Thursday, June 16, 2011

Bleach Stencils Tutorial

Bleach stencils are nothing new, you can find tutorials all over the internet, but I thought I would post one with my latest projects my latest projects. :)

These are easy and fun to do, older kids can help. :) Be sure to wear old yucky clothes that you don't mind getting bleached if you make a mistake. 
Step 1: Choose a stencil- There are several places online to find stencils- here are a few of my favorites Deviantart search stencils,, share a stencil or you can just google what stencils you want- there are some good ones. If you are ambitious you can make your own stencil in photoshop.

What you'll need: Bleach
                            Spray bottle
                             Thin plastic (from packaging)
                              magic marker
Step 2: Trace your stencil onto the thin platic (you can you paper as well, but if you want to make more than 1 of something, plastic works better)
Step 3: Cut out the image- the more detailed your stencil the longer this will take. You can use an exacto knife, but I just use scissors for better control. ( I need more practice with X-acto knives- my hand cramps up)

Step 4: Position the stencil where you want it on the shirt. Use plastic or cardboard inside the shirt to prevent bleed through and spray with the bleach. Allow a few minutes for the the bleach to react before removing your stencil.

Step 5: Immediately put the shirt in a cold sink or rinse will cold water to set the bleach. I like to run the garment though the washer on cold afterward as well.
That's it! :) Easy huh?


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