All levels | 1 hour 3 min
July Lookbook // 2020
July Lookbook // 2020CBTV
These long days of summer are anything but lazy when you're making along with our new batch of classes coming to you in July. Draw and paint objects from your everyday life with this month's daily practice, taught by Mou Saha. You can explore digital illustration with Lindsay Stripling, stitch a lush botanical embroidery with Lauren from Lark Rising, and paint a landscape from your own photography with artist Kristy Rice. The final class of the month brings you an exciting and innovative method of make prints at home with Courtney Cerruti. Find the entire class series here.
Daily Observations: Drawing Objects from LifeMou Saha
Use items from nature, treasured trinkets and even office supplies as inspiration as you sketch, draw, and paint during this Daily Practice. Designer and Faber-Castell creative Mou Saha walks you through observing a common object before sketching, painting, and finishing your illustration with hand-lettering. Mou's gentle guidance supports creative exploration and her thoughtful attention to detail builds both confidence and skill.
Landscape Watercolor Painting: Working from PhotosKristy Rice
Be inspired by images of the outdoors or pull from your own travel photography in this landscape painting class, taught by artist Kristy Rice. Learn how to visually break down a landscape into three separate planes and paint them using watercolor washes. Then, add detail and dimension with watercolor pens. Whether you’re an avid traveler or love to paint from reference, Kristy demonstrates how to infuse your brushstrokes with emotion in order to capture the feeling of a place.
Botanical Leaf EmbroideryLauren from Lark Rising Embroidery
Learn different ways to stitch leaves and combine them together into beautiful bouquets of embroidery in this contemporary botanical design class. Lauren of Lark Rising Embroidery demonstrates how to transfer designs onto fabric, then how to combine straight stitching with satin stitches and the herringbone leaf stitch to create textural designs. The included pattern prettily illustrates the elegance achievable with very simple satin stitches.
Gelli Plate PrintingCourtney Cerruti
Learn from craft master Courtney Cerruti as she demonstrates how to use the Gelli Plate to make layered and textural prints. The silicone plate is infinitely reusable and is adept at printing both flat shapes and dimensional items like botanicals, fibers, textiles and more. Learn how to print on both paper and fabric in a process that is fast and addictive. The unexpected beauty in every print ignites an insatiable curiosity that can only be cured by an afternoon of printing.
Sew the Seabright SwimsuitChelsea from Friday Pattern Company
Sewing swimwear need not be daunting under the gentle guidance of Chelsea Gurnoe of Friday Pattern Company. In this class, she walks you through stitching the Seabright Swimmer, a swimsuit that features a dramatically plunging neckline and optional long sleeves for style and sun protection. She demonstrates additional techniques including adding foam cups and attaching laced D-rings for more coverage, making this suit particularly customizable. You'll work with swimwear fabric and quarter-inch elastics using any sewing machine to make a modern one-piece that is as empowering to make as it is to wear.
Big Stitch Hand QuiltingTara Faughnan
Color fanatics and hand-stitching aficionados will find a lot to love in Tara Faughnan's “Big Stitch” quilting class. Tara shares her techniques for picking harmonious fabric colors to sew a high-contrast bar quilt, then shows how to quilt by hand with a dazzling array of threads. The final product is a richly layered piece that can be used for a mini-quilt or pillow top – or you can go big and apply this technique to a full-size quilt. The process is playful and inspiring, suitable for both first-time quilters and more advanced stitchers.
Crochet the Brady BasketWool And The Gang
Wool And The Gang’s knit and crochet designs are some of the chicest around and their Brady Basket is no exception. Follow expert knitter and staff designer Lucy Willoughby as she walks you through crocheting this dimensional piece. Worked in a the round using stretchy-but-sturdy recycled yarn, you’ll begin with a magic loop and cast on extra stitches for the handles. The resulting basket is a versatile accessory for your home, ready to fill with your yarn, an in-progress project, or whatever your heart desires.
Art Journaling with Cut Paper CollageMou Saha
Artist, author, and avid art journaler Mou Saha shares her love of art journaling through the technique of cut paper. Learn what inspires Mou’s collaged art journal pages, including how she uses color to create emotions, and how she simplifies images to create graphic layouts. Mou shares innovative ways of working with new and familiar materials in order to express yourself vibrantly, and explains how the mundane can become a memory worth saving.
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.
Linen CaftanLiesl Gibson
This caftan is an easy-breezy wardrobe staple, made from a single rectangle of fabric with a drawstring to add a lovely shape. Liesl shows you how to sew this as a top, or longer if you’d prefer a tunic or dress. Included in her instruction is how to use interfacing on the neck facing, and hand printing the caftan for a totally customizable, elegant garment.
Embroidered Leather CuffsElke Bergeron
Leather designer Elke Bergeron shows you how to dye, paint and embroider super trendy leather cuffs. These eye-catching bracelets are a great way to learn how to work with leather and get familiar with leather working tools. Elke provides ideas for customizing these simple cuffs with leather dyes and embroidered designs so you can whip up a batch of unique designs.
Altered Book Daily ChallengeCreativebug
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.
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.Learn how to:
What You'll Get:
Here’s what you’ll need:Essentials:
- Used books
- Glue stick - we prefer Scotch Create Stick
- Baby wipes
- Newsprint or old telephone book
- X-Acto knife or craft knife
- Acrylic paint
- Colored paper
- Paper ephemera
- Chartpack blender pen
- B&W toner based photocopies for image transfer (not inkjet)
- Tracing paper
- Gel medium
- Tape runner
- Stamps and ink pad
- Recommended Reading:
- Blackout Poems by Austin Kleon
- A Humument by Tom Phillips
- Frail Sister by Karen Green
- Griffin and Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence by Nick Bantock
- Manual of Marvels by Joseph Cornell
- Prepare a page with gesso
- Make a found word poem
- Add pages
- Add texture with stencils
- Collage using ephemera
- Make a packing tape transfer
- Alter a photo
- Use stamps to add a quote
- Make a Turkish map fold
- Inset an origami thread box
- Make a solvent image transfer
What You'll Get:
- A 28-day series of inspiring video lessons on how to make an altered book.
- 28 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
- Detailed supply list
- Step-by-step instructions by expert Creativebug instructors
- The ability to leave comments, ask questions and interact with other students
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Altered Book Daily Challenge Reviews
210 users recommended this class to a friend
So very helpful! I moved out of my box and tried water color pens for the first time!
2 days ago
Loved this Class! Just the inspiration I needed! Can't wait to try all these techniques :)
Love the encouraging to be loose and choose to leave something out of my painting.
More than 3 months ago