This is a versatile technique, and a variety of effects can be achieved. Painting bleach on very light papers and cardstock will give a more subtle finish whereas the use of bleach on dark backgrounds will give a greater contrast and dramatic effect.
Painting embossed images is a good way to practice as the bleach will not spread to other areas. The embossed part of the image will work as a resist and will not be affected by the bleach (see the picture above).
What You Need
- Household bleach
- Glass pot or jar
- Colored cardstock or paper, embossed with an image
Steps to Painting With Bleach
- Stamp and emboss an outline image onto a piece of cardstock. Pour a small amount of household bleach into a glass pot or jar. Working on a protective surface in case of spillage quickly paint within the lines of the image as desired.
- A greater bleached effect can be achieved by applying further layers of bleach. Diluted bleach will lighten the cardstock to a lesser extent.
- Leave finished image somewhere out of the reach of children and animals to dry.
- Bleach takes the color out of dark backgrounds meaning that new colors can be applied on top. These colors would be subdued on darker backgrounds.
- Practice on different colored papers and cardstock as not all papers react the same way. Keep a record of samples as this will be useful for project planning.
- The embossed part of the image will work as a resist.
- Use old paintbrushes and equipment, washing well after use.
- Use bleach in a well-ventilated area and observe good health and safety practices.