in colors of your choice, using a foam brush to place the paint on the denim without bleeding under the edges of the stencil. Carefully remove stencil and clean it with warm soapy water to remove excess paint.

Step Four: After paint has dried, use fabric pens to shade edges of leaves and petals.  Use a black fabric ink pen to outline rose petals and leaves and add swirly flourishes if desired. This step is important for the tattoo-like appearance.

Step Five: Decide on positioning of trims and crochet flowers and apply with fabric glue.

This stencil has different sized flowers, so you could add more to the sleeves or front pockets – the only limit is your imagination! Don’t be afraid to try your hand at wearable art.

Laura

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