Crafting experiment

This is an experiment in combining two methods: stencil and “painting” on a t shirt with bleach.  It did not turn out as well as I would have liked but I think it’s just a matter of practice.  It would have been better if I’d just used a piece of fabric for practice before using the t shirt.  It was only about $4 from a craft store, though.  I was going for a loose, crafty look, but this is just a bit beyond that!

Here are the results, front and back.  Then I’ll show you how I did it.



First I printed out the logo.  I attached it to the matte (not shiny) side of a piece of freezer paper.  Then I cut out the parts I wanted to be white, using a craft knife.

Placing the shiny side down, I ironed it on to the t shirt with a medium hot dry iron.

The rest of the tools:  bleach, a cup to hold the bleach and some really cheap kid’s brushes.

I happened to already have a card board t shirt frame, used for painting or stenciling shirts.  This keeps the media from bleeding on to the other side.  You could just insert a piece of heavy cardboard.

I took several hours and a couple of reapplications of bleach to get the black to actually turn almost white.  The painting with bleach is probably best done on a lighter color.

I soaked the shirt and then washed it alone in the machine.  What ever bleach was still left in the shirt did not effect the rest of the shirt.

There you have it.

About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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One Response to Crafting experiment

  1. Tina says:

    You have a unique shirt, that’s for sure!

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