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« on: January 21, 2007 11:51:15 AM »

I made this Lou Reed shirt as a birthday gift for my sister. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, but it wasn't the easiest stencil to work with. I had to go back and do a lot of areas without the stencil, like the eyes, mouth, and nose. It was also my first attempt at shading with bleach (I used a clorox bleach pen...pretty easy to work with).

I hope you all like it! And in case anyone wants the stencil, I forgot to save it  Sad but it's just the already stencil-like image from Transformer without the guitar and microphone...pretty easy to fix in paint.

Thanks for looking!

« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2007 01:18:20 PM »

I <3 it!! That's perfect. I really like how does bleach in a black T-shirt. You made a very good job Smiley.

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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2007 06:36:17 PM »

That looks great!!!!!!
Instantly recognisable too!!

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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2007 07:47:39 AM »

Thanks for the nice comments!! I like how the bleach works on black shirts also, I just have to decide what to stencil next.
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2007 09:38:10 AM »

that looks AMAZING.  I want one.

how do you do shading with bleach?!?!
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2007 11:27:27 AM »

Well...I can't exactly remember what part of the process gave it the shading effect. It was either that I left the bleach on for less time and/or used a thinner coat. If I remember correctly, I left the cheek area (which is pretty much the only area I tried to shade) without bleach when I did the rest of his face. When the bleach was done working on the majority of the face, I put a light coat on the cheek area and when that was bleached to my satisfaction, I rinsed the whole thing.

The other areas that look shaded are pretty much where the bleach bled...I was going to define the lines better with a sharpie Smiley but my sister was happy with it as it was. The basic idea is that the bleach will take out more color the longer it's on although I'm not sure you can get too much variation...I'm still experimineting. Hope that helped!

*also, I used a bleach pen which is more of a gel than regular liquid bleach, so it's easier to control the degree of bleaching.
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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2007 11:29:02 AM »

great job!

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« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2007 03:00:13 PM »

thanks.  i'm going to have to give that a try.
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2007 05:46:33 PM »

 Cheesy WOW! I made a stenciled t-shirt of this exact image for my boyfriend today except I used paint.  I also cut ot the mic and other details because I was worried I couldn't pull it off. I used cardstock which was hard to work with so I suggested we try it with freezer paper next time so I could add more detail. When he got home with the freezer paper I tried my first bleach stencil with a different image. I will post both of these later tonight if I get a chance. Anyway... just thought it was funny. You did wonderfully! Yours is much more detailed than mine.
OK... I posted some of my stencil stuff including the Transformer shirt. Hope you like it. Great minds think alike  Wink
« Last Edit: July 21, 2007 11:42:20 PM by honeyspoon - Reason: breaking up to the minute news » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2007 08:03:41 AM »

Looks great!
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