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.

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:

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.

Formulating a plan to make my LazyGirl Claire Handbag

The  just released Claire Handbag pattern from Lazy Girl Designs arrived earlier this week.

I am SEW excited to make my new girl, but I was facing the ‘what fabrics should I use’ dilemma.  Oh I have plenty of wonderful fabrics in my stash, just not enough of the right ones that want to play nice together AND–more importantly–ones that suit my fancy today.

What’s a crazy fiber art and fabric loving girl to do? Well, I could buy more fabric but then I’d just have to wait longer to get started.  I’ve scheduled some “creativity for me” time for tomorrow and I can’t put that to waste.  SO, I selected the one fabric that spoke loudest to me–great.  NOW what.  Well, I’ll just make my own coordinating fabrics, of course.  How am I going to do that?  I don’t have any fabric dying supplies.  Hmmmm….think, think, think. Oh I have just the ticket: Tsukineko Inks.

Butterfly fabric and Tsukineko Inked coordinates
Butterfly fabric and Tsukineko Inked coordinates

Several weeks ago I purchased several pieces of flour sack cloth.  I didn’t know what I was going to do with it at the time, I just knew I needed to buy it.  I’m glad I did.  This seems like the perfect opportunity to play with inks and things to develop my own special fabric. I selected inks that closely coordinated with colors in the butterflies.

I poured approximately 1/2 of each bottle into its own gallon size freezer bag.  I lightly but thoroughly dampened the flour sack cloth (which had already been pre-washed and dried). I carefully placed one piece of flour sack cloth in each freezer bag.  I carefully let out all the excess air from the bag and sealed the top then proceeded to work the ink through the cloth.  I am allowing the cloth and inks to sit in the bags for a full 24 hours.  I periodically squish, squash and turn the cloth.  Tomorrow I will air dry outside then heat set with pressing cloth and hot iron.  To be sure the color is set, I will do a thorough rinse until the water is clear.

I already know I’ll want to add some textural design on the inked fabrics once they’ve dried and the color has been set.  Tomorrow I am planning to apply some Shiva Paintstik using rubbing plates.

Yes, that sounds pretty good… and then maybe I’ll add some _________.

Stay tuned to see my Claire progress.

Shiva Paintstiks are AWESOME – Cedar Canyon Textiles Booth at Quilt Market 2008

Shelly Stokes doing a demo
Shelly Stokes doing a demo

I admit it, I love, love, LOVE Shiva Paintstiks. I mean, what’s not to love about color and texture on fabric?  The options are virtually endless!  And the new Bosa Nova Bag pattern samples were exquisite!

Here are a few pics for you to enjoy from the Cedar Canyon Textiles Booth at Houston Quilt Market 2008.
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Here’s Shelly in the booth showing us how it’s done.

Here are some of the stunning Bosa Nova Bag samples all stitched up and pretty!

Notice the pack of LazyGirl HandyTabs - HandyTabs are used to make this gorgeous bag
Notice the pack of LazyGirl HandyTabs - HandyTabs are used to make this gorgeous bag

A very pretty Bosa Nova Bag!
A very pretty Bosa Nova Bag!

More spectacular samples!

SAVE on Shiva Paintstiks and Accessories (rubbing plates, brushes, related books, dvd, patterns, and more)– they’re available at SewThankful.

Lazy Girl Designs + Shiva Paintstiks = Omagosh…WOW!

This past Fall, Shelly Stokes of Cedar Canyon Textiles asked her friends in the DIVAS quilt group to make some sewn “samples’ showcasing fabric embellished with
Shiva Paintstik rubbings.

The group utilized a variety of Lazy Girl Designs patterns.

The results are absolutely STUNNING!  Click here to take a look (opens a new window) and be sure to scroll all the way down.