Random Musings on Art and LIfe


Color Confidence: Test, Do Not Guess

January 23, 2013

I was visiting with one of my friends last week and our conversation turned to the Shape Shifter Community Challenge. She is planning to make a handbag and she wanted my opinion on which Paintstik colors would look best on her fabric. I remembered a fantastic idea for testing colors from Nancy Kazlauckas, as well…

Quilt, Then Paint

November 8, 2012

While I was teaching my Build A Better Background Class in Houston, someone asked about adding Paintstik color to a quilt after it has been quilted. Can it be done? Oh yes – and here are some beautiful samples to inspire you. Sue Kelly joined me for the trek to Cleveland to film some segments…

Ask Shelly: Do I Really Need A Blender Paintstik?

September 13, 2012

Many of you have acquired Paintstiks Blenders over the years, and I get a lot of questions about how to use them. Let’s start with what a blender is, and then tackle whether or not we need them. You might be surprised by my advice about these sticks. First of all, let’s be clear about…

Start Simple with Placemat Project

March 7, 2011

In last Monday’s post, I talked about projects you can make with the Primrose Stencils including the big (huge?) Woodland Flowers Quilt. If you missed it, I also said this was NOT the first Design project I would tackle if I were new to paintstiks or Design Magic. (It’s not a difficult quilt, just a…

Clean-Up Tips

August 24, 2009

Whenever I do paintstik demos, someone inevitably asks “how do I clean up?”  After playing with these paints for 10 years, I’ve gone through a lot of different cleaning products. Here are my favorites. Cleaning Brushes My favorite cleaning for cleaning brushes depends on how long they sit before I clean them. If I clean…