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1  How to Create Galaxy Prints in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by Fetus on: July 16, 2011 11:24:54 PM
If you're me and you've been on tumblr, you've been seeing tons of neat galaxy printed items, but at really ridiculous costs! (200$ for a printed minidress? Really?) I can't seem to actually find any of the fabric. I've checked just about everywhere, and aside from some really low-res spoon flower options, there really isn't any other option but to DIY it. This technique uses a combination of tie-dying, bleaching and painting techniques. All the supplies can be found at any local store.

You will need:

-Object you want to galaxy. (this can be anything, though I use a black 100% cotton tshirt for this. Because this tutorial uses bleach, any material you can bleach and paint will work. Even flat yardage is fine. Dark colors like navy blue and purple will work fine too. This would be a very nice effect on a pair of denim jeans)
-Spray bottle
-Rubber bands
-Acrylic paint
-Textile medium
-Paint brushes and sponges

The first step is to take your shirt and wrap the area you want to bleach with rubber bands. I suggest you make it as random as you possibly can. Do this on both sides of the shirt. Dilute your bleach and spray it on. Leave it until you can get your desired results, remove the rubber bands, and then wash your shirt completely using a detergent. Air dry. (If you note, I did rip a hole in my shirt with a pair of scissors taking the rubber bands off. Don't do that.)

After this, your shirt will look like so. The lines around your bleached area will be strong and somewhat jagged. The next step is to bleach your shirt yet again. And again. Keep bleaching and washing your shirt until you get your desired look. Just make sure that you do not bleach it until the point where the fabric becomes weak. 

(after one bleaching)

(after second bleaching)

(front of shirt after final bleaching)

(back of shirt after final bleaching)

Once your shirt is bleached you should start looking up photographs of galaxies. I highly suggest using the hubble telescope
(http://hubblesite.org/gallery/) website. This is where a brief knowledge of astronomy might help you a little bit. Some areas where you bleached may look better as galaxies, and some may be better suited to being nebulae, stars, super novae, etc. Use your creative judgement on this one.

To paint your galaxies and nebula, you want to start off with a dark color, such as a red or a purple and lightly dab against your fabric using a sponge. I used a cheap black craft sponge which I don't think gave me very good results. I suggest using a natural sponge for a more even texture. Then go over this which gradually lighter colors. Once you have the background to your galaxies and nebulae finished, you should paint in the stars and other bright objects in last, using lighter and brighter colors.

(finished back of shirt)

This should approximately be your finished project! Once this step is done, feel free to do whatever you want with it. Personally, I added studs to my shirt and ripped the edges of the sleeves and neck line. But as long as your object of choice is dark colored and bleachable, you can use whatever you'd like. Though if you plan on using yardage to create an item, I suggest painting the fabric before sewing it, just so you have more control over what patterns go where.

Happy crafting!

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2  etc. in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Fetus on: June 24, 2009 09:42:58 PM
water colors:


Fanart of Mana, and I have no legal right to him or his image.

colored pencil:

Fanart of: Kuroshitsuji and Silent Hill. I have no legal rights to Ciel, Sebastian, or Pyramid Head.

And possibly my most favorite one yet:

A vampiric man sitting in a blood bath with glittery (yes thats right, it doesn't show up but there is infact... GLITTER on the bubbles!) bubbles, smoking a ciggarette.... with a disembodied hand underneath the tub. I think it's funny.

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3  various pens in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Fetus on: June 24, 2009 09:36:02 PM

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4  mixed media in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Fetus on: June 24, 2009 09:33:32 PM

Colored pencils and charcoal

Sharpie, colored pencils, charcoal

Fanart for the anime, Kuroshitsuji- which I have no legal rights to in any way, shape, or form.
colored pencil, charcoal, pastel, and metallic gel pen

Colored pencil, pastel
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5  Photography in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Fetus on: June 24, 2009 09:28:15 PM

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6  atleast it's not boring anymore. *just one in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Fetus on: January 03, 2009 07:32:06 PM

I had a boring and ugly grey skirt made from knit. It was too heavy for petti, and waaayyyy too long for short little fetus. So, I set it on fire. Now it's ankle length on me. I still need to make a long white underskirt so it shows off the burns a little bit better.
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7  made in '08 *gothic+lolita, image massive* in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Fetus on: January 03, 2009 07:28:59 PM
Sorry for horrible image quality, I swear these all look wearable IRL.

first rectangle skirt I made. The waist band extends into ribbons and ties instead of a real closure.
I don't know why the hell the thread looks white, it think it's the flash because I use polythread. D:

pink tiered skirt. I made the waist band way too small. But I like my seams on this one, so all is not lost.

colonial X-mas skirt, I feel like an old person in this.

white underskirt, simple and it helps control my pettis

first petticoat, made out of ugly canvas, mismatched thread and curtains. looks like shit but it poofs out like it's nobody's business


second petticoat bigger than the first and made a slightly better. It's alot poofier in the back and is open in the front,

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8  Satin+ bustle skirt *and w/ pics* in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Fetus on: December 27, 2008 03:15:47 PM

I want to make this with a printed satin I found at walmart. It's just oh so slightly stretchy and like, 100% poly. I'm not sure if it drape well for this style skirt:

It's obviously going to need heavy interfacing, but would canvas+lighter interfacing work just as well? I wouldn't make the skirt up to the under bust, because thats not going to do much for me. I'd fully line the fabric with broad cloth because it's not super heavy and has a very floaty lightness to it.

Also I have no idea on how to iron this. I'm so afriad to touch it, this print is so pretty. It's light pink with red roses and lilacs.
It's only 2$/yard but I only have three yards of it (but I plan on getting as many as I possibly can. It's really awesome fabric) and it's very wrinkly and needs ironing like you wouldn't belive.
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9  The Most Boring Lolita Skirt Of All..... in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Fetus on: October 09, 2008 03:20:08 PM

The pic is of the unfinished piece, but nothing was actually changed. Just hemmed it up and added button closure. It's so terribly boring, the only thing I like is the shape which is pretty good even without a petti. The tiers are 44:88:132 with a 30" waistband; in other words this is a truely poofy skirt.

I've worn it out and gotten complement a plenty but I still think it really lives up to the lolitaness I was going for. So please, craftsters, tell me how to make this skirt fun!
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10  Kanzashi! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Fetus on: August 07, 2008 11:45:07 AM
First time making a kanzashi!

I dyed some white fabric for the leaves and petals and thne I glued some pearl colored beads for the center. I glued a hair pin on the back so it sits really akward on my head.

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