Sunday, 22 May 2011

Feeling Creative

Been meaning to try this for ages. Here's what happens if you hang a damp top over the bath and squirt bleach at it with a syringe:



Hoping I'll wear these a bit more now they're more interesting, and I've strategically aimed the bleach at a couple of stains that wouldn't come out any other way, so they don't look so grubby now either.

I think that if the fabric is dripping wet and the bleach solution weak then it runs more and you get a more blended, patchy effect, which is more subtle. Dryer fabric and neat bleach gives bolder shapes with sharper outlines. With this in mind I think next time I'll use a weak solution to make the colour patchy as a background, and then rinse, let it all dry completely, and use neat bleach to make more precise patterns over that.

One word of warning - gloves. I almost never wear protective gloves because I hate how they feel, but after rinsing these tops out my hands are distinctly sore and I wish I had.

What I forgot to take a photo of was the bathroom wall - luckily tiled - splattered dramatically with the red fabric dye that I also used on the orange one when the bleach didn't show up as much as I wanted. And the syringe full of red liquid on the side of the bath. Thank god no one called round just then.

3 comments:

Garage Storage said...

Great job!I really thought it was printed. Thank you as well for teaching us how to do it. Great post!

bryce kroll said...

dear alice:

I apologize for this out of place comment. I am in fact writing to humbly request your permission to use your image of a pile of slugs (http://alice-in-blogland.blogspot.com/2007/06/slug-blog.html) as the cover image of a small zine containing my own writing, painting, and drawing. and by small i mean no more than 20-50 hand printed and given to my friends and professors. I will of course give you full credit.

respectfully yours

Alice said...

Hi Bryce,

Yes of course you can use it, I love zines! Want me to dig out the original size/quality image for you?

There will be a zine fair at the Space Project in Leeds in November if you're interested, people will often do swaps if you have some of your own to bring.

Alice