Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Technique Tuesday - More About Bleach

Welcome to Technique Tuesday.   Last week I demonstrated using bleach as a stamping medium.  I hope you didn't stow your bleach away just yet, because today we're going to "paint" with it!   My finished piece is for the weekly PID challenge, and the current theme is "The Colors of Summer."  So I grabbed some tropical, citrusy colors, but you can go ahead and use whatever colors you want.   Here's what I used:

  • colored cardstock
  • clear embossing ink
  • colored embossing powders
  • rubber stamp with areas that are outlined.  Florals are a good choice,
  • small paintbrush
  • bleach and small container
  • heat tool
  • protected work surface
Stamp your image with the clear ink, cover with colored embossing powder, and set with your heat tool.
By using the embossing powder, you have created areas that are surrounded by embossing (the reason you want to use stamps with areas that are outlined), which will act as a barrier for the bleach and keep it from spreading into the background.
Dip the tip of the paintbrush into the bleach and "color" in the outlined areas....all of them, or just some.
If you tried to do this without first embossing your image, you can see how the bleach would spread everywhere.   As I mentioned last time, you just never know when working with bleach just how the cardstock will react.   This is how the above image looked after the bleach fully dried:
Now here are a few more samples I did.  The first photo will show the stamped and embossed image, followed by the same image after painting with bleach:
Here is the piece I did for the challenge, using one of my samples for the background:
The pin-up girls on PID sheet #760 are just so perfect for summer-themed projects. I perched this one on a rubber stamped image of a martini, and made the title with a label maker.  Fun!
Try this technique on a variety of colors and textures of cardstock and you'll always be surprised!  
Just remember, when working with bleach, go outdoors or open a window!
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3 friends said:

peggy gatto said...

very pretty art pieces!
thanks for the ideas!

Angie Hall Haviland said...

Well that is just NIFTY, Eileen!! FABULOUS samples too!!

Mel♥ said...

Love it Eileen! Great color combo