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Bleach pen graphic tees (attempt #1 failed)

As I was perusing Pinterest last week, I came across a project to revive old t-shirts (or at least give them a new lease on life and maybe wear them again!).  The premise was simple – use a Clorox Bleach Pen to draw graphics on the t-shirts, rinse off and wash/dry.  I found 3 t-shirts that I almost never wear and rolled up my sleeves to get to work.  I decided to draw them freehand after making some doodles in my sketchbook.  I was really happy with the two bolder looks and let them sit to supposedly bleach away.  When I checked on the progress 15 minutes later, I was sad to see that there was no change in color.  So I let them sit another 15 minutes.  After more than 30 minutes, the bleach still wasn’t working.  I thought perhaps the content of the t-shirts may have something to do with it.  Two of them were mostly cotton with a touch of polyester, but one was 100% cotton and should be affected by bleach. I decided to rinse them off and chalk this up to a lesson.  But I’m still trying to figure out the lesson….t-shirt content?  Bleach strength?  Color of dye?  This will require a trip to the store to look at the different bleach pens to see if there is one specifically for whites (and therefore a higher concentration).  To be continued……..

 original pin

Original Pin

supplies

Supplies

brown tee start

Prepping the t-shirt with waxed paper and newspaper

brown tee dots

Simple first design on brown tee

orange tee pattern

A little more creative on tee #2

green tee tree

My favorite design (that sadly washed away….)

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One response »

  1. so beautiful!! love your shirt!

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