January Lookbook // 2022
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New year, new crafts! Whether your resolution is to hone your skills or learn some new ones, you'll find something exciting in our new classes releasing in January. Watch this quick preview of the newest classes in 2022 and view the entire series here.
January Lookbook // 2022
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Jewelry Design with Scotchbonnet!: Creative Product Photography
Tracey-Renee Hubbard
Handcrafted jewelry deserves to be beautifully presented, which is why Tracey-Renee Hubbard, designer behind the jewelry brand Scotchbonnet!, created this class. Whether you’re documenting your work to share with friends or marketing your products for sale, Tracey-Renee shows you how to choose props and consider placement, proportion, and composition to best highlight your pieces. Using her tested methods, you'll learn how to create gorgeous images - right on your cell phone - that you can use for social media, email newsletters, or your online store.
Sew the Ara Quilted Overcoat
Natalie Ebaugh
Cozy up to this fresh take on the quilted coat. The Ara Quilted Overcoat is short-sleeved with double patch pockets and plenty of ease to fit over your favorite chunky sweaters in the winter or just a t-shirt in the spring. Fiber artist, quilter, and sewist Natalie Ebaugh starts this project with you from the beginning, from showing you how to select fabric and batting, to assembling quilt sandwiches and quilting your pattern pieces, to constructing a coat with a bias binding. There are minimal pattern pieces with Natalie's modern design, so you can spend even more time playing with different prints and quilting techniques - and making a whole collection of coats for all year round.
Presser Feet 101
Natalie Ebaugh
Most sewing machines come with a collection of different presser feet, which can be intimidating and confusing for beginner sewists. Fiber artist and quilter Natalie Ebaugh demystifies these little metal bits and shows you what different feet can do and when you want to use them. Once you learn some presser foot basics, you'll realize how fabulous they are and how they can make your sewing projects go more quickly and easily.
Color Play: A Daily Practice in Watercolor and Colored Pencil
Joy Ting
Learning through play is artist and educator Joy Ting's favorite way to discover new techniques. Join Joy in this fun-filled class as she demonstrates how to be loose and expressive while exploring the fun of oil pastels and colored pencils. In this daily practice, you’ll be inspired by the natural world around you in order to make drawings in a variety of sizes and colors. Beginning with a simple sketch and fall down a rabbit-hole of creative play, discovering a style that is all your own. 
Coming May 25
Three Ways to Stitch a Pamphlet Book
Sarah Matthews
The pamphlet is a deceptively simple bookbinding structure that’s easy to transform into something fabulous. Printmaker and book artist Sarah Matthews demonstrates three ways to bind a basic pamphlet book: a seven-hole pamphlet stitch, the link stitch, and her favorite - the dot dash stitch. Use these appropachable techniques to make books, journals, zines, and more, and play with specialized tools like the bone folder, a Japanese screw punch, and waxed linen thread.
Sew the Triangle Bag
Sanae Ishida
Sew an origami-inspired triangle bag with author, illustrator, and maker Sanae Ishida. This simple and stylish design has been around for generations in Japan, and you can sew it in under an hour, no pattern necessary. Sanae will teach you how you to calculate the size of your fabric pieces to customize the size of your bag, how to fold the fabric to create its signature triangle shape, and how to sew it all together with basic sewing machine skills. You'll also learn how to add a leather or fabric handle. Whether used as a farmers market tote, a lunch box holder, or a casual tote, this bag is especially versitile and giftable. 
Finishing Embroidery Projects: Three Ways
Rebecca Ringquist
If you’ve been embroidering for any length of time, you’ve probably asked yourself what to do with all those finished projects. Rebecca Ringquist, a Portland, Oregon based artist, designer, educator, and author, gets asked this all the time, and she is excited to share all her ideas. From samplers to small design motifs, she demonstrates three ways of finishing your projects to elevate them from a simple piece of fabric to a beautiful object worthy of being displayed. Whether hanging on your wall, turned into ornaments, or crafted into sculptural artworks, Rebecca has a wealth of advice on how to achieve finished looks for all your embroidery projects.
Make Resin Paperweights
Twinkie Chan
Craft a moment suspended in time using the distinctive properties of resin. While the medium has a reputation for being messy and complicated, Creativebug instructor Twinkie Chan demonstrates how attention to detail can lead to a mesmerizing outcome. Using a basic paperweight as a simple introductory project, you’ll learn how to select and mix resin, then assemble your project. You'll see how some inclusions need to be treated differently and the advantages of working in layers. You can use your finished paperweights as pattern weights for sewing, for sending inspirational messages to friends, or for capturing life's special moments in a unique way.
Creative Correspondence
Courtney Cerruti
Artist and educator Courtney Cerruti has an enthusiasm for the postal system that is both abundant and contagious, and she demonstrates that you don’t need elaborate materials or even perfect handwriting to spread joy through the mail. In this class, be inspired to make unique postcards, address envelopes decoratively, and try out wax seals. She shares her favorite materials, postal requirement guides, and an addressing template that creates tidy envelopes every time. Most importantly, you’ll discover that postal bliss is just a stamp away.
30 Structures in 30 Days: A Daily Practice in Bookmaking
Faith Hale
Blank books are deceptively simple vessels of creativity. In this month, bookmaker Faith Hale demonstrates a new structure, variation, or technique every day. From traditional bidings like a three-hole pamphlet to innovative structures like the blizzard book, you’ll glue, fold, and stitch your way to a library of possibilities. Whether your style is precise or playful, in this class learn fundamentals of bookbinding and find a structure that ignites your imagination.
April Lookbook // 2022
In the month of April, watch your creativity grow. Check out this video for a sneak peek at the new classes releasing this month and learn more about each of the classes here.
Creativebug Slow TV: Peaceful Paint Pouring
Creativebug now offers a different type of content you can stream: artful meditation videos. Life moves too fast as it is; slow down and watch skilled artists as they deftly manipulate beautiful hues. Paint pouring is as soothing a craft as you can get. Watch this video and get all the satisfaction without any of the cleanup.
Design! Carve! Print! Make a Custom Stamp from iPad to Paper
Sarah Matthews
If you've ever hesitated to try making a custom stamp due to any insecurities about your drawing skills, this is the class for you. Printmaker and book artist Sarah Matthews shows you her method of easily turning any photo into a sketch with Procreate on the iPad. You'll then learn how to transfer that sketch to a carving block, carve out your stamp, and print. To create stamped art with sections of different colors, Sarah will also teach you how to print in layers. With all the skills that Sarah shares here, the only limit to your custom stamp art is your imagination.
Jewelry Design with Scotchbonnet!: Working with Wooden Accents
Tracey-Renee Hubbard
Unfinished wood is a fabulous material to create your own jewelry since it's so easy to personalize. Tracey-Renee Hubbard is a jewelry designer and founder of Scotchbonnet!, an accessories brand known for bright colors and vibrant patterns. Jewelry with wooden accents makes up a large part of her line, and in this class she shows you how to make a pair of earrings and a necklace with wooden charms. Learn how to drill your own holes into wood, paint it to match your personal aesthetic, and attach hardware to bring your accessories together. You'll have just as much fun making your jewelry as you will styling and wearing it. To see the making of the moodboard that Tracey-Renee uses to guide the aesthetic of her jewelry designs, check out her class on Working With a Bead Loom.
Procreate 101: A Daily Practice for Beginners
Risa Iwasaki Culbertson
San Francisco based, multi-media artist extraordinaire Risa Iwasaki Culbertson is here to undo all your fears about taking your art digital. This class introduces digital-curious artists to Procreate by building skills with individual images and then bringing them together to create a full scene. Utilizing an underwater theme full of sea creatures to get you more comfortable with the program, you will explore useful tools as the lessons build on each other, resulting in familiarity with layers, masks, brushes, blurs, blooms, and so much more. Risa then shows you the way to bring your digital work to life, both in Procreate and in the real world.
March Lookbook // 2022
What's stopping you from trying something new this month? Watch this video for a sneak peek at the new classes releasing in March and learn more about each of the classes here.
Paint Expressive Portraits in Acrylic
Sharon Virtue
A well-executed portrait is more than just a literal likeness - it shows the inner essence of the subject. While this can often feel inaccessible to an untrained painter, artist Sharon Virtue's mission is to encourage and provide access to everyone in the creation of art. In this class, learn ways to transfer images and utilize stencils to simplify drawing and save time, employ subtile observation to lay down highlights and shadows, all to create a vibrant, thoughtful portrait.
Learn Knit Stitches for Crochet
Tian Connaughton
When we talk about knitting and crocheting, we often focus on how different they are. In this fun and intriguing class, however, you'll discover interesting and useful similarities between the two techniques. Tian Connaughton is a highly experienced knit and crochet designer and technical editor. In this class, she demonstrates how to easily translate five popular knitting stitches - stockinette, seed stitch, ribbing, two-color mosaic, and a cable stitch - into crochet. With just chains, single crochet stitches, and half double crochet stitches, you’ll make practice swatches in order to incorporate them into your own crocheted designs.
Make a Doodle Quilt
Annabel Wrigley
Break free from traditional quilting and enter the world of improvisational art quilts. Annabel Wrigley is a textile designer, author, and modern quilter, and she shares her tips and techniques for sewing one of her colorful and iconic doodle quilts. There is no pattern or template needed - you will be doodling your very own unique quilt design. Annabel teaches you how to draw and create a template, choose fabric colors, and appliqué with monofilament thread. You'll then straight-line quilt and finish your wall-hanging with a facing. Gather up all your fabric scraps in your favorite hues, because you are about to make something really special.