Learn How To Splatter Paint Your Jeans In 6 Easy Steps
The best part? This D.I.Y project puts you ahead of the trends! Paint-splatter jeans were one of the standouts at J.Crew's S/S 14 presentation during NYFW last month, so you can rest assured they will hold strong well through the next season. To help show us how it’s done, we asked Janet Sung, the Creative Director of Denim Refinery—a.k.a. vintage denim heaven—and Rerun for her expert tips. Click through now for her step-by-step instructions, and be sure to send us photos of your splatter jeans!
1. Cardboard or newspaper (enough to make a work area that's approximately 3' x 5')
3. 2 cups or containers that are large enough to fit your hands
4. Disposable rubber gloves
5. Jeans (Note: Sung recommends using light or medium-wash denim, because it works nicely with basic paint colors, like black and white.
Start with one color and dip your hand into the cup. To avoid dripping, tap your hand on the side of the cup. Create a fist, and then quickly open it to flick the paint onto the jeans. If you want a thicker splatter, keep your hand close to the jeans and flick from side to side. If you want a lighter splatter, bring your hand up higher. (Keep in mind that you don't want to mirror image the legs—the composition is best when irregular.)
Let the paint dry for at least one hour before adding another color.