I have seen a few garments in shops and on craft blogs that involve either drawing/painting or stenciling with bleach. I've been meaning to try doing this ever since my adventures with my splatter dress turned out so successfully, and I finally got around to it while sitting in my Medusa costume on Halloween, waiting to leave for the Sheezer concert (which rocked, by the way).
I first laid a black cotton skirt of a shoe box, pinning the edges.
I found a picture of a tiger that I liked on Google Image (I thought a tiger would be cool because it would suit the oranges that appear when you bleach black cotton.)
I used a dressmaker's pencil to sketch out my tiger, with my own ferocious beast nearby for inspiration.
I used a small acryic brush to paint with the bleach directly. Areas that I wanted to turn white rather than orange I painted over a couple of times, and I used a slightly dry brush for more darker tones.
The finished product.
I love the results. If the bleaching process didn't feel so, you know, highly toxic, I might go into business making these! But alas, the burning eyes and nose I experienced tell me that this is a once in a while (or at least highly ventilated) project.