DIY Bleach Print Leggings
I had a lot of fun recently with the most exciting new discovery...the Clorox Bleach Pen. I had seen a couple of really cool tutorials over the past few months on bleach painting words and designs onto fabric, like this one here. So I did a little research (mainly because the thought of a paintbrush & bleach+Me seemed dangerous) and found others recommending the Clorox Bleach "Gel" Pen because of the easy application and cleanup. I also found this image, and was totally inspired by pattern. I ran out and grabbed myself a bleach pen ( 3$!) and a pair of inexpensive leggings. Now I wished I'd grabbed like 5 pens and many more pieces of plain clothing...
(I apologize for grainy photos taken on a rainy day..)
All it took was spreading a white (in case I misplaced any bleach) towel down and then drawing my design on with the pen! These leggings were a thick knit material so I wasn't really worried about the bleach seeping through but cardboard between layers is recommended. I let the bleach gel sit for about 10-15 mins (you can watch the progress, I saw it turning a desirable brown so I stopped the process) and then rinsed my leggings in the sink in a neutralizing solution of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 10 parts water, working quickly so the bleach didn't spread to other areas. Then I hand washed them thoroughly to remove any excess bleach and threw them in the washing machine.
This was so incredibly easy, and I am thrilled to pieces with my new leggings. There are imperfections, and small bleed spots but that's part of the beauty I think:) I really can't wait to do this again....
(This is a bridge over a stream behind the cottage at Podunk.)
How cool is the bleach pen? Try it and I guarantee you'll be hooked;) I'd love to see what you make!
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