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!