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  • Writer's pictureMaeve

Wear your art on your sleeve

This week is very bittersweet as it is the second to last week of the spring semester. All of my friends and I are going our separate ways for the summer months, and we will no longer live together in the fall, so we are cherishing these last couple of days living together.

I cannot help but be excited for the summer months, though. My younger sister is graduating from high school in a few weeks, and it is so fun to watch her in this exciting time.

Within the first few weeks of summer, I already have quite a few projects planned to jumpstart my creative process. As mentioned in the last blog, I am getting an increasing amount of requests for custom artworks from friends and family. I even have requests from my best friends to create custom works for their apartment.

Beyond this, I have started another side project painting custom designs on jeans.

As you know, I am always looking for a new canvas. And nothing is more satisfying or fulfilling than taking hold of another one. I have plans to expand my hand painted clothing projects to all kinds of apparel.

Customizing a pair of jeans is an easy way to add pattern to more elements of your life. If you are unsure about painting on your own design, you can always go for a stripe. The pattern possibilities are endless, so sketch out a few ideas prior to starting.

Here is a tutorial of how I did it:


  • Jeans

  • Fabric Paint

  • Paint brushes

  • Cardboard

  • Iron

  • Pressing cloth

Step 1: Prep your Jeans

  • Wash and dry your jeans if they are new and/or you never have before. This helps the fabric paint better adhere to the jean fibers.

Step 2: Paint your Jeans

  • Paint your pattern on your jeans. Use a piece of cardboard to slide into the sleeve of your jeans in order to keep the pattern from bleeding through to the other side of the fabric.

Step 3: Set your design

  • Iron your jeans to set your design. Use a pressing cloth while you iron to protect the paint from the whole extent of the heat from the iron.

Step 4: Show off your new jeans!

  • Wear your jeans with confidence. Those jeans are one of a kind and so are you!


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