12 Days of Christmas Project 6 – Painted objects – Lumiere and Shiva Stiks

11 12 2011


I have two projects, either of which that I wanted to use today but neither are quite there yet.  One because I can’t find the tool I need to finish it off.  Very annoying.  So, I am going to show you a super dooper quick and easy way to personalise and upgrade items you might have around the home or buy from the shops.  You probably have done something like this at some stage, but I want to run a brief primer on using paint or Shiva with a stencil to transform bland to fabulous.

All you need to do this is a stencil; some paint or Shiva Stiks;  either a foam brush or a stencil brush; newspaper to protect your surface; some sticky tape and items to stencil.  In this exercise, I used a hand dyed baby romper, a cotton apron and an oven mitt (finished above).  I have also stenciled onto bags, shirts, jeans, scarves and of course just onto fabric in the past.

Lets start with the paint.  To stencil, you don’t want a runny paint.  If it is too liquid, the colour will run under the stencil and you will lose the integrity of the design. I have used Metallic Gold Lumiere paint in two of the samples below.

The stencil I used is one of the 12 inch Crafter’s Workshop stencil called Merry Doodles.

So to get started, you need to put some newspaper or plastic or junk mail down on your bench to protect it.  Paint is not fussy as to what it sticks to and will colour everything.  Also, with an item that has two layers like a Tshirt or a baby’s romper, you want to put a wad of paper between the two layers to prevent colour transfering right through.

Take your stencil and work out which designs or elements you want to use.  In the first instance, I just wanted the Christmas Tree.  So to make sure paint does not end up where you don’t want it, you need to ‘mask’ the areas around the tree.  I just use sticky tape for this.  Tear off small amounts and place the tape over the areas of stencil around the Tree.  If you look closely at the photo below, you will see tape on the stars, ornament to the right, the gift to the left and the holly below the tree.

Wet the foam brush and wring out so that it is damp, not wet and definitely not dripping.  You want to create a bit of surface tension with the water so that the paint sits on the surface rather than get sucked all the way into the foam.  Dab a small amount of paint on the brush and carefully brush over the stencil, following the lines of the stencil.  Too rigourous an action will lift the stencil and leave paint where you don’t want it.

I like to hold the stencil down near where I am working to help keep the paint in the spaces, not under the stencil.

Once the whole area is well covered lift the stencil off cleanly.  Don’t drag it or you will smudge the paint.

Leave the paint to dry and then give it a good iron to heat set.

Neither the romper nor the apron has a perfect stencil, but it really does not make that much difference.  I find I have to do two or three stencils before I get my hand in with the right weight in using the paint and brush so if you do want a perfect transfer, practice a couple of time before starting on the items you will give away.

Here are the ornaments on the cotton apron.

When finished, wash the stencil and your brush in warm water and leave to dry.

Now lets look at the Shiva Stik.

Shiva is a high quality pigment in a wax and linseed oil ‘stik’.  They are designed for use on textiles, do not change the hand of the fabric and are colourfast when dry and cured (heat set).  The strength of Shiva Stiks is that they self seal so will not dry out significantly in your cupboard.  BUT that means that the first thing you must do is take the skin off before using them.

I have a heap of ends and well loved stiks that have been part of class sets.  Literally 1000’s of people have used some of these stiks and I have retired them from classes, but although they look shocking, they still work beautifully.

Here it is with the outer skin mostly removed.

I use a stencil brush with the shiva.

Get your stencil, mask around the area you are going to use and I also stick the stencil in place so it does not shift.

Rub the stencil brush over the exposed Shiva stik to transfer colour onto the brush and then, again following the lines of the stencil, brush on to your back ground.  Use firm strokes, but still be careful of getting under the stencil.  You will probably need to apply more colour onto your brush as you go.  Keep going until you have an even coverage over the whole area.

Gently lift the stencil away.  Leave the Shiva to dry for a day or two.  Once touch dry, iron and it will be colourfast forever.

To clean up the Shiva you need something that breaks down oils.  I rub dishwashing liquid into the brush and once all the way through wash out in warm water.  Sometimes you need to do this more than once.  Spray and wipe or warm soapy water can be used to wash your stencil.

Here is the finished oven mitt again.

Playing with surface design

24 07 2010

I have a number of pieces I am working on between everything else.  this is one.  So far, I have dyed the fabric (bronze, rust and very light chocolate); brushed on discharge paste to bleach it out a bit; and applied three different colours of shiva stiks with three different rubbing plates.  I quite like it.  Tomorrow, if time allows, I will do some photo / image transfer.  Maybe.  Interested in what you think so far.

The whole piece - it needs an iron

Some detail
More detail
and more detail


Samples for make and takes

16 01 2010

Last weekend, I spent Sunday afternoon preparing some samples for one of my Craft show classes. It was a lot of fun.  Working on a small scale is always a great way to experiment with ideas and different techniques.  Below is one of my favourite samples.  I may add others as I go.

This weekend I am off to Auckland.  While I am there, I will be doing a class with Lesley Riley.  Thank goodness for frequent flier points and friends you can impose on for a bed.  Back Monday.

Finished items from Friday and Saturday

2 08 2009

We have had a relatively relaxed day. Very rare for the weekends. Both boys had activities but no sport.  Andrew went to a friends house to make jam – go figure – and Stephen had a choral presentation.  Interesting given that he has been sick all week and his voice is at best rusty.  I dyed some velvets, Glenn and I packed some dyes for the Canberra show and did the fruit and veg shopping at Belconnen markets.  I also made a huge pot of pumpkin soup for lunches this week. We currently have a roast pork crackling in the oven.  Sounds like a lot , but it really was a slow Sunday by my standards.  I also focused on getting projects I have started dry and finished.  I can now report in on some of the items from the past few days.

My wool wrap  – the Shiva  dried beautifully and it is now pressed and ready to wear.  I may wear it tomorrow or the next day.   Here it is.  The second photo shows a bit more of the detail. 

Some more detail

Some more detail

Finished ready to wear

Finished ready to wear






The second finished item is the felted scarf.  I used two pre felts – a black one as the base and a red one for the triangle detail.  I also used a bag of my hand dyed wool top in the Cherry colourway.  Again, photos showing the finished item and some detail.

my felted scarf

my felted scarf

Detail of the felting

Detail of the felting






My silk paper from the silk batt is dry, but I have not done anything with it yet.  I am currently drawing out some ideas.  I am not great at the planning stage, but I want to use the silk paper on a piece of fabric I  hand painted with Procion dyes and I want it to work so am drafting out a design.  Silk and hand painted fabric are shown in this photo. 

Silk paper and hand painted cottons - a WIP

Silk paper and hand painted cottons - a WIP

Finally, tonight I am finishing the machine stitching of the 12 blocks of velvet applique I started.  I have 8 done and 4 more to go.  I would like to get the blocks into a top tonight, but that might be too much.  Here is a sneak peak at one of the blocks waiting to be stitched (and the wonkey bit adjusted!).

block 1 of 12

block 1 of 12

A very creative and productive day

31 07 2009

All week this week, I have had children at home with the Flu.  My older son, Stephen’s whole year 12 cohort was excluded for a week when less than 50 of the 175 Yr 12s showed up for school on Monday – the rest of the students off sick.  I have learnt all sorts of interesting facts about the flu vrs Swine flu this week, particularly that in most cases the doctors are not even testing for swine flu unless you are REALLY sick and that the presence of pneumonia with the flu is one of the potential warning indicators of the potential for rapid deterioration.  Fortunately for us, no pneumonia, slow but steady improvement and both boys should be back at school on Monday.  I am well and truely over this winter and all the lurgies.

However, today I decided I was going to create some samples and worksheets.  I have made silk paper from a silk batt; felted a long scarf using prefelts and hand dyed wool top, decorated a wool and silk blend wrap with Shiva stiks and started some velvet applique.  I will load pictures of everything as it dries or is ready to show. 

I am still waiting for the Shiva to dry on my wrap, but here is a picture of the work in progress.  This is a really light weigWrap embellished with Gold Shivaht, but really warm wool/silk blend that I hand dyed (imagine it being red!).  I have been wearing it all winter as is and am pleased I have finally found the time to embellish it as planned.  I used one of the fabulous Laura Murray Stencils and a gold iridescent Shiva Stik.  I will soon have all of Laura’s stencils on the website for purchase.  They are gorgeous. 

I used this process to take some photos and build a one page worksheet/tutorial on using stencils and Shiva stiks.  This is now loaded on the Free Stuff page of this blog for you to use and share.  It is pretty simple and straight forward, but so are these products.

I am very happy with the felting I did today, but it is currently hanging out to dry so photos tomorrow.