The Artist and I love to thrift shop. I had been wanting a jean jacket lately, and hadn’t been finding anything that I liked. So one day while thrifting, the Artist held up a jean jacket and said I should try it on. I did not like the colour at all, but then he said if it fits nicely, he could bleach it to what I want. GENIUS! It was a perfect fit. I took home my jacket that cost only a few dollars, $3-$4 I think it was, the Artist made some magic happen. He has worked with bleach in his works before, and was very familiar with how to handle it. I was after a blotchy look, where the jacket was lighter coloured and the seams were darker. Here are some tips on what he did!
This is how it started:
Firstly- wear gloves to do this, in a well ventilated area or outside.
1. He started off diluting the bleach with water to gauge how quickly and severely it would affect the fabric. Al fabrics react differently. After a while, he started using undiluted bleach as the fabric was holding up very well.
2. He used a paintbrush to apply it. That way, he could control where the bleach went, and how much, versus dunking it in a bucket. And I wanted the seams to be dark still.
3. He “splattered” and “dripped” bleach onto it as well.
4. When it looked almost done, we vigorously dunked it in a bucket of just water we had waiting. This will stop the bleaching process. Stopping it when almost done worked well, because even though we dunked it in water it still continued to get a little lighter for a few minutes afterwards.
5. After vigorously dunking, I took it inside and washed it in the bathtub with laundry soap, again, vigorously. The goal is to stop the bleaching process and rinse the jacket of all the bleach.
6. I let it air dry, and then added it to a load of laundry in the washer to get rid of the remaining bleach smell, and air dried again. I prefer to air dry most of my clothes so they don’t shrink, and didn’t want to risk this jacket shrinking. I don’t know how the dryer would affect a bleached item.
We thought it might need some touch ups, but it didn’t. For touch ups, we planned on dabbing it with bleach where needed, but it didn’t need it.
And after all that- I have what I had been looking for 😀 Watching my jacket get created was like watching the Artist paint. He is so talented in so many ways, and I get to witness true works of art in every day situations ❤