Snowflake Stencil Fun with Shiva Paintstiks

Cedar Canyon Textiles recently developed a new line of stencils.  I fell in love with the snowflake stencil as soon as I saw it.  Today I took just a few minutes to play.  I grabbed some scraps of my favorite Kaufman Kona Cotton Solids and cut them into blocks.  The larger blocks are 8″ square.  The small red blocks are 3″ square.  The small green blocks are 2 1/2″ square.

I decided that I wanted my snowflakes to be as opaque white as possible so I chose to use the Titanium White Shiva Paintstik and a short, dense 1/2″ bristle brush.

Here’s my workspace set up:

Snowflake Stencil Workspace
Snowflake Stencil Workspace

I placed a clear plastic protective layer on top of my work surface.  I put down my grip-n-grip mat to hold my blocks securely while I worked (note: some mats are brown/some are black – the color of the mat does not matter) .

If you look at the lower left side of the pic above you can see part of my brush and the “puddle” of white paintstik on a piece of parchment paper.  I then pressed and swirled my brush into the puddle of titanium white to load the brush.

Next I centered the stencil on my block.  I did that by folding the block in 1/2 and then in 1/2 again, finger pressing each time to form intersecting horizontal & vertical lines. You can see the finger pressed fold lines in the blocks in the pics above/below. Next, place the center of the stencil image in the center of the fabric block where the lines intersect and match up any radiating center lines.

SnowflakeStencilWorkspace2
Applying paint with the stencil brush

Holding the template firmly but gently with one hand, I began applying the paint using the “loaded” stencil brush.  I used firm, downward pressure in circles and each direction until I achieved the desired level of coverage.

The unveiling is the BEST part for me!
The unveiling is the BEST part for me!

Just a few more to go…

Now all sorts of ideas are swirling through my mind.  I could make a cute snowflake quilt or tree skirt.  I could make some snowflake placemats or napkins.  Hmmm…I could apply it to ready-wear also: perhaps a snowflake T-Shirt, Sweatshirt or Apron (one I’ve made or a purchased “blank” that I can usually find at Sams Club in a 3 pack).

Stenciling is easy and it’s great fun.  It’s a wonderful way to personalize a gift or create unique projects to decorate your home.

If you are intrigued but you’ve never used Paintstiks before, basic instructions can be found on this page:

http://www.sewthankful.com/PaintstikInstruct.html

If you’d like a little more guidance, the following are EXCELLENT resources (I consult both for refreshers almost every time I get out my Paintstiks):

I encourage you to your imagination and discover the joy of stencils and Paintstiks!

Adding Texture with Shiva Paintstiks

Why is it that I always think I can get more done in a day’s time than I am actually EVER able to accomplish?

My “Claire Handbag” project is progressing slowly but surely.  Such is life when the boys are out of school for the summer…no sense in getting stressed out about it, we just go with the flow!

I’m currently in the process of layering multi-colored texture on to the ink-dyed fabric I showed last weekend.  This is a process that is best not rushed, allowing surface drying time between layers when necessary depending upon the look you want.

Tip: Before you can use Shiva Paintstiks, you must first remove the “skin”.  It’s very much like peeling a ripe peach. I use a sharp knife to make a small slit then lift up a corner and gently peel it back.  Do this until the top (the entire area you will be using to rub against your fabric) is completely exposed and skin free.  Once you have removed the skin, take a paper towel  and lightly twist the skinless Paintstik tip into the paper towel to smooth the surface.  Now you are ready to rub!

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Here is the orange fabric with the first layer of rubbings in the process of being added:

Adding Paintstik "rubbing" texture.
Adding Paintstik "rubbing" texture.

I am using one of the rubbing plates from the Cedar Canyon Textiles set called, Floral Fantasy and an Iridescent Copper Paintstik.

The fabric is lifted back to show you the Rubbing Plate laying on top of my Grip'N'Grip mat
Fabric lifted to show Rubbing Plate laying on top of Grip'N'Grip mat

I use a Grip’N’Grip no slip mat to hold my rubbing plate in place.  You probably can do rubbings without it, but I wouldn’t want to.  Rubbing plates sits securely (on the mat) where you want them until you move them when you use the Grip’N’Grip.  This little mat saves SO much frustration, it really has earned its keep after only a handful of uses.

For more information on using Paintstiks, try these items:

If you are a visual learner, the DVD is VERY helpful.  I have watched it a few times and learn more every time I watch it.

I’m still experimenting and learning but I’m very pleased with my progress so far, even if it is on the SLOW side.  Stay tuned for more developments.