Intermediate | 3 hours
Taught by Faith Hale
What is book art? It is a way to merge art and bookbinding techniques to make a one-of a-kind handmade book. With a Master’s degree in book art and creative writing, Creativebug staffer Faith Hale shares her passion by demonstrating a technique, structure, or prompt every day for an entire month. Working alongside Faith, you will create a totally unique book page by page, building skills and techniques as you go. You’ll learn how to cut flaps, create pop ups and moving pieces, discover inspiration, cull language from found sources, and use text in new and inspiring ways. These pages come together to create a sampler of techniques, and at the end of the month, you will learn how to create a text block, add hard board covers, and bind your book.
Learn how to:
  • Make great book art
  • Create folio spreads one day at a time
  • Create windows, flaps, pop ups and other three-dimensional forms
  • Use a bone folder
  • Glue out pages
  • Make a stacked folio binding
  • Make hard covers
  • Alter existing book pages
What you’ll get:
  • Instruction on how to make a book art sampler, using a new technique for each spread of your one-of-a-kind book.
  • 30 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list and PDF containing book art resources
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from Faith Hale
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students

Daily Book Art Challenge
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • 8 ½” x 11” cardstock cut in half against the grain to make approximately thirty 5 ½” x 8 ½” spreads
  • ¼” MDF board cut to 8 ½” x 11”
  • Weights (such as bricks wrapped in paper)
  • Bone folder (regular or Teflon)
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Scissors
  • 6” clear ruler
  • Metal ruler
  • Pin tool
  • Glue stick
  • Tombo Mono permanent adhesive
  • Book binding thread and needle
  • PVA glue
  • Decorative paper
  • Collage ephemera
  • Assorted paints and pens, including Microns, China markers, acrylic paints and watercolor
  • Ink pads
  • Old credit card for painting
  • Stencil brushes
  • Watercolor brushes and paper
  • Baby wipes
  • Salt
  • Sheet of Mylar or acetate
  • Waxed paper for binding the book
  • Glue brush
  • Book board 
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Daily Practice Series
Concept Sketchbook: A Daily Practice
Lindsay Stripling
Artist and illustrator Lindsay Stripling has made a career of her whimsical and thoughtful work. In this daily practice she demonstrates the process she utilizes- from concept to final spread – to bring her creations to life. Each week you’ll explore a new medium including pencil, ink, colored pencil and oil-based crayons. You’ll add words and details to bring balance to the page and finish up the month with techniques to turn your sketchbook spreads into even more artistic projects and paintings.
Color Meditation Daily Practice
Lisa Solomon
Artist, educator, and A Field Guide to Color author Lisa Solomon shares her unfettered enthusiasm for color in this daily practice series. You’ll experiment with color theory, patterns, and layering as you move through a variety of watercolor prompts. You’ll also work with masking fluid, gesso, gouache and other materials as you alternate between painting and revealing color. Be prepared to fully engage in color exploration and cultivate mindfulness. After a month of observation, your perception of the tones and shades of your world will be attuned in a new way.
From Block to Print: A Printmaking Daily Challenge
Katharine Watson
If you’ve ever considered printmaking but were daunted by the wide array of materials available, this thorough primer is essential viewing. In this Daily Challenge, artist and printmaker Katharine Watson introduces the basic tools and techniques needed to create prints at home. Beginning with the basics of safety and mark-making, you’ll learn the full process of designing, transferring, carving, and printing an image.  Once you’ve mastered the basics, learn how to make repeat prints on a single page and how to print on fabric. Katharine encourages play and experimentation while giving you her time-tested methods, and demonstrates how easy it can be to develop a fine art practice even with a simple home setup. 
People Watching: A Daily Portrait Challenge
George McCalman
Professional designer and self-taught illustrator George McCalman writes and illustrates a monthly column for the San Francisco Chronicle. Called “Observed,” the column features sketches and illustrations of the people and personalities he meets on his adventures around the city. Drawing from this experience, George leads you through a month of drawing people by layering colored pencil, pens and paint. Use your own source material and capture the essence of your model’s personality by focusing on gesture, texture, and personality while playfully over-emphasizing features. Be inspired by George’s relentless curiosity and joyful presence as he encourages you to illustrate friends, family, and strangers alike, and reveals his sources for unlikely models and where to find them.
Daily Abstract Painting Prompts: Working Collaboratively
Pam and Jennifer
Painting abstractly and working with a partner both require taking a leap of faith. In the years that Pam Garrison and Jennifer Mercede have been collaborating, they’ve learned when to take that leap and when a subtler approach is necessary. Explore making multi-media abstract art with gentle prompts from Pam and Jen, who switch off regularly in this daily painting challenge. Whether you have a partner to paint with or are working by yourself, they encourage losing preciousness, experimenting, playing and growing. You’ll begin by working on up to four canvases. After you’ve spent weeks adding and removing layers, playing with different mark-making techniques and honing in on a color palette, you’ll spend the final days refining your style and will finish with two completed paintings.
Dear Diary Daily Quilting Challenge
Anna Maria Horner
Creativebug is excited to release our first-ever Daily Quilting Challenge. Designer and quilter Anna Maria Horner created “Dear Diary” to help you build skills as you move through the month, resulting in the perfect modern sampler quilt. Beginning with traditional blocks and techniques updated with contemporary color choices and block arrangements, this quilt top serves as a record of your patchwork journey. Use half-square triangles in different ways to create new motifs, play with scale as you move through the various blocks, and learn how to appliqué on feature blocks. Best of all, the robust PDF includes cutting and assembly guides as well as a color map so you can substitute in an of your favorite solids and prints to make this quilt your very own.

Before beginning each day, please be sure to work from the most updated version of the class PDF.
Get Unstuck: 30 Days of Overcoming Your Creative Block
Danielle Krysa
Feeling creatively blocked can be so frustrating. You know you want to create something, but what? Or you have an idea of what you want to do but your hands are just not cooperating with your head. When you’re in a block, it feels like you’ll never find your way out, but you can, and you will. Danielle Krysa, a.k.a. The Jealous Curator, walks you through a multitude of processes and techniques that will help you become creatively unstuck. Each day includes jump-starts to get you headed in the masterpiece direction, and helps build skills towards overcoming any creative obstacle.
Oil Painting Daily Challenge
Erika Lee Sears
Daily painter Erika Lee Sears shares her love of oil paints and the tips and tricks she’s picked up after five years – and counting – of painting every single day. Learn brush handling, how to mix the perfect “black,” and how to work with oil paints in a no-fuss, carefree way. Painting these simple sketches for an entire month enables good working habits and develops a familiarity and comfort with often-daunting oil paint. You’ll work from included reference photos and will learn how to enhance their colors to create vibrant little paintings in your sketchbook.
Altered Book Daily Challenge
Part collage, part book art, part mixed media exploration, the Altered Books Daily Challenge uses simple skills like cutting, gluing, inking and painting to transform old texts into new and extraordinary works of art. Creativebug staff instructors, Courtney Cerruti and Faith Hale, are book lovers and paper fanatics. In this 28-part series, they share their favorite techniques for altering found books to create unique pieces of art. Once you learn how to choose a book for altering, where to source your ideal ephemera, and how to prepare pages, you’ll follow a daily prompt or technique to spark your imagination. After the month is over, you’ll never look at an old book the same way again.
Daily Painting Challenge: Flowers, Fruits and the Natural World
Carolyn Gavin
Join artist and illustrator Carolyn Gavin for a month of exploring color. Using both gouache and watercolor, Carolyn will demonstrate how she works from reference and imagination to create her paintings. She begins the daily challenge with her signature florals, then works through the month using fruits, veggies, and household objects as subjects. You’ll experiment with shape and color and learn how to let inspiration guide you along your painting journey. Finish your paintings by adding detail with pen and ink to create a month of beautifully rich paintings. 
Daily Ornament Challenge: 25 Crafts to Trim Your Tree
Deck your halls with a season’s worth of festive baubles. Inspired by the holiday decorations they treasured most from childhood, Creativebug artists Liana Allday, Courtney Cerruti and Faith Hale show you how to make 25 ornaments and garlands. In the last day of the challenge, Courtney demonstrates a metallic feathered décor piece perfect for topping the tree. Using simple craft materials, most projects can be completed in less than 10 minutes and at the end of the month your tree will be gloriously adorned. ’Tis the season for crafting!
Holiday Cricut Crafts: 30 Festive Projects
Amber of Damask Love
Deck your home, hearth and table for the holidays with 30 days of Cricut projects taught by Amber of Damask Love. The possibilities of Cricut machines are nearly endless, making this month-long series an inspirational jumping off point for cutting-machine enthusiasts. Learn from the ever-fabulous Amber who introduces you to a new material and project every single day this month. This class covers the basics of cutting on a Cricut machine, swapping out blades, customizing projects, adhering materials with the Cricut Easy Press, plus instructions on assembling each project. While Amber uses a Cricut Maker in the demonstrations for this class, most of the projects can be done on a Cricut Explore and provide ample inspiration for year ‘round crafting.
Inktober Daily Challenge: 31 Days of Drawing and Painting with Ink
Lisa Congdon
For this daily challenge, fine artist, illustrator and author Lisa Congdon embraces all things ink-y! Whether you like to create detailed drawings with Micron pens or paint lush washes with India inks, Lisa shows you how to explore a variety of themes and mediums every day for a whole month. Lisa’s teaching style will help you simplify shapes and objects, distilling their most graphic elements with your unique marks and strokes. As you work your way through the challenge, Lisa provides fun daily prompts, focusing on nature, silhouettes, flowers and faces, building more techniques. Be sure to post your creations on social media using #creativebug #CBinktober and #inktober!
Daily Portrait Challenge: 31 Days of Faces
Charlotte Hamilton
Join artist and illustrator, Charlotte Hamilton, in a month of exploring portraiture. Starting with quick sketches, you’ll learn the proportions of the face and create portraits in just a few minutes. As you move through the month, you’ll build observational skills while working from photos and discover how to use markers and colored pencils to create fun layers of color. Charlotte dives deeper into painted portraits later in the month, using colorful inks and paints to bring faces to life. By the end of this comprehensive series, you’ll understand how combine all of your skills to create master portraits of friends and family.
Daily Art Journal Challenge: 30 Prompts with Get Messy
Get Messy
Dive into a month of art journal prompts with Lauren and Caylee, the enigmatic founders of Get Messy Art Journal. In this 30-day challenge, they'll lead you through a series of prompts to inspire your creativity and help you get your thoughts, feelings and art onto the page. Learn their favorite techniques for creating vibrant pages full of textures, layers and lettering, and discover the magic of journaling about the ups and downs of everyday life. With daily prompts from Caylee and Lauren, you'll learn how to make your art journal a place to play, experiment, and be yourself – every single day.

Remember to use the hashtag #creativebuggetsmessy on social media to share your work with the Get Messy and Creativebug community.
Treasure Hunt Your Artistic Style: A 10-Day Guide
Lilla Rogers
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.
Daily Mixed Media Challenge
Mou Saha
Invigorate your art practice by joining designer and Faber-Castell creative Mou Saha for a month of mixed media exploration. Each day, Mou shares her favorite techniques for adding textures, creating layers, playing with color, and transforming trash into treasure. This series is a skill-building powerhouse that will enhance your mixed media work and open your eyes to new possibilities in your art journal. With enthusiasm and ingenuity, Mou makes it fun and exciting to use familiar materials in new ways and introduces you to a whole host of materials you may have never considered.
Living a More Creative Life: 30 Ways in 30 Days
Courtney Cerruti
So many of us are on a quest to incorporate creativity into our lives, but short on time and resources, we’re not sure how to begin. For inspiration and sage advice, we turn to artist and explorer, Courtney Cerruti, who incorporates art into everything she does and finds beauty in even the most mundane moments. This series is perfect for aspiring artists, crafters who are in a rut, and anyone who suspects that a creative habit would be good for their soul - your eyes will be opened to new creative possibilities that are easy to practice every day. No matter your skill level, we hope you’ll show up, bring a playful attitude and a willingness to try new things.
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.
Daily Embroidery Challenge: Stitch-a-Day Sampler
Rebecca Ringquist
Master embroiderer and fine artist, Rebecca Ringuist, shares 31 days of stitches in our first ever Daily Embroidery Challenge. Using her “Drawing Stitches” sampler as a basis, Rebecca’s embroidery style is vibrant, original, and simple enough for all skill levels to follow along. You’ll start with basic stitches, then move on to groups of stitches that create textural effects, like confetti, fancy chains, zigzags, flowers, and filling stitches. Each day, you’ll expand your knowledge of embroidery and build on techniques to combine elements that look complex but are easy to execute. Best of all, at the end of the month not only will you have learned loads of new techniques, but you’ll also have a finished sampler!
Daily Painting Challenge: 28 Acrylic Studies
Courtney Cerruti
Whether you’re a casual artist or a seasoned painter, everyone can benefit from a daily painting practice. Artist extraordinaire Courtney Cerruti takes you on a 28-day journey of painting the world around you – from fruits, vegetables, and objects, to complex portraits – all using acrylic craft paints and basic brushes. Learn fundamental skills for working with this versatile medium, including how to add shadows, depth and dimension. No matter your skill level, Courtney’s gentle instruction and daily guidance will invigorate your practice.
Daily Painting Challenge: 31 Animals with August Wren
Jennifer Orkin Lewis
Jennifer Orkin Lewis (also known as August Wren on Instagram) is a champion of daily painting practice, devoting half an hour each day to creating the loose and colorful paintings for which she’s known. In this month-long series, Jennifer applies her signature style to one of her favorite subjects: animals! Working from photo references (included in a PDF with the class), Jennifer shows how to simplify and stylize your animal paintings to make them your own. Each day, Jennifer shows her approach to painting critters of all shapes and sizes – from farm animals to deep sea creatures – providing opportunity for all skill levels to practice.
Daily Painting Challenge: 31 Painted Patterns with Lisa Congdon
Lisa Congdon
Join us for a month-long creative journey with artist and illustrator, Lisa Congdon. In this 31-day painting challenge, Lisa shares her love of designing colorful patterns and painting with gouache. Each day you will learn how to paint a new pattern, including traditional designs, botanicals, geometric shapes and motifs made from everyday objects. Challenge yourself to draw inspiration from the world around you, working alongside Lisa as you hone your daily painting practice. Be sure to share your paintings in the student gallery and post them on Instagram #cbpatternaday.
Living a More Thankful Life: 30 Days of Gratitude
Living a More Thankful Life is about much more than saying thanks. In this 30-day creativity series, the staff at Creativebug shares favorite ways of expressing gratitude, helping our community, loving our neighbors, and honoring past, present and future family traditions – all through crafting! Each day, we’ll provide you with a new project idea or exercise that is easy, fast, fun, and will leave those around you feeling warm and fuzzy. Leave inspiring messages on Post-It notes for strangers to find, knit afghan squares for the homeless, stitch cozy beds for shelter animals, and so much more. These are our favorite ways to use creativity to shine a positive light in the world – we hope these ideas inspire you to make something for the power of good and shine your own light.

Daily Lettering Challenge: 31 Creative Lettering Ideas with Pam Garrison
Pam Garrison
Take your lettering to the next level in this super-creative daily lettering challenge, taught by artist and art journaler Pam Garrison. Every day for 31 days, you’ll learn a new way to fearlessly approach lettering. From doodled monograms to a Sumi ink alphabet, Pam will guide you through each prompt with easy-to-follow instruction and inspiring ideas for further exploration. Great for card making, journaling, and illustration, this class will help you grow your lettering skills and stretch your idea of what words can look like.
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Daily Book Art Challenge: A Month of Book Art Ideas
Faith Hale
What is book art? It is a way to merge art and bookbinding techniques to make a one-of a-kind handmade book. With a Master’s degree in book art and creative writing, Creativebug staffer Faith Hale shares her passion by demonstrating a technique, structure, or prompt every day for an entire month. Working alongside Faith, you will create a totally unique book page by page, building skills and techniques as you go. You’ll learn how to cut flaps, create pop ups and moving pieces, discover inspiration, cull language from found sources, and use text in new and inspiring ways. These pages come together to create a sampler of techniques, and at the end of the month, you will learn how to create a text block, add hard board covers, and bind your book.
Daily Lettering Challenge: 30 Days of Lettering with Sakura
Michaela Yee
Want to learn how to letter like a pro? Hone your skills by starting a daily practice with Michaela Yee of Sakura. Michaela is a lettering artist and pen guru, and in this inventive daily challenge, she expertly demonstrates how to use a variety of Sakura pens and paints – including favorites like Microns, Koi Brush Pens and Gelly Rolls. Throughout the month, Michaela shares several styles of brush-lettered and block alphabets, perfect for making custom cards, frame-worthy quotes, and more. You’ll also learn which pens are best to use on glass, metal, wood and other unconventional surfaces. Each day, you’ll gradually build your skills, inspiring you to keep lettering even when the month is over. 
Daily Drawing Challenge: 31 Things to Draw with Pam Garrison
Pam Garrison
Jumpstart your creative practice with a 31-day drawing challenge, taught by artist and professional doodler Pam Garrison. In this draw-along, Pam shares her playful, encouraging style, providing prompts and colorful demonstrations every single day for a month. Not only will you learn how to draw ordinary objects and add splashes of color, but you’ll also learn how to strengthen your creative muscles and develop a new habit. You’ll be amazed at how much your skills will grow in just one month. Be sure to post your drawings on Instagram using #cbdrawaday 
Daily Drawing Challenge: Tracing Shadows with Lisa Solomon
Lisa Solomon
For this month-long daily drawing challenge, we’ve added a twist. Artist and educator Lisa Solomon shows how to use overhead light and everyday objects to cast interesting shadows onto paper, then draw around the shadows to create outlines. What you do within the outlines is where the real fun begins. Each day, Lisa shares a new idea filling outlined shapes with color and texture, using everything from pens and graphite to watercolors and highlighters. This technique is a great way to experiment with composition and keep your drawing practice loose. Simply start with a shadow and allow yourself to play within the lines. 
Daily Drawing Challenge: 29 Things to Draw with Molly Hatch and Heather Ross
Molly Hatch and Heather Ross
Due to popular demand, we are thrilled to present another Daily Drawing Challenge. For 29 days, we will release bite-sized drawing classes taken from the Creativebug archives. Taught by expert drawing instructors Molly Hatch and Heather Ross, you'll learn classic techniques for rendering everyday objects as well as opportunities to practice your blind contour skills.

To see the full classes from which our Daily February Challenge originated, check out Heather Ross's Drawing and Illustration course and Molly Hatch's Introduction to Drawing course--both are a great place for beginners to start and offer excellent guidance. 

Be sure to share what you draw on Instagram #cbdrawaday

Daily Creativity Challenge
The team at Creativebug is surrounded by inspiration every day, but even the most prolific amongst us needs a jumpstart now and then. We asked members of our staff to share their go-to tips for finding creativity when the well has run dry. Their answers are as versatile as the artists themselves. Each day this month, members of our staff will be sharing their favorite ways to stoke the creative fires. Join us for a month of painting, drawing, journaling, organizing, upcycling, beautifying, and so much more.
Daily Drawing Challenge: 31 Pattern Motifs with Courtney Cerruti
Courtney Cerruti
Go beyond drawing individual objects with our daily pattern motif drawing challenge. In this 31-part class, Courtney Cerruti shares easy ideas for approaching surface design, opening new avenues of imagination and creativity. To keep things simple, Courtney works exclusively on index cards using brush markers. From foods to animals to abstract geometric shapes, you’ll explore fun, loose variations on a different pattern motif every day for a month. When you’re all done, the index cards are the perfect size to mail to friends (or us!).
Daily Drawing Challenge: 31 Art Journal Prompts with Dawn DeVries Sokol
Dawn DeVries Sokol
Join professional doodler, Dawn DeVries Sokol, for a month of art journaling inspiration. Every day for 31 days, Dawn provides prompts to get you making art that is fun, intuitive and totally you. Learn how to create backgrounds, respond to prompts, and add embellishments, lettering and collage along the way. Stay loose and respond to whatever strikes you in the moment without the pressure of having to create a “finished” piece of art.
Daily Drawing Challenge: 31 Things to Draw with Lisa Congdon
Lisa Congdon
There’s nothing like giving yourself a big creative challenge, and boy do we have one for you: Every single day for a month, we challenge you to draw along with Lisa Congdon. Lisa has hand-picked 31 objects to draw, and demonstrates several ways to render each object using just your imagination. This creative exercise is designed to help you embrace wonkiness and imperfections, all while learning to see everything around you—be it bird or bikini—as artistic fodder.
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 !
25 Days of Gift Wrap
Courtney Cerruti
Master of package presentation, Courtney Cerruti, leads you through 25 days of gift wrap ideas and techniques. Beginning with more complex projects and ending with quick fixes to common wrapping dilemmas, you’ll use simple craft materials to wrap, adorn and decorate your holiday gifts. Whether you’re getting ready for the holiday season or preparing for a special gift-giving occasion, this class will give you ideas you'll use year round.
Holiday Craft-Along: 30 Days of Cards, Tags and Packaging Ideas
Courtney Cerruti
This holiday season, join us for a month of merry making (literally!). Every day for a whole month, Courtney Cerruti shows you how to make handmade cards, gift tags, and creatively wrap gifts. This challenge is both practical and fun, giving you a reason to gather up your paper crafting supplies and find holiday inspiration every day. 
Daily Painting Challenge: 30 Things to Paint with August Wren
Jennifer Orkin Lewis
In this 30-day painting challenge, Jennifer Orkin Lewis (known as @Augustwren on Instagram) draws inspiration from objects found in real life and imagination. Using gouache and watercolor, she demonstrates her approach to painting without fear and reminds us that it’s never too late to start painting. Jennifer started her daily painting practice three years ago, painting for just thirty minutes every day. In that time, she has cultivated the loose, colorful style that she’s known for, inspiring thousands of people along the way.
Daily Art Challenge: 30 Flowers in 30 Days
Pam Garrison
Become endlessly inspired with avid art journaler, painter, and artistic explorer, Pam Garrison. On this month-long journey into botanicals, Pam dances from one medium to another via daily prompts that will keep you on your toes. Working at different scales on a wide variety of surfaces, Pam explores the many technique one can use to express a flower. Along the way, Pam shares her passion for painting and drawing flowers, encouraging you to play with pens, markers, watercolor, acrylics and whatever you have on hand to create and capture magnificent blooms.

Be sure to share what you make in our class gallery and on Instagram #cbdrawaday