My Favorite Quilting and Fabric Painting Supplies – Plus Oil Stick Tips – Quilting Daily

As editor of Quilting Arts Magazine, I have the opportunity to learn from a wide array of contemporary art quilters and try out all the latest quilting and surface design supplies and tools. Yes, I know I’m lucky!

Fabric painting by Jo Fitsell, using her marbling technique.

I was recently asked which products are my current favorites, and three immediately came to mind.

1. I love the Marbled Surface Design Quilting Arts WorkshopTM video by Jo Fitsell. There are so many ways that marbled fabrics could fit into my quilts, and I’d love to experiment with Jo’s fabric painting techniques to build my own personal stash of gorgeous fabric.

2. At one point I was trying to find all of the back issues of Quilting Arts Magazine that were not in my collection. I never did get the first four issues, but now I don’t have to, because I have the 2001-2010 Quilting Arts CD Collection. I can find everything I need in one convenient place. I love this collection! And you can always add the next set.

3. Lastly, I have always longed to add the Iridescent Shiva Paintstiks to my collection of fabric painting materials. Applying color and texture to fabric with Shiva sticks (oil paints in stick form) is easy and fun, and you can never have enough colors in your toolbox.

If you’ve never used Shiva Paintstiks before, here’s a quick tutorial from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer for painting on fabric using the oil sticks with texture plates, punchinella (aka sequin waste), drywall tape, prepared stencils, and a stencil brush.

fabric painting with oil sticks by julie fei fan balzer
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer uses Shiva Paintstiks to create color and texture on fabric.

Here are the basic directions:

1. Place a texture plate underneath the fabric and use the Shiva Paintstik directly on the fabric to create a rubbing.

2. Remove the texture plate.

3. Cover part of the fabric with punchinella, a pattern of drywall tape, or stencils. Using a stencil brush, move in small circles, picking up some of the applied color to blend.

4. Remove the stencil material and replace with another one, blending again with the brush for various effects.

When the Shiva paint has dried completely, or cured, you can even wash the fabric. See why I’m so enthusiastic?

P.S. Have you ever used oil sticks? What ideas or tips can you share? Leave a comment below.

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