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31 Creative Prompts from Modern and Contemporary Artists

 

Join multi-disciplinary visual artist Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh and draw inspiration every day from different contemporary artists from all across the globe. You'll explore an exciting range of artistic styles, perspectives, and mediums, like geometric abstraction in gouache, visual storytelling in fabric collage, still-life photography, and surrealist sculptures made from household items. Beginners will find the techniques and materials in this class fun and accessible, while more experienced artists will be delighted by out-of-the-box daily prompts like translating a song into painting. Modern art has no boundaries, and Dawline-Jane encourages you to let loose and experiment with a multitude of ways to create.

Advanced Acrylic Painting

 

Artist, illustrator, and instructor Jon Stich spent years developing his signature style. In this class, cover the fundamentals of acrylic painting before moving on to more advanced techniques in order to find your own. First, make representational paintings by finding midtones, light tones, and dark tones. You’ll work with a limited palette and mix colors to paint a still life, a monochromatic portrait, and finally, a color portrait. By following Jon’s clear and concise methods, along with his friendly insight and patient instruction, you’ll find a new way to both see and craft color, leading to thoughtfully-assembled portraits.

From Inspiration to Creation

 

Draw endless inspiration from a single photograph in this iterative class with artist and avid art journal Lauren Hooper. She demonstrates how shapes, colors, motifs and movement can be gleaned and recorded. Then, artistically translate the marks you’ve made into a watercolor painting, an embroidered piece, and an art journal spread. Lauren’s simple and insightful instruction encourages you to keep the creativity flowing long after the class ends.

Make Art Where You Are: A Daily Practice

 

Artist and author Courtney Cerruti provides an in-depth look into her tool kit for capturing the essence of a place and your personal impressions of everything you see around you. From a five-minute blind contour drawing to mixing a color palette of your surroundings, find opportunities to draw, make marks, and paint while you are on the move or in your own home. Courtney will share her favorite ways to use colored pencil, watercolor, and brush marker pens to create evocative sketches. Even if you only have five minutes, she encourages you to seize the moment for making art every single day.

Gelli Plate Printing

 

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. 

Daily Observations: Drawing Objects from Life

 

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.

Illustrate in Procreate

 

Enhance your digital illustration skills with Procreate, an accessible illustration app, guided by professional illustrator Lindsay Stripling. You'll start by laying important groundwork for your next personal project or creative brief in order to prepare a solid illustration with a bold communication of concept. Then Lindsay will show you how to use various functions in Procreate, from drawing with different brushes to keeping your process organized in layers. By the end of the class, you will have a fabulous color mockup for your next illustration project, whether for a client or just for fun.

Camp Creativebug: Popsicle Stick Frames

 

Welcome to Camp Creativebug. Camp Counselor Courtney shows you how to make super fun picture frames with popsicle sticks to commemorate all of your favorite summer moments. This exclusive event aired live on June 18, 2020.

Oil Painting 101

 

Oil painter, Erika Lee Sears, creates an original piece of art everyday. She breaks down the age-old tradition of oil painting and makes it easy and accessible, from mixing colors, to playing with shadows and light, to the final varnish. Whether you're a curious beginner or seasoned painter, there will be tips and tricks in this crash course for everyone.

Everyday Sketching: 31 Still Life Prompts

 

Artist, illustrator and educator Jon Stich encourages you to see everyday objects in a new light in this daily practice class. You’ll sketch using gouache, brush pens, and graphite pencils. After establishing a familiarity with the tools, color-mixing, and finding shadows, you’ll progress to illustrating objects from your day-to-day life. Jon Stich’s technical guidance will help you to identify value and compositional elements, and by working daily you will establish a routine that is both reflective and exploratory.

Creativebug in Conversation with Lisa Congdon and George McCalman

 

Courtney Cerruti chats with artists Lisa Congdon and George McCalman about what they have been doing to stay sane and creative during this challenging time. We'll discuss how this pandemic has shaped their work and their online communities and talk about new projects that have emerged (and endured) throughout. This exclusive event aired live on May 27, 2020.

Botanical Watercolor Illustration

 

Feel inspired by the natural world with California-based watercolorist Jess Park of Jeshy Park. Use a simple monoline pen to build up single strokes that make up the basics of botanicals. Begin with stems, leaves and easy blossoms, then progress to more complex, layered florals. Finally, lettering takes the forefront when you write a phrase, draw a floral wreath around it, and add watercolor accents.

Daily Creativity at Home

 

Tapping into creativity is a form of self-care and helps you stay calm and in the moment. Even though we may not be together as a group, it is so important that we stay creative and connected. You don’t need to go far. There is a whole world of inspiration and art materials right inside the walls you live in. Join Courtney, Faith, and Twinkie in their own homes as they share 31 fun and accessible projects for all ages that the whole family can enjoy together. From watercolor to cardboard to even a slice of bread, we’ll help you discover the art and magic that you can create with what you already have.

Glowforge Projects: Engraved Wooden Sign

 

Lauren Marcinek from the Creativebug team shows you how easy it is to engrave a customizable wooden sign with the Glowforge. You'll learn how to upload your design and adjust the settings on the machine. Then, see how to make your engraved wood look its very best. With the push of a button, you can add a beautiful touch of handmade to your home or create a one-of-a-kind gift that is perfect for any occasion, from treasured gifts to bridal showers to housewarming parties.

Working In Acrylic Ink: A Daily Sketchbook Practice

 

Begin a daily painting practice on an unconventional canvas: a bound book. Accomplished painter Missy Dunaway takes you through a month-long series of classes progressing from simple exercises to advanced paintings. Working with acrylic inks, you'll begin by breaking down compositions into simple steps, learning how to block out your image, apply acrylic ink in layers, and gradually add detail and complexity to render colorful and expressive images. Whether you're new to painting or have an established practice, Missy's prompts encourage you to explore materiality and record places - both familiar and foreign - in an artful, visual diary.

Marbled Embroidery

 

Embroidery pattern designer Lauren Holton of Lark Rising shares her technique for creating one of her most popular designs. Her signature marbled effect looks complex to make, but all you need is satin stitch and a bit of time. Learn how to fade in and out of different shades of thread to create a modern motif with a gorgeous array of color.

Painting Abstract Florals

 

Dive into color with artist Pam Garrison as she shows you her favorite techniques for painting abstract florals. Starting with a real bouquet, Pam will guide you through designing a flat-lay to set up your composition, doodling with pen to create dynamic lines, and completing your painting with Acryla Gouache. By bridging the gap between real and abstract, Pam gives you a simple and fun approach to painting beautiful blooms.

Art Meets Life: 31 Ways to Combine Watercolor and Flora

 

Artist and designer Kristy Rice gives you insight into her signature style which cleverly combines actual fragments of flowers and greenery with watercolor embellishments. Whether your blossoms are fanciful or hyper-realistic, you'll be delighted to see how the addition of actual plants makes the composition pop - literally! - off the page.

Personal Map Making - A Daily Mixed Media Practice

 

You might think of maps as diagrams of physical places, but the irrepressibly creative e bond will show you how to re-imagine a map as a visual journey through your artistic and emotional places. In this 31-day class, you’ll use maps and mapping, their functions and characteristics, as a process tool for generating abstract compositions with mark-making, collage, doodling, and other visual experiments. Map-making will be your conceptual point of departure as you fill up your sketchbook with paint, photographs, leaves, ephemera, and pieces of actual maps to create vibrant, mixed-media spreads. 

From Sketchbook to Painting: Developing Your Ideas in Watercolor

 

So many people have asked artist, illustrator and teacher Lindsay Stripling about her watercolor painting process that she designed an entire class around it. She’ll reveal her exact steps for creating a painting from start to finish, including brainstorming ideas, coming up with a palette, making an under drawing, painting base layers, and then adding finishing touches. Whether you follow her process or develop your own, Lindsay will encourage you to experiment and follow through on your ideas in watercolor.

Watercolor Lettering - A Daily Practice

 

Lettering artist Jess Park shares her techniques for creating colorful watercolor script. You'll learn the basics of pen and brush lettering first, then pluck away at painting plants, stems, and flowers to create wreaths and laurels. From there, you’ll expand your skills, learning how to create illustrations that live inside of a letter or word. By the end of the class, you’ll have all the skills you need to fill your sentence with a sunset or your monogram with a luscious bowl of fruit.    

Print Your Own Stationery

 

Learn how to hand-carve written words and lovely designs to make one-of-a-kind, block-printed stationery. Katharine Watson makes traditional block carving accessible, and her tips on transferring images and registering prints in multiples will show you how easy it is to start a printing production line, even at home. This intermediate printmaking class is the perfect follow-up to Katharine Watson's Daily Challenge, which covers the basics of block printing.

Make Your Own Paint Using Pigments

 

Endless possibilities for paint texture and hue can be at your fingertips. Color luminary Lisa Solomon is here with tips to make, refine, and properly store your own paint. The process is satisfying and fun to watch. You can work with the finest tools, or figure it out with some regular household items. Paint requires a pigment and a binder, and Lisa will share all her techniques for how to add the magic. Create an archive of color test sheets that any professional would envy.                     

Cricut Crafts: Nutcracker Cake Topper

 

Jenn Sbranti of Hostess with the Mostess elevates your party hosting skills with the help of your Cricut machine. This holiday cake topper with sparkly stars will show your guests that you went the extra mile! Use the Cricut to cut vinyl accents for an iconic nutcracker design and an inspiring banner for a multilayered effect. Jenn also shares her tips for evenly adhering the daintiest of 3D details using Cricut transfer tape. Get ready for some holiday magic.

Cricut Crafts: Winter Trees Decor

 

Jenn Sbranti from Hostess with the Mostess guides you through Cricut Design Space to create a trio of trees that stand up in a container of your choosing. This customizable centerpiece will spruce up your table for any holiday gathering. Jenn will also walk you through cutting out intricate vinyl accents for your merry and bright container (with special tips and tricks for how to place those tiny adhesive vinyl pieces just right). This project makes a sensational holiday centerpiece for a table or mantle.

Camp Creativebug: Popsicle Stick Frames

 

Welcome to Camp Creativebug. Camp Counselor Courtney shows you how to make super fun picture frames with popsicle sticks to commemorate all of your favorite summer moments. This exclusive event aired live on June 18, 2020.

Galaxy Slime

 

There are many ways to make slime but pro-crafter Faith Hale shows you her very favorite method for making a sparkly, swirly version. Using liquid starch, clear glue, nontoxic pigment and fine glitter, we'll make three separate shades before swirling them all together. The slime comes together quickly and clean-up is a breeze.

Painted Rocks: 5/4/17

 

Use acrylic inks to paint rocks  for holidays or fun! This video originally appeared on Facebook Live on May 4, 2017. 

Fairy Gardens with Littles: 3/7/17

 

Use Littles to create woodland moments in your home. This video originally appeared on Facebook Live on March 7, 2017. 

DIY Valentine's Day Love Bugs

 

Get crafty with the little ones this Valentine’s Day with this fun and simple project. Courtney Cerruti shows you how to make love bugs using pipe cleaners, pompoms and googly eyes. These bugs take no time to make, and are great to hand out as little gifts or to stick onto Valentine cards.   
 

Doodled Ornaments and Gift Toppers

 

This easy ornament project is perfect for anyone who loves doodling and drawing. Using traditional Fair Isle sweater patterns as inspiration, Courtney Cerruti shows you how to use gel pens to draw colorful designs on pre-cut wooden ornaments. This is a perfect project to do with friends or kids this holiday season, your inspiration fueled by a mug of hot cocoa.
 

Frida Kahlo Inspired Headband

 

Frida Kahlo inspires us through her art, but her iconic flower headbands are pretty inspirational, too. Courtney demonstrates how to create a flower headband featuring custom-made felt flowers that pop. This piece is great for Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, Cinco de Mayo or any celebration that requires some bold, bright headwear.

Quick and Easy Bird Costume

 

Outfit yourself with colorful plumage this Halloween. Courtney demonstrates how to create a feather-covered cape and matching mask. This no-sew bird costume is simple and easy to make, and it can be customized for feathered friends of all ages.

 

DIY Room Décor: Painted Fabric Wall Art

 

Learn how to transform painted cotton fabric into bold, abstract wall décor. Using expressive brush strokes in a color palette of your choice, Courtney Cerruti shows you how to paint abstractly on fabric, then “frame” your painted fabric in embroidery hoops. The finished pieces are lightweight and super easy to hang – perfect for sprucing up a bedroom or making any space your own.

DIY Room Décor: Color-Blocked Bulletin Board

 

Learn how to turn a basic cork panel into a colorful, decorative bulletin board in a snap. Courtney Cerruti shows you how to paint a color-blocked design on cork and add a colorful rope hanger. She then shows you how to spruce up your pushpins by attaching colorful pompoms and paper flowers with hot glue. Hang your finished corkboard in your kitchen or bedroom – it’s perfect for displaying your favorite photos and inspirational imagery.

DIY Dream Catcher

 

Macramé artist Emily Katz demonstrates how to weave a modern version of the classic dream catcher. Learn how to create an overall web design, and then personalize your project by incorporating found objects and treasured keepsakes. Once you’re done, hang your dream catcher over your bed to ward off bad dreams, or display it in your home as a piece of art.

Appliqué Umbrella

 

Turn your kid’s drawings and designs into a snazzy umbrella with this project, which is sort of like creating custom stickers from nylon. Nicole and her son show how to use a few simple materials to fancy up an umbrella and brighten any dreary day. This works for kids of all ages.

DIY Easter Bunny Ears

 

Learn how to create cute Easter Bunny ears using wire and colorful fabric. Easy and fun to make, this craft is great for a children’s party activity. Make a whole set of bunny ears in different colors and sizes to wear at a family gathering, or use them as a photo booth prop.

How to Make a Pom Pom

 

Learn three different ways to make pompoms with knitwear designer Maggie Pace. You will learn how to make pompoms using a store-bought pompom maker, or make your own pompom maker out of cardboard. Also included are instructions on making tiny pompoms using a fork.

Glitter 101

 

Learn everything there is to know about glitter in this quick (and sparkly) class. Courtney Cerruti demonstrates the proper way to apply glitter to glue, and best practices for getting the excess back in the jar. All types of glitter are covered here, from kids craft glitters, to specialty crushed glass, and spray paint.

How to Use a Bone Folder

 

In this quick class, Courtney demonstrates the proper way to use a bone folder. Traditionally a bookbinder's tool, a bone folder can be used to score paper, make perfectly crisp folds, and neatly tear papers. Once you see all that a bone folder can do, you'll wonder how you ever crafted without one.

How to Use Paper Punches

 

Paper punches are available in all shapes and sizes, and in this class, mixed media artist Courtney teaches you tips and tricks for using some of the most common varieties. From standard hole punches to decorative shapes to awls, paper punches are perfect for making confetti, gift tags, or pretty garlands.

Paper 101

 

Explore the wide world of paper with mixed media artist, Courtney Cerruti. Even though paper surrounds us constantly, Courtney approaches this ubiquitous material with an artist's eye. She explains which papers are best for different types of crafting -- from cards and collages to book crafts and paper flowers. You’ll learn about the weight of different kinds of paper and their inherent qualities so you will bring knowledge as well as creativity to all your upcoming paper projects.

Kids Cricut Crafts: Watercolor Butterfly Rings

 

In this class, Annabel Wrigley demonstrates how to make lively and vibrant paper butterfly rings using a Cricut Explore machine. This project is great fun for both kids and adults. Annabel shows you how to decorate your butterfly shapes using watercolors, gel pens, and a felt tip marker and then attach them to rings, though they can also be used to embellish hair berets, magnets, and more.

Glue 101

 

Mixed media artist Courtney explains the basics of glue, including: Elmer's Glue, PVA (Poly Vinyl Acetate), Glue sticks, Mod Podge & gel medium, Tacky Glue, specialty glues, wood glue, heavy duty glues, hot glue guns, and glue dots. This class is perfect for anyone interested in collage, mixed media, image transfers, and using glue in general. Courtney explains how each type of glue works, as well as its ideal crafting use. You don't need every type of glue that exists, so watch this video to see which ones you'll want to include in your craft kit.

How to Make an Envelope

 

Learn how to make customized paper envelopes with Courtney. You'll begin by making a cardstock template so you can create multiple envelopes in various sizes. Courtney explains which types of papers work best for envelopes and shares how to make a decorative liner. With a few folds and a couple swipes of glue stick, you'll have a perfect envelope for birthdays, thank you cards, and holidays.

Make Valentine's Day Yarn-Wrapped Wire Words

 

This Valentine’s Day, spell out any message you like with customized yarn-wrapped wire words. Courtney teaches a fun technique for wrapping pipe cleaners with chunky yarn, and then uses a template to shape them into connected cursive words. After all, nothing says I love you (literally) like these yarn-wrapped messages.

Finger Knitting

 

Want to get your craft on with nothing more than a skein of yarn? Amelia shows you how to finger knit chains of yarn that can be turned into necklaces, bracelets, garlands and much more. Wear the chains in stacks for a modern and tactile look. Amelia teaches the sequence in a chunky yarn so it’s easy to follow along. This is a great entry-level craft for kids and kids of all ages.

Last-Minute Halloween Costume: Felt Beards

 

Looking for a quick DIY Halloween costume? Courtney Cerruti can help! In this class, she teaches how to make a burly beard out of felt and hot glue. Simply trace and cut out the basic beard shape, then create textures in the fabric by layering felt pieces in a contrasting color. At the very end, you'll attach a string and your beard is ready to wear! Perfect for the little (and big) lumberjacks, pirates, and wannabe hipsters in your life. 

Yarn Birds

 

These charming birdies are made from extra-fuzzy yarn, feathers, and your child’s imagination. Nicole and her daughter show you how to create them, along with a yarn-wrapped branch. So these little guys can perch anywhere that will benefit from some fuzzy cuteness.



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