My favorite thing about denim is that it is so good for getting messy! And my favorite kind of denim is the sort that looks best after years of wear and tear. In my book, the scruffier the better. I have heard of people running over their jeans with cars, or beating them with chains, or dousing them with bleach in hopes of achieving a tattered patina…I decided to give it a try using paint. The end result is something between rainbow sherbet and a 1980’s hair band. Awesome!
- Denim clothing
- Gel Glue
- Latex paint and/or spray paint
Once the second coat of glue is dry, top it off with another coat of paint. I used a dusting of mossy green spray paint and let it all sit overnight before throwing it in the washing machine with regular detergent, hot water, and a load of old towels or a bathmat (something scruffy that will help scrape the paint off your denim). The glue will peel off and take the paint with it, leaving the most amazing patterns and swirls. If you like it to look a little more distressed, rub the article with sandpaper while it’s still wet, then throw it in the wash again. Dry as usual. Wear it with style!
Rainbow sherbert denim, yeah! I really love Aunt Peaches' finished skirt and the technique. I learned something new this morning. There are so many denim skirts waiting to be remade at the Goodwill.
Wahoo! Thanks for the plug Michele 🙂 It's nice to be in good company. Have fun in NYC this weekend –what a nice hub you have!
You have a good guy, you know that? Enjoy your trip!
The rainbow sherbert denim is wild. Peaches…was it just any old paint or fabric paint? Have you washed the denim much since? What happened with successive washings?
OMG – you are bringing back memories of all the denim skirts i used to make by cutting off old jeans! But never, ever did i make a "skirt" this awesome! Wish my legs would still stand up to wearing a cute skirt like this one!
You had me a rainbow sherbet!
Michelle L. says
That is just wonderfully colorful, swirly and fun! Love it!!!
Gwen @ Gwenny Penny says
How creative and clever is this?!? What an awesome effect! It looks really dressy in that first picture, too. Very cool, Peaches.
Have fun in NYC this weekend, Michele 🙂
Charissa - The Gifted Blog says
How fun! Great job, Peaches. I admire your experimental approach…never would have thought to drizzle my clothes with gel glue!
And Michele, have a lovely trip. Even with one thing in the shop, it's a big step.
Jane S. says
That is the coolest skirt EVER! I want to do that with the jeans my kids have outgrown and then make them into purses and wallets.
Sewing Daisies says
Your Drop-Dead Denim campaign is fantastic…so many talented artists out there!! I can't wait to see the next project.
This is really cool. I wish I have that good looking legs to go with it hehe! Love it Michele – Hugs Nat
CREATIVE MIND says
very smart 🙂 & a cool colored idea, thanks for sharing Michele & Peaches *(* keep rockingggggggg
This is such a fun idea. Thanks for sharing it with us. My daughter would love this. Hugs Ariane
…Amy said… was it just any old paint or fabric paint? Have you washed the denim much since? What happened with successive washings?
Those are my questions too… I *Love* this!
She got some great fun colors with this, and it's still denim without looking like denim.