Friday, April 27, 2012

DIY bleach pen shirt

Here is a shirt I made using a bleach pen (I mentioned it and wore another shirt I made with the same technique here). I decided I wanted the shirt to say GO THE DISTANCE, as Rocky has been quite an inspiration of late. Here are the steps to make your own bleach pen shirt.

You will need: an old t shirt (I got mine from a thrift store for $.99), white chalk (office supply store for $.79), and a bleach pen (around $3 from a department store). If you are making one like this you will need letter stickers (I got mine from a craft store), and painter's tape.

1. Before you start right in on the shirt (which can be so tempting), I suggest drawing out your design on scratch paper first. That way you have an idea of what it will look like and you can experiment with different kinds of writing, spacing, ect. Also, put the shirt on and decide where you want the writing to fall while you're wearing it. Lastly, make sure to put something (piece of wood, cardboard, wax paper) inside the shirt to prevent the bleach seeping through.

2. I used painter's tape to make a straight line for a guideline on the left hand side. Then, stick your letters on. They are easy to reposition, so you can rearrange if need be.

3. Trace letters with chalk.

4. After your letters are all traced, remove the stickers.

5. Here is what my letters looked like after I pulled the stickers off.

6. Using your bleach pen (and be sure to follow the directions for use stated on your own pen), outline the letters carefully.

7. Fill in the letters

8. This is what my shirt looked like after I finished filling in all the letters.

11. Set your shirt in the sun to intensify the bleaching effects. Let dry completely.

10. Spray with vinegar (or add vinegar to the rinse water if you don't have a spritzer) to help neutralize the effects of the bleach (the bleach will continue to eat through the fabric even after it's been washed if you don't use the vinegar).

11. Rinse thoroughly in cold water. Let dry.

So there you have it. And the amazing thing about bleaching a shirt (or whatever) this way is that there are so many different designs you can do! What quote or design would you put on your shirt?

*Update* Check out my first bleach pen creation here, my Deathly Hallows bleach pen shirt here, and my crescent moon bleach pen design here! :)



Girl Lilikoi said...

WOW this is an amazing DIY tutorial, love the last result


Teddi said...

it looks professional, while still expressing yourself individually! :)

jessica sandoval said...

Looks awesome! I want to go all HAM and bleach a shirt wholly but I'm scared of bleach!

Well... said...

Oooh, I like this DIY! Your shirt turned out perfectly. I'm definitely bookmarking this for future reference :)

Trendy Teal

Meg said...

CUTE, I am hoping to try this because it looks so professional!


Kendra said...

fabulous DIY! it turned out amazing!

Laura said...

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Analisa said...

This turned out sooo great!

So Fashion said...

Thanks for sharing!This is so cool I will try it this weekend!

Chelsea Elizabeth. said...

Ah! This looks great! I may have to try this!

<3Chelsea Elizabeth

Nico Saich said...

I must head to salvation army this wednesday (50 percent off say!) and bulk up on Ts. I REALLY dig this DIY! Oh and Rocky is amazing. One of my favorite love stories


Lyssalove said...

I tried it, even used the same bleach pen as you but, the bleach totally bled out and i just got blobs instead of words. ):
any suggestions?

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Anonymous said...

great tutorial!! :)

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