Challah cover test run

Next week I'm helping in an 8th grade religious school class. We're making challah covers. It was up to me to choose a way to make them, and after some research, I decided on painting fabric with Shiva Paintstiks. I've got some simple black cotton fabric that's been washed to remove the fabric sizing, and I've cut and hemmed one piece to do a test run. Using the basic iridescent set of colors and a couple of rubbing plates, I've quickly made this challah cover. It's somewhat messy and hard to control, but I think it has a nice look to it--except that I didn't leave enough room for the "shin" in shalom. :-)

After drying a few days, I'll iron it or toss it in the dryer to set the paint.

Anyone out there in blogland have suggestions on how to quickly hem up a dozen more pieces of fabric?!

Trying something new

The house is quiet today and the sun has been shining in the studio window—a good atmosphere for artistic challenges. I'm playing with some new materials and working toward an important goal—Hannah and Dann's ketubah. I've allowed lots of time to get it right—almost four months. I think I'll probably need every minute of that four months!

Today after a trip to my favorite store and a purchasing a basket of fun supplies, I'm experimenting with pan pastels, watercolors, colored pencils, pointed pen and Hebrew calligraphy lettered with gouache on bristol board and hot press watercolor paper. My thoughts thus far? I really like the pan pastels but I think the watercolors may work best for this application on the hot press paper. Surprisingly, the Hebrew is looking good, but the English spacing is tight. I have found a pointed nib I like—the Nikko G3 is working very well and not catching on the paper at all. But, now I'm thinking I should try a flat nib to see if it coordinates better with the Hebrew. Guess that means I need to make another trip back to that store. ;-)