From the research I did before getting started, I found out that it works best on blue fabric (on black fabric the bleach can only remove some of the pigment and you are left with a pink or orange negative print instead of white).
In this Instructable I'll give you the basics that you need to create your own custom 'reverse' print/pattern!
Step 1: Supplies
- dark fabric (natural fibers only)
- flat bottomed glass or ceramic dish
- latex gloves
- masking tape
- 3 pencils with eraser ends
- two angled erasers (like pictured)
- pencil sharpener
- white chalk
*optional: pencil with cap eraser
- cardboard (to tape fabric to)
Step 2: Making Your Stamps
Step 3: Prepping Your Fabric
If your cardboard is cupping at all (not laying flat), tape it down to your work surface so your not stamping on a springy surface.
Step 4: My Chevron Print
Step 5: Stamping Technique
2. Put on your latex gloves. This will protect your skin from any splashes. I would also recommend wearing an apron or old clothes just in case there are any flying bleach molecules.
3. Pour a very small amount of bleach into your flat bottomed container. You want the bottom surface JUST wet = not much depth to the bleach.
4. Place the stamp side of your chosen eraser down in the bleach.
5. Remove excess bleach by scraping the stamp bottom along the edge of your container. This is an important step! If you don't do this, you will not get a crisp outline. You can see in my finished chevron print that I got better and better at this as the print went on. (I ended up liking the mix of soft and hard lines!)
6. Place the stamp down onto the fabric and press firmly.
7. DON'T flip your eraser to use both sides to make the chevron, use two separate erasers so you don't get bleach all over your gloves.
Step 6: My Galaxy Print
Step 7: Sun Setting
When the hour's up, remove the fabric from the cardboard.
Step 8: Wash and Go!
FYI: I put the Galaxy print onto one of the Instructable napkins I sewed last week. For that how-to, click here!