Painted Silk Challah Cover Art

Medium: Silk painting and sewing

Grade: Kg – 12

Ages: All

About this project: Silk painting is a wonderful way to play with color and get exciting results. This project takes three one-hour sessions. I recommend the book Silk Painting for Beginners by Concha Morgrades to get a good background of various techniques that can be applied to this project.

Materials needed:

  • Silk 50cm x 50 cm
  • White satin fabric 50cm x 50 cm
  • Wooden frame 50 cm x 50 cm
  • Paint brushes
  • Silk
  • Paint
  • Gutta Paper
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Plastic container
  • Paper towels
  • Drawing paper


Part l: Design your challa cover on a piece of paper Stretch your piece of silk and pin to the edges of a pre made frame or the back of a canvas. Transfer the design to the silk using clear or colored gutta. Let dry for one hour or until your next art session.

Part ll
: Decide what colors you want to use. Check on the paper design how the colors look together. Paint on the silk. Play with the effects of watered down silk paint, and putting salt on the silk after painted. Let dry overnight. Brush off excess salt.

Part III
: Sew a backing on to the challah cover. It is optional to sew beads or fringe onto the edges. Jewish Art Project Ideas If you’re looking for other Jewish art projects, you may want to refer to the book 100+ Jewish Art Projects for Children by Nina Streisand Sher and Margaret A. Feldman. Challah covers make great gifts for grandparents. Have fun with this art project!