Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Bleach dying - Pinterest Wednesday

I got the idea to do this after seeing this pin

Although it's different, it gave me the idea for this. I thought that if I created a stencil and dabbed bleach through it that it might work, so I did a google search for a stencil to try out and printed it on thick photographic gloss paper. The reason I did that is that I thought the bleach may soak through the paper if it was plain paper or card.

I then cut it out using a craft knife:

I then positioned the stencil where I wanted the pattern to be, and then dabbed on toilet bleach (make sure it's bleach, not cleaner. I made that mistake to start with!) Also, make sure you put something underneath the area you're bleaching or it will go through to the other side. I used a folder wrapped in a bin bag, tucked inside the top. I also recommend wearing rubber gloves:
The dye will start to bleach before your very eyes. Once you are happy with it, wash it straight away in cold water to get rid of any excess bleach, and then pop it in the washing machine.

I LOVED the way it turned out! I'm going to make my own designs and use this technique to upcycle some old clothes. Coming soon to my Etsy shop! xxx

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