Bleached Stencil T Shirt Tutorial

That guy on the right is my son.
He is an artist/ musician / rock climber and Berkeley student and he likes to make stuff . Sort of like me…
I think he’s pretty cool. How many kids do you know whose band has actually played at The Whiskey A Go Go on the Sunset Strip all while maintaining an A average?
His baby sisters just love him ! Here they are in the dining room working with pastels while I sew.
These are memories that make my life so rich…
Growing up in a house with four sisters a boy has to learn to be patient.
That’s Gigi’s mini fur cape in the background…..
He made these cool T shirts and today he has agreed to share his top secret method….
Recognize Ness from that vintage video game?
Take the cover off of the shelving paper and stick it onto your T shirt.

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  1. says

    I. Love. This. I already have an image in mind to do it with! Thanks for sharing! And your son is adorable. Talented, smart, patient, and handsome — definitely a winning combination.

  2. says

    The t-shirts look really cool. You must have passed your creative gene on to him. You should be very proud of him.

  3. Justine of SewCountryChick says

    Oh yes I am a proud mom. But best of all, he is a good person.

  4. Destri says

    Wow…what a talent! Can you write a book – step by step of how you raised him? Really, he seems amazing. I love this project too – all over it!

  5. Stef says

    That picture of your kids around the table full of art materials is my idea of a full, happy life. I really like the spattered, irregular look of the sprayed bleach. Thanks for sharing!!

  6. Nikki says

    While I’m totally digging the shirts, what I really love is the pastel drawing!

  7. says

    That is so amazing. As is your son. Sooooo cool! And clever too! Please send him my thanks. I would so love to try this. πŸ™‚

  8. Don Pezzano says

    Very cool idea. Thank you for sharing. The images turned out so crisp!

  9. Delia says

    What a talented guy! I like how the bleach effect made the rock climbing shirt look like the girl was rock climbing against a starry night’s sky.

  10. Anonymous says

    Love, love, love this idea. I’ve been trying to come up with a plan to execute an idea in the back of my mind. This might just be it. The shirts are incredible – he is obviously very talented.

  11. Anonymous says

    Hi, I love these t-shirts and would love to make some for my boys! I was wondering if there were any special washing instructions with using the bleach, or does it have no effect on the shirt or other washing once it is dry. Thank you for the time you put into your blog. I always enjoy it.

  12. Vanessa@Designs By Sessa says

    This is AWESOME! I will be a copy cat of this for sure! πŸ™‚

  13. says

    This is really cool! You have a talented and creative family. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at creating patterns on fabrics with bleach, so this post came at a perfect time. Thanks for sharing this!

  14. Jessica - RiotDemon says

    I’ve done this with freezer paper and an iron… shelving paper, now that’s ingenious! Looks like the stencil is so much more durable!


  1. […] Today’s intervention takes a common consumer cleaning product and your imagination, and encourages you to use both in exactly the opposite way most corporations would encourage. All you will need for this project is a protest you are passionate about, a print out representation of such protest, bleach, utility knife, freezer paper/shelving paper, and shirt. Detailed instructions can be found here. I won’t go into the how to, as it’s been done before. […]