There are so many options for cultivating a Creative Life in 2012. Here are just a handful that I am considering. Did I mention most of them are FREE?
Sketchbook Challenge 2012 Welcome Message
I did this challenge in 2011, and surprised myself in a number of ways!
I started out thinking the sketchbook would be a separate medium, but there were a number of things that started out as sketches on paper, where I thought they would remain on paper. Several of then eventually moved into another dimension and became journal quilts. I also stretched my wings and started doing some water color pieces, too. I'd like to do more watercolor in the coming year. I like having a theme to flavor a whole month of creativity.
Book of Days 2012 : Journal Art & Memory Keeping with Effie Wild
This looks like it will be much more than just making stuff, involving Spirit as well. Cool!
Free-Motion Quilting Challenge 2012
This will feature some of the greats of FMQ like Diane Gaudinski, Ann Fahl, and Leah Day. The organizer is careful to note that it's not an online class, but another outlet to learn and share more about FMQ from some of the greats. They will also feature regular exercises, monthly challenges and prizes. Good thing I just re-vamped my sewing area to accommodate easier FMQ!
Creative Jump Start 2012 Summit
The first tutorial was on warmups to get your creativity going. Simple stuff! Great stuff! I can't wait to get started ... I'm realizing I need to make a space for paper arts in my "studio."
Fabulous Surfaces - Lessons to accompany Lynda Monk's new book
Not yet posted, but I'm waiting for it!
Candied Fabrics is offering a "work-at-your-own-pace" online dyeing class beginning in February :
Although I've been dyeing fabric for several years, now, I am interested in making the 2-66 swatch color boards, aka "The Candiotic Table of Elemental Color." Having an actual class might just be the impetus I need to make such a hands-on color study happen! Recipes for re-producable color results is also a bonus!
Candy Glendening has also appeared on Quilting Arts, so she might look familiar to you.
Not sure what pricing will be yet, but these online classes are usually pretty reasonable. It seems to average about $10 per online lesson. There will be some kind of early bird pricing.
Photo Shop Essentials - Lessons with Kim Klassen
I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to take her Beyond Textures class, but that would be like running before learning to walk. I really need to wait for the basic class in Photoshop Elements. She gives away a free texture every Tuesday--beautiful layers that you can use in your own work --- if only I knew what to do with them! Baby steps. I have to start at the beginning. What I really want to do is use some of my photographs as silhouettes against some of my National Geographic-Citrasolve backgrounds. There has to be an easier way to deal with layers, and I do believe Kim Klassen holds the key to those mysteries!
Journal Quilts Challenge
I'd like to continue with a monthly journal quilt as I did in 2011, but since Three Creative Studios is no more, I wonder if I'll have the push to to actually make it happen on my own?
This magazine is chock-full of articles, ideas and inspiration. And don't forget the accompanying tv show! I have to start taking notes on the things I want to try ...
Of course, then there's the usual dyeing, quilting and mess-making that I like to play with. I don't know that I'll be able to keep up and participate in all of these opportunities in 2012, but it goes to show that the horizon looks very bright for a Creative Life!