- plain cotton t-shirt in any color
- Clorox bleach pen (found in the laundry aisle or an off-brand one found at Dollar Tree)
- white towel or newspaper
- inspiration image (optional)
Next, grab your Clorox bleach pen, SHAKE IT GOOD and go to town! (I only shook mine a little bit because I didn't want tons of bubbles, but I think you really do need to shake it well. I wonder if I were to shake it better if maybe the bleach wouldn't have bled and I would've gotten a sharper design?)
The bleach pens have two tips, wide and a fine, and obviously you'll want to use the fine tip for a design like this.
There will be bubbles that come out as you draw, but don't worry too much about it. Pop 'em, blend in the blobs with a toothpick or pencil and move on. Accept that your finished product won't be perfect and that the imperfections are what make it unique!
Allow the bleach gel to sit for a couple of minutes to pull some of the color out of your shirt, but DON'T WALK AWAY FROM IT! Keep a close eye on the shirt so as soon as the bleach has done its job you can rinse it off. Again, if you're going for white lines then no need to fret about how long it sits. In theory, you could let the gel dry completely. (In my two attempts at doing this, though, the longer I let my bleach sit the more it bled. Again, maybe because I didn't shake very well.)
When it's ready, CAREFULLY carry your shirt to the tub and turn on the shower. Rinse off all of the bleach gel, using your hands to help it come off.
I really love that the gray turns sort of a peachy color when it's bleached. Cool, huh??
Check out these other bleach pen projects I found online. You could go with a really complex doodle design like this one~
- cloth napkins
- a scarf
- a tablecloth
- throw pillows
- quilt squares
- a baby bib
- a baseball cap - pretty much anything! Just remember when choosing what to draw on that bleach works best on natural fibers.