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Always a month of transition, this March finds us layering gloriously colored stamps with Sarah Matthews, infusing landscapes with light with Christoper Clark, and making soaps with Arina of Bella Creme. Sewists will be interested in hacking a turtleneck pattern with Brittany J. Jones, and two under-the-sea STEAM crafts with Jamie Hudson are perfect for families and mini-makers. Watch this quick promo to see a sneak peek of our all-new releases and click here to watch all of the classes shown in the promo.
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Plant Talk with The Tender Gardener: The Basics of Houseplant CareThe Tender Gardener
Are you unsure of what plants will thrive in your space? Do you know what kind of light you have? Do you know what plants will fit your lifestyle? The Tender Gardener is here to answer those questions and more with Plant Talk. Having plants in your space brings so many benefits: not only do they beautify a room, but they can lower anxiety and fatigue and improve mood and focus. The first of this series of Plant Talks with Lana Williams, aka The Tender Gardener, covers the basics of care for common houseplants so that you can experience the joys of happy plants and new growth.
Sew a Reversible Apron DressLesley Ware
Lesley Ware is a fashion-as-self-care advocate and a three-time author on sewing and fashion. This apron dress comes from her first collection that explores her family fashion history. Her father is from Kentucky and after traveling to visit the farmland where he was born, she was inspired to create a series of modern farm girl wear. This dress is super cute and easy to make, using just one piece of fabric cut out twice and sized for teens and tweens. Lesley shows you how to sew the reversible dress from start to finish, including adding darts for shaping and pockets for your treasures.
Thread Painting: Embroider Spring BloomsAnna Hultin of OlanderCO Embroidery
Colorado artist Anna Hultin of OlanderCO is known for her gorgeously stitched landscapes and botanicals inspired by the land. In this class, Anna teaches how to embroider two of her favorite spring blooms: the Oriental Poppy and the Sweat Pea. After learning two simple stitches - the back stitch and satin stitch - you'll see why Anna calls her embroidery style "thread painting," approaching her stitches like paint strokes on a canvas and realistically blending colors. Anna guides you through her entire process, from transferring a pattern to fabric to attaching labels for a perfect finish. If you admire the minimalist beauty of botanical illustrations, you will fall in love with translating this style into thread.
Learn to Paint with Gouache: A Daily Practice in 31 Questions and AnswersCleo Papanikolas
Gouache can be an elusive medium. How do you pronounce it? How do you use it? Painter, educator, author and illustrator Cleo Papanikolas of Cleomade will teach you everything you need to know about gouache, how to paint with it, and how to find your own painting style. Her latest book, The Opposite is Also True, explores how trying to find the “best way” or the “right way” to do something in art can result in discovering that the opposite way is also good. Art rules are very slippery and contradictory, so it’s all about figuring out what is best for you right now. On each day of this daily practice, we'll ask one question about gouache - like "What is the difference between acryla gouache and regular gouache?" or "Do I paint light-to-dark or dark-to-light?" - and then paint out experiments to find the answers. Cleo helps build your confidence in your skills and develop the independence to be able to ask new questions and figure out the solutions on your own.
Make a Leather Cell Phone BagTreasure of Nikki&Mallory
Treasure is the owner of Nikki&Mallory which specializes in artisan-made leather handbags, accessories, and home décor - plus, she has impeccable style. In her day-to-day life as a designer, she often prefers to skip a bulky purse and carry a slim cell phone bag instead. In this class, she shows you how to make your own bohemian-inspired leather cell phone bag. It can accommodate phones of all sizes, and it has a convenient shoulder strap and front pocket. From sourcing leather, cutting it, to stitching it all together on a home sewing machine, Treasure breaks down each step, making this the perfect project for the beginner leatherworker.
STEAM: Make a Disco LED AnglerfishJamie Hudson
Learn how to recreate natural bioluminescence from the depths of the ocean with an LED light and make a fun anglerfish at the same time. Jamie Hudson, a PhD scientist and crafter, gives an introduction to electronics and semiconductors while lighting up the lure on an anglerfish that you'll cut out of basswood on the Cricut Maker. Make a bunch, paint them different colors, and have a disco anglerfish party, finding out about bioluminescence and symbiosis while you're at it.
STEAM: Make a Chomping SharkJamie Hudson
Turn a regular clothespin into an amazing chomping shark with scientist and crafter Jamie Hudson. This is a fun project for the whole family to construct using the Cricut Maker to cut out your shark shapes. Then, assemble and paint your shark in your favorite colors. With this quick craft, you'll not only have a new googley-eyed friend to chomp on your finger or hang your laundry, but you'll also learn some scientific principles - like bite force - in a creative and engaging way.
Sewing Hacks for the Georgia TurtleneckBrittany J Jones
Sewing instructor, co-owner of Melanated Fabrics, and Husquavarna Viking brand ambassador Brittany J Jones loves a good turtleneck. If you've been skeptical about turtlenecks, this class will definitely change your mind; you can do more with one than you might think. She'll show you two stylish ways to hack the Georgia Turtleneck pattern, designed by Mimi G Style. The first is an added zipper, which you can install in the center front, the side seams, or even the sleeves. The second is lengthening the turtleneck into a chic dress, for which you'll learn some pattern drafting basics and sew a garment from start to finish. You'll be able to apply your new skills to future sewing projects that use knit fabrics, and if you're feeling adventurous, combine both hacks into one garment.
Make Soap Three WaysArina from BellaCreme
Brighten your day by and bring a glow to your skin when you use soaps made from natural ingredients. Arina Soler of BellaCreme teaches three different processes for making soaps that cleanse and nourish skin without the drying and irritation that can occur from repeated hand-washing. You’ll use specialty ingredients like lye, glycerine, and soap molds, plus botanicals and essential oils in order to make a scent profile that’s customized to you.
Paint a Landscape in OilsChristopher Clark
Discover the talented oil painter within yourself as you learn to paint a bucolic landscape with professional artist Christopher Clark. In this class he demonstrates his entire painting process, from selecting his favorite materials to the thought behind each brush stroke. Inspired by the Impressionist movement and 19th century artists who are known for capturing the beauty of light, Christopher teaches how to bring this luminous quality to your painting. You'll begin with a charcoal study to determine shape and value, then make an underpainting. Add a few layers detailing and fine-tuning texture as you illuminate your clouds, flower fields, and farm buildings by painting with light. Whether you're new to painting or experienced, this class will give you the techniques needed to infuse your paintings with texture and vibrancy.
Creativebug Slow TV: Calming CreationsCBTV
Creativebug now offers a different type of content you can stream: artful meditation videos. Watch our very first episode Calming Creations and get lost in over twenty minutes of inventive visuals and soothing sounds. Take a few minutes out of your day to center yourself with visions of brush strokes, doodles, patterns, and more. Be prepared to enter a mindset of creativity, whether you embark on a project of your own or simply clear your mind to take on whatever the day holds.
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Advanced Acrylic Painting with Jon Stich
Class links in order of appearance:
Advanced Acrylic Painting with Jon Stich