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.

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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.

Paintstik rubbing samples…what I learned

Here are some samples of the paintstik rubbings I made yesterday.  I learned so much doing these.



The MOST IMPORTANT thing I learned in this exercise is that there is no substitute for doing the work myself. I’ve been reading and studying and watching demos (intellectual education) of paintstik application for a LONG time, but yesterday was the first opportunity I had to experiment with them myself (practical application).

It was very interesting to try rubbings from both sides of the plates.  This gives similar but different looks.

I’m not implying that one should not “educate” themselves about products or techniques.  I know the intellectual education part helps a great deal, but it is of very little real value until it is put into practical application.  An “a haaa” moment for me.

While I am quite pleased with my experiments, I still have much to learn and practice will make the results even better.  Yet, I also learned a lot more that the books couldn’t tell me…stuff that one only learns by applying the technique.  Things like how much pressure to apply to achieve “what” desired look, how the paintstik colors appear on different colors (and thicknesses) of fabric, and how the colors blend and play together.

No more excuses for me…gotta keep doing this.  It feeds my soul and it feels so good!

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