Bleach Tie-Dye and Ink Stick
Tie, apply pure bleach (4% to 6% active ingredient), stop the reaction with a solution of Sodium Thiosulfate. Add Shiva Stick to some, and tada!
Tie-Dye and Stenciling
I tie-dye my T-Shirts, I admit it. The results are often nice, sometimes spectacular, but I don't usually think to take pictures and put them up here. Last week, though, I did something different -- tie-dye with bleach on a black shirt; plus bleach through a stencil to make patterns.
I laser-printed the pattern onto plain paper (which was too thin; use cardstock instead) and cut out the pattern with a sharp knife. I then misted bleach over the paper onto the shirt below.
After the bleach was right, I soaked the shirts in bleach-stop (Sodium Thiosulfate, from Dharma Trading Company]) to stop the reaction. After the shirts were then washed and dried, I used oil-paint sticks (by Shiva, I believe, via Dharma) on two of them, and glue-and-foil (also from Dharma) on the other three. While I will have to wait and see how these materials age with use and laundry, the immediate results are very nice:
I didn't do these for any particular project, just for fun. The year attributions are extremely vague, except for the 2007 shirts, which I did earlier in the year.
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Accordion fold, green top, blue bottom