I have been wanting to batik a shirt after seeing this great tutorial from sweet verbana and then I knew I HAD to after seeing this tutorial at life of charmings.
Luckily over the holiday break, I had time to hit the thrift stores. I brought this shirt home with the intent to try my hand at batiking.
The ladies above have great tutorials and pics, but the process is pretty easy.
- Get your shirt wet.
- Using the gel glue, draw out your image/relief.
- Let it ALL dry completely. Mine set for a couple of days
- Dye, I used fuchsia by RIT
- Rinse, wash, you may need to scrub the glue off.
So....I went through my daughter's closet and found a white shirt (it had stains and had already served it's purpose as a white shirt). Therefore, I did a quick ombre dye. (I am ombre crazy) She liked the idea of a Valentine shirt after seeing mine, but I had already dyed hers. Off I went to get the bleach pen, and I got to work. I used the pen on the back, just free handed the word love. Then added a little bling , flexible fabric glue and some sequins.
I love to create, has been my inspiration for bleach pen shirts in the past. WARNING, I usually only leave the bleach on for 5 minutes. If it is left on too long, it will eat through the shirt.
Happy Valentine's Day