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:
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.