Introduction: How to Paint a Canvas to Look Like Denim

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Denim decor is in. Is that a good thing? That is a question for people wiser and more stylish than I. If you did not want to buy a denim stretch canvas from Michaels Make market You could still get the look with just a little paint, a cheap brush and elbow grease!! Finish it with a silhouette painting. Just like the step by step one I have on for Two lovebirds in a Cherry Blossom tree.

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The materials you will need to get this look are acrylic paint in the colors

Phthalo Blue ( comes in a red or green shade. You want green shade ) Phthalocyanine Blue is the same thing

Titanium white

Black

Pre Gessoed Canvas. (The one shown in the picture is a 16x20 gallery wrap on wide stretchers )

A 2" wide natural bristle brush

Stiff bristles will help with the effect

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Mix a mid shade of your blue and white. You might think 50/50 mix of paint would get this BUT it does not :(

Add blue in small amounts to the side of your white until you reach your desired shade.

Paint your canvas with this blue in level horizontal strokes

Tip: If your paint has tonal values that are slightly lighter or darker that can be a good thing to give your denim paint job a more worn look

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Mix a a tinted very light blue color. Make sure your brush is very very dry.

In clear horizontal strokes brush lightly the canvas.

The strokes should be leaving a dry brush streak.

When dry do the same Vertically

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Mix a darker deeper Blue color on a dry brush

Make light streaky brush strokes horizontally

Allow to dry

Repeat vertically

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Add a small amount of black to your blue Mixture

Dry brush the edges of your canvas

Keep the strokes in the same direction and your brush pressure light

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Finish your amazing denim look with a lettering or a great silhouette painting

Comments

DeliberatelyCreative (author)2015-10-16

Sweet!! Was looking for the denim effect to paint part of a blue jeans on a painting and this just validated my color choices to make it!

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