5 Quick and Easy Steps to Unique Paint Splatter Jeans

by Dariacreative
5 Materials
20 Minutes

Hello, my friends! Imagine paint splatter jeans. Maybe you’ve seen them on Pinterest or in real life, or maybe you’ve tried to create such jeans yourself. In my opinion, these well-known paint splatter jeans are boring and uncreative. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to use fabric paint on jeans to create beautiful and interesting paint splatter jeans. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Paper cups
  • Water 
  • Paint 
  • Paint brushes
  • A pair of jeans
How to paint on jeans

1. Place cardboard in your jeans

Start by putting cardboard inside of your jeans to protect the backside from stains. 

How to paint on jeans

2. Paint a background  

Let’s create a background for the paint splatters. Instead of doing random brush strokes, we’ll create a composition that will give direction to the paint splatters. I plan to create two paint splatter waves at the lower part of the jeans, but I’m going to start with black fabric paint. With a big flat brush, make directional strokes to show the direction of our future paint splatters. 

Shaking the brush and creating small paint splatters on jeans

At this point, you can already create some small paint splatters by shaking your brush.

Mixing paint and water together in a cup

3. Mix water and paint

The technique we’re going to use is the paint pouring technique. Regular paint splatters are small without much energy in them, creating an overall blah design. With this technique, the energy and flow are going to create beautiful paint splashes.

To start, fill up some paper cups with a small amount of water. All you need is a couple of drops. Then, pour in the colors you want to use - I’m using red, yellow, turquoise, and purple - and mix. If it’s too liquidy, it’ll be hard to create beautiful paint splashes, but if it’s too thick, it’ll be impossible to pour. It should be somewhere in between.

Squeezing the top of the cup and pouring paint on the jeans

4. Create paint splashes

Squeeze the top of the cup to create a neck and then move your hand to create paint splashes in the same way you were making strokes with the brush.

How to paint splatter jeans

You can also shake your cup to create rounded paint splashes. Even if you have an idea and a composition, don’t be afraid that your paint will splash in different directions. That’s the beauty of such designs; the result is a bit unexpected.

Removing excess paint from jeans with a napkin.

If you feel that you put too much paint, you can remove the excess with a napkin. 

Creating paint splatters on jeans with paintbrush

5. Create paint splatters

Now, it’s time to create paint splatters - and yes, they’re different from splashes.

For a while, I struggled with paint splatters because I didn’t know the right technique. I used a brush and even a toothbrush, but the patterns were so small and ugly. Eventually, I discovered that the right technique is to dip your brush into fresh paint and then just throw paint with all of your energy.

Remember: it’s important to use fresh paint for paint splattering because if your paint is a bit old and dry, it’ll be hard to create beautiful splatters.

A good trick is to imagine your ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend and start throwing. When I feel angry or upset, splattering paint is the best art therapy for me. 

How to paint jeans with fabric paint

Once the front side dried, I also did the back. 

Paint splatter jeans

Paint splatter jeans tutorial

Here’s the final result of the paint splatter jeans! Now you know how to paint jeans with fabric paint, try it out and let me know what you think down below!

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  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Aug 30, 2022

    Great job. Now do the same thing to a rescued piece of furniture! Can you see it now? Aweeeeeeesooooommmmmmeeee!

  • Janice Janice on Aug 30, 2022

    I love these! They look great! I may have to try this. Thanks for sharing!