Here is a shirt I made using a bleach pen (I mentioned it and wore another shirt I made with the same technique here). I decided I wanted the shirt to say GO THE DISTANCE, as Rocky has been quite an inspiration of late. Here are the steps to make your own bleach pen shirt.
You will need: an old t shirt (I got mine from a thrift store for $.99), white chalk (office supply store for $.79), and a bleach pen (around $3 from a department store). If you are making one like this you will need letter stickers (I got mine from a craft store), and painter's tape.
1. Before you start right in on the shirt (which can be so tempting), I suggest drawing out your design on scratch paper first. That way you have an idea of what it will look like and you can experiment with different kinds of writing, spacing, ect. Also, put the shirt on and decide where you want the writing to fall while you're wearing it. Lastly, make sure to put something (piece of wood, cardboard, wax paper) inside the shirt to prevent the bleach seeping through.
2. I used painter's tape to make a straight line for a guideline on the left hand side. Then, stick your letters on. They are easy to reposition, so you can rearrange if need be.
3. Trace letters with chalk.
4. After your letters are all traced, remove the stickers.
5. Here is what my letters looked like after I pulled the stickers off.
6. Using your bleach pen (and be sure to follow the directions for use stated on your own pen), outline the letters carefully.
7. Fill in the letters
8. This is what my shirt looked like after I finished filling in all the letters.
11. Set your shirt in the sun to intensify the bleaching effects. Let dry completely.
10. Spray with vinegar (or add vinegar to the rinse water if you don't have a spritzer) to help neutralize the effects of the bleach (the bleach will continue to eat through the fabric even after it's been washed if you don't use the vinegar).
11. Rinse thoroughly in cold water. Let dry.
So there you have it. And the amazing thing about bleaching a shirt (or whatever) this way is that there are so many different designs you can do! What quote or design would you put on your shirt?