Thursday, October 8, 2009

Sherrill Kahn workshop

Sherrill Kahn is the nicest teacher I have ever had, willing to share everything she knows and encouraging you to try different techniques and most of all, have fun with it !

I will share with you some pictures of her work and what she demonstrated. She mostly uses Jacquard paints - Textile, Opaque, Dye Na Flow, Lumiere, Versatex - but also colored pencils, oil pastels and permanent markers, we also tried Water Color Magic by Sergeant.

Sherrill applies the paint on the fabric with a piece of sponge

She works on fabric as well as on paper, using  an eye dropper to add more paint

She applies another piece of fabric or paper on top of the painted piece to get 2 prints and sometimes even more !

Here, we made a stamp out of a piece of styrofoam plate, carving the design with a ball point pen, sponging it with paint and applying the print on the fabric

Here, using a hot plate covered with foil, she applies crayons on fabric and let them melt. It works also on photo paper

Sherrill was wearing a custom made tshirt, she made the scarf out of the sleeves !

You can layer paint, crayons, stamping...

We learned how to make a thermofax and then print the design on a painted background

We used hair gel, which works as an extender with the paint, made a resist using school glue and Dorland wax,  and so many other crazy and funny things !

Adding air dry clay to painted fun foam

Back of the stitched fun foam

A beautiful fun foam piece
painted, stamped, stitched

I learned a lot during those 3 days, and have now to play with what I've learned !

I recommend 2 books from Sherrill Kahn :

Creative embellishments - Martingale publication
Creative stamping with mixed media techniques - North Light Books publication

and of course her website


  1. this course was right up your alley- Your projects are going to be even MORE creative. Gloria

  2. Sherrill came to Australia to do workshops in August - November last year (2011)- she was in Perth, WA where I live first (end of August) and I did her 2 day Mixed Media workshop - fantastic fun - Sherrill is such a clever talented lady - and we all had an absolute ball and learned so much..