Our Asian Dots stencil is a 6 by 6 pattern stencil featured in our new Stencil1 stencil line with Plaid. We love this stencil because it is a beautiful traditional pattern, often seen on Japanese kimonos, which was our inspiration for this project.
This is what you’ll need: a t-shirt (we used an adorable toddler tee), a Clorox bleach pen, stencil brushes, Asian dots stencil and a cardboard insert.
Step 1: Place the cardboard inside the shirt. This will give you a flat surface to work on and will prevent the bleach from seeping onto the back of the shirt.
Step 2: Pour some of the Clorox bleach from the pen onto a plate. This is what you will use to stencil the shirt. The bleach gives a really cool effect because you are lifting color out of the shirt. The beauty of this process is that it is a little unpredictable. You have less control of what it would look like, but it is always a pleasant and lovely surprise. We used a navy blue shirt because we love indigo textiles and the bleach creates gorgeous deep purple stains.
Step 3: Place the stencil on the shirt. To mimic the kimono pattern look we are going for, we decided to repeat the pattern several times on the shirt. Mentally map out where you are going to stencil the shirt—this doesn’t have to be exact, you just want a rough idea.
Step 4: Stenciling with bleach is similar to stenciling with paint, except the bleach is a little thinner. You still want to use a dry brush technique, which means you will be stenciling with very little bleach on your brush. Depending on the look you want to achieve, one layer of bleach might be enough. We did one layer for most of the stencil and a little bit more on some areas in hopes for a slight bleeding effect.
Step 5: Carefully lift the stencil and allow the bleach to dry—use a blow dryer to speed this step up!
Step 6: Repeat this as many times as you want, allowing the bleach to dry in between steps.
Step 7: For best results, wash the shirt before use. We would love to see how your shirts look!! Send them to us @Stencil1