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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