Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Fun with Bleach







These are some fabric pieces that I did a few weeks ago, playing around with bleach discharge on solid black Kona cotton. Originally, I was doing an exercise from Beryl Taylor's book, Mixed Media Explorations, in which she stamps with bleach on velvet. One thing lead to another, and I ended up bleaching yards of black fabric! We were playing around with this on my Artist's Circle group.

You can fold the fabric, scrunch it, tie-dye (with bleach), use an eye dropper for a dotted effect, or use a foam rubber stamp to get an image. I used regular undiluted household bleach, and stopped the bleach reaction by placing the fabric in a bath of Anti-Chlor and water. I can't wait to use these pieces in some art quilts!

6 comments:

Vicki W said...

These are fantastic!

Guzzisue said...

I love using bleach on velvet, leaves such a wonderful gold colour. Great sampples, can't wait to see where you go with them.

Mary S Hunt said...

FABULOUS!

Faye said...

Wow! That is amazing! I hope you were wearing old clothes. I'm such a mess I'd have everything within 10 feet bleached. Your cloth is gorgeous.

Badger said...

I love working with bleach and the neat designs you can come up with. My latest endeavor had been going on for months now. I love using bleach pens but they just don't last long enough and i can't afford as many as I want. So anyone got any good ideas now how to thicken bleach to the same consistency you find in a bleach pen? Email follow-up comments to zoomieesq@gmail.com
Thank you

Badger said...

I love working with bleach and the neat designs you can come up with. My latest endeavor had been going on for months now. I love using bleach pens but they just don't last long enough and i can't afford as many as I want. So anyone got any good ideas now how to thicken bleach to the same consistency you find in a bleach pen? van_morel@yahoo.com
Thank you