Tuesday, January 04, 2011


I am taking part in the 2011 Setchbook Challenge;see the badge in the side bar.
Each month there will be a new challenge set by a different artist. Images are
uploaded to Flickr. For January the theme is 'Highly Prized'.
I have been asked for a tutorial on one of the images I added, so here it is.
Bleach discharge as a sketch technique.

Colour you sketchbook page using ink. I applied mine with a piece of sponge.

I used a blue/black drawing ink, but try what you have.

Decide on your subject matter and make a quick sketch.

I cut sponge shapes using the sketch as a rough guide. I have used compressed sponge, which looks like sheets of thin cardboard but when soaked in water expands and has an interesting texture. You can, of course, cut up any cheap sponge.

Next pour out a small amount of bleach. You may like to wear gloves for this part.

Dab the sponge into the bleach and make marks on the coloured page.

As you watch the bleached surface will change colour, in my case from green to white.

Apply the bleach gently. Try not to dribble the bleach and beware of getting it on your clothes, as it will quickly discolour whatever it touches.

Additional marks may be made using a cotton bud.

The next step is get out your pens and work into the sketch outlined with bleach. Try out various pens and see if you can get some interesting results. My white pen resulted in an attractive blue line on the ink. You need to experiment here.


©Jackie Bowcutt January 2011


  1. great tutorial Jackie and you got terrific results with it!

  2. Thanks, that looks like something to try. Breat results.

  3. That's a great technique, I'll definitely be giving it a try. Thanks

  4. Super work, and thanks for the tutorial.

  5. I am also taking part in the challenge and thought about drawing my bookcase. Might have a go at this method aswell. Thanks for the tutorial.

  6. This is fabulous! I tried brushing bleach onto quink on various papers but it looked NOTHing like your wondeful page - is this ordinary bleach from the supermarket? (that might be a silly question...?)

    I sketched my hand during a quiet moment at work (it was all I had on me ;)but the idea of adding all those wrinkles was exhausting!

  7. Really gorgeous effect, thank so much for the tutorial - I so love watching the process.

  8. What an interesting effect you got with this! Thank you for sharing the tutorial--very generous of you.

  9. What a great effect! I love the colors! Thanks for the tutorial.

  10. This is a terrific technique. Not just the bleach on ink, but the duplication of your shapes with the sponges.

    It's now on my 'to-do' list! thanks!!!

  11. Thanks for sharing this tutorial. Found you through the sketchbook challenge :)

  12. Hello,

    taht is great!!!
    Thank you.

    greatings send you Conny

  13. Thank you so much for this clear, simple tutorial!


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