Learn to Paint Your Denim

Learn to Paint Your Denim

How to Paint a Denim Jacket with Angelus Paints: A Step-by-Step Guide

Are you looking to add a unique touch to your wardrobe? Painting your own custom denim jacket using Angelus products is a fun and creative way to express your personal style. Here's how to transform plain denim clothing into a piece of wearable art. (Art featured by @sophiesophss)


Watch the in depth tutorial here!


Custom painted denim


Step 1: Gather Your Materials

Before you start, make sure you have the following items:

A piece of denim clothing

Angelus Acrylic Paints

Paint Brushes (various sizes)

Angelus 2-Soft Fabric Medium (Optional)

A heat gun (optional | required if using 2-Soft)

Masking tape

4-Coat Matte and/or Water & Stain Repellent


Step 2: Prepare Your Jacket

Start by setting up a clean workspace and lay out your jacket flat. Use masking tape to cover any parts of the jacket you do not wish to paint, such as buttons, zippers, or labels. Use a lint roller or masking tape to remove and lint or dust from the surface.


placing Stencil on denim

Step 3: Place your Stencil (if you have one)

Always place your stencil on a clean area. If you are using a vinyl stencil, applying a little heat with a heatgun or blow dryer will help secure it to the denim, giving you cleaner lines when you pull the stencil off later.


painting white base coats on denim

Step 4: Paint Your Base Layers

Angelus Acrylic Paints are fantastic for fabric. You can choose to use them by straight out of the bottle, or you can mix them with Angelus 2-Soft to keep the surface as soft as possible.

Method 1: Using 2-Soft

  • To keep the denim as soft as possible, mix a 1:1 ratio of 2-Soft to paint. After painting with an Angelus Paint and 2-Softmixture, you will need to heatset the painted product with a heatgun at 300º F for 3-5 minutes (this step is REQUIRED). This mixture will help the paint soak into the denim fibers effectively. 

Method 2: Paint Straight out of the bottle

  • If you are ok with your painted garment having a screen print-like finish, adding Angelus 2-Soft isn't necessary and you can just use paint straight out of the bottle. 

Some people also like to do do 1-2 layers of their white basecoat with a 2-Soft mixture, then the rest with paint straight out of the bottle. You can achieve great results with any of these methods, so feel free to try them all out and see what your preference is!

With either method, use a dabbing motion to apply the paint to avoid leakage under the stencil edges. Build the base with multiple thin layers until you achieve a uniform opacity.


Painting denim with Angelus Paints

Step 5: Paint your Design

No matter which method you used for your base layers, we recommend using Angelus straight of the bottle for any detail work (including color blocking after your initial base coats). This will make your lines much cleaner as opposed to trying to do detail work with a Paint/2-Soft mixture.

Now, start painting your design onto the jacket. Use smaller brushes for detailed areas and larger brushes for broader sections. Always allow each layer of paint to completely dry before applying the next!

If you're unsure about freehand painting, you can use stencils or sketch your design with a pencil first. Apply multiple thin layers, allowing the paint to dry between each layer to build up a solid and vibrant color. For outlining your work with Black, you can just use one layer.


using 4-Coat on denim

Step 6: Apply a Finisher

For added durability and a professional finish, many artists like to apply a layer of Angelus 4-Coat Matte or an acrylic finisher over the painted areas. This will protect the paint from wear and weather, and give your jacket a uniform look. This step is optional.

Whether you use a finisher or not, it is beneficial to pray Water & Stain repellent onto your design to help keep it as clean as possible. Make sure all paint and finishers are completely dry before doing this!


Painting a denim jacket with Angelus products not only gives you a unique piece of clothing but also a satisfying DIY project that anybody can do. Whether you're creating for yourself or as a gift, the process is a creative adventure worth taking on. Happy painting!