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For those of you that missed us at our first workshop...

For those of you that missed us at our first workshop @howladventures you truly haven't had the pleasure of enjoying this new event space in DTLB! Please join us and many other local vendors next month for the official launch party! #yellowlove #blog


We are more than excited to announce that we are picking back up...

We are more than excited to announce that we are picking back up where we left off! The Global Creative is now ready to offer Long Beach creativity workshops in a brand new space! We have been looking forward to the opening of Howl in Downtown Long Beach, and we're excited to share what they are offering. More details about our first event real soon, we promise!

From their website [http://howladventures.com]:

Howl is a space for gathering, celebrating, and collaborating.

The recently renovated early 1900s building will host a wide range of community events from weekly yoga, monthly evening outdoor music, and pop-up retail events. A private outdoor courtyard in conjunction with a 2,500 square foot indoor open floor plan that features exposed brick, hardwood floors and original window frames create a uniquely visual space for any type of event.


RSVP to the event...

RSVP to the event here:


couldn’t be more thrilled to announce this! Join us next...

couldn't be more thrilled to announce this! Join us next week for another workshop @yellow108, details to come later today!


How to Dye with Natural Indigo: from dharmatrading.com

If you attended our workshop WE MAKE shibori with indigo
Wednesday June 26th
this is a link: DHARMA TRADING
and resource for your future indigo dyeing

For 1 lb. of fiber or fabric you will need the following:
o 1/2 oz Indigo for light blue or 1-2 oz for darker blues.
o 1/2 oz Dharma Dyehouse Color Remover (Thiorea Dioxide)
o 1/2 oz Soda Ash
o 2-3 gallons of water
Important: Before starting any dye project you should always do a test run on scrap fabric first. Dyeing with Indigo is a process with many variables, and as with any new process, common sense dictates that you always TEST FIRST if you have something specific in mind.
Natural Indigo is very hard and does not dissolve in water, but you need to get it into as fine of particles as possible. Soak it overnight in a cup of hot water, and blend it in a blender with the soaking water. Next strain it through some cheesecloth and scrape the residue out and blend it again. This will give you very good results.
Alternatively, you may also put the dry Natural Indigo into an electric coffee grinder and pulverize it; it can then be cooked and strained like other dyes.

Place the strained Indigo into a large pot of water.
In a separate jar, dissolve the Soda Ash in some warm water.
Add the Soda Ash solution to the Indigo and stir. This increases the PH of the dyebath to prepare for “reducing” the dye and making it soluble in water. Add half (¼ oz) of the Dharma Color Remover and stir gently.
Heat to between 120?F and 130?F continuing to stir gently. The liquid should appear yellow or yellow-green and may even have a bit of a "scummy" appearance - somewhat like a witch's cauldron; this is okay. Let the mixture stand for 20 minutes.
*If the water appears blue, too much oxygen has entered the dye bath and you will have to add more Dharma Color Remover into the bath and stir GENTLY to reduce the indigo.
To get the best tones from the indigo, you should avoid letting too much oxygen get into the pot as it causes the dye to precipitate out of solution. This means you must work much more slowly and gently than with other colors. You may find it helpful to tie a line of thread to one corner of your fabric before immersing it in the dye as this will make it easy to fish your fabric out of the pot without stirring excess air into the dye bath.
After the dye has steeped for 20 minutes you may then add your fabric. The wet, pre-washed fabric can be compressed into a ball, lowered into the dye bath and then allowed to expand. Again, stir GENTLY.
The first fabrics will only need to be immersed for a few minutes to absorb the maximum color while fabrics added later may need to stay in for 5 to 10 minutes. When the fabric is removed from the dye pot, it should first look yellow-green and then turn blue after it comes into contact with the oxygen in the air. This is where the dye is “oxidizing” again, and becoming once more insoluble in water, which is what makes it stay “trapped” in the fibers of the fabric. You can also re-do the dyeing more than once - successive “dippings” and oxidizing yields deeper and deeper blues, and is the best way to get dark color. When you have reached your desired depth of shade, you need to wash out the chemicals and excess Indigo. As with all dyes, wash out the fabric in Hot water and Synthrapol to get out the all of excess dye. This is a very important process, or the dye will “crock” or rub off on you and you will look like you are trying out for the “Blue Man Group”.

If your color has turned out unevenly you can repeat the dye process to help even out the color.


Such a colorful result! Some of the “gems” from...

Such a colorful result! Some of the "gems" from May's WE MAKE watercolors workshop @Yellow108. Our workshop-goers not only got a quickie lesson of over 15 watercolor techniques, they also got to experiment with them and create an awesome full sized painting. Each student chose a pattern or a shape to repeat, using their new watercolor skills!


Join us next week for our last wednesday, WE MAKE watercolor...

Join us next week for our last wednesday, WE MAKE watercolor workshop. We will be exploring a few fun watercolor techniques, then making a small painting. This is part of our workshop series in Long Beach at Yellow 108.


Come MAKE!!! WE MAKE at Yellow 108 this Wednesday from 6- 7:30....

Come MAKE!!!

WE MAKE at Yellow 108 this Wednesday from 6- 7:30. We will be making terrariums and hope to see you MAKE!

Bring a recycled jar or container for the event. We will have some available for free and other available for a small donation. If you want to RSVP or have any questions email us at workshops@theglobalcreative.org or write on our facebook wall!

So excited! :) :)


Last month, at the WE MAKE Macramé workshop, we had a fun time...

Last month, at the WE MAKE Macram? workshop, we had a fun time creating hanging plant holders, using some recycled containers and a variety of rope. Join us this month for WE MAKE terrariums, where we will show you how to perfectly arrange plants for your macram? holders and more :)


a few photos from WE MAKE Prints workshop @ AOSA Project in...

a few photos from WE MAKE Prints workshop @ AOSA Project in Huntington Beach on April 11, 2013

We had such a fantastic turn-out for our first workshop at AOSA Project. Everyone came together, inspired by California natives, to create some one of a kind prints, using recycled cardboard and salvaged fabric.