Bleach Stamped Sweatshirt




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This is something I have wanted to try a while. I have seen bleach stamping done on colored cardstock and wanted to see how it would look on fabric. The results were fun and different.

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Step 1: Materials



Paper towel

plastic bowl

Foam and/or rubber stamps

Piece of cardboard the size of your sweatshirt

An old towel

Step 2: Preparing to Stamp

Preparing the stamp pad

Fold the papertowel to fit in the plastic bowl. It should be 6 to 8 layers. Place in bowl and dampen with bleach. Set down the old towel for your workspace and place bowl at corner. Make sure to work in a well ventilated area.

Preparing the sweatshirt

Place the cardboard in the sweatshirt. Place on a flat surface to work.

Step 3: Stamping

Stamp the sweatshirt to your liking. Use stamps with larger details, these will stamp better. Stamps with fine details my lose those details when stamping.

The bleach will not be visible on the stamp or at first on the sweatshirt. The sweatshirt will begin to process the bleach and the design will begin to show. The color that develops will contrast the original color of the sweatshirt. You can do a test dot of bleach on the inside of the sweatshirt, if you wish to see the final color result.

Once you are done stamping, let the garment dry and develop.

Step 4: Finishing Your Garment.

Once bleach has dried, wash the sweatshirt by hand or in a washing machine, to get rid of any excess bleach.

Dry and enjoy!!

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    11 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Cool! I accidentally made something similar when washing dishes with bleach. It wasn't nearly as stylish as yours. :-)

    1 reply

    I have a friend who makes amazing paintings in bleach on denim, and he says he rinses the fabric, then rinses it with hydrogen peroxide (don't know his dilution) to stop the bleach degrading the fabric. I know whenever I get a bleach spot on my clothes it eventually makes a hole, but then I wear all cotton.

    3 replies

    Also I forgot to say this is a great Intractable and I can't wait to try it! I had done reverse tie-dye with bleach on colorful t-shirts before, but was a little intimidated by the idea of painting free-hand. Your sweatshirt looks great on you!


    4 years ago

    Would be a nice pattern for a female's shirt

    Eric Rocher

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Nice! I would like to try this, but on lightweight fabric instead of a sweatshirt. Have you noticed any degradation of the material?

    1 reply
    pizzidaveEric Rocher

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    No, the fabric is good and the imprint is superficial. I have tried it on thinner materials, the key is watching it and rinsing it in water when it has lightened to your liking.