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.