Introduction: Wearable Art /Hand Painted Jean Jacket

About: I received a BA in the practice of Art at the University of California, Berkeley in 1987. I completed a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in counseling at San Diego State in 1990. I love working o…

I wanted to give a friend something they can't buy, artistic and can be worn all at the same time. So I painted her favorite Disney character Tinkerbell on a nice "Levi" type jacket (blue jean, cotton canvas jacket).


Supplies: Slightly faded Levi or other Jean Jacket, Acrylic fabric paints (Michael's or other craft store), fabric paint/dye sticks, iron and ironing board, plain blank paper, fine art brushes, thin fabric art transfer marker(s)

Step 1: First Base Coat...

Once I identified an image I began by tracing the image onto tracing paper (could just draw it but wanted to save time and spend more time on the painting part) and then reversing image to add thin black transfer marker lines (with thin fabric transfer marker). This done, and after preparing jacket (canvas) area with a primer coat of whitewash (watered down white acrylic fabric paint), I ironed linear image onto jacket (sorry no pics of these steps).

Step 2: Second Coat...

I next proceeded to add another base coat with Fabricfun Pastel Dye Sticks by Pentel (Michael's crafts). I covered with paper and ironed again to seal.

Step 3: Final Fine Brush Coat...

You can stop here if you want a faded look, but this is where I add acrylic fabric paint to get my finished painted look. The previous steps help seal the "canvas" for your final paint layers. As you can see by the pics, you can paint as you would like. I went for a glow and shaded final look with violet Neuvau florishes in the background. This final phase doesn't need ironing.

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