How to Create a Pattern on Jeans

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Create a design on your favorite jeans.
Choose a denim garment carefully. All-cotton fabric is ideal, but cotton blended with some polyester or Spandex content wont negatively affect the outcome
For high contrast, try dark-colored denim and plain discharge paste or pastel deColourant Plus, or light-wash denim and neon- or primary-colored deColourant Plus.
Create a design on your favorite jeans.

Create a design on your favorite jeans.

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2 Create a design. Apply the discharge paste generously using a foam applicator to dab it through a stencil or onto a stamp to transfer a design onto the denim; paint discharge paste freehand onto the fabric with a paintbrush; or apply it using a squeeze bottle with an applicator tip.

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3 Dry the design. Let the discharge paste dry completely on the fabric to avoid smearing the design; this may take up to eight hours. Keep the cardboard pieces in place until the design is dry. For more complex color development, see "Color Combinations and Development" on the previous page.

4 Create a print on the opposite side of the jeans, if desired. The first side must be completely dry.

                                 

Hot Tip:
If you're not satisfied with a printed design, you can remove the discharge paste by washing the fabric before heat-setting. Color removal and exchange is permanent after heat activation.

 

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