Total Time: 9 hours 22 mins
Summertime is all about feeding your soul - both literally and figuratively. This month, challenge yourself to paint every day alongside a few hundred creative peers. Spend time in the yard dyeing with indigo, making bubble wands, and picking tomatoes for canning. Crochet an adorable squid, learn how to paint on cookies, sew your own shoelaces just because. This is your summer - don't let it pass you by.
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Check out our all-new July releases alongside seasonal favorites: Daily Painting Challenge: 31 Flowers to Paint with Yao Cheng - Starts July 1 * Pineapple Quilt Block - Coming July 5 * Painting Cookies and Cakes - Coming July 11 * Crocheted Squid - Coming July 19 * Sew a Wristlet Clutch - Coming July 26 * Reversible Sun Hat * Traveler’s Journal * Art Journaling * DIY Fabric Shoelaces * Crocheted Summer Bag * Indigo Dyeing * How to Can Tomatoes * Fairy Bubble Wands
Daily Painting Challenge: 31 Flowers to Paint with Yao ChengYao 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 !
Pineapple Quilt BlockHeather Jones
Learn how to make a classic pineapple quilt block from modern quilter, Heather Jones. Worked up in contrasting colors, this graphically striking design takes a historic quilt block from subtle to stunning. Heather works her quilting magic in this class, showing you how to make precise cuts using quilting rulers and finish the block with precision. If you would like to learn how to create an improvised pineapple block (as shown in the quilt at the end of the class), be sure to take Heather’s Improvisational Patchwork class on Creativebug.
Painting on Cookies and CakesWilton Instructors
Cake decorating meets surface design in this comprehensive course for culinary artists. Using icing gel colors, buttercream, decorator brushes and palette knives, long-time Wilton instructor, Robin Mueller, shows how to turn a variety of cake-and-cookie canvases into edible works of art. Best of all, the techniques shown in this series are approachable for all levels, and the cookies can be made in advance for easy entertaining.
Crocheted SquidMegan Kreiner
Crochet yourself a cuddly squid pal, perfect for dry land or ocean adventures (the bathtub works, too). Cute critter designer, Megan Kreiner, walks you through every step of the crochet process, from tentacle to eyeball. This class is perfect for intermediate stitchers or beginners who would like to up their crochet game. For best results, watch the video instructions alongside the downloadable PDF.
Sew a Wristlet ClutchAshley Nickels
This easy clutch is a girl's best friend. Ashley Nickels shows you how to sew this simple clutch from scratch, complete with interior credit card slots and a detachable wristlet strap. Though the bag is little, it’s packed with skill-building opportunities, like making bias tape and inserting a zipper. Whether you use it as an every day wallet or take it along for a night out, this bag is sure to come in handy.
Sew a Reversible Sun HatAshley Nickels
Learn how to make a reversible, floppy sun hat—the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe. Ashley Nickels will show you how to measure your head to determine your hat size and how to increase or decrease the length of the brim to make it totally customizable. Best of all, this sun hat can be made with your two favorite fabrics since it’s fully reversible. This class is great for new sewers and for anyone who needs a stylish hat to wear under the warm, summer sun.
DIY Traveler's JournalFaith Hale
Create a gorgeous leather-bound traveler’s journal to take on all of your adventures. Perfect for drawing, sketching or writing, this easily customizable notebook is simple to construct and sturdy enough to take on travels. Bookbinder, Faith Hale, demonstrates how to create pamphlet-stitch booklets to insert in your notebook, and how to work with thick leather to create a durable cover. You’ll also learn how to add an elastic closure and give the leather cover a professional finish without the investment of leatherworking tools. Best of all, when you fill up your journal pages, you can easily add new booklets to your leather cover and keep on journaling.
DIY Fabric ShoelacesLiesl Gibson
Add a creative zip to your step when you make your own shoelaces. Liesl shows you how to make a quick frayed version, as well as a more finished, sewn version. Both pack extra pizazz with pops of bright artist’s tape and nail polish. You’ll have a creative and fun use for extra fabric in your stash.
Crocheted Summer BagEdie Eckman
This quintessential summer bag is made using several crochet stitch patterns that come together to form a textural sampler. Whether you choose a cheerful summery color or a nautical neutral, this bag will become your go-to everyday tote. And best of all, the size of the bag can be made smaller or larger simply by choosing a lighter weight or bulkier weight yarn -- no pattern adjustments required.
Natural Dyeing with IndigoA Verb for Keeping Warm
Indigo blue is like no other blue. With natural dyeing expert, Kristine Vejar, learn how to create an indigo vat in your kitchen or backyard. Using a plain cotton bandana, Kristine shows you how to create several resist designs using clothespins and simple folding techniques. You'll learn how to create an Indigo “Mother” and vat in order to create limitless beautiful and unique indigo-dyed textiles.
Canning Basics: How to Can TomatoesKaren Solomon
Learn how to preserve the taste of late-summer garden tomatoes with canning pro, Karen Solomon. Karen will teach you the basics of selecting and peeling perfectly ripe tomatoes, then show you how to safely can and process them so you can enjoy the taste of summer sunshine all year long. These whole canned tomatoes are perfect for soups, sauces, and everyday cooking throughout the year.
Bubble Mania: Fairy WandsRad Megan
Every kid loves bubbles, and most adults do too. Learn how to make several easy bubble wands and Rad Megan's secret family recipe for bubble juice. What are you waiting for? Get crafty with bubbles and enjoy a fun day outside!
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