How to Bleach Custom T-Shirt Designs

Every month Kathy Cano-Murillo, a.k.a. The Crafty Chica, dishes crafty tips and tricks in La Vida Crafty on Jackalope Ranch.

In my world, anything that adds or removes color is game for a DIY project.

In this case, I'm using old-school bleach to make a cool design on a boring black T-shirt. What I like about using bleach as an art medium is that you never quite know what you're going to get. It's one of my favorite "big reveal" crafts. The makeup of the fabric, the thickness, and the color all interplay, and then there's the whole bleach factor. After I bleach my fabric, I like to add a contrasting color on top to give it more personality -- because sometimes the bleached look results in an icky hue.

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Kathy Cano-Murillo