Fabric Painting Fun (and Cleanup)

Paintstik rubbing on silk fabrice
Paintstik rubbing on silk fabric

I started teaching some classes at Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) in September.  One of the best things about going to classes, as a teacher or a student, is meeting new people who share common interests.

My first class was on creating beautiful jewelry from fabric.  Although many types of fabric may be used, some of my favorites are silk and Ultrasuede®.  I like to paint the fabric before I incorporate it into a jewelry design.  One of the methods I use for silk is making rubbings using Shiva Artist’s Paintstiks®.  Commercial texture plates are fine, but I also like to find everyday items and use them to create unique patterns.  The above photo is a sample of a rubbing made from a silicon trivet that I found at a dollar store.

One of the students from my fabric jewelry class invited me to speak in front of her quilting group regarding embellishment techniques.  I demonstrated rubbings made from polymer clay, paper crafting, and UTEE texture plates, along with textures created by plastic sink liners, silicone trivets, and other items.

One of the drawbacks to using Paintstiks is that the paint can be difficult to remove from your hands.  One of the women in the quilting group had a wonderful solution.  She recommended using a mixture of dish soap and sugar to remove the paint.  Commercial cleaners are available, but how great it is to use materials you already have around the house!

I look forward to teaching my next class.  Who knows what I might learn?

Author: AlixeArts - Upcycled Art by Caroline Alixe Rhuys

Caroline Alixe Rhuys is part of the artistic community in Reno, NV. Caroline uses needle felting, painting, and beading to create multi-media art for her customers to wear and display in their homes. She creates her upcycled jewelry, clothing, accessories, and home décor from materials found in local thrift stores and her extensive stash of vintage fabrics, buttons, and hankies. Some favorite materials are silk, leather, buttons, beads, wool felt, wool and denim jackets, ribbons, and found objects. Caroline likes meeting other artists and supporting them by sharing their work throughout her online and personal networks.

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