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Topic: Bleach painting - yes, painting, not stencilling!  (Read 1555 times)
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« on: February 20, 2009 04:35:56 PM »

Hi everyone,
I just came up with the best thing, which everyone prolly already knows about but its new to me so I thought Id post it here for kicks.

Ive always had issues with bleach stencilling, I suck at it. Badly. However I love the idea... and the other day whilst on etsy I saw someone had used this stuff called 'jean paint'... but Im rather poor right now (damn washing machine blew up, saving for a new one!) so I cant buy any, so I made my own. The jean paint just looks like paint, but its bleach...

I mixed bleach and cornflour into a paste, until it was the consistency of paint. You can use it like paint and it doesnt run everywhere (on denim, i havent tried it on other fabric yet). I put mine in an old glitter paint tube (because it was the only tube I had with a really fine opening), and just drew on the denim with it, like a pen. It took a while to get the right consistency - I just kept adding little bits of bleach and flour til it was right.

Im so excited, time to go paint on more jeans! Ill post pics when I next have camera batteries Smiley
If anyone uses this, post pics, I wanna see!

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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2009 05:53:49 AM »

I just use regular thick household bleach with a brush, when it gets to the right 'colour' i neutraliase the bleach with vinegar and then rinse it out.

you just have to be careful of splatters though and you cant see where you have painted, so i guess the cornflour thickens it up and you can see where you have put it. I'm going to try this next time.

I love personal swaps,  I print a lot of random fabric, usually with no purpose in mind.  let me know if you want any of it.

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