Basic Bleach Art Shirts / by Melody

I found a few old jersey fabric shirts in my clothing collection recently, and decided to try out some bleach art on them before sending them to Goodwill! I think I want to keep them now. ;) Basic Bleach Art Shirts

I tried to follow a tutorial on Pinterest, but couldn't find a link to the particular photo I had found, so I winged it (wung it?). Here we go! Note: Unless you absolutely ADORE the smell of bleach, I would advise you to do this outdoors if the weather is good. Unfortunately, I don't have step-by-step photos for you to follow, but I do have plenty of finished-product photos for you to look at!

You'll need:

  • Old t-shirts that are still wearable, preferably without any stains or holes, and preferably solid colors
  • Bleach
  • Plastic cups
  • Q-tips and toothpicks

Decide what your design will be, first of all. It may help you to sketch it out on paper or a graph paper. Pour some bleach into a plastic cup (you only need a little bit). Lay out your T-shirt with a piece of cardboard between the layers to keep the bleach from bleeding through.

Basic Bleach Art Shirts

Dip your Q-tip or toothpick into the bleach and start drawing patterns on the fabric! I chose dotted flowers with a few vines twining around them for my shirt, and my mom decided to do feathers and a few abstract circles. At first it will seem like the bleach isn't doing anything, but after a bit the color will start to fade and your design will show through clearly.

Basic Bleach Art Shirts

It was interesting to see the dye differences between my shirt and the one my mom did. The purple shirt is Hanes, from Walmart or Target, and the black shirt is a cheap craft shirt from Hobby Lobby. Look how the bleach affected the black shirt - the faded patterns are almost orange or salmon! The purple shirt faded white in the patterns. So cool! I want to try this effect on a skirt, and use different mediums to get the bleach onto the fabric.

basic bleach art shirt