Saturday 10 December 2016

2016 #23 Bleach Faux Tie Dye {by Christine Dark}

2016 Topic 23: Bleach Techniques

Hi everyone Chris Dark here, joining you this evening with a post about bleach faux tie dye and bleach stamping using distress inks. I’ve stamped and painted with household bleach previously onto colour core cardstock with pleasing effects so I was immediately drawn to the theme but this time I wanted to experiment with the reactions of bleach with distress inks which I’ve always loved for their gorgeous colours and unique reactive properties. The finished card pieces have been used in my small hanging for the snowy background, an embellishing and sentiment strip and for paper piecing the clothing of the pencil coloured girl from ECL08 stamp set.

Step One: For the faux tie dye technique use SCA4H Heavy 340gsm Smoothy card and add distress inks direct to the card then spritz lightly with water, the ink needs to be wet rather than running off the edges.

Step Two: Using a small paint brush or dropper dip into bleach and drop onto the inked card and wait for the bloom to appear then add more drops until you’re happy with the result and have achieved a tie dyed effect.

Step Three: For the bleach stamping technique prepare the card with ink and water as before. Pour a small amount of bleach into a container of folded paper towel and use this as your ink pad.

Step Four: Tap the snowflake circles stamp from ECL08 into the bleach and stamp; allow it to sit a few seconds on the ink and then repeat until the card is covered.


As you can see from the close up photograph below the effect of the techniques is lovely and appears quite textural. I found that keeping the ink wet gives the best results having worked on wet and dry ink and also that the thinner type of bleach was easier to work with than thick bleach, I also cleaned off my stamp as soon as I finished stamping.

I’m looking forward to working with other types of ink to see how they react and I hope you’ll try out the techniques yourself bearing in mind that care should be taken when working with bleach… in a well ventilated area, protect work surfaces and wear any protective clothing/gloves/glasses that are appropriate as bleach can easily splash. 

Thanks for joining me tonight


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Thanks for joining us Chris and sharing this great technique, it really does look lovely and just like fabric. The colours you have chosen are just wow! the whole project just pops and is so vibrant. ~Darcy

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Helen said...

fabulous bleach effects! love the colours too.

Kirsten said...

This is beautiful!!

Clare Lloyd said...

Stunning project

Miriam said...

Lovely project the bleach effects

PaperArtsy said...

Love that idea Chris!! TFS

Lauren Hatwell said...

WOW! That's really fantastic. Love it! Lx

Craftyfield said...

Fab background and wonderful colouring on the girl!

Craftychris said...

Fabulous bleach techniques! The finished piece is gorgeous! xxx said...

This is wonderful and would work with so many themes!

Etsuko said...

Fabulous the hanging, beautiful bright colours. xx

craftimamma said...

What fabulous results with those lovely bright colours.

Lesley Xx