They really are fabulous. Easier than painting, yet very similar effects, but no running, seeping or spilling. Now there is hardly an art quilt of mine where you won't see a bit of Shiva somewhere.
Let's get started.
block of fabric to practice on
brush, any will do, but those that have a flat end are the best
The first thing about the paintstiks that you need to know is they have a self forming skin on them. That means that they form a dry crust on them when not in use. So you have to remove that crust. Some people take a little paring knife, I just press hard on a rag and you can see the skin come off.
Once you have the skin off, you are ready to go. Don't worry, you can see the skin, and you can see it come off.
There are several ways of applying the stik. First you can just draw with it. This gives a heavy thick line. You can see by the little heart I did below.
Or as lots of people do, they use a brush. This can give you a softer look, yet allows you to do shading and different colouring too. Remember I mentioned a flat end brush is best? I have used both, and they do work, but the flat end gives a more equal distribution of the colour. You can always just clip your brush to make it more flat.
You just take some swipes with your brush on the paintstik till you have some on, and lightly dab the area you want to paint. I am using a stencil here to show you. When I say dab, I mean some sweeping motions, or brushing motions.
Here is the freezer paper ironed on.
This photo shows the coloring I did with the brush between the freezer paper.
Here the freezer paper is lifted, leaving nice clean lines.
This last picture shows all three methods. The heart is where I just used the paintstik and drew. The 2 little flowers, I applied the paintstik with a flat ended brush using a stencil. Lastly the lines are done with the freezer paper as my stencil.
Now you must leave it for 24 hours to cure and then heat set it with an iron and it is permanent.
You will want to wash your brush or it will get hard and crusty. (Don't ask me how I know) Soap and water doesn't work, due to the oils in the paintstik, but I did soak it in some Citrasolv and that did the trick.
Pretty easy? Let me know what you think.
Here is a quilt of mine that has the Shiva Paintstiks in the corner, the paisley motifs is done using this method.