Back40 is a web studio located in Oklahoma City that has helped clients bring their creative vision to life all over the country. Started in 2000 by Dave Miller, Back40 has grown into a large studio that shows no signs of stopping. I worked closely with Dave to create this introductory video to give a bit of a background on the inclusive studio.
After much practice, I managed to create these awesome bleached shirt designs! If you are curious and wanting to create one for yourself, I made a step by step process.
Items you will need:
- Roll of freezer paper
- Exacto knife
- Cotton shirt(s) that have been washed
- Printed design for tracing. Here what I’ll be using (Portal’s Aperture logo.)
- Iron and ironing board
- Spray bottle
- Bucket or large bowl
- Large clear tape (optional)
Step 1: Prep
After you have gotten all of your materials together, it is time to prep the stencil for cutting out. The design can be anything of your liking. I suggest starting with a simple design with no fine lines to get a feel for the bleaching process since it can be finicky!
Step 2: Cutting the Stencil Out
Lay the design out underneath the freezer paper. It’s imperative that you keep the waxy side down for ironing onto the shirt later. Trace the design onto the paper until you’re done. With the exacto knife (or scissors) carefully cut out the design. I like to keep a cardboard underneath so I don’t cut the table I’m working on. At this point you should decide if you are doing a negative or positive of the design. If it’s a positive, you will need more freezer paper to cover the rest of the shirt (I will fully address this later.)
Step 3: Ironing the Design
Lay the shirt (or whatever cloth material you’re bleaching) onto the ironing board and smooth out the area you want the design to be on. Lay out the design where you want it on the material. Wax paper is hard to burn (don’t get a lighter and try to prove me wrong and burn your house down) so you can use use the iron on the highest setting to ensure the design stays in place. Make sure to especially get the corners as they tend to flip up. Once the design isn’t going anywhere, you’re ready to start bleaching.
Step 4: Bleaching Process
The bleach spray bottle: 50% bleach 50% water. If you are wanting a stronger white, make it 70% bleach and 30% water. The creative choice is yours to make. Make sure the spray bottle has a setting for a nice, even spray. Unless that is the desired effect you are wanting, you will get random splotches.
Step 5: Finishing Up
After you have cleaned up the paper bits, throw the shirt in the bucket of hydroperoxide and let it sit for a few moments to stop the bleaching process. Toss it in the hamper or straight into the washing machine. After laundry day, wear your creation!
My demo reel for 2012. A lot of hard work and love went into these projects. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I did making them.
My personal projects have been on hiatus for awhile, so I decided to take some time for myself this weekend and finish something that means a lot to me. Introducing Wallpapers for Science. 100% of the work is original photography and design. Hopefully these will inspire to realize how amazing our collective surroundings really are.
Download all the wallpapers here.
I have been to San Francisco on numerous occasions, but I have never stumbled upon the old military batteries near the Golden Gate Bridge. At 18% grade, even the road leading up to it was an adventure.
A couple of spots around Big Sur.