How to Paint Jeans on Canvas

Jeans are versatile and comfortable pieces of clothing that can be worn in various settings. However, they can start to look a little bit worn down after a while. So, if you have some old jeans that you don’t want to wear anymore, why not try painting them on canvas?

How to Paint Jeans on Canvas

This article will show you how to paint jeans on canvas using acrylic paint. You need some paint, a canvas, and a few simple steps. So get creative and have fun with this DIY project!

What Materials and Supplies You’ll Need

  1. Number 2 Pencil
  2. Eraser
  3. Denim-colored Acrylic Paint
  4. White Acrylic Paint
  5. A paintbrush for acrylics
  6. A paintbrush for glazes
  7. Gamsol/Turpenoid

Step by Step Guide: How to Paint Jeans on Canvas

Step 1: Sketch Out the Design

The first thing you want to do is sketch out the design you want. The sketch does not have to be good because it would only ruin the painting if you were to paint over it. Once you are happy with your design, draw a grid on top of it so that when you start painting, everything aligns properly.

Step 2: Start Painting

Now we can start painting! First, you want to mix some blue and dark-blue paint on your palette. You want to make sure that you use the same shade of blue because it will not look good if there are different shades on one pair of jeans. If you need to, mix more paint as you go along so that the color stays consistent throughout the painting.

Step 3: Paint the Details

Once you are finished with the main color, mix some dark-blue paint on your palette and start painting all the details. Be careful when painting the pockets and watch out for dripping paint since it can ruin the design. Make sure to let everything dry before moving on to the next step.

Mix Some Dark-blue Paint

Step 4: Darken up Some Areas

Make a mixture of black and dark-blue paint. Use this darker color to paint over some areas such as the pockets, seams, and jeans’ hem. This makes your painting look more realistic because now we can see that there is denim material instead of just a plain blue color. Make sure to let everything dry before moving on!

Step 5: Add Shadows and Details

Now that everything is painted, you can add all the shadows and details with black paint. Once you are finished, you can take it off of your easel and start stretching your canvas onto a frame. You might have to do a couple of layers of paint to ensure that everything looks good and is completely covered.

Step 6: Erase any Unwanted Lines

Now we can erase any unwanted lines that might be showing. You want to use a regular eraser instead of the eraser stick because you do not want to paint over anything while doing this step accidentally. Once all the lines are gone, you can put your masterpiece in a frame and hang it up on the wall.

Step 7: The Wash and Shading

Now it is time to add in the wash and shading! Mix some dark-blue paint with a tiny bit of water to look more transparent. Use this color to paint the whole canvas so that it looks faded. This is your chance to make everything look exactly how you want it to!

Step 8: Add Some Blue Paint

To give your painting a little extra something, mix some blue paint with just a tiny bit of water and use that to paint over all the dark-blue areas. But, of course, this makes the painting look even more faded, which is exactly what you want to achieve.

Step 9: Frame it Up

Now it is time to frame up your masterpiece! Put the canvas on a frame and let everyone admire your hard work. You are now finished with your painting, so hang it on the wall for all of your friends to see.

Put the canvas on a frame

Step 10: You’re Done!

Congratulations on creating a masterpiece! That’s all there is to paint jeans on canvas! This design can be used for any regular pair of blue jeans, so you can paint your favorite pair or even recreate that old pair that’s too worn out to wear anymore!

Canvas Painting Tips and Suggestions

1. Be sure to stretch the canvas before starting. If it is too tight or too loose, your painting will not turn out well. Again, this should be done before you paint!

2. Be sure to use a high-quality brand of paint made for canvas interior homes and buildings. Some students have used acrylics with good results, while others have not been so lucky.

3. The paintings should not be in a high-traffic area with a lot of dirt, dust, or traffic vibrations. In other words, they are for ‘display only’ and not made to withstand all that wear and tear!

4. A medium or light body acrylic paint is best when working with jeans. Light washes are good when the jeans still have dark dye in them.

5. Painting jeans on canvas is not recommended if you want to sell them because there are many fake “painted” pairs of jeans for sale for much less money than buying an authentic item.

6. For denim, try painting in layers, starting with white paint and adding other colors. This will give your painted jeans a more realistic and professionally finished look!

7. Keep in mind the recommendations for painting with latex paint when working with denim.

Painting With Latex Paint


Overall, painting jeans on canvas is a fun and easy way to upcycle old denim into something new. With just a few simple steps, you can create a work of art that will add personality and character to any room in your home.

In conclusion, by following these simple steps, you can learn how to paint jeans on canvas. The process is easy, and the results are impressive. Be sure to experiment with different colors and techniques to create your unique work of art. Have fun with it!

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Nancy Behan

Nancy Behan

Nancy is an embroidery artist, fashion blogger and a full time editor at DIY quickly. Nancy edits the fashion section on DIY quickly, focusing on the embroidery and cross stitch articles, alongside with fabric and other costume design elements. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. She loves to work on her own projects, read books and watch romantic movies in her spare time.

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