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Topic: My First Attempt at Bleach Stenciling Was a Fail  (Read 4195 times)
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« on: May 07, 2010 08:12:39 AM »

The plan here was to cut a heart out of freezer paper and spray around it with bleach so that the heart shape would be in the negative.

Here is an artist's rendering of what was supposed to happen:



And here is what actually happened:



It just looks like I accidentally spilled bleach on myself and, to add insult to injury, the bleach completely bled under the freezer paper, so the heart doesn't even look right.

Things I Have Learned from this Project:
1) Use the spray bottles that are with the travel-sized shampoo not the ones with the cleaning supplies.
2) If you're spraying something and the spray has gone out of control FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP SPRAYING. Spraying more to "fix it" is not going to work.

Don't you worry about me though, I've got a plan for this thing.
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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2010 08:22:05 AM »

Awww no need for the sad face!  How about just dying it and retrying it again?
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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2010 08:24:39 AM »

Did you iron the freezer paper to the shirt?

And for the record I think it looks cool. I would sport that shirt.
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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2010 08:25:58 AM »

oh noes!  but i love that you are so good natured about it.  Smiley  we all have failed craft projects.  

you should totally submit it to craftfail.com.  i love that site.  
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2010 09:25:26 AM »

This totally made me smile at work....

But no worries! I won't speak for anyone but myself, but I know I have totally been there.

Next time will be better!
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« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2010 09:38:45 AM »

i've had bleach stenciling accidents too but they never turned out this cool. i love it. i would totally wear that.

*edit* seriously, i'm gonna do this, mess one up on purpose. i want it so bad lol  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2010 09:55:15 AM »

Did you iron the freezer paper to the shirt?

I did! And it still bled!

Thanks for all the nice comments everybody, I feel much better about it. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2010 10:12:29 AM »

You can use a regular bottle, i do all of the time, you just have to make sure that it's the kind with an adjustable spray nozzle.  adjust it so it's more of a mist rather than a spray, less is more  and with the ironing i iron the heck out of it, freezer paper takes a lot of heat to adhere.


2) If you're spraying something and the spray has gone out of control FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP SPRAYING. Spraying more to "fix it" is not going to work.

You're cracking me up!  you should wear it anyway, no one will know it's not supposed to be like that.
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« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2010 11:12:00 AM »

Aww man, that is messed up!
5+++++ Stars for hilarious post! Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2010 09:29:34 PM »

i use an old 'spray and wash' bottle! works like a charm  Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2010 06:52:18 AM »

"2) If you're spraying something and the spray has gone out of control FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP SPRAYING. Spraying more to "fix it" is not going to work."

Oh that tickled me!

I only tried bleach yesterday, and I would like to also add the following tip:
 Dont pour more bleach on, cos it obviously needs more bleach, straight from the bottle.
Then see that it is happening, very, very quickly!
That was a fun experiment, that won't be making it to Craftster!

Bleach is fun tho isnt it! Grin
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« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2010 06:56:26 AM »

add water to the bleach, it should work better.  half bleach, half water.
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« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2010 12:44:59 PM »

Did you try Ironing the freezer paper down?
Anywho; it looks neat still ^^
I wanna see what you do with it!
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« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2010 08:51:11 PM »

Was the shirt already washed to get the manufacturer's sizing out of it first?  Sometimes those cotton shirts are practically water repellant until after they've been washed the first time.
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« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2010 09:11:21 PM »

I do freezer paper bleach stenciling allot ..  I use a bleach gel pen and Ive never had any bleed over at all,
 except when i forget to put freezer paper on the inside so it will not bleed through  the back .
 Anyways its really fun . If you use a black shirt it has a fiery glow and you can color it with fabric pens to have a wider choice of colors .

 don't give up    Mistakes Can turn out to be the best thing ever . this is my favorite shirt I made so far http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=234675.0 the lines are really close to each other on this one no bleeding  
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« Reply #15 on: May 09, 2010 11:40:21 AM »

Maybe try tie dying in the white area.  That could look cool!
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« Reply #16 on: May 09, 2010 12:29:54 PM »

koodos to you for posting a fail  Grin everyone talks about this freezer paper, i've never used it. I ust use plain ol' computer paper and a paint brush, sometimes i use a pencil dip for the writing. thanks to the tip from enchantedwhimsies, which was to dilute to bleach 3parts bleach to one part water, here is what i made

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=340543.msg4005069#msg4005069

hope you have better luck next time, don't give up  Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: May 09, 2010 03:08:34 PM »

. . . I LOVE THIS

also, your sporting attitude made it all the more winsome! Thanks for the smile today  Grin
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« Reply #18 on: May 09, 2010 03:21:18 PM »

 ;DI love your post!
I am in the middle of my first attempt and it is going well.  I used one part bleach to three parts water in a travel style bottle.

also instead of freezer paper I used clear contact paper...mostly cuz I was too lazy to look for the freezer paper I stashed around here somewhere.

So far it is looking great

Also, you could buy a spray dye for the same effect with a different color.  Now that my bleaching is done I am doing that with a stencil...keeping fingers crossed that my master plan here will work!
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« Reply #19 on: May 09, 2010 07:36:40 PM »

I get what you were trying to do...I's a cool idea.
...But I actually LOVE what it came out as.  Just be confident about wearing it and no one will know.  Grin
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« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2010 08:10:47 PM »

Maybe try tie dying in the white area.  That could look cool!

now theres something I would totally do... I would do it in purple... but I bet another crazy color would look just great!....

I like how it is also...
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« Reply #21 on: May 10, 2010 01:57:02 AM »

I love the happy accident that is that shirt!! I would wear it every day!!!

HOWEVER.... I, too, have attempted this bleach stenciling and have failed miserably.  Perhaps it was that the squids tentacles were too narrow.... perhaps it was because I kept moving the shirt and therefore releasing the stencil from the fabric. I don't know. I'm not a craft-doctor.

Did you use straight bleach? Because I read somewhere that it should be 50/50 ... but I'd rather it be like what you did.
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« Reply #22 on: May 10, 2010 09:42:40 AM »

"2) If you're spraying something and the spray has gone out of control FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP SPRAYING. Spraying more to "fix it" is not going to work."

You're awesome.
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