© Laura Murray 2010
Stamps are a great source of texture for paintstik rubbings. Here’s my “paint, cut and fuse” technique used to make a simple Ohio star block.
You will need a selection of solid (or batik) dark, light value fabrics, iridescent paintstiks, Steam-a-Seam2 Lite fusible web, ruler and marking pencil/pen.
Prepare squares and triangles:
- Place fabric on the top of stamps, and use the paintstik rubbing technique. For this star, you will need 3 squares on dark fabric, and 3 squares on light/ bright background. Note: I always paint extra squares to allow for Murphy’s Law and to build a collection of various colors for future design.
- Fuse Steam-a-Seam 2 Light to the back of the painted fabric (do not remove paper from back until ready to use the shape).
- Cut out the squares. Two large triangles are made by cutting a square apart on the diagonal, using a rotary cutter. Small triangles are made by cutting a large triangle in half.
Mark Orientation Lines:
- The finished star is 7.5” square. Select a base fabric which contrasts with the triangles, and mark a grid with nine 2.5” squares, using marking chalk/pencil.
Layout sequence for an Ohio Star Block
- You’re nearly finished! Peel the paper off the back of the shapes, and press onto the base fabric in the following sequence:
- Step 1:
- Step 2:
- Step 3:
- Step 4:
The final step is fusing the shapes to the base fabric.
Now that you know the basics, you can use layer shapes on top of one another to achieve lots of interesting effects that would be very difficult to achieve with piecing.
“Playing in the Grid 1” uses the same technique and shapes, but introduces layering to achieve a more abstract design.
Here’s a work in progress of “Playing in the Grid 2”.