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« on: September 11, 2006 02:21:27 PM »

I have a shirt that appears to have been printed with bleach...it's a black tank top with a light beige colored print...same color as if you threw bleach on black fabric.

I asked my friend Gwen from Sigh Co. Graphics (she's been helping me learn about screenprinting) about how this is done, and she said there are certain types of ink that will pull the color from fabric, for a bleached out effect.  She said she hasn't used any of these though.

I'm contemplating experimenting with bleach mixtures to see if I could figure out how to do this.  Or maybe I should just suck it up and find some of that special ink to buy?

Has anyone ever tried this before?  Printing with bleach solutions?  Will it do anything to the screen or the screen filler if I try to spray a bleach mixture through it?  I don't mind sacrificing an old tshirt or two to try this out, but I'd rather not ruin a screen if possible.

« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2006 04:48:42 PM »

i did just that the other day with the gel-ed bleach in those bleach pens

« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2006 10:28:33 AM »

It looks like your test run turned out well for you.  I haven't actually used any of the bleach pens before, so I guess I'll have to pick some up to test them out.

How did your screen handle the bleach?  Any problems?

« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2006 10:31:51 AM »

Just a warning - when bleach comes into contact with metal, it's pretty corrosive! 
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2006 03:53:39 PM »

It looks like your test run turned out well for you.  I haven't actually used any of the bleach pens before, so I guess I'll have to pick some up to test them out.

How did your screen handle the bleach?  Any problems?

No issues with the screen at all ... i've done 3 or 4 prints .. and somewhere in the middle fo that i got sidetracked by the kids and forgot about the screen . and the bleach sat on there for 2 or 3 days with no issues ..
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2007 01:33:47 AM »

Did you ever have any luck trying to print with bleach?
I thought this link might also interest you: http://www.stencilrevolution.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=18221&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
It is a tutorial on how to use bleach and stencils made out or duralar/transparencies to create designs on black or dark shirts. It also works on jeans/dark denim material. All you need is a design, some plastic transparency sheets, an xacto knife, glue, a spray bottle and bleach.
Hope this helps.

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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2008 04:10:49 PM »

You can mix a seaweed powder called sodium alginate with the bleach to thicken it, so you can pass it through your screen  Wink We have a store that sells dyes here, so I could buy it there. Maybe there are other products you can use to thicken it... maybe even textile medium?
We also make a solution with "monagum" to immerse the fabric into, so that it stops the bleach from further bleaching (otherwise it will continue to bleach and also eat away at the fabric).
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