Sunday, October 28, 2012

Mortem's Tricks or Treats: Hacked and Slashed

One of my lovely neighbors gave me a shirt some time ago, and for a time it sat in my project pile; not knowing what to do with it.

It hit me, as I was sketching a death head moth, that I don't have a single piece of clothing or jewelry that really shows my love for this critter. What better way then bleach art, I say! I could've easily just have used fabric paint and made a print... but I love the grungy rust-like look that bleaching lends.

I also found this as an opportunity to try a couple techniques that I've seen floating around youtube for t-shirt reconstruction: weaving, and skull cut out.

Here's the final result:




And here is how the shirt looked like before, and some in progress photos:

Before Reconstruction

Taking it in a couple notches

My sketch, and figuring out positioning

Chalking the skull to the back


11 comments:

  1. I believe you can now consider yourself a Master in the Bleach Art genre.

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    1. Thank you =)

      It has become one of my favorite mediums to work with on making shirts. I should get into decorating other things besides shirts.

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  2. Looks wonderful! How do you do the bleach art? Just paint the bleach on with a brush, or through a stencil?

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    1. You can use both methods. Using a stencil will give you sharper edges, and brushing it on gives the benefit of adding details.

      The ones I have featured on my blog have all just been free-handed with chalk onto a shirt, then brushed over with bleach; but I made others shirts for my hubby and a friend using a stencil; working with words and layering, is best with a stencil.

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  3. I love moths -- this is a very lovely work of art. And yay for neighbors that give away clothing, sometimes I can manage to get some freebies from friends. :-P

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    1. Thank you!
      These particular moths indulge my obsession with bones; each part of its camouflage resembles a human bone, and it's such a puzzle as to why these images are what it displays.

      Oh I love hand me downs so much more than thrifting! It's a great opportunity to try new techniques out =)

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  4. You have an immense talent for clothing modification! :)

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    1. Why thank you =)
      I receive so many hand me downs in the past that I get a lot of practice; believe me, I've had some real doozy.

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  5. I love what you did with that t-shirt. You know, I saw the exact same t-shirt at Zara (without the butterfly) and it cost like 30€. And yours is much cuter.

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    1. I first saw this shirt at this little shop in my home town called Blame Betty, I don't know for certain how much it was but knowing the shop it probably costed around $40 CAD for it.
      It's so easy I don't know why they charge so much for it, especially since the retail ones don't have any other detail on them to justify that cost!

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  6. I LOVE the cutout idea! This turned out really well!

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