DIY Felt Succulent

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During April’s Adult Makers DIY program, our patrons made felt succulents. By popular demand, here are the project’s instructions.

Required Supplies

  • Felt Squares (6” x 6” pieces work great)
  • Hot Glue Gun with Glue
  • Pastel Chalks (Optional)
  • Template

Step 1. Using the template (Download Succulent Template here) cut out the pieces of felt. When you print the template make sure you choose actual size instead of fit for print or your pieces will be very large. You should have 3 sizes of petals. Note: If you wish to use chalk pastels color the felt before gluing.

Step 2. Take one of the smallest petals and place a bead of hot glue near the bottom. Pinch it together until the glue cools. Use a low temp glue gun for the best results (and safety!). Starting with the smallest petals build up your succulent and keep petals evenly spaced. When you run out of the smallest petals go to the medium petals. Continue building up your succulent. Finally use the larger petals and finish the last layers.

Your finished design can be used in many different ways. For example, we finished our project by gluing them into mini clay pots.

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Introducing New Vinyl

The Maker lab inside Studio 300 Maker Lab announces new Heat Press Vinyl colors just in time for the holidays. Use Electric Red, Electric Green, Metallic Gold, and Crystal Holographic for making custom t-shirts and other apparel. There is a slightly higher costs for this vinyl at $3 a foot. For more information on using the vinyl cutting machine, contact Studio 300.

 

Maker Mirror Magic

IMG_20180709_131027It’s the season for BBQs, fireworks and garage sales–especially items from the free pile. Case in point: this cracked mirror with a lot of potential.

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Using Adobe software to create a design and then cutting adhesive vinyl using the Studio 300 Maker Lab Zing vinyl cutter, this garage sale find became a unique object for the home.

What are you going to create next in Studio 300’s Maker Lab?

Websites for Learning Coding

code-MyOVmpU_If you are looking to learn HTML, Java, CSS, and other coding languages, there are a few websites available that can help. Codecademy is a free site where you earn badges as you progress through the lessons. Lynda.com is a pay site that offers extensive video-based training, but is free for Fountaindale library cardholders (access it with your FPLD card through this portal). After you’ve mastered the basics, check out CodeWars and improve your skills by performing different tasks.

 

Photoshop Club

photoIn late Summer we launched a new, ongoing Club Photoshop for our patrons. The club is for Photoshop enthusiasts at all skill levels — novice to advanced — who want to learn new techniques. Each month we demonstrate a project, provide instructions and project files, and then guide you through completing the project. Every month is different so there will always be something new to learn.

Upcoming projects for the Photoshop Club in 2015 include:

  • Photoshop Diet
  • 3D Techniques
  • Animation
  • Advanced Masking
  • And more …

Photoshop Club meets the last Wednesday of each month in 2015: 1/28, 2/25, and 3/25. You can sign-up 21 days in advance.

Gift making in Studio 300

christmas-tree-1_green-021114-ykwv1Surprise your family and friends with one-of-a-kind gifts that you create in Studio 300. Here are some ideas:

  • Retouch an old family photo and share digital files or print on photo paper using our high-quality printer (you can even make a poster!)
  • Take a family portrait.
  • Find a pre-built model on Thingiverse and print it using our 3D printer (or create your own unique design and print that).
  • Record your family singing holiday songs or just a special message and then make a CD.
  • Convert that old VHS tape to DVD and share copies with others.
  • And more.

These all make heartfelt gifts and are easy and inexpensive. For more ideas and to get started on your project, stop by Studio 300 today.

Photoshop Club

photoshop_logo_wallpaper_by_peterbaumann-d6c88bwThis August Studio 300 will host Club Photoshop.  This on-going club is for beginners, intermediate, and advanced Photoshop users. The first project will be a poster using multiple images, brushes and shapes, and includes Photoshop tools such as masking, typography, and basic compositing.

Club Photoshop is for you to explore techniques beyond our regular Photoshop classes and an opportunity for you to work with and learn from other Photoshop users. Future projects will include photo editing, HDR photos, digital illustration, and so much more. Your suggestions are also encouraged.

Club Photoshop meets the last Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. starting on August 27. Seats are limited so sign up today.