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.

Burda 02-2011-107

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.

Burda 02-2011-107

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! 🙂



  1. Sigrid on 06/03/2012 at 20:08

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

    • Sølvi on 06/03/2012 at 21:28

      Thank you!

  2. Donna on 06/03/2012 at 20:20

    Love the stencils – beautiful!

    • Sølvi on 06/03/2012 at 21:27

      Thanks! 🙂

  3. Sarah on 06/03/2012 at 21:53

    Wow!! What fun new tools to play with! I love the look of the iridescent colour on the denim. 🙂

    • Sølvi on 06/03/2012 at 22:09

      Yup, so much fun! You should really try it! 🙂

  4. Mary on 07/03/2012 at 00:25

    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.

    • Sølvi on 07/03/2012 at 11:23

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

  5. Mary on 07/03/2012 at 00:28

    I pinned one of the pictures—->
    Here is the link for you 🙂

    • Sølvi on 07/03/2012 at 11:24

      Oh, I´m so flattered. Thanks! 🙂

  6. liza jane on 07/03/2012 at 03:08

    So fun! I have wanted to try that out. My husband uses those on some of his paintings. I may have to swipe them!

    • Sølvi on 07/03/2012 at 11:26

      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! 🙂

  7. Kristen on 07/03/2012 at 07:44

    That’s a great idea! The result is amazing, what a fab outfit!

    • Sølvi on 07/03/2012 at 11:26

      Thank you, Kristen!

  8. Debbie on 07/03/2012 at 11:10

    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

    • Sølvi on 07/03/2012 at 11:27

      You should definitely take your turn, Debbie – it was so much fun! 🙂

  9. Alexandra Mason on 07/03/2012 at 17:28

    This looks great and i love your cardigan!

    • Sølvi on 08/03/2012 at 08:55


  10. Ali on 07/03/2012 at 19:18

    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 🙂

    • Sølvi on 08/03/2012 at 08:58

      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. 😉

  11. Alessa on 07/03/2012 at 22:11

    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! 🙂

    • Sølvi on 08/03/2012 at 08:58

      Thanks! I think, once you go alpaca, you´ll never go back. 😉

  12. Carolyn on 08/03/2012 at 07:05

    What a cute idea! Your skirt looks fantastic, and I just love your cardigan! Absolutely beautiful!

    • Sølvi on 08/03/2012 at 08:59

      Thanks Carolyn!

  13. Scruffybadger on 08/03/2012 at 19:59

    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!

    • Sølvi on 09/03/2012 at 12:06

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

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