Paint Expressive Portraits in Acrylic
Intermediate | 1 hour 35 min
Paint Expressive Portraits in Acrylic
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02:52
11:47
Greyscale Portrait
08:05
18:02
06:06
Color Portrait
20:04
15:39
11:30
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Watercolor Painting in Procreate: A Digital Daily Practice
Sanae Ishida
The allure of traditional watercolor painting is undeniable but sometimes you need a creative change or simply cannot wait for paint to dry. This is where the digital watercolor painting process becomes invaluable. Sanae Ishida, an artist of many talents, has seamlessly integrated Procreate into her repertoire and developed a deep fondness for its capabilities. With her expert guidance, delve into the world of digital watercolor art, moving/resizing/erasing, employing clipping masks for precise painting within boundaries, and harnessing the power of layers to bypass the drying time. Additionally, she has designed a collection of distinctive brushes and templates for this Daily Practice, meticulously crafted to authentically replicate the watercolor aesthetic. 
Creativity Through Marbling: A Daily Practice
Mercedez Rex
A pattern a day keeps boredom away! Join Austin, Texas based marbling artist Mercedez Rex and immerse yourself in the captivating world of marbling, mastering techniques that adorn paper with mesmerizing patterns. Throughout your month-long journey, delve into four distinct pattern categories: Stone, Gel-Git, Nonpareil, and Chevron. Embrace the interplay of colors, gradually advancing to more intricate designs. Grow your creativity through marbling and experience the enchanting art of swirling colors, unveiling breathtaking designs that will ignite your imagination.
Need an introduction to marbling? Check out Mercedez' first class, Creativity Through Marbling: An Introduction

To share your work on social media use the hashtag #MZRXdailyPractice.
Make a Paper Cherry Blossom Branch
Mia Semingson of Two Hands Paperie
Cherry blossom season is fast and fleeting; the peak bloom period, when the blossoms are open, lasts only a few days. Capture that springtime wonder by making ever-blooming paper cherry blossoms with Mia Semingson. Mia is an artist, book binder, and owner of Two Hands Paperie in Boulder Colorado. In this class she teaches you how to use basic origami folds, simple cutting techniques, and a fun dip dye process to transform paper into beautiful flowers. How each one turns out is a mystery until you unfold them, and the surprise is part of the magic. You can use your cherry blossoms to adorn the tops of gifts and Mia also shows you how to attach them to a branch for a beautiful decor piece.
Sew a Puff Quilt
Faith Hale
Whether you call it a puff quilt or a biscuit quilt, this particular patchwork method provides maximum coziness and charm. Artist and quilter Faith Hale has explored the myriad methods of piecing, stuffing, quilting and binding this vintage-inspired quilt, and she walks you through her favorite methods, along with a few variations. First learn how to sew the puffs and assemble them together into a top, then decide whether you want to use bar tacks, machine-sewn lines, or hand ties to quilt it all together. In this class Faith demonstrates how to make a 14" square that can easily be enlarged to make lap or even bed-sized quilts right out of a story book. 
Professional Illustration 101
Mariko Jesse
Being a professional illustrator is a collaborative process: you must consider the needs of your client, know how to communicate your thoughts and ideas, and be prepared for many changes, all while maintaining your own artistic style. Mariko Jesse has been an illustrator and printmaker for over 25 years. In this class, she takes you through a sample project with an imaginary client from sketch to final product so that you can see the process step by step. She shows you what a client brief can look like as well as the ideation process, receiving client feedback, and completing the art. Whether you work with analog mediums or digital, the communication and business aspects remain the same. There’s isn’t one correct way to be an illustrator, but once you understand the basics, you can work out for yourself how to develop your practice.
Embroidered Botanical Pattern Weights
Rebecca Ringquist
Pattern weights are handy little tools that keep pattern pieces in place to make sure you're cutting your fabric as accurately as possible. Artist Rebecca Ringquist created her own Dropcloth sampler after sewing more and wanting a lovely version of this essential tool. This embroidery sampler includes four botanical patterned panels to be embroidered by hand and then when they've been completed, Rebecca demonstrates how to sew them and fill them up. Faster to adjust than pins, weights won't bunch the fabric or leave pin holes in your textiles and are just so pretty to boot.
Make a Pop-Up Flower Greeting Card
Bel Mills of Scrap Paper Circus
Watch paper flowers bloom right before your very eyes! In this class, Bel Mills, the book artist behind Scrap Paper Circus, will show you how to create a blooming three-dimensional flower sculpture tucked inside a colorfully collaged handmade card. Stylistically combining vintage and modern and utilizing upcycled materials, this composed art card is a timeless gift of flowers you can send through the mail. Bel will also show you how to hand make an accompanying envelope. You can't go wrong—everyone loves a pop-up!
Make Upcycled T-Shirt Yarn
Faith Hale
Chunky, cotton, upcycled yarn is simple to make when you have access to just two things: an old T-shirt and a pair of scissors. This yarn can be used for macrame, crafting string bags à la Cobrina's knotted pantry bag class, making rag rugs - Cal Patch teaches you how to do that here - as well as a multitude of other craft projects. If you're looking to speed up the process even further, using a rotary cutter, a cutting mat and a ruler will give you yards of yarn in just minutes. The leftover fabric can be used in small sewing projects or cut into squares to make handy shop rags - all eco-friendly options.
Knit Headbands: Three Ways
Faith Hale
When it comes to knit projects, headbands are relatively quick to knit and are, as Faith's mom calls her when she's being helpful, "useful as well as decorative." In this in-depth class, Creativebug staff artist Faith Hale knits three headbands, one in a rib stitch finished with a twist, one featuring honeycomb cables, and a delicate lace pattern that ties in the back. Along the way you'll learn special techniques like seaming, working an i-cord, a provisional cast-on, and reading a lace chart. Whether to rescue a bad hair day or provide a touch of extra warmth, knitting these headbands are a quick way to learn new skills and the results are sweet and stylish.
Hand Sew A Shirt
Cal Patch
Learn to stitch a shirt, sew seams, finish necklines and hem edges with just your hands, a needle, and thread. Hand-sewing clothing might seem like a wild idea, but you might actually save time since you can take your project on-the-go without being tethered to your sewing machine. Clothing designer and author Cal Patch teaches you four basic stitches, four kinds of seaming techniques, and four ways to finish edges including applying bias tape. You'll sew one sampler shirt that includes every technique or pick and choose your favorites. This class is perfect for people who may feel intimidated by the sewing machine but are curious about stitching their own garments. Take your slow-fashion wardrobe to the next level.
Crochet a Wild Animal Rug
Twinkie Chan
Take your crochet skills on a wild adventure and decorate your home with a menagerie of cozy, crocheted animal rugs. Crochet designer and author Twinkie Chan teaches how to make three different animals, all worked in rows and mainly in half double crochet. You'll use big yarn and a large hook, so these big projects go a bit faster than you might think. Start with the bear, which is the most basic pattern, and see how increasing and decreasing your stitch count can create shapes. The tiger rug is a very similar pattern with the fun addition of color changes, lots of eye-catching applique, and discovering how to create a curved tail. For the crocodile rug, you'll incorporate lumpy bumpy popcorn stitches which create extra fun texture - plus lots of pointy claws and pointy teeth. With modular construction, it's easy to experiment with your own patterns, shapes, and colors to create tons of different animals from real life or your imagination.
Make Watercolor Marbled Hair Clips with Polymer Clay
Faheema Chaudhury
Polymer clay is a surprisingly flexible material that you can mix up and manipulate to beautiful effect. Faheema Chaudhury of Unicorn Crafts expertly guides you through creating a gorgeous set of watercolor marbled hair clips. Faheema loves color, and you'll be using a lot of them to give your plain white polymer clay an ethereal watercolor design. You'll learn some clay basics like how to properly condition it, shape it, and bake it. You'll also have so much fun discovering the techniques for making a marbled watercolor slab. Plus, Faheema will even show you her secret tip for giving your hair clips a perfectly smooth finish.
Crochet a Child's Crown and Star Wand ​
Twinkie Chan
Welcome to the land of make believe. Twinkie Chan - crochet designer and lover of whimsical and wearable projects - will teach you how to crochet a soft, cozy crown and a star to top a magic wand. The crown pattern is easily adjustable and you will learn many different crochet techniques along the way. Play with texture to mimic metal by alternating a short single crochet stitch with a tall treble crochet stitch, discover the handy foundation single crochet, resulting in an extra stretchy and comfy fit, and find out Twinkie's secret for keeping your seams straight when working in joined rounds. The magic wand is a quick project made with granny stitch stars, with plenty of room for your favorite enchanting embellishments. These pieces make an adorable play set for dress up, and the crown is actually a great ear-warmer for any chilly day. Hold on to your flying horses and get ready to crochet your own fairy tale.
Garden Journaling
Lorene Edwards Forkner
Garden historian Mac Griswold poetically states that “Gardening is the slowest of the performing arts,” but this art moves swiftly once the growing season is underway. In this class, led by lifelong gardener and artist Lorene Edwards Forkner, learn how to make the most of every season by developing a personal garden journal that provides space for exploring garden dreams, stashing pertinent plant tags and seed packets, and diagraming planting ideas. Included is a practical garden log sheet: a place to record seasonal weather and keep track of bloom time and harvests, along with garden wins, losses, and discoveries. A well-used garden journal is a valuable reference when plotting for the future but you need not limit yourself to the realities of your growing region or resources; simply choose any plant that appeals to you and have some fun!
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Garden historian Mac Griswold poetically states that “Gardening is the slowest of the performing arts,” but this art moves swiftly once the growing season is underway. In this class, led by lifelong gardener and artist Lorene Edwards Forkner, learn how to make the most of every season by developing a personal garden journal that provides space for exploring garden dreams, stashing pertinent plant tags and seed packets, and diagraming planting ideas. Included is a practical garden log sheet: a place to record seasonal weather and keep track of bloom time and harvests, along with garden wins, losses, and discoveries. A well-used garden journal is a valuable reference when plotting for the future but you need not limit yourself to the realities of your growing region or resources; simply choose any plant that appeals to you and have some fun!
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Selection of gardening magazines and catalogs, photos, or printed out color images
  • Blank sketchbook, binder, file folder, or clipboard
  • Drawing paper
  • Tissue or tracing paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Waterproof pen, such as a Micron or Sharpie 
  • Colored pencils and pens
  • Masking or washi tape
  • Envelope for seed packets
  • PDF download of garden log
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Learn how to:
  • Collage a garden mood board using found images
  • Diagram your real or dream garden using a simple bubble drawing
  • Use tissue paper overlays to show seasonal shifts in garden color
  • Track weather and blooms and keep track of plantings with a garden log sheet
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Garden Journaling Reviews
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Cynthia Edwards
Easy to understand the process. I will definitely try my hand at this art piece. The photos are beautiful.
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Chelsea Murray
Wonderful! Beautiful class I learned a lot!
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Stella Michaels
Sharon leads in a clear format for her process. I’ve learned much about how glaze can be utilized.
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