While doing laundry a few weekends ago, I leaned into a bleach spill and stained a black turtleneck. Several red patches appeared on the top – on the chest, on the side, and on a sleeve. This was a really comfy turtleneck and it pained me to have to push it to the back of the closet after it was laundered.
I spent some time thinking of ways to refashion or upcycle the top into something else that could incorporate the stain. In the end, i decided that bleach painting was the way to go. I poured some bleach and a wee bit of water into a little pail, grabbed a brush, eyeballed the top to make a note of where the stains were, then started painting on top of the biggest stain.
Freehand painting takes courage, especially when it’s irreversible bleach painting on fabric. With several deep breaths and shaky strokes, I painted round shapes, lines, and curls. After a while, I stepped back to review what I had done.
It looked decent but disproportionate in terms of black space and print. So I kept on painting swirls… Extended it up one shoulder and the other side to the side seam.
To make this more interesting, and less sash-like, I kept adding swirls. I think this should be enough swirls.
The color looks a wee bit faded so I pulled out my handy Glitter DecoFabric markers and started coloring. I’ve had this for a few years now and had almost forgotten about them.
Here is the top, a work-in-progress. Can you see the glitter paint on the turtleneck? It’s darker than the areas without paint.
What do you think? Silver/Gold accents on the lines? Purple for shading? Good as is?
This is my first foray into bleach painting and i look forward to reading your comments!