I remembered when one of my tutors at college was giving us a 'safety talk' on how we used bleach in the studio, she mentioned how a past student had put bleach into a spray bottle and squirted the bleach out to make a starry background on some black paper.. I of course wanted to try it :P I've also been thinking recently about starting up a little DIY series because I'm fed up of Topshop's crazy prices when it can easily be done at next to nothing! I've also just had a big clear out of clothes so everything seemed perfect really!
You will need:
- A plain top. You can choose any colour but darker colours will work better as you'll be able to see the bleach more.
- Bleach. I'm using Tesco Thick Bleach in Pinewood - the bleach should be undiluted.
- A Spray Bottle. You can use any old bottle with a spray nozzle
- A Sponge or Stencil Brush.
- Fabric/Acrylic Paints. I'm using some pearlescent ones - colours are up to you!
- Lay your top out flat on a suitable work surface. You definitely don't want to be spraying bleach all over the carpet! I did it outside so I didn't stink the house out, I probably should have put it on newspaper too... If your top is of thin material place some card in-between the front and back.
- Pour some bleach into your spray bottle, you don't need too much. Now randomly spray bleach all over your top. You can spray more in various areas for a more bleached effect or less if you just want a subtle galaxy.
- Wait for the bleach to dry and repeat on the back if you want.
- You could stop here if you wanted. Next I took my first coloured paint (blue) and used my stencil brush to dab it on I focused on making a sort of smokey, swirly shape. Be careful not to overload your sponge/brush with paint because you just want a faint colouring!
- I took my second colour (pink) and worked it into another area, you can also overlap the other colour too. Repeat this step for your third colour and wait for it to dry.
- Mine now looks like this :) I've decided that I'm going to cut the arms off later so I haven't added anything extra to them, I also haven't done the back yet either. The paint is actually a lot more blended in real life, I was in direct sunlight!
- I took my glitter glue to add some stars into the galaxy - you could use sequins, beads, diamanté jewels for a different effect, the possibilities are endless! I created lots of little dots of glitter in the more prominent splodges
- And finally wait for those to dry and you're done!
Hope you all enjoyed, stayed tuned for some more DIY!