Tuesday, August 23, 2016

StencilGirl's Gone to the Dogs

Hi, everyone! Mary Nasser here!
Today I'm sharing a project for our studio mascots: stenciled bandanas!
I enjoyed trying this technique on t-shirts, and wanted to try on bandanas, too!
For my project, I got bright colored bandanas from the local craft store, a Clorox Gel Bleach Pen, blue painter’s tape, small dauber, and two cardboard envelopes I received StencilGirl stencils in!
First, I washed the bandanas as directed, and then dried them without a dryer sheet.
This removes the sizing from the fabric.

I spread each bandana on a large StencilGirl envelope and taped them down to keep them from flat
(you can use cardboard cut to size, too).
I placed a stencil on each bandana and used blue tape to keep the stencils in place.

StencilGirl stencils I used:
Feeling Groovy
Bold Flowers
Then I shook my Clorox Gel Bleach Pen, squirted some out onto the paper palette and began. I placed the dauber in the gel bleach, daubed off the excess and pounced straight up and down through the stencils.
 I really like the thicker consistency of the gel bleach – the consistency is more like paint
(which is what I’m accustomed to stenciling with).
I also like that the gel bleach reacts more slowly that liquid bleach. 
I didn’t feel rushed at all during this entire process.

When the bandanas were bleached to my liking, I carefully removed the bandanas from the envelopes and washed the bandanas in the washing machine as directed again.

Have fun combining stencil designs like we did for one of Bruno's favorite neighbors, Sarah:

Or use just one stencil, like I did below for my brother's Shih Tzu:

My sister's Portuguese Water Dog loves her new Rae Missigman bandana, too! 

And of course, there's Bruno, donning his new bandana as well!!
Just when I thought he couldn't get more adorable!
A few helpful hints if the gel bleach doesn’t seem to be working: 
·         Try washing and drying your fabric again (without a dryer sheet) to remove any remaining fabric sizing.
·         Make sure to shake your Clorox Gel Bleach Pen before using.
·         Be sure you’ve purchased your Clorox Gel Bleach Pen within the last 6 months.
       Bleach does have a shelf life I learned.
·         And if you do get a few random dots of bleach on your fabric where you didn’t plan, don’t stress…
       it will still look cool!

I had lot of fun making these! 
And it didn’t take long at all!
I felt like I was breaking the rules…taking away color instead of adding it…and that made it all the more fun!

Happy Stenciling!
Mary C. Nasser


  1. Just love this Mary! I see gifts for all my Grand-dogs!

    1. Yay, Gerrie! I hope you try it and share pics! :)

  2. Those are so cute!! Are these your dogs? The little brown dog is the last photo is such cutie!

    1. Thanks, Elise! The little brown dog is all mine! :)

  3. Bruno is rockin' his bandana!

    1. lol! Thank you!! :) I think he's rockin' it, too!

  4. I love these Mary❤️❤️❤️


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