Monday, December 27, 2010

Petra Berendsen: Bleach Stamping

After the fabulous tutorials from Sharon, Jo and Debby, I want to share with you some bleach effects when using different types of stamps (rubber, foam and clear stamps) and papers (colour and texture).

Before starting the fun just a couple of notes about safety when stamping with bleach ... because you never know:

* Bleach can have quite a strong chemical smell, if possible use it in a well-ventilated area.
* It is useful to cover your work area well with lots of newspaper and to cover yourself with an apron.
* Please wash all the equipment which came into contact with bleach straight afterwards.

This is my equipment for the experiment. I used an old plastic container lined with paper towels as bleach stamp pad. Only a small amount of bleach is necessary to soak the paper towels. If there is too much bleach on the stamp, it will show ... it will all be bubbly. Just stamp it off on some newspaper.
1 All stamps worked well whereby the rubber stamp (middle) gave the sharpest image, the foam one (left) the boldest.
2 Different papers produced different results:
The more fibrous the paper is, the fuzzier the bleached image (left). Handmade paper with natural dyes (right) lost the colour and showed the natural fibres underneath. The more textured the paper is, the more incomplete is the bleached image (second from right).
Glossy shiny and patterned papers didn't bleach at all.
I achieved the best results with the light textured card above (second from left, 220 gsm) and Bazill card using the smooth side (below).
3 For the colour test I chose Bazill card (top) and recycled card. This was really interesting, I had imagined that the bleach effect would be deepest on dark paper ... well, I was sort of not quite right. Each colour, each different paper texture gives its own interesting bleach efffect.
4 I overstamped a couple of images (Brilliance ink) which gave a nice batik effect ... begging to be used as background, in individual pieces ... the possibilities are endless.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope you give it a try and show us your creations! Happy bleaching, Petra.


  1. This is great seeing the bleach effects on the different colors. Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. great tutorial, i will be trying this one out.

  3. What a fabulous and thorough demonstration, Petra! You've made me want to put on old clothes and play with bleach. :) I particularly love how the natural handmade paper came out, showing the fibers. And the overstamping looks fabulous - love your project!! Thanks for the great tutorial and the inspiration!

  4. ~i l♥ve this technique...such beautiful results alone and then you added your magical little touch and this piece is now gorgeous...will definitely be trying...thank you so for sharing...warm wishes and brightest blessings~

  5. Thank you so much for posting this. I love the tag you made. I am going to try this now.

    Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.

  6. Terrific tutorial Petra, loved that you showed the differences in the results. Annette x

  7. this is great! thanks for sharing! xo

  8. Fantastic. Thank you so much, this must have taken an age to complete!!

  9. I always wanted to try the bleach stamping. I may give it a whirl - thanks

  10. Great tutorial, so clear and structured. Thanks for all the experiments on our behalf. Love the overstamping to give the Batik effect,

    Lucy x


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