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21  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Steve Buscemi Bleach Stencil on: July 14, 2004 09:01:00 AM
Wow! I've gotten such great responses from people! I'm glad you like it.

I suppose I'll respond to some of the questions I've gotten. The fabric on my shirts hasn't lost any of it's integrity since I put the bleach on it. I think the bleach pen might be more expensive, but gives really good results-no holes in the shirt and fairly crisp designs. Also I can get more than one t-shirt out of a pen, I usually do about a 5inx 5in design and I've been able to do like 6 shirts from one pen. The trick is that you don't use that much bleach when putting it on. You get the best results if you put it on as sparingly as possible. This way it can soak into the cloth better. Also for those just trying it if you put it on thinner you can see where it has dried and this is a good indicator of when to wash it off. You'll start seeing the color change underneath the gel. You'll want to make sure that the entire area has changed colors though otherwise you'll end up with patches the same color as your shirt. Also you might want to think ahead about what color the bleach part is going to turn. Navy blue and black turn orange, blue can range from lighter blue to white depending on how long you leave it down, red can turn from pink to white, and green goes from a light green to a tan.  Again it all depends on when you wash it off, but it really doesn't take that long to get a good effect. If you're worried about it perhaps alter the shirt first (like cut off the sleeves, the neckline or the bottom) and test on the scraps you cut off, running time tests to see which color you want.

Again I love the responses, the yoda t-shirt is great Sewer Rat. I'd love to see the results that other people got.
22  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Steve Buscemi Bleach Stencil on: June 01, 2004 06:03:18 PM
I agree Steve is definitely underrated, I just love him...especially in Ghost World.

On my first stencil (being Steve). That's exactly what I did, I outlined it with the pen then filled it in. I figured out though that applying a thinner, more even layer gave a more even result in the bleached area (see buddha below). The thicker areas of bleach actually can bleach less if they don't dry enough...drying is key! So less is really more when using the bleach. As far as the stencils...well I don't really have a stencil...I just use the paper I print out. The bleach seeps a little, which I like; it makes the edges less even. To keep the bleach from seeping too much I take off the paper as soon as it gels up a little. I'm thinking about laminating some of the stencils I intend to use a lot, until then I'm ok with making one of a kind shirts.

Hope that was helpful!

Oh and here is Buddha for an example of the evenly spread bleach:

23  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Steve Buscemi Bleach Stencil on: May 31, 2004 08:02:58 AM
are bleach pens common? where do you get them?

They're a relatively new product. Clorox makes them for stain fighting purposes, and you can find them in the laundry aisle at your supermarket. I bought mine at Wal*mart when I got the t-shirts.

I have a few kinks to work out in working with the bleach, like how to make it even and how long to leave it on. Here is my latest attempt:

This is my attempt at my favorite Red Sox player Johnny Damon, I wish I had left the bleach on longer, but I like the effect nonetheless.
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Peachy Scarf on: May 30, 2004 07:29:52 PM
I started this project back when it was actually scarf weather and I just finished it. I think I saw this pattern on here awhile ago, but I can't be sure. I combined 2 strands, one mohair and one normal wool. I knitted them on huge size 15 needles and every 5, rows (I think Undecided) I would wrap the wool around the needle twice before knitting the next stitch. And here are the results:


Here is a close up:


The pictures don't really capture it...but it is very fuzzy!
25  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Steve Buscemi Bleach Stencil on: May 30, 2004 03:31:16 PM
So I was intensely jealous when I saw all these silk screen stenciled t-shirts. Not having/knowing the proper paint to use, I decided that I would use something I had -- a bleach pen! I went through the same process as shown in the Sophia Loren Tutorial to get the stencil, but instead of cutting out the black i cut out the white parts. Then I put it on my shirt and applied the gel with the pen. I found it worked best where it dried. So here is my first attempt at t-shirtdom:



It is a bit funky, but I enjoy it. I'm thinking of adding his name onto it to tell people who it is. I'd appreciate any feedback you have.
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