Intro: How to Paint a Canvas to Look Like Denim
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.
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
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
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
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
Mix a darker deeper Blue color on a dry brush
Make light streaky brush strokes horizontally
Allow to dry
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
Finish your amazing denim look with a lettering or a great silhouette painting