I am a life-long learner. I love learning new ideas, concepts, and applications. I am continuously looking for new classes. However, I don’t have a lot of money and that curtails a lot of the classes I can take. This list showcases my top 3 favorite classes (in no particular order).
- CreativeLive’s Create Digital Products That Sell While You Sleep with April Bowles-Olin
- CreativeBug’s How to Design Fabric with Denyse, Heather & Lizzy
- Skillshare’s Introduction to Surface Design: Creating and Mixing Patterns with Jenna Frye
For more info on each of these three sites, please see my post: Top 3 Online Classrooms
April Bowles-Olin is the owner and creative mind behind BlackburgsBelle.com. She is an amazing woman and talented creative. At this time, she has three classes with CreativeLive and they are all wonderful. However, this one is my favorite by far. She spends the whole class giving you one useful idea after another and it doesn’t stop. There is so much information that I couldn’t capture it all in the live class. I spent the money on that class so that I will always have access to her amazing ideas. You won’t be disappointed.
I love patterns and I took this class and the Skillshare class below because of my love of patterns. Denise, Heather and Lizzy are all wonderful fabric designers and I learned a lot in this class. I had no idea what a color way was or other technical terms like that. Now, I will be setting up future collections on My Spoonflower Shop with this information in mind.
With the information that I learned in the CreativeBug class and the lectures and demos in this class, I have been able to set up a process with how I will make my pattern collections in the future. Then these collections will be sold as fabric designs on Spoonflower and as Photoshop patterns on this site. Jenna Frye’s style of teaching gives a remarkable breakdown of how to make patterns and how to see if they work with one another. I learned a lot in this class.
I took the classes in the order that they are shown here and I can see major improvements in how I was organizing my business. I had product ideas and tried to implement them and failed. With April’s class, I begin to see the backstage of the creative process, that I couldn’t just make an item or pattern and throw it up on Etsy and have it sell. That there is a structure behind this creative business, though of course you have to make it your own. With the CreativeBug and Skillshare classes, I was able to refine and redefine what I want to bring to my creative endeavors and how to make them happen.
I am always looking for new classes and classrooms. Please let me know in the comments below if you know of any others. I’ll check them out. Also, if you would like to be a part of the TPK Collective, please use the form to the right to sign up. You receive updates and information, plus coupons and best of all, it’s free!