It's been a busy week with big painting projects around here! And baby boy is finally sleeping through the night = much more energy for me! I am finishing up the trim in my bathroom and my husband started ripping up carpet in our boys' room, painting the floors and walls. I'm excited about the vision I have for their space-it will be fun and colorful and 100% boy!
Now, whenever I'm doing a big project that takes weeks to finish, I need to take breaks for quick little craft ideas I've been storing in my head. So, I experimented with the idea of using a Clorox bleach pen and stencils on a t-shirt. I first saw freehand bleach pen shirts last summer from a blog called Show, Tell, Share and did a freehand numbers one for my son that turned out cute.
And then, I started thinking about all the cool patterns I could make if I used stencils-turned out to be even quicker and easier than freehand because the gel is so easy to work with (and a great way to hide stains or in my case, paint spots on an otherwise nice t-shirt)
Here's what you need to make your bleach stenciled T-shirt:
Clorox bleach gel pen
plastic stencils (I used my Martha Stewart freebies)
safety goggles if you're smart (oops-I should do that next time-eyes are important!)
plastic bag or wax paper to line inside of shirt
rag or paper towels
First, lay your t-shirt flat and line the inside with plastic or wax paper to prevent bleach from bleeding all the way through.
Place your stencil where you want it on the shirt.
Put your safety goggles on to protect eyes from bleach (and open windows or do outdoors).
Use the wide brush end of your bleach pen to squeeze out gel in a circular motion onto stencil.
Carefully remove the stencil, wipe off with rag or paper towel and repeat with another design where you want your pattern to be.
Allow the shirt to dry for a few hours or overnight. It's dry when the bleach gel dries up into a whitish powder.
Finally, wash and dry your shirt and get ready to rock an artsy, original, not-found-in-stores look!
I admit I've been a little self-conscious about wearing what I create (I'm a little scarred from that Bedazzler look from the 70's/80's) but I'm pretty happy with how this shirt came out and can wear it with pride.
Hope you enjoyed this little project-now remember the big projects we've been working on?
Here's a sneak peek into the boys' room floor and wall painting project-It's really coming along and I can't wait to do the bright blocks of color, huge chalkboard wall and more stenciling. I also can't wait until I can put the boys back in this room-they've been so crazy excited it's been hard to get them to go to sleep at night in a different room (yawn...)
Stay tuned for more sneak peeks and the big reveal of bathroom and bedroom!
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