Bleach Doodles

I doodled this shirt yesterday afternoon with a bleach pen. 

I found this picture on Pinterest and followed the link to This blog where I found Dora and her post on how she did it. It inspired me. Of course, I went crazy and did the whole front of the shirt.

 This is the pen I used. What you see on the shirt is the amount of doodling that can be done with one pen. If you are smaller than I am, you could get the front and back of the shirt.

Here is what I learned about doodling on a shirt with a bleach pen:

  • put a board inside the shirt so you have a harder drawing surface
  • the bleach can be applied in a thick line (see above where I started with a thick line), or a thinner line
  • If you apply the bleach and let it dry on the shirt, the bleaching will be complete and the lines will be white
  • If you apply the bleach and rinse it off after 10 minutes or so, some of the shirt's color will remain

 You can see that I let the application on the right dry completely before I rinsed it. On the left, I rinsed after about 10 minutes. There is a little color left. I think I like a little color left, but I could not doodle the whole shirt in 10 minutes.
Anything you can write or draw becomes he design of your shirt. The possibilities are endless!

What a great project to do with a good shirt with a stain you can't get rid of. Just draw over the stain! It is a neat and creative fix for $2.79.

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29 creative thoughts:

Megan { July 24, 2011 at 4:40 PM }
This is a fabulous idea. My mind is racing with the possibilities.

votemom { July 24, 2011 at 10:06 PM }
ok. this is super cute! i want you to do a bleach pen class. becuz i need you to sit by me and validate my doodles.
Kim { July 25, 2011 at 2:53 PM }
Just come over whenever you are ready for validation!
Jeanna { July 26, 2011 at 11:26 AM }
I love it! Your doodles are awesome. I've been wanting to do this but been scared I would mess it up. I guess there is no right or wrong way to do it. Thanks.

Jeanna @
Brooke { July 26, 2011 at 12:18 PM }
That looks fantastic! A great way to pretty up any fabric, not just shirts!
Carolyn { July 26, 2011 at 3:06 PM }
Absolutely beautiful. I made one once but it was really simple. Yours is a work of art. If you have a moment, I would love for you to share this project on my Inspiration Board {link party}.
Thank you!
carolyn | homework
Kim { July 26, 2011 at 8:55 PM }
If you start with a shirt that has a spot or stain, then you have nothing to lose!
Emily { July 27, 2011 at 7:50 AM }
Ive been wondering if this would work well, so thanks!
Unknown { July 27, 2011 at 2:58 PM }
I love the design on your shirt. You have definitely inspired me to try this this weekend!
Just Jaime { July 29, 2011 at 10:58 AM }
WOW!!! This is amazing! I'm so impressed! It turned out beautifully!
Kitty { July 30, 2011 at 4:55 PM }
That looks amazing! I wish I had artistic talent like yours....maybe I could find a good stencil
Kim { July 30, 2011 at 11:01 PM }
Kitty, you are sweet, thank you. But, you know, doodling improves the more you do. Keep doodling!
Kitty { July 31, 2011 at 3:38 PM }
I'm going to give it a shot. I used to doodle with henna for temp tattoo's maybe it'll be like falling off a're always able to =)

I loved this idea so much I pinned it and then blogged about it. Thought you might enjoy
Lori @ Our Forever House { August 1, 2011 at 11:24 AM }
Love, love, love! I was using this idea to make some matching Disney shirts this week but I love that after the vaction, I can take mine and my daughters and turn it in to something we would wear! Love, love, love!
Inspired By June { August 1, 2011 at 5:36 PM }
Thanks for sharing this idea, Kim! Love your doodles, they do remind me of the henna tattoos. Lot's of inspiration here!
Kim { August 1, 2011 at 10:20 PM }
Thanks Kitty, love Pinterest and so much fun to see my own project there!
Jane { August 2, 2011 at 10:44 AM }
Never heard of this pen...Wow! I cannot wait to find one and get started on some projects!!! Thanks for sharing.
Jane (Artfully graced)
Anonymous { August 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM }
I would have never thought of this, but I see LOTS of new articles in my wardrobe! this is so cool!
Kristin { August 8, 2011 at 10:43 AM }
That is amazing! I am so totally buying a bleach pen the next time I go to the store.
Claire { August 9, 2011 at 9:14 PM }
I've seen this done elsewhere, but yours is the best! It's almost like lace-I'm totally inspired even though I know my doodles don't look that fabulous :)
Calypso { August 11, 2011 at 1:27 PM }
Super cute!!!
Kim { August 12, 2011 at 1:49 PM }
Hey Ishoulda, I love your use of stencils with bleach. Everybody go look!
SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime { August 13, 2011 at 1:04 AM }
This post made me smile. Thanks for inspiring me and many others to even attempt this feat. Really appreciate that you linked up at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.
Candy { August 13, 2011 at 5:19 PM }
Barbara { June 25, 2012 at 7:49 PM }
Love it. I'll be adding a bleach pen to my "go-to" kit.
Out of the Loop { October 9, 2012 at 1:43 PM }
Can't do it all in 10 minutes? Doodle in sections, rinse after 10 minutes, let dry, doodle more, rinse after 10 minutes.... then you get the tint remaining and not pure white.... yes? no? Very cute. Good job!!!
Kim { October 18, 2012 at 4:40 PM }
Out of the Loop, yes! If you don't doodle quickly, it would be best to do it in sections. Thanks!!
Chantal { November 8, 2012 at 4:20 AM }
Clever. Love your design too!
Anonymous { August 17, 2013 at 4:37 PM }
I tried this on 3 different shirts with a brand new bleach pen and it didn"t work. What am I doing wrong?

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