Friday, November 10, 2006

MNO Challenge -- Shiva Paintstiks

I got out the Shiva paintstiks and decided it was time to give them a go. I've never used them before so even read the instructions before I started. There are instructions that came with the rubbing plates, but I found Paintstiks on Fabric by Shelly Stokes to be pretty inspiring.

First challenge was to get rid of the dry outer layer and expose the oil paint stick underneath. While the various instructions will be useful next time I use them, the first time you have to shave off the dry layer. If you try to pinch it off, as the instructions said, you will end up pinching off the entire top bit of the large wax crayons.

Second challenge was with the rubbing plates. I learned through trial and error that these plates have a right side (which gives good clear images) and a wrong side (which don't).

The paintstiks were dead simple to use and it was fun seeing how each rubbing plate came up on the fabric. I used plates from the Op Art set and the Triangle set here.

Now, I have to figure out what you do with a paintstik that you have rubbed down to the covering paper. Do you push the paintstik up into the tube exposing more material or do you peel back the paper like you do with a crayon? Enquiring minds want to know ...

I had two different blues and one green in my package of paintstiks. I decided to stop here because I wanted some more variety in the colours I used. I now remember why I always wanted the big box of 64 Crayola crayons (and, truth be told, still do).

So, being a resourceful internet shopper, I have ordered more colours. They will be a while because of a train derailment and a washed out bridge. So I'll finish this one off after they finish their trek from Perth. I am expecting a post card from them any day now.

1 comment:

Nellie Bass Durand said...

I found your blog just roaming around the webring for art quilters. To answer your ? about exposing more of the Shiva paint sticks ... there is a split in the covering down its length, gently pry that open (it most likely will be stuck to the paint stick) and push the stick down through the tube til you have something to work with. Your grasp on the covering will "restick" it to the paint stick. I, too, have been having fun with these.