Playing with Paintstiks = DesignMagic

I’ve been yearning to break out my Shiva Paintstiks for a long time; even before Shelly Stoke’s book, Design Magic was released. But once I had a chance to read through the book I just couldn’t take it anymore and finally MADE the time this afternoon/evening.  Shelly’s instructions make the techniques very easy to achieve. And the book has a ton of tips, ideas and information.

BUT…it took me a while to decide on the colors I wanted to work with (both fabric and Paintstik). And more time to decide on the project (and which stencil) I wanted to make. I have a love/hate relationship with the selection process.  It feels like wasting time that I could be using to work on the project, but I haven’t been able to figure out a way to speed up the process.  I need to feel satisfied with the selections before my mind allows me to do the work.  Do you ever have that problem when working on projects?

It was like being a kid in candy store, I swear.  I have so much trouble deciding because I want one of everything!  In the end, I selected a project from the Design Magic book and decided on the Design Magic Scroll Stencil.  But, I never seem to be able to follow a project exactly, so I’m altering it to suit my own inner artist.

I am TOTALLY loving the Design Magic technique using stencils & brushes.

My must have tools while working with Paintstiks include:  Grip-n-Grip Mat, Palette Paper (or parchment paper), 404 Spray Fix or other fabric safe temporary spray adhesive OR painter’s tape to secure the stencil while working, and a roll of paper towels.

This is the first time I tried using the longer, softer 1/2′ brush and I have been extremely impressed with the results.  The paint seems to spread in a softer, smoother manner than when I’ve tried the short/harder bristled brushes in the past.  Of course, it could have been my lack of experience that produced the more ‘brush marked’ results.  The older I get, the more I discover there really is no short cut for practice and experience.  Reading tips and instructions help a great deal, but actually doing the work is what makes the difference over the long term.

I’ve found I work best in semi-planned chunks.  So, I’ve finished my project, materials, colors & stencil selection and the first/largest of 3 panels. I will work on the 2 remaining panels after I’ve finished writing the eNews this weekend.  Here’s a look at the process of what I’ve done so far:

Design Magic - Scroll Stencil Process #1
Beginning the panel--using the Scroll Stencil
Scroll Stencil 2
Lift the stencil away and watch the design magic!
Scroll Stencil #3
The first/main panel of my project is complete!

I *LOVE, LOVE, LOVE* the striking graphic look of this panel.  I wish I could stay working on this all night…  Alas, I have other (family & business) deadlines to meet before I may continue.

Stay tuned for my progress and more pictures this weekend and next week.

6 thoughts on “Playing with Paintstiks = DesignMagic”

  1. I have all the “stuff” I just need to have an idea and start…I really want to try words…maybe this week…thanks for the push!

  2. I would like to see more ideas from her book, to include things to do with the painted projects. It sounds very interesting but would like to hear more about it before I take the plunge and maybe purchase the book. Thanks!

  3. I have always wanted to try this product, But I am disabled and until I get SSS, there is just no extra money. I love what you are doing, and I see all kinds of thread ideas already. God bless. Penny

  4. Thank you so much Joan! I am having so much fun with Paintstiks. The only trouble is stopping the flow of ideas and staying focused on this project. 😉

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