Monday, April 14, 2014

Bleach Shirt Tutorial

I have been looking for a way to decorate shirts that does not involve heat transfer vinyl.
Cotton t-shirt
Bleach in a bottle that has a very fine mist
paper towels
freezer paper
Safety considerations:
1. Wear an apron or something to protect your clothes from bleach splatter while working on this project.
2. Eye protection is not a bad idea, especially if kiddos are helping you.
3. Wear Rubber/latex gloves to protect sensitive skin from bleach.
Step 1:  affix stencil to t-shirt (mine is a sticker I made from vinyl on my electronic cutter)
Step 2: Place freezer paper on the inside of the garment to prevent the bleach from penetrating to the other side of the garment.

Step 3:  Lightly spray bleach (mask off any area you don't want color to be removed)

Within seconds you will begin to see the loss of color.

Step 4: Blot the shirt with paper towels to remove excess bleach.... then wait
I am impatient and removed the stencil before all of the color was removed.  You should leave the stencil on until you are sure that you have the desired effect.
After about 5 minutes all of the color is gone.  If not, then repeat steps 3&4

Step 5:  Allow to dry in a well ventilated area then wash seperately to avoid bleaching something unintentional.
This is an example of the results when masking off an area.  I just used torn paper towels to make a circle around my stencil to prevent the bleach from spraying all over the garment.
Thanks for looking.

Next I will be trying out fabric spray paint to add color to white t-Shirts with Stencils...I'm totally addicted to crafts.

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