Friday, February 14, 2014

DIY bleach pen shirt, crescent moon edition

Some of you guys may recall that many moons ago (teehee), I posted this tutorial with instructions on how to customize a shirt with a bleach pen. Well, I decided to write a similar tutorial when I made this shirt the other day. The instructions are pretty much the same. Except, obviously the previous tutorial included instructions regarding adding text, and this one won't. Anyways, on to it! If you'd like to customize a shirt with a bleach pen, here ya go. This is how I made this crescent moon design.
 Supplies: 
shirt (thrift store $1, or use one you already have)
bleach pen (department store $3-$4)
chalk (department/office supply store - $1)
large paper bags or piece of cardboard
Optional: 
spray bottle for vinegar (department/grocery store - $1)
traceable items.
 1. I realized when I started that even though a crescent moon is a preeetty simple design (for most people), I wanted something to help me get a more precise crescent shape. I ended up using a huge vase to trace the outer edge, and this piece of cork to trace the inner edge.

2. I used the chalk to trace the design I wanted onto the shirt. This way I could see how the design would look before actually using the bleach. The chalk is easy to brush off if you'd like to re-position your shape or otherwise alter it pre-bleach. 

3. After I was satisfied with my chalk shape, I traced the outline of the moon with the fine tip of the bleach pen. Make sure to put something between the front and back of your shirt, like a paper bag or a piece of cardboard. You don't want any bleeding onto the back! I recommend having a piece of scratch paper or a towel you can wipe the tip of the pen with to remove excess bleach if you accidentally squeeze too much out at once.

4. This is how my shirt looked once I finished tracing with the pen.
 5. Start to fill in the shape with the pen. I used the other side of my bleach pen, which is much thicker, for this part. (Kitties think they're helping but they're not, they are just effing ish up in the cutest, most aggravating way possible, of course. Obviously don't let your pet step in or lick the bleach! Luna was removed from the area shortly after this pic was taken.)
  6. How the shirt looked after my design was filled in with bleach. How you fill your shirt in will greatly effect how your design looks when finished. I wasn't really concerned with getting an even coating which resulted in the light and dark patches on my finished design. I like that look, it's what I was going for, but if you're going for a more uniform coloring, make sure to evenly coat every bit of the fabric in your design with the bleach.

7. Optional set in the sun to intensify the bleaching effects. (I intended to do this but it was cloudy the day I made the shirt so I skipped this step.)

8. When shirt is completely dry, spray with vinegar and then rinse with cold water. If you don't have a spritz bottle, just add a little vinegar to the rinse water. The vinegar neutralizes the bleaching effects, if you don't include it the bleach will continue to eat through the fabric even after you rinse it. Make sure you rinse thoroughly!

9. Let your shirt dry. Then wear that ish and bask in the compliments.

Of course make sure to follow all instructions and always exercise caution when using bleach products and work in a well ventilated area blah blah blah, anyways. This is definitely my favorite shirt I've bleach-penned so far, yet it was totally the easiest one to make! (Check out my first bleach pen adventure here, my Deathly Hallows bleach pen design here, and my aforementioned tutorial here!) I'm so planning on customizing more things with a moon motif, I'm having fun playing around with ideas. This kind of DIY is simple and cheap with a great result - totally my kind of craft. If you endeavor with a bleach pen shirt, let me know and drop me a link. I'd love to see! Happy crafting!
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21 comments

Daria said...

the top looks amazing! :)

Audrey said...

Extremement bien fait et joli,bravo !

Fleur said...

oh my this DIY is amazing! I'm definitely going to try this myself. I looooove the way it looks :)
xx

Cicolari said...

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Cicolari said...

So nice and beautiful blog ! i really like it ! I want to invite you to mine, maybe u wanna follow each other ? If yes, just follow me and let me know ;* I will do the same as soon as possible ;*

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Becca said...

This is such a cool idea! I love how it turned out. I need to try this!

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Cinnamon Zilvy said...

Cool!! I need to try too, I love this tutorial :D thank you

Bel McCall said...

OMG! This is just so awesome!!! I'm going to be trying it ASAP! Thanks so much for sharing hun!!!
Have a great week!
x
Bel
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Bel McCall said...

OMG! This is just so awesome!!! I'm going to be trying it ASAP! Thanks so much for sharing hun!!!
Have a great week!
x
Bel
b-by-bel.blogspot.com

Laura said...

What an amazing Diy, I need to try this.
The top that you made looks so, so amazing. :)

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Svetlana said...

This DIY is amazing!

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Monic dzej said...

great tee!
very creative idea!

Gains Royce said...

It's so amazing DIY!!!!!
It's my first time see so easy diy!!!!
The Bleach cosplay costumes is so beautiful,I'll try it by myself.

Kacrates said...

wow that look neat to create, may give this a try.

Tinaaa said...

Amazing top. <3
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Kacie Cone said...

Oh my gosh that looks awesome!! I have to try this out!

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InĂªs Brito said...

Thanks ♥
Great job, looks awesome!

Ana Rita Leite said...

great DIY!
xo, Rii
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Pieces of My World – By Dominika said...

Good idea and nice looking result ;-)

Robin Brook said...

This is amazing! I'm definitely going to try this. Thanks for your comment on my blog about my crescent moon necklace, I also have one tattooed on my wrist http://bethebteam.blogspot.co.uk/ xx

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