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    Shiva paintsticks

    Has anyone tried the shiva paintsticks? I'm thinking about trying them but would like some input from someone who has worked with them. They are a little pricey but I have heard that they last a really long time. I saw a wall hanging that I would like to do that incorporates the paintsticks with the quilting.Any tips or advice would be welcome.

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    Yes I have ,I have my grandaughters draw a picture on some white fabric with the paintstick and put it in a quilt. They are real nice to work with and do last a long time Had my for about a year and a half.

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    Do you need to heat set them when they are done and can they be washed

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    Yes to both. There is little waste to them. After you use them, the exposed tip hardens and keeps it from drying out.

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    I bought mine at a show thought.... I would get all kinds of use out of them .... I played with them a bit .. but they have been sitting in a zip loc . Lots of $$$ for not so much use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSNOMORE View Post
    Has anyone tried the shiva paintsticks? I'm thinking about trying them but would like some input from someone who has worked with them. They are a little pricey but I have heard that they last a really long time. I saw a wall hanging that I would like to do that incorporates the paintsticks with the quilting.Any tips or advice would be welcome.
    I love the paintstiks!

    The self sealing feature means that I can just leave them alone for months at a time, then all I have to do is peel off the sealed part and voila! they're as good as new.

    I really enjoy stencilling with them. I've also done some rubbing with them but I prefer stencilling. It is almost impossible to make a mistake when stencilling with them, so it is always a success for me. With stencils, I can choose anything from the barest wisps of colour to solid blocks of colour.

    I use the same brush soap used to clean the brushes to clean the stencils as well.

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    I've wanted to try these.

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    So far they sound like fun. I ordered a white one and a snowflake stencil. I figure its not a huge investment and I can still see if it's something I'm going to enjoy. I love to learn new techniques.

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    Oh I just started playing with these. I LOVE them. Yes, you have to heat set them and yes thay can be washed. All I have done so far is stenciling with them. I posted a photo somewhere of what I did, I'll see if I can find it. But they are a lot of fun and I can see many possibilites with them. I only initially bought two packs of the 3 mini sticks to see if I like them before investing too much money, and I am looking at buying the whole collection. They come in two styles: matte and iridescent, I personally like the later as I like a little bling, lol, and these come in 16 or 18 shades. The matte sticks come in a lot more colors. You can always mix too to get additional colors. the sticks are self healing and supposed to last forever. Ok, I am excited about them as you can tell. I have been searching online for the best deal, it pays to shop around as I am noticing that prices do vary.

    Oh, I also bought a book called Design Magic by Shelly Stokes, and it has great ideas and tips. And don't forget to do a search, there are a few helpful tutorials online.

    Oh, one more thing I forgot to say, you really don't need to buy stencils, you can make your own with freezer paper, if you print or trace your deisgn on freezer paper, cut it out, press it on your fabric and paint away

    And lastly, do show us what you make.
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    Ok, here is a link to the post where I posted the photos of what made with the paintsticks. Post 3745, follow the two links.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/blocks-...95413-375.html
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    WOW Candi they are beautiful. I think I will like playing with these a lot. I also think I will like the irradecent one too.A little bling is nice. Thanks for all of you helpful hints. Your quilt blocks are lovely

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    Quote Originally Posted by candi View Post
    Oh I just started playing with these. I LOVE them. Yes, you have to heat set them and yes thay can be washed. All I have done so far is stenciling with them. I posted a photo somewhere of what I did, I'll see if I can find it. But they are a lot of fun and I can see many possibilites with them. I only initially bought two packs of the 3 mini sticks to see if I like them before investing too much money, and I am looking at buying the whole collection. They come in two styles: matte and iridescent, I personally like the later as I like a little bling, lol, and these come in 16 or 18 shades. The matte sticks come in a lot more colors. You can always mix too to get additional colors. the sticks are self healing and supposed to last forever. Ok, I am excited about them as you can tell. I have been searching online for the best deal, it pays to shop around as I am noticing that prices do vary.

    Oh, I also bought a book called Design Magic by Shelly Stokes, and it has great ideas and tips. And don't forget to do a search, there are a few helpful tutorials online.

    Oh, one more thing I forgot to say, you really don't need to buy stencils, you can make your own with freezer paper, if you print or trace your deisgn on freezer paper, cut it out, press it on your fabric and paint away

    And lastly, do show us what you make.
    Good information. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by candi View Post
    Ok, here is a link to the post where I posted the photos of what made with the paintsticks. Post 3745, follow the two links.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/blocks-...95413-375.html
    those are wonderful. Makes me want to go out and buy the paint sticks.

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    Just an option:

    I bought mine at an art supply store. They were much less expensive and I could choose those colors I wanted to use. This was back when LQS's sold them in prepacked sets and not individually. Now L!QS's may sell individually but they still don't have the selection.

    I highlighted some 'stained glass' type wall quilts/hangings to make the flowers really pop. I used a small stencil brush and small paintbrush to apply, putting the paintstick on freezer paper first and treating like it was paint. I let it dry - no problem here in Arizona. Then I heat set it.

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    Okay, bring me out of the dark ages!

    QUESTIONS:


    1. Are they permanent once applied?
    2. Do they fade?
    3. Could you just do highlights with them on a fussy cut quilt for instance as in snow on a flower tip?
    4. Are they messy as in you have to be really careful it doesn't get anywhere you don't want it as in working with chalk pastels?

    Thanks for any input. It sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for the post!

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    I love to use them with stencils. They make quick blocks to make into table runners. I used gold on Christmas fabric with snowflake stencil. I also found them at an art supply store.......less expensive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonnie View Post
    Okay, bring me out of the dark ages!

    QUESTIONS:


    1. Are they permanent once applied?
    2. Do they fade?
    3. Could you just do highlights with them on a fussy cut quilt for instance as in snow on a flower tip?
    4. Are they messy as in you have to be really careful it doesn't get anywhere you don't want it as in working with chalk pastels?

    Thanks for any input. It sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for the post!
    Ok, I'll try to answer the questions according to what I know.
    Yes, they are permanent once applied but you do still need to heat set them, and my understanding is that they don't fade. But I haven't used them long enough to test that.

    You could do anything you want with them, even if just highlighting a block or a quilting motif or whatever, and you can use on multiple surfaces not just fabric.

    They are not really messy per se as they come in a solid form, like a crayon. But they are permanent once they hit fabric so I won't work with them sitting on my favorite designer chair or wearing my nice clothes, lol. But I used baby wipes to clean my hands and table as I wa swirling with them.

    Hope this helps. And I agree with the comments about getting them at an art supply store. I seem to be finding the best deals at online art supply stores.
    Last edited by candi; 11-05-2011 at 12:42 PM.
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    thanks for the info. I would love to get some for quilt block painting. Sounds like and add to the Christmas List.

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    Quote Originally Posted by candi View Post
    Oh I just started playing with these. I LOVE them. Yes, you have to heat set them and yes thay can be washed. All I have done so far is stenciling with them. I posted a photo somewhere of what I did, I'll see if I can find it. But they are a lot of fun and I can see many possibilites with them. I only initially bought two packs of the 3 mini sticks to see if I like them before investing too much money, and I am looking at buying the whole collection. They come in two styles: matte and iridescent, I personally like the later as I like a little bling, lol, and these come in 16 or 18 shades. The matte sticks come in a lot more colors. You can always mix too to get additional colors. the sticks are self healing and supposed to last forever. Ok, I am excited about them as you can tell. I have been searching online for the best deal, it pays to shop around as I am noticing that prices do vary.

    Oh, I also bought a book called Design Magic by Shelly Stokes, and it has great ideas and tips. And don't forget to do a search, there are a few helpful tutorials online.

    Oh, one more thing I forgot to say, you really don't need to buy stencils, you can make your own with freezer paper, if you print or trace your deisgn on freezer paper, cut it out, press it on your fabric and paint away

    And lastly, do show us what you make.
    Thank you so much for the priceless tip on using freezer paper for stencils!!!
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    Thank you and yes it helps a great deal. I am INSPIRED to try something new!

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    Oh, those look wonderful with the paint sticks. That is cool, wonder if this will become something I would like to do, I don't need anymore to do!lol
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    As AliKat said, Paintstiks are one of those things that are much less expensive at art supply stores. Dick Blick has great prices and all the colors of both the regular and iridescent sticks. They also have a video if you're interested. Dick Blick is an exceptional place to do business; you couldn't find better service.
    http://www.dickblick.com/products/sh...s/#description and
    http://www.dickblick.com/products/sh...ik-oil-colors/

    A word of caution if you are thinking about getting the student grade to save some money; they are cheaper because they have less pigment, and less pigment makes for less intense color.
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    I LOVE THEM...sell tons of the stuff to go with them...there is a new set of plates just out and a new book coming out end of NOV...

    I don't use stencil with them as much as I use anything I can find to make into a rubbing plate! I find that most embossing templates for scrapbooking work great..even ones for clay and cake decorating!

    you can make the BEST holiday stuff with paintsticks...
    I encourage everyone who has them sitting in a drawer/box/cabinet, etc. to get them and PLAY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonnie View Post
    Okay, bring me out of the dark ages!

    QUESTIONS:


    1. Are they permanent once applied?
    2. Do they fade?
    3. Could you just do highlights with them on a fussy cut quilt for instance as in snow on a flower tip?
    4. Are they messy as in you have to be really careful it doesn't get anywhere you don't want it as in working with chalk pastels?

    Thanks for any input. It sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for the post!
    They are permanent *IF* applied correctly. That means allowing them to dry for 24+ hours and then pressing them (protect your iron and ironing board with baking parchment paper). I usually let them dry for three or more days, just because I don't get around to setting up the ironing board until I have several items to iron accumulated.

    I did some T-shirts with paintstiks for my nephews a couple years ago and the paintstik parts still look good (the T-shirts themselves are getting a little worn from washing). They don't get any special treatment in the laundry, just dumped in with all the other coloured laundry and put through the regular washing machine and dryer cycle. I suppose if you tried really hard, with industrial strength oil/grease remover, you could fade them... but with ordinary washing? They hold up just fine.

    I think paintstiks would work great to put highlights on a quilt. They can be applied lightly, which lets what is underneath show through, to solid, which completely covers what is underneath. It is very easy to build the colour in layers by putting some on, looking at it, adding a little more, etc, until you are satisfied. What you see is pretty much what you get with the paintstiks, they do not change as they dry.

    Paintstiks are no more messy than regular Crayola crayons. They are a little creamier in consistency than children's crayons but they handle in much the same way. If you rub your finger on a fresh area of paintstiks and then rub it on another area of the fabric, you will probably transfer a little colour. It takes some effort to do, unlike chalk pastels, which seem to fly everywhere if you just breathe on them.

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