A few weeks ago, I showed you a photo from my booth at Quilt Market. We featured a number of home dec ideas using the new Forest Friends Rubbing Plates and Oliver Owl & Friends Stencils. Now that the stencils are in the warehouse and ready to ship, I want to share a few of […]
Featured Artist: Kathy Rentz
Some of our community members use our Shiva Paintstiks to add subtle embellishments to their quilts. Others, like Kathy Rentz, use them on every square inch of a quilt. I think you’ll agree that this quilt is really fabulous – and Kathy made incredibly good use of her Paintstiks. Here are Kathy’s comments from her […]
Forest Friendly Home Dec Projects
If you love to decorate for the little people in your life, our Forest Friends will quickly become your best friend! If you’ve been a member of our community for a while, you probably know (or have guessed) that I don’t have children. I have enjoyed watching my friend’s children grow up over the years, […]
Quilt, Then Paint
While I was teaching my Build A Better Background Class in Houston, someone asked about adding Paintstik color to a quilt after it has been quilted. Can it be done? Oh yes – and here are some beautiful samples to inspire you. Sue Kelly joined me for the trek to Cleveland to film some segments […]
Paintstik Storage: Keep it Simple
Lots of people ask me how to store paintstiks, and I have to admit that just about anything works. The only thing that’s really important is that you store them in a way that will keep your other supplies safe from the “open” paintstiks – which can make a real mess until the film re-forms […]
Tool Talk: Make Your Own Daubers
There are a lot of daubers available in craft stores, but most of them aren’t worth the powder to blow them to you-know-where! Fortunately, you can make a lifetime supply of fantastic daubers with a few simple materials. I’ll be honest, I never gave daubers much of a thought until I was in a class […]
Carved linoleum blocks are great for making Paintstik rubbings, but sometimes we want an image that is a little more subtle. No problem. Grab a foam dauber (or a stiff stencil brush) and you’ll make ‘shadow’ rubbings in no time. As I mentioned last week, I was doing some Paintstik rubbing experiments with my carved […]
Linoleum Prints #1: Paintstik Rubbings
A few months ago, I started thinking about printmaking. This is a topic I’ve wanted to explore for a number of years, and I decided that it would be an excellent winter project. The snow is not flying just yet, but my carved linoleum sheets have been whispering in my ear every time I walk […]
Ask Shelly: Do I Really Need A Blender Paintstik?
Many of you have acquired Paintstiks Blenders over the years, and I get a lot of questions about how to use them. Let’s start with what a blender is, and then tackle whether or not we need them. You might be surprised by my advice about these sticks. First of all, let’s be clear about […]
Featured Artist: Dinah Tackett (Roswell, New Mexico)
Last week, I announced that Show & Tell is now open for Cedar Canyon Community Members. And I was thrilled to see messages in my e-mail on Monday morning telling me that some of you did, indeed, click over to the Show & Tell page to share your artwork. Woohoo! I haven’t seen any videos yet, but […]
Show & Tell Starts NOW!
As we were building our new website, my project manager told me about a really cool web-based service that makes it very easy to get feedback from customers and community members — people just like you. Last week, I signed up for a trial run, kicked the tires, and decided this looked like fun. Then […]
No More Boring Borders!
On Friday, a message arrived from Linda Clark (Ontario, Canada) to let me know she had been playing with Stencil Brush Rubbings. But here’s the catch… Linda did her experiments in January — long before I posted the article at the end of February. (If I were more technically savvy, I’d play the theme from […]
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