Thursday, June 23, 2011

bleach pen t-shirt



I recently pinned this idea on Pinterest and couldn't wait to try it.  One of the things I sell when doing craft shows and markets are upcycled screen printed clothing.  I just use the simple freezer paper method seen nearly everywhere now, but first seen in Soulemama's first book The Creative Family.  It is effective, but a little tedious when doing many items and sometimes lacks the fluidity I would like.


Enter the three dollar bleach pen.  I don't know why I never thought of this before!  I just free-handed a design onto a perfectly worn gray t-shirt I found at Value Village and rinsed it off when I liked the colour it had changed to.  I was on the phone when it was time to rinse so I couldn't be as careful as I should have which resulted in a few rouge bleach marks, but I think it adds to the rather weathered look of the shirt.






Seriously simple and rewarding project.  Try it.


go gently + be wonderful


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9 comments:

  1. Very cute! I've actually combined the two methods pretty successfully....iron your freezer paper stencil on, and then spray over it with bleach water (lots cheaper than bleach pens, also!). It gives really crisp, clean edges.

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  2. What a simple and fun idea...can't wait to try it!

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  3. i love it! i can't wait to try it!

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  4. So good. I did this once to write words on a tee once back in university. Time to try it again, methinks!

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  5. How awesome is that?! I definitely will try. Thanks for sharing, yours looks great!

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  6. Love it! Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I've had this on my to do list forever. Thanks for reminding me! Yours came out beautifully!

    I too have done bleach with freezer paper stencils, I cut out an image and then sprayed around it (leaving the image the original color) came out fantastic!

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  8. AH! Love it! Thanks, dearie!

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