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Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Tips on Tuesdays! -> Painting on Fabric

Tuesday already!?  Wow.  If you are blogger, please feel free to grab the red button in the left.  It links to all Tuesday posts.  The purpose of this post is to share ideas, so leave your tips and links in the comments!  The topic this week is Painting on Fabric.  Christie from Describe Happy hinted at this one.  : )

I bought my paint sitcks over a year ago. I have 2 kinds:  Shiva, which I ordered cheap cheap through a Canadian art supply store, and Artist's Oilbars by Winsor & Newton which my husband found at a local art supply store.  I really prefer the Winsor brand artist's oilbars though they are 2-3 times the price of Shiva.  They are bigger, for one.  And two, the color selection is gorgeous, rich, and true to artist's oil paints (burnt umber, crimson, yellow ochre, ultramarine blue...).  The Shiva paint sticks are more flat/plainer colors I find... HOWEVER the Shiva paintsticks have a whole line of sparkly colors, and those iridescents are definitely some awesome bling for fabric art.  So... I have both.  ; )

These Paintsticks/Oilbars are like giant crayons.  They are a blend of oil paint and beeswax (as far as I know).  They are messy - it's oil paint!  So protect your work surface.  Have a safe spot to set your brush and bar down or you'll get it everywhere.  You can make or purchase rubbing plates to get texture on your fabric.  Remember how we used to do crayon rubbings with leaves under the paper in grade school?  Same idea.  I like to use stencils and a flat ended thick bristle brush.  Tape down the stencil, and rub the paint into a glass bowl.  That's where your brush will get the paint, lump free.

Cool, hey?  Here's the beginning of a Quilting Arts Pet Portrait challenge that I never sent in!  :P

They blend soooo nicely!  But they take a day or more to dry, depending on the thickness of the application.  This is precisely why I never became an oil painter!  ; )

Clean up is SUPER easy with this product.  Don't even begin using these paints until you have lined up a way to clean everything.  Paint sticks / oil bars are not water-soluble.

I don't know why I often assume that non-toxic equates to 'doesn't work that well'.  Do you do that too?  This stuff is awesome!  It's scent free, biodegradable, non toxix too.  And the best news - I got a smudge of black oil paint right in the orange horizon of that piece in the background.  I thought I was going to cry.  But I put some of this cleaner onto a clean rag and the black came right out.  WHEW!!!

Do you have any great tips or know of cool links about painting on fabric?  Please share it!



Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

Wow, that is so cool! Once they dry, are they washable? or do you just use this for the wall art?

Anonymous said...

I've never tried these Monika. I thought they would be like oil pastels (never completely dry - EVER). Thanks for the info :).
Stay inspired!

Scrappy quilter said...

WOW I've never seen those. My questions, do they fade once washed. Can you iron the material once they are on. Very interesting.

My Sweet Prairie said...

Oh yeah - they are permanent. Which is why I freaked when I got black on my sunrise. :O

It is permanent. We've used them with stencils on Tshirts and I also stenciled blue petals onto quilt patches (you can see it at the Etsy Store). I was too lazy to applique. I handquilted around each flower and then put big brown buttons in the centre. Looks real good!

I've also used acrylic, pencilcrayons, and even marker on art... but not on washables.


Christie, Describe Happy said...

Really great to see you talking about this!! The idea of combining fabric and paint makes me giddy. It helps to hear about what brands to use and what to buy to clean up with! I look forward to trying these!!

Judy Wood said...

I use oil sticks for encaustic art, and agree that quality-wise, Shiva leaves a lot to be desired. I like the Stephenson's brand that I get at a local art supply store, and *really* like the Kama ones, excellent quality and Canadian made! Here's their website: http://www.kamapigment.com/index_en.html
Definitely worth checking out.

elle said...

You are a doll. If "quilt as desired" leaves newbies cringing then "use paint sticks" positively makes me gnash my teeth. Thank you, thank you. I'll be getting the clean up stuff first thing, though! ;^)

My Sweet Prairie said...

This is from Debbie B. at another network...

"great work

I use Jacquard - Neopaque (its a top USA brand) and I am loving it.
YOu need to set it with a hot iron once it is dry but it is wonderful to work with. Fully washable. I haven't used stencils yet. I paint like I paint on canvas with it.

Also works really well with stamps. Put a small bit on a plastic tray - spread it out and put the stamp into it and stamp your flat fabric.

Thanks Debbie!
: )

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