A customized sweater using bleach stencils and fabric paint!
This was a christmas present for my boyfriend. The Doctor on the front and the Dalek on the sleeve are bleach stenciled, and the rest are done with fabric paints. All the stencils are made from contact paper.
I worked on this while he was at work over the course of a few weeks; the fabric paint is time consuming because you need it to dry between layers, so I prefer the bleach!
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First, find or create an image to use. For this method, make sure it is a proper stencil with bridges so that you are not left with free floating pieces in the design.
For this weeping angel face, it was small enough to print on one sheet of paper.
Next, cut a piece of contact paper big enough to fit your image on it, plus extra so that you don't risk painting on the sweater!
Then you need to trace the image onto the clear side of the contact paper. I prefer to use a fine point permanent marker for this. No need to be SUPER exact; the cutting is what really matters here!
Once your design is traced, use an x-acto knife to cut out the design, being careful not to cut any of your bridges off. Also be careful to cut out all the parts completely. It sucks to get done cutting only to found out a few tiny corners are still attached and you need to go back in with the knife!
Now, start painting!
If your fabric is at all thin, put something behind the layer you are stenciling so that you won't risk paint bleeding through.
Make sure to cover the image totally.
I like to do between two and four layers of paint, depending on the fabric. Use your judgement!
**Be sure to let each layer dry completely before you start another layer!
Do not do TOO MANY layers though: if fabric paint is too thick, it will start lifting off and crack easily. Again, use your best judgement.
Once all the paint is totally dry, gently lift the stencil off.
** I can tell that I have used TOO MUCH paint if I have to run along the edges of the print with a knife to get the stencil off. I tend to use too much a lot :P
BLEACH STENCILS ~
These are basically the same as the fabric paint, the design is just reversed so that the image to be used is one solid piece, and the bleach goes all around it.
Stick your stencil to the hoodie. Put a bit of bleach into a small spray bottle, and gently spray the area with bleach. Dab with a paper towel to get rid of excess bleach, and repeat the process as needed until the fabric reaches your desired lightness. This happens pretty quickly, so be prepared to work fast!