In person or online. These classes can all be presented as a 3 hour session in-person or a 2-3 hour virtual demo/lecture with lots of time for Q&A.
Designing Kaleidoscope Geometrics (Digital Fabric Design)
Get a taste of what it is like to digitally design and print your own fabric with Spoonflower. This session focuses on abstract designs, so you don’t need to feel limited by your drawing skills. We’ll start with simple hands-on art, transform it into pixels, and create two seamlessly repeating geometric patterns all in one session. No special software or computer skills are required; you can create amazing patterns using just your web browser and some simple design tools. For the virtual version of this class, because it’s not practical to watch a Zoom session and follow along with the online part of projects in real-time, this session will be presented as an interactive demo with hands-on components, handouts and links to refer to later, plus lots of opportunities to ask questions.
No fabric design experience necessary, but you should be comfortable with basic computer skills like opening and saving a file, copy/paste. You do not need Photoshop or any special software or equipment.
Tea Towel from a Recipe Card (Digital Fabric Design)
Do you have a favorite handwritten recipe card in your collection? Make your own keepsake tea towel by scanning your grandmother’s handwritten recipe card and learning how to scale it up to fill a fat quarter of fabric. See how to upload and digitally print it on to linen-cotton fabric with Spoonflower to make a one-of-a-kind tea towel. Bring a 5×3 inch recipe card with you to class; see supply list for details. Your printed fabric fat quarter will be mailed to you after class.
No fabric design experience necessary, but you should be comfortable with basic computer skills like opening and saving a file, copy/paste, and using a thumb drive. You do not need Photoshop or any special software or equipment.
Creating With Color: Designing Your Own Fabrics (Digital Fabric Design)
This class is all about working with color. Learn to design your own hand-drawn fabric designs using everyday art materials that we’ll translate into sophisticated digital repeating patterns and upload to Spoonflower.com to print on to fabric or wallpaper. You’ll choose the colors for your design by learning how to match the colors you see on your computer screen to colors in your house – your couch fabric, a favorite photograph, or kitchen paint colors – to make your own home decor accent pieces. We’ll talk about troubleshooting color: how to get what you see on your screen to translate to fabric and choosing the right fabric for your design. Finally we’ll try some color apps to help you create color schemes, mood boards, and translate the colors you see in the world into HEX codes you can use for your designs.
Designing Seamless Repeats: Designing Your Own Fabrics (Digital Fabric Design)
This class is an introduction to creating seamlessly repeating patterns that can be printed on fabrics. What’s a seamless repeat? It’s a tile or motif that can be repeated over and over to fill a yard of fabric without obvious edges or visible borders between the repeats. Focus for this class will be about learning to create the layout of your design and strategies for making it look balanced and seamless. We’ll start with hands-on exercises to create a template to use for your patterns. Then we’ll work on a design sketch for a novelty print to use later to create your finished artwork. You don’t need fantastic drawing skills for this class; you can create your finished design using any media you like but the sketch will help you get there. Then I’ll demonstrate how to go from sketch to finished design using Photoshop or Pixlr apps.
Trio of Techniques (Digital Fabric Design)
You don’t need to be a Photoshop pro to be able to digitally design and print your own fabrics. This class is packed with projects you can design using simple and low-cost digital design tools and apps, most that work right from your web browser. Great designs don’t just start with opening up a blank digital canvas, so we will learn techniques to transform cut paper art, drawings and paintings into pixels to make a geometric print, a faux batik and a novelty design. We’ll go step-by-step learning how to create and save your files, upload, and print your own original fabric designs.
Etsy Shop Behind the Scenes (Business of Art)
Tips, techniques and words of wisdom from a long-time Etsy Seller about what it takes to run an Etsy shop. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the technical side of running your shop, setting up items via the Shop Manager, and choosing shipping profiles; as well as marketing and search tips to help get you started on the right foot.
Design your own Typeface (Digital Design)
Learn how to create your own font or typeface! Using your favorite art materials, you design a whole alphabet of letters in your favorite style. Once your letters are drawn, painted or cut out, you scan/photograph and upload them and using a free online tool you can make them into a font you can download and use on your computer. Get tips for fine tuning your font, styling your letters and more.
Intro to Pixlr (Digital Design)
Get started with simple but powerful graphic design app, Pixlr E. Pixlr is free, works right in your web browser, and is an easy and accessible tool to start designing your own graphics, editing photos, designing fabrics and more. Learn step-by-step how to create and edit designs and use many of the built in tools. This class will be presented as a demo with detailed live Q&A. Because it is not feasible to complete a project on your computer while simultaneously watching a Zoom presentation, you will complete any projects on your own after class has ended. You do not need any special software or equipment for this class; all parts of the project can be completed using your own computer and basic web browser.