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Markal/Shiva Paint Stiks are awesome!

All the way back in November I announced that I had played around with some fabric print using a type of oil paint sticks. For some reason, they go by two different names. They are called Shiva in the US and Markal in the UK and here in Sweden.

They are a little bit like giant crayons, you know, like the one designed for the littlest of kids, only they are filled with permanent oil based gorgeous color.

I used them with a rose stencil that I made, and tested it out on both silk and denim. Just to see how the color responded to different kinds of fabric.

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This is how it looks on a very dark blue denim. The colors I have chosen are iridescent, which you probably can tell from the picture.

The skirt by the way, is another version of BurdaStyle Magazine 02-2011-107, my new favorite skirt pattern, seen here and here as well.

On the silk fabric, the colors turned out like this:

Markal Paint on silk

It might not look the same in every monitor, but I am amazed by how the color behaves more or less the same way on the denim and the silk. It was equally easy to work with on both types of material, and the great part is, you set the color by ironing, and then you can wash it like you normally would! Fantastic. I really love the vibrant colors you get from this, and how you can use the PaintStiks in so many different ways. To get some inspiration, have a look here.

I will most certainly make more use of these magical coloring devices, and try them on other types of fabric as well.

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I printed a little rose on the back of the skirt as well, just for the fun of it! 


Cozy cardi

At last, another view up close, this time teamed with my new knitted best friend. The cardigan (ravelry link) is knitted in alpaca, and it feels like wearing a blanket. Sooo comfy! 🙂


26 Responses to Markal/Shiva Paint Stiks are awesome!

  1. I looks amazing on my computer. That’s a great outfit, the effect of kimono style sweater over the painted skirt is great.

  2. That looks great! I especially like the colors against the dark denim. have you tried using texture plates? They are also fun to use with the paints.

    • No, I haven´t tried texture plates yet, but they look very interesting. I´d like to try them out at some point. 🙂

    • Do it! I loved what you did with the colors on your painted jacket, so I´m guessing you can come up with something fantastic using these as well! 🙂

  3. They look like fun – i have just let the kids use fabric paints and pens uptil now. You make me think it is my turn to use them now! I like the effect on the denim skirt and a lovely coloured blouse on you. x

  4. How fun is that! I’ve thought about designing fabric via spoonflower but this looks much more fun and spontaneous. What a great, comfy sweater too 🙂

    • I´ve been dabbling with some spoonflower ideas too, I´ve used it a couple of times for small projects, but it is rather expensive, especially with the shipping over here too. So this is a much more economical solution. 😉

  5. Wow, how very cool! I love the iridescent look on the denim! The cardi is very lovely, too! I just bought my first alpaca wool (well, part-alpaca sock wool) and it’s so soft! 🙂

  6. Woweeeee! I love the effect on the denim – it looks very effective, but totally in tune with your “FUN” theme. That cardigan is causing me to drool …..I am off to check it out!

    • Thanks! The cardigan is made up rather quickly, garter stitches and raglan sleeves – super easy!

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Some progress

I’ve been kind of busy the last couple of weeks, with little time for sewing. I took some time this morning, though, to make a little case for my knitting stuff, like stitch markers, pens and such. This is the result: I’ll be back with more exciting projects as soon as my workload is under… Continue Reading…

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  1. No, don’t wreck the illusion with talk of work!!! I’m imagining you’re off having lots of FUN in big pink and blue theme letters and will return, possibly with outfit photos, in your own time 😉

  2. Very cute! I think I need to make one of those roll-up needle cases very soon. I got a package of different knitting needles of ebay, and right now I’m still storing them in the padded envelope they came in…

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Holiday preparations

Mrs. Matryoshka Christmas is drawing closer, and this year I´ve signed up for Tilly´s Crafty Christmas Club, so I´ll post my holiday crafting over there. But I´ll give you a sneak peek of the first ornament I made this year, a felt Matryoshka doll. I used an excellent tutorial made by Danielle Wilson at my Sparkle.… Continue Reading…

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  1. Super cute!! There is something about felt decorations being very Christmassy… Bright colours and lovely details. You’re getting me in the mood too!

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A gift.

My darling came home from a conference in Seattle today, and he brought with him a gift for me: I´ve been following Design Sponge for years, loving all the DIY´s, the design inspiration and the Biz Ladies posts. So imagine my excitement when I unwrapped this gift! Last week I used a tutorial from the… Continue Reading…

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    • Yup, I´m loving the book, lots of pretty pics, although the DIY´s could have been more thorough. I guess it´s difficult to fit everything into a book. 😉

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Inspiration board

Just a quick post today, testing the WordPress App and showing you my new inpiration board. I made this last night, using stuff from my stash. There is not much up there yet; a pic of Kate, a pair of cat eye frames, they are unfortunately too small for me, but they still are mighty… Continue Reading…

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  1. It’s so pretty!! I love the contrast between the fabric and the ribbon. Your treasures are lovely. I need a board like this! 🙂

    • Thanks Sarah, it was such an easy Sunday activity. And it was so much fun to go through my stash to find things that fit together for it! 🙂

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Hello, my name is Ceylon.

So, I took some time yesterday and finished Ceylon. It was so much fun sewing this! I love how everything just came together with this one, the instructions were easy to follow, and even though there are quite a bit of parts and pieces and details with this, I never felt lost thanks to the great instructions.… Continue Reading…

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  1. Ah! Totally lovely. (Like all your projects!) The Ceylon is actually one of my favorite patterns in the Colette line (so elegant!) but I’ve always hesitated on whether it would look good on me, but you’re starting to tempt me to get it … ; I just love the shape, it’s so flattering, and in the colors your chose, so feminine and summery.

    I’d totally invite you to tea if you weren’t on the other side of the planet. Keep ’em coming!

  2. Thanks a bunch Ali! Go for it! There are too few Ceylons out there, if you ask me, I´d love to see your version as well! 🙂

  3. This is sooooooo good! You are welcome for the inspiration! I was thinking about how to add piping to this pattern when I try it in the future. The buttons are beautiful and totally perfect for this dress. Looking forward to your take two!


  4. Gorgeous version! Love the black buttons, a perfect contrast to the soft summery peach. I almost bought Ceylon but changed my mind – all those buttonholes!! Looks fantastic on you though, excellent work!

  5. Wow, this is just beautiful! I’m sewing a Ceylon myself at the moment, and I love what you have done with the piping! It fits you excellently.

  6. Thank you all so much! I´m so glad you liked it.
    @Zoe: I wondered about the piping as well, and settled for this solution, but I think it will be mighty cool to add piping to the yoke as well.
    @Tasia: Thank God for an automatic buttonhole foot on my mothers sewing machine! 😉 (I don´t have one for my own…yet…)
    @Kjersti: Looking forward to seeing your version as well!

  7. Hello! I just found your blog through Pattern Review. I wanted to come and see more pictures of your beautiful dress. You have the best version of this dress so far, I think. The piping and the buttons are just perfect. I am looking forward to see what you sew next. 🙂

  8. Couldn’t find an email so shall post here 🙂

    Just wanted to ask your permission to use one of your images
    in a blog post – I’m doing a roundup of some of my favourites from the Summer Essentials Flickr Group anmd I’d really like to include your Ceylon!

    • Thank you Irrena, I used a lightweight cotton I thrifted, it is probably quite old as it is 90 cm wide, and that is not the standard in Scandinavia anymore for cotton fabrics. It has a bit of stretch, and lovely to wear! 🙂

  9. oh my lordy!!! This is the nicest dress i have ever seen! The piping looks fabulous! I would pay a small fortune for a dress like this. I can only dream about becomming this good at stitching!

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I´ve been somewhat preoccupied with buttons these last couple of week, and this activity didn’t diminish when I searched through my mothers button collection while visiting. These blue buttons are in competition with each other. I cant deside which one of them I want to use for a summer blouse in the SESA… These white made me nostalgic, because… Continue Reading…

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  1. These are great! Totally versatile. I saw that pattern too and I thought: so elegant. 🙂 A suit is always handy.

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Summer Essentials Sew-Along: Pool pretty

Sooo, I´m thinking about making a one-piece. Not only sew it, but construct it from the instructions from patternschool.  I want to make this groovy looking halterneck suit, AND I found the most perfect fabric at Beyond Retro in Stockholm. I only hope that the fabric I found is big enough for the pattern. Rye and… Continue Reading…

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  1. Holy cannoli, that fabric’s gorgeous!

    I hadn’t even heard of the Pattern School ’til you posted it in the Flickr group. This is an awesome pattern — can’t wait to see it completed! You’ll definitely be groovin’ poolside 🙂

  2. Ah, thanks Ali – we´ll see how it all turns out, never constructed anything this complicated before, but I´m empowered by the fabric. Very exiting. I learned about patternschool over at some discussion over Allison the swimsuit (isn’t that the one you´re making?) on burdastyle.

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My new relationship.

Woohoo! I´ve finished my knitted/crocheted dress! Last autumn I started a new relationship. We were wise and took things quite slow during the first couple of months, but as spring came around, we became more serious, and I can now make it official; we are going steady, knitting and I. For a long time I was… Continue Reading…

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  1. Oh my, that is one seriously fabulous dress! Great job!

    Having a tripod for my camera has made project photography a lot easier for me. I never have to wait around for someone else to help me out. You might enjoy one too 🙂

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