Monday, June 6, 2016

Cherry Blossom Jeans Tutorial

I was scrolling through Pinterest one day and these Cherry Blossom Boyfriend Jeans caught my eye. I became obsessed. I found a tutorial for Cherry Blossom Jeans. Then I started pinning source material- cherry blossom photographs, prints, and paintings. Talk about a through back to my art school days. I started looking for the perfect jeans to transform. The catch was that I didn't want to spend more then $10 on jeans that I was potentially going to destroy and never wear. The plan was to go to Value Village and pick up a pair of jeans. And while the thought of wearing previously owned clothing skeezes me out, I figured hot water and soap would kill and pathogens lurking  in the denim. But, I was saved by Old Navy. I was browsing with a friend when I spotted boyfriend jeans on the clearance rack. $8! The perfect price, and they were new! I reviewd the cherry blossom jeans tutorial I had first seen on Pinterest, but was dissatisfied in the lack of depth and detail the flowers. So, I created my own. 

Here's how you can make your own DIY Cherry Blossom Jeans:

-boyfriend jeans
-fabric paint
-acrylic paint
-fabric markers
-paint brushes

Step One:

Using a large stiff bristled DRY brush and white acrylic paint, paint haphazardly on your jeans. 

Step Two:

Using a smaller brush add more paint to areas that you want to have more depth.

Step Three:
Water down the acrylic paint so that it will drip off of a brush. Then drip paint droplets all over your jeans.
Original Old Navy Jeans and paint transformed jeans

Step Four:

Using the brown fabric paint, paint branches on your jeans. To create a sense of depth/3D, mix green and white fabric paint on the edge of a flat brush. Paint it onto the still wet brown paint on one side of the branches. On the other side of the branches, paint black into the still wet brown paint. You will need to work quickly before the paint dries. make sure that the light green side is on the same side of each branch. This is where the light source is coming from. 

Step Five:

Mix pink and white fabric paint with water. Using a wine cork create flowers. Five dabs of the wine cork positioned in a circle will create one flower. 

Step Six:

Using pink and white paint mixed together, fill in the flowers.

Step Seven:

Using pink paint, paint a star shape in the centre of each flower. 

Step Eight:

Using watered down orange fabric paint, paint u shapes on each petal.

Step Nine:

Using watered down white fabric paint, paint the tips of each petal. This paint should be mostly water.

Step Ten:

Using a pink fabric marker outline each petal. Use a light uneven pressure and some of the lines should be broken or dotted. 

Step Eleven:

Using a small dry brush paint small black dots in the centre of each flower. Use as little paint as possible. 

Step Twelve:

Using a small dry brush paint small white dots in the centre of each flower. Use as little paint as possible. 

*follow the heat set instructions for your fabric paint and markers to set the paint/markers. 

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