Ink Drawings for Challah Cover

This is a really fun way to design... using india ink and a paintbrush, I filled three large sheets of paper with Shabbat motifs along with florals and plant life. Afterwards, I picked the icons I liked best, and scanned them. On my computer, I arranged the separate elements into one unified design. I also played around with reversing the type to white and putting it on a blue shape. Here are the paintings... 

 

And here they are arranged into a challah cover design....

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I sent the file to Spoonflower to be digitally printed onto fabric. I chose two different fabrics to print onto to see which one I like better - Kona Cotton Ultra and Celosia Velvet. The velvet won, hands down. It's got a pretty sheen, a hefty weight, and the color is brighter and more saturated.  Here they are side by side, cotton (left) and velvet (right).

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Here are some more views of the velvet print....

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Now I just need to cut the excess fabric from around the edges and and trim to finish it off!