I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely a “multi-color” girl. What ever I do, what ever I create, I want LOTS and LOTS of color! Why would I confine myself to one or two colors when I can use a bunch? Today I’ve got tips on how you can make multi-color rubbings. With the […]
I must have seen a pizza commercial one too many times — I hate when that stuff sticks in my head! But, it gave me an idea for discussing a common problem, so I won’t complain. If you are wondering what in the world pizza has to do with paintstiks, just paste a smile on […]
Hey, paintstik fans! Would you even begin to believe that you can make an incredible star quilt without spending ages finding “just the right fabric” and then tons of time doing complicated piecing? You’ll be thrilled to know that Laura Murray has developed a very simple process that allows you to make complex stars as easy as “Paint, Cut, Fuse!” OK, OK — there are a few more steps in the process — but believe me, this is simpler than it looks. Yes, you really can do this!
Laura has just published a book called StarBuilder Inspirations to take you through the process step by step. Her book is not only filled with hundreds of gorgeous photos, but chock full of detailed explanations and a huge gallery to get you started. I asked Laura to share the story behind the book.
I’ve been working with paintstiks and rubbing plates for almost 10 years. In that time, I’ve almost always overlapped the images and made an overall print on my fabric — much like making a batik. But after making samples from the new Happy Holidays plates, a little idea popped into my head. I really liked […]
I’ve been busy this summer working on a new pattern called Paintstik Patches. It started off to be a holiday quilt, but it’s really more than that, so I changed the name. (I just love being able to do that!) The pattern came back from the printer last week, and we’ve been busy shipping orders […]
Welcome to Day 10 of the Minnesota Designer’s Blog Hop. I’m so glad you stopped by to join the fun. I’m Shelly Stokes, and I’m the owner of Cedar Canyon Textiles. Most people know me as the “paintstik lady.” I discovered this wonderful paint product about 10 years ago in a book from the UK. […]
Hey folks! This is the week for the big Minnesota Designer’s Blog Hop! (You can read all about it by clicking on the logo over on the right hand side of your screen.) I’m on my way out of town for the big Bernina University event in San Francisco, so my turn on isn’t until […]
I got the first set of plates from our new Happy Holidays set at the end of last week, so I had a good excuse to push all the paperwork aside and pull out my paints. (I love days when I have a good excuse to ignore all that “office” work!) I remembered to grab […]
Yes, I know it’s March and we just got past the Christmas holidays, but we’re planning ahead! (Either that or we are waaaayyy behind schedule – I’ll let you decide.) All moans and groans aside, I’m really excited about our new Happy Holidays rubbing plates. With designs ranging from snowflakes to holiday lights, ornaments and […]
In the last post, I discussed how the addition of 2 key tools can make a huge difference in the results you see when making rubbings with Paintstiks. Today, I have two more tips for making rubbings. A little history… When I began working with paintstiks, I always used the end of the paintstik for […]
I must have seen one of the pizza commercials lately – I hate when that stuff sticks in my head! But, it gave me an idea for discussing a common problem, so I won’t complain. So what does pizza have to do with paintstiks? Well… The most common question I hear is “how can I […]