Total Time: 11 hours 9 mins 21 secs
May is so much more than spring flowers. This month, we're embracing mottled watercolor vibes and big bold prints. We're paying special attention to the human form via draping classes for sewists and figure-drawing classes for artists. No matter your muse, kick your spring inspiration into high gear with this mix of brand new classes and Creativebug classics.
May Lookbook // 2017
Get a sneak peek of our all-new releases alongside a few of our all-time favorite classes:  Fashion Draping with Mood Fabrics – Coming May 3 *  Digitizing Watercolor: Creating Art Prints in Photoshop – Coming May 10 * Watercolor Quilting – Coming May 17 *  Sculptural Chocolate – Coming May 24 * How to Draw Manga Figures – Coming May 31 * Intuitive Painting * Log Cabin Baby Sweater * Gaga for Granny Squares * Three-Part Harmony Quilt * Gumdrop Pillow 
Fashion Draping with Mood Fabrics
Benjamin Mach
Understanding how to drape and manipulate fabric is a key ingredient in learning how to draft your own garment patterns. In this thorough class, you’ll learn foundational draping techniques from Project Runway All Star and Mood Fabrics’ Creative Director of Education, Benjamin Mach. Not only will you learn the fundamentals of preparing a dress form, measuring and marking the body, and draping the fabric on the dress form, but you’ll then learn how to transfer the pattern to paper to make your very own original skirts, tops and dresses.

Want to take draping classes from Benjamin in person? Go to Mood U to sign up for in-store classes at Mood Fabrics!
Digitizing Watercolor: Creating Art Prints in Photoshop
Cecelia Murphy
Learn how to take that painting out of your sketchbook and turn it into a reproducible art print! Designer and artist, Cecelia Murphy, shows you her technique for scanning artwork, touching it up in Photoshop, and transforming it into a giclee print. This fine art printing format allows you to create high-quality multiples of your artwork, perfect for selling on Etsy or at craft fairs. Perfect for Photoshop first-timers, Cecelia shows you how to use your painting as a jumping off point to enhance color, achieve brighter whites and even add digital paint brush strokes to improve and stylize your painting. This digitizing technique is ideal for watercolor artists, but also works well with artwork made in other mediums. 
Sculptural Chocolate
Mark Tilling
Transform chocolate into stunning three-dimensional shapes with master chocolatier, Mark Tilling. You’ll learn how to work with chocolate on a cold marble surface and transform it into cigarillos, fans, and other fun geometric shapes, perfect for decorating cakes and topping elegant desserts. Mark begins by showing how to beautifully swirl colors to make two-toned chocolate and shares tips and tricks for working on the marble surface. Whether you scrape it into curls, cut it into stacks or fold it into fans, you’ll have a wealth of new chocolate-making techniques to play with.
New to chocolate making? Make sure to begin with Mark’s foundation class: Mastering Chocolate at Home.
Watercolor Quilting
Ashley Nickels
Watercolor quilting is a fun and colorful way to introduce yourself to free-motion quilting. By painting your own design on the fabric, you create a “coloring book” in which to practice and play. Inspired by the loose style of watercolor painting, Ashley Nickels shares her original technique for painting on fabric with fabric dye, and then outlining the brush strokes with contrasting stitches. This meditative technique allows you the freedom to follow the pre-painted design, or create new patterns and shapes as you go.
Manga Drawing: How to Draw Figures
Camilla d'Errico
Want to learn how to draw manga characters that look like they’re straight out of a graphic novel? Anime artist and pop surrealist, Camilla d’Errico, shows you how. In this thorough class, she shares pro tips for figure drawing a boy character and a girl character from several different angles: a standard straight-on and back-view pose, a three-quarter turn, and a profile view. Learning how to draw figures from several perspectives will allow you to fully round out the look and feel of your character and place them in a variety of imaginative scenarios.

Psst...Don't forget to take Camilla's other class on Drawing Manga Faces. 
Gaga for Granny Squares
Cal Patch
Granny squares are a must for any crochet repertoire. Whether you choose to make your grannies multi-colored for a vintage look or a solid for a more modern take, Cal shows you how to crochet these classics. She also teaches different ways to join the squares for different projects so you’ll be a granny square evangelist in no time.

Gumdrop Pillow
Amy Butler
Learn to make stacks of these pillows in all different combinations of fabric. Their oversized scale lends a cozy drama to any part of your home. Amy shows you how to build the pillow in sections, insert an invisible zipper and finish the pillow. Bring one of Amy’s signature styles into your sewing repertoire and your home.
Log Cabin Baby Sweater
Cirilia Rose
This sweet baby sweater begins with a garter stitch square, to which you add rows of garter strips until you arrive at the perfect size for your little one. The flexibility of the pattern means that it’s easy to create the log cabin square and customize the pattern without counting. It also features an open neckline for squirmy babies and toddlers, and minimal finishing – making it a perfect first sweater project.
Intuitive Painting
Flora Bowley
Immerse yourself in the world of abstract artist and intuitive painter Flora Bowley.  In this epic three-part course, you'll not only learn how to observe the world around you and tap into your creative intuition, but also how to take a brave, curious and open-minded approach to painting with acrylics.
Three-Part Harmony Quilt
Anna Maria Horner
In Anna Maria Horner's Three-Part Harmony Quilt, you'll learn how to create balance and movement in your design simply by focusing on color tones. Using small squares of fabric and half-square triangles, this quilt practically glows, encouraging your eye to move from block to block and shade to shade. While the construction of this quilt is simple, the design is made dynamic through the arrangement and placement of light, medium and dark fabrics. Use this technique to make an impactful quilt in any size.