Last month I got out my Paintstiks and rubbing plates and did some playing around. If you don’t know about Paintstiks, you can Google them and get lots of info. You can buy them in various sets or individually on Amazon; here is a link to one set: Jack Richeson Shiva Oil Paintstik, Iridescent Colors, Set of 12 . The rubbing plates – and a book explaining how to use the Paintstiks – came from Cedar Canyon. Here is a link to the book: Cedar Canyon Textiles Paintstiks On Fabric
and a link to the leaf rubbing plates I used: Artist’s Paintstiks Rubbing Plates 6/Pkg.-Leaves
Here is a photo showing my layout of the six rubbing plates I own – all are leaf designs – taped to my cutting table so they wouldn’t move around:
Then I laid black fabric down on top and taped it off, both to hold it in place and to keep from accidentally getting paint where I didn’t want it. The photo below shows the results after I rubbed stencil brushes on the Paintstiks and then transferred the paint to the black fabric, rubbing the brush in one direction diagonally across the plates:
I used three different color iridescent paintstiks to rub the plates – gold, copper, and bronze. The stencil brushes keep you from getting globs of paint on your fabric. And here is the completed fabric:
My photo isn’t great- the actual blocks look very good! Nice and shiny and the different colors add complexity.
Then, of course, I had to think up something to do with my painted blocks. So I made up a pattern, bought some coordinating fabrics, and here is the result:
I am pleased with this quilt and, since I wrote up the directions for it before making the quilt, I will probably make it available as a pattern sometime soon. Here is a closeup that shows the Paintstik blocks better: