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Monday, July 21, 2014

Round Robin #3 - Laura

After screenprinting my fabric from yesterday, I ran it through a wash cycle to get rid of the excess dyes.  

Then I used my Shiva paintsticks and the rubbing plates that came with them.  You put the plates under the fabric, then rub the paintsticks over them and get lots of great texture designs.

The sticks are kind of messy to use--you have to peel back the paper each time, and a skin forms on the top of the stick that has to be peeled off.  It gets under your fingernails very easily.

They give the fabric a whole different look--and they're very simple to use.  The paintsticks smell like oil-based paint (which they are) until they dry, which normally takes about 24 hours. 
After these pieces dry for 24 hours, they're ready to use.


  1. Love it! I have yet to use my rubbing plates and paintsticks... time to give them a try!

  2. I got some from fabric.com when they were on clearance for around 75% off. I didn't think I'd like them as much as I do!

  3. The extra shimmer from the paint sticks seems just right. Not over powering.
    I wonder if some of the texture plates I made in a gelli plate workshop would work with the paint sticks . Only one way to find out, I guess.


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