I Meant to do that! Save Your Stained Jeans With A Painted Floral Pattern

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I meant to do that!  I totally intended to wear my good jeans while painting the kitchen….really….

Once the deed was done, and I had paint splatters up and down both legs, I had a decision to make.  I quickly ran through my options.  First, I could pretend I’m an artist.  You wouldn’t criticize Rembrandt for paint stains would you? Option two, I could toss ’em. But I HATE shopping, and only have 3 pairs of jeans.  Option three was the winner…”embellish” them and pretend it’s a new trend.

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The splatters don’t look like much, but trust me, I looked like I had taken up residential painting as a side job.

Luckily I had some Speedball Screen Printing Ink in my craft stash, and remembered a t-shirt I saw on Pinterest.  I had no intention of actually making a screen print for a one time deal, but the inks are basically fabric paint, and I have plenty of brushes.  There’s no way I could get the detail on that t-shirt without a screen, but as usual, I decided to wing it.

You could use fabric pens, channel your inner 90’s child and use puff paint, whatever!

Screen printing ink is pretty thick, so it took me a couple flowers to get it watered down correctly.  I have plenty of scrap denim , so I COULD have practiced, but naaaah.  I’m really rolling with that “i meant to do that” mentality here.  Speaking of scrap denim, that seems like a really odd thing to have laying around.  I’m not a hoarder, I swear. I really will have to do a post on my craft stash at some point.  

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Each paint spot got a flower, and it felt like I was giving my jeans a cover-up tattoo.  They can’t emotionally recover from their bad relationship with their ex until the evidence of their poor decision making is gone.  Everyone needs happy jeans, right? 

The random scattering of paint spots made for a nice distribution of flowers across the bottom of the legs, with a few creeping up a bit higher.  I’m actually quite pleased with how they turned out!

If you try something like this, make sure to follow the instructions on your fabric paint.  Most fabric paint needs to be heat set before it’s truly washing machine safe. Speedball Screen Printing Ink has to be ironed for 3-5 minutes, but then you can wash it just like any store bought printed item.  I have several shirts that I printed years ago, and they still look great! 

And just for good measure, one more pic with my puppy helper!

Frenchie not included. She was very interested in what I was doing on her grass.

16 thoughts on “I Meant to do that! Save Your Stained Jeans With A Painted Floral Pattern

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