April 07, 2010

Bleach Pen Tutorial

Alright! Here's the video a lot of you have been waiting for! It's the in-depth bleach pen tutorial. Hopefully it will answer a lot of questions. If you still have some, just leave a comment and I will respond in the comments. Okay? Here we go. We're making this Quiksilver-inspired t-shirt for my nephew:

NOTE:  I've changed the timing that I gave in other posts.  I think it's best to check the inside of the shirt (as I did in the video) to gauge your bleaching and rinse once you are happy with how much it has bleached.  Even though the bleach dries up, it does seem to continue bleaching, so don't leave it too long.  Thinner fabric requires much less time than thicker fabric.

ADDENDUM: Bleaching does wear the shirt, just so you are aware.  It can make it thinner.  Of all the shirts I've bleached (which is a lot and they are more than a year old now) I've only had one get a hole in it from the bleach.  Rinse the shirt as soon as the color has changed to the bleach doesn't continue to thin it.

After the bleaching I flossed and freezer paper stenciled the name Coop. Here's a close-up of the work.

Best of all, the little guy likes it.

Want more bleach pen ideas?  Click HERE, HERE, and HERE to see other shirts I've made with this technique.

Thanks so much for coming over to play.  Can't wait to see want you come up with! 

I received information about Clorox’s Bleach It Away campaign and am sharing my messy moment/craft fail/bleach project for the chance to win prizes from Tatertots & Jello and Clorox. You can find out more information about this campaign –  www.BleachItAway.com.  If you share YOUR messy moment story, you can enter to win $25,000 and daily prizes, and you can get a coupon for Clorox® Regular Bleach.


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  2. That is one cool shirt. You are amazing with your designs! I'll have to watch the video when I'm not chasing my kids around:).

  3. Super cool! Looks like Coop loves it! Thanks for the video tutorial.

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours day!

  4. Anonymous7.4.10

    love this! you are doing such cool things with bleach markers. I just did a couple of shirts for my boys following one of your older posts.

  5. Great tutorial and adorable shirt! You're kids are so cute!

  6. What a great tute!! I am loving that, I think of bleach ruining things, never to actually make something on purpose with!! Thanks for linking up today and be sure you check back all day for updates and more ideas!

  7. I LOVE IT! I am literally knee deep in the proccess of making the born to ride shirt. I just used the bleach pen yesterday, and cut out my first freezer paper stencil. I'm in the middle of painting the shirt now. I am thrilled with the results so far! Such genius ideas. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  8. I love hearing Rex talk in the "radio," too. :)

  9. Great tutorial! I'm going to give it another shot on another shirt!

    PS - you're kids are A-DORABLE!

  10. I love this tutorial. In fact, I've been looking for a design to do for Caleb and I think I'm going to steal this one. Love it!

  11. LOVE it! I have some plain shirts and I can't wait to get a bleach pen and try it out! :)

  12. Thanks so much for the video tutorial. I just bought a bleach pen yesterday - now I just need to find a shirt to try it out on.
    And your kids are adorable! :)

  13. This is gorgeous! I just finished applying the bleach and hope it turns out ok=) Thank you so much for all of your great boy tutorials=)

  14. This design is fabulous! I found you on Craft Gossip and I'm so glad. What a neat idea to use the bleach pen! Thanks for sharing :)

    - Elizabeth (missimagination.com)

  15. I'm a new follower, I found you from Freshley Squeezed. Great ideas!

    ~Amber @ The Mom Road

  16. I'm seeing some artsy pillow tops in the near future.

  17. Thanks for the tutorial, a friend and I are always on the lookout for fun t-shirt ideas, this is the link to a picture:
    I also used your tutorial on cutting boys hair, it was very informative but lets just say I need some practice! thanks for blogging!

  18. I've been wanting to try using a bleach pen to draw on clothes ever since I found out what great effects bleach makes (by accidentally spraying a Beatles shirt with bleach that had been put in a Shout bottle--my mother-in-law was responsible for that one lol). Your tutorial answered all of my questions--thanks so much :)

  19. Thanks for the post! It inspired me to make this gift for a little girl's birthday gift. I think I'm hooked now and will be making lots more of these types of shirts!

    My inspired version of your bleach pen t-shirt

  20. Supercool shirt...thanks for the video guide!
    I found you through TCB. Cheers!

  21. What do you do to "floss" the shirt? Is it a tool or what?

  22. What do you do to "floss" the shirt? Is it a tool or what?

    1. It's just embroidery floss and a needle. I hand-stitch it where I want it to be on the shirt, creating those dotted lines. Then tie a knot at the end when you're finished. Make sure you don't pull it too tightly, so the shirt doesn't wrinkle up on you. I hope that helps!


  23. Hi There,
    I loved this post way back when you first published your bleach pen fun & I still love it. Here's some goodies I've been making this summer, thanks to your post - http://artwithmrssmith.blogspot.com/2013/08/august-already.html
    Huge GONGRATS on having your baby girl!!!! (I'm sooooooo jealous!)

  24. I think you will need to connect this info with your tutorial to make it better!


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