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Bleach pen graphic tees (attempt #2- success!)

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Back in January, I attempted to follow a Pin I found on Pinterest.  The Pin showed how to revitalize old tees by adding bleach graphics to them.  The first attempt at three different t-shirts failed.  I have since discovered that only the Clorox Bleach Pen for WHITES works.  The other bleach pens are not strong enough to bleach colors.  This time I only attempted one t-shirt to see if it would work.  The bleached out color was a surprise, but it did work.  Now I can use this technique on other things – old canvas bags, placemats, tablecloths, etc…

original pin

Original Pin inspiration

bleach for whites

Clorox Bleach Pen for Whites

prepping tee

Prepping the tee using paper & wax paper underneath

design in bleach

Drawing the design

design bleaching in

The bleach doing its work

in water bath

Water bath to stop the bleach

after rinsed off

Ready for the washing machine

and out of the wash

out of the wash…

finished product

Finished t-shirt

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….)