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Note from the Blogger: I’m sorry I haven’t updated in ages. I have been trying unsuccessfully to post this entry for three or four days now because WordPress was being a butt. Hopefully it was worth the wait.

Remember that bleach stencil t-shirt I made that turned out less than stellar?

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I managed to turn it into something I’ll actually wear! I’d been meaning to try this tutorial for awhile and I thought that the variegated coloring caused by the bleach, when cut into strips, would have a really neat effect here.

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And I was right! Isn’t it nice when that happens?

I worked well, but for some reason my strips didn’t fold really fold in on themselves, they just stretched and got raggedy on the cut edges. I actually like it though, it gives it a much more rough, organic feel.

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Unfortunately, it’s warming up around here, meaning I won’t get many more chances to wear it until the fall. That’s not so bad though, I’m just glad it turned out. 🙂

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I found these plain black canvas shoes at Target for $9. I couldn’t resist such a good deal, but the shoes themselves were pretty boring. So: bleach.

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It was so simple to do, but I am so happy with how these turned out.

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I just stuffed the shoes with newspaper, splattered them with a mixture of bleach and water, and rinsed them off in my kitchen sink. They took a couple of days to dry post rinsing, but they look fantastic!

Sometimes, despite our best efforts our crafts just don’t work out. This was one of those times.

While I was stenciling robots and sunglasses with freezer paper and fabric paint, I decided I was also going to try out bleach stenciling. The plan was to cut a heart out of freezer paper, iron it on, and then spray bleach around it so the heart would be in the negative.

Here is an artist’s rendering of what was supposed to happen:

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And here is what actually happened:

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As you can probably tell, I used the wrong kind of spray bottle. Not only did it get completely out of control, it also bled under the freezer paper. The lesson here kids is that when bleach stenciling you should use the spray bottles you find next to the travel-sized shampoo, not the ones next to the household cleaners.

Don’t you worry about me though. I have a plan for this thing.