Beginner | 15 min
Looking to add a little cheer to your dorm room or a pop of color to your home? Washi tape is a fast and fun way to get vibrant results on a dime. Amber of Damask Love demonstrates a suite of projects: a cheery clock, a frame with crisp mitered corners, and custom stickers perfect for a planner, agenda or notebook. You’ll be able to create endless combinations from the wide array of available washi tape designs, and the finished projects make fabulous gifts. 
Learn how to:
  • Select coordinating wash tape
  • Adhere washi to difficult surfaces
  • Use washi to create a custom clock, picture frame, or stickers

What you’ll get:
  • Detailed instruction on how to make several home décor projects using washi tape.
  • 5 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supply list
  • Step-by-step instruction by expert instructor Amber of Damask Love
  • The ability to leave comments, ask question and interact with other students

Washi Tape Decor
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Scotch Brand Expressions Washi Tape
  • Rectangular picture frame
  • Clock base
  • Clock movement kit
  • Craft paint
  • Freezer paper
  • Cutting mat
  • Foam brush
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler or straight edge
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August Lookbook // 2018
August Lookbook Promo // 2018
What will you make this August? Watch this quick promo to get a sneak peek of our all-new releases and seasonal favorites. Click here to watch all of the classes shown in the promo.  
Peasant Dress
Gretchen Hirsch
This versatile peasant dress, inspired by the glamorous 1940s, will be a stylish addition to your wardrobe. Gretchen will show you how to adapt the Portrait Blouse Pattern from her book "Gertie’s Book for Better Sewing: A Modern Guide to Couture-Style Sewing" using basic vintage techniques along with techniques for elastic shirring, bias band necklines, and narrow hems. Simply elegant!
So You Want to Be a Professional Artist? A 15-Day Guide to Professional Practices
Lisa Solomon
Are you ready to take the leap into becoming a professional artist? In this four-hour long course, author, artist and educator, Lisa Solomon, teaches you how to present yourself as an artist in the world. Commonly referred to as a “Professional Practices” college-level course, Lisa shares her decades of practical know-how in 15 bite-sized lessons. These classes will help you learn how to create your portfolio, make connections, exhibit, apply for shows, attend residencies, copyright your work, market yourself and so much more. Lisa tells it like is it with cautionary tales from the art and gallery world as well as inspiring stories from her own experience. The accompanying 80-page downloadable PDF is full of rich resources to set you on your path, including helpful samples and web references.

This class is not only a starting point for anyone who is ready to call themselves an artist, but also for working artists who could use some structure and guidance in growing their practice. By the end of this series, you will learn how to take yourself more seriously and see your business dreams come to life.
Knit a Cabled Hat
Norah Gaughan
Learn how to make this gloriously textured cabled hat with expert knitwear designer, Norah Gaughan. Worked in worsted weight yarn, the hat begins with a ribbed cable cast on, then flows into a repeating cable pattern that creates sinuous curves up toward the crown of the hat. Though the finished result looks rich and complex, the chart is comprised of simple stitches and easy cable crosses. You can work the hat flat and seam it up at the end (recommended for beginners), or knit in the round if you prefer to work seamless – Norah will walk you through the perks and pitfalls of both methods.
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Washi Tape Decor
Amber of Damask Love
Looking to add a little cheer to your dorm room or a pop of color to your home? Washi tape is a fast and fun way to get vibrant results on a dime. Amber of Damask Love demonstrates a suite of projects: a cheery clock, a frame with crisp mitered corners, and custom stickers perfect for a planner, agenda or notebook. You’ll be able to create endless combinations from the wide array of available washi tape designs, and the finished projects make fabulous gifts. 
Stamped and Sewn Backpack
This stylish backpack is modern, chic, and easier than it looks! Arounna Khounnoraj of Bookhou shows you how a few rectangles of canvas can turn into a gorgeous everyday bag. You’ll begin by creating a unique stamp for printing the pocket fabric of your backpack. She’ll then show you how to shape the body of the bag with an easy gusset, and add leather straps for a beautifully finished backpack. All steps of the project are easy to do with a home sewing machine and a few straight stitches.
Andy Warhol-Inspired Monoprints
Courtney Cerruti
When Andy Warhol first used this blotted-line monoprint method, illustrators were amazed – and they’re still amazed today! In this class, Creativebug’s resident artist, Courtney Cerruti, walks you through the very same process that Andy Warhol made famous using simple materials: a nib pen, acrylic ink and transparency film. Plus, of course, you’ll need a wonderful image to trace. Without any drawing skills required, you’ll learn how to create one-of-a-kind monoprints by tracing over the image, then adding a touch of watercolor to make your designs pop.
Coming August 22
Treasure Hunt Your Artistic Style: A 10-Day Guide
Lilla Rogers
STARTS AUGUST 22!  In this fun and energetic 10-day course, Lilla Rogers shows you how to find your authentic artistic style by making a multitude of tiny and huge discernments. From playful exercises to mark-making experiments, Lilla encourages you to approach art with an open mind and tune into what makes your heart beat faster. As an agent, author, and artist with decades in the illustration licensing business, Lilla knows how to sniff out style. At the end of this 10-day journey, you’ll have a better understanding of who you are as an artist and how you want to be seen by the world.
Seam Finishing 101
Cal Patch
Want to know the trick to making professional-looking hand-made clothes? It’s all in the seam finishing. Cal Patch demonstrates ten different ways to finish your seams, most of which can be done using basic sewing tools and materials. She also gives an introduction to finishing seams with a serger, plus trickier techniques like mock Frrench seams and rolled hems. Seam finishing really is a magical skill, extending the life of your hand-made clothing and making them just as lovely on the inside as they are on the outside.
Daily Painting Challenge: 31 Flowers to Paint with Yao Cheng
Yao Cheng
Learn how to paint a new flower every day with help from acclaimed watercolor artist, Yao Cheng. Known for her flowing, elegant style, Yao shares her technique for capturing the feeling of flowers rather than trying to paint them realistically. In each part of this 31-day challenge, she explores the ideal brush strokes needed to paint the petals and leaves of popular flowers like dahlias, poppies, peonies and hydrangeas. Through these daily lessons, you will hone your brush skills, discover new color combinations, and learn how to capture light, energy, and movement in your own floral interpretations. Be sure to share your paintings in the class gallery and on Instagram with #cbdrawaday !
Cricut Paper Flowers: Make a Hydrangea
Lia Griffith
In this class, Lia shows how to make exquisitely detailed hydrangeas using a Cricut Explore machine. The Cricut is especially perfect for this project since you’ll need to cut out lots of small, intricate pieces of paper to make the flowers. Once your leaves and petals are cut out, Lia will show you how to assemble the hydrangea blooms on floral wire, adding dimension to each piece to create perfectly rounded 3-D branches
Sew the Wanderlust Tee
Fancy Tiger
This cute cropped tee is structured yet comfy and super easy to customize. Amber from Fancy Tiger Crafts shows you how to sew the top as is or lengthen the pattern for a different look. Plus you’ll learn how to create professional-looking hems using a double needle. Dress up your tee with a high-waisted skirt or pair with your favorite well-worn denim for a classic weekend outfit. Pattern available in six sizes (32” – 46” Bust).
Metallic Leather Bracelet
Elke Bergeron
Leather bracelets have a warmth and luxury to them, and it is easier than you may think to make your own. In this class, Elke shows how to make a stylish wrap bracelet with a chic metallic gold finish. Using leather working tools like a strap cutter and a beveler, she shows you how to cut the leather evenly and bevel the edges, which gives the bracelet a professional, polished look. Once the leather has been cut out, you will paint the strap, punch holes in either end, and attach a button stud to create the closure. The tools and materials required for this project are inexpensive and easy to find, making it a perfect first project for a beginning leather-worker. Cut out several leather strips at once and whip up a batch to give as gifts to friends, or keep the whole stack for yourself!
Crocheted Sloth
Twinkie Chan
Crochet designer Twinkie Chan teaches you how to use simple crochet stitches to create your very own loveable, huggable sloth pal. Every bit of this toy is worked in the round, and Twinkie demonstrates how to whipstitch it all together and hand-sew a super cute face. Best of all, you’ll stuff the toy as you go, so you’ll be snuggling your sloth in no time at all.
Pop Rocks Block
Anna Maria Horner
The Pop Rocks Block is as fun as it sounds, using subtle and intense fabrics from your stash to create playful contrast. Anna Maria Horner’s scrappy design is a modern take on a 9-patch block, with random pops of color sprinkled throughout. Round up your light and dark fabric scraps and start putting them together to create these unexpected blocks. 
How to Make Zines
Courtney Cerruti
Zines are DIY booklets (“zine” is short for magazine) – perfect for showcasing your artwork and sharing with friends. Zine enthusiast, Courtney Cerruti, shows you how to make four simple zine structures using copy paper and a photocopier, including 8 or 16-page books made from a single sheet, an accordion book, and a pamphlet stitch book. Courtney fills her zines with found photos and doodles, but you can feature anything that sparks your imagination. Drawing from her own collection of zines, Courtney shows examples of each structure to get you inspired.