I'm not a technophobe by any means. But unlike my colleague Jenn Mason, I am not an early adopter. You won't see me camping out in front of the Apple store the night before a new iPad release or being the first on my block with a 3-D TV. I like other people to test the waters first, let the price come down a bit, and then I consider jumping in.
So when I first heard that you could download a video directly to your computer, I didn't understand why everyone was so excited. I was perfectly happy with something tangible: a DVD you can hold in your hand. It was a form I was used to.
Then, at work, I was given access to a video download, so I tried it out. In just a few minutes it was on my computer. No complicated steps. No high-tech knowledge needed.
The content is exactly the same as the DVD, except it's always there on my desktop, ready to view whenever I want. I don't have to find it, insert it into the drive, and wait. In fact, I'm more likely to use it because it's ready to go when I am.
For me, now, downloading is the way to go.
If you've never downloaded a video–or if you have and love the experience–here's a perfect opportunity to try it out with almost no investment. For a limited time we're offering one of our most popular WorkshopTM videos from one of our most popular artists, "Surface Design Sampler Platter" with Lyric Kinard, for just 10 cents.
You read that right: 10 cents. A dime. The little shiny disk with Franklin Roosevelt on it.
Think of it: Lyric was just named 2011 Teacher of the Year by the International Association of Professional Quilters, and you can download a workshop with her for just 10 cents.
In "Surface Design Sampler Platter," Lyric, with her engaging personality, shows you how to carve a stamp from a vinyl eraser, cut a stencil from freezer paper, and print with found objects. Plus, you'll get her best tips on foiling and photo transfer techniques. She shares her knowledge of the properties of the various textile paints available, too.
So, take my advice and try a video download. That, and a dime, will get you more than an hour of surface design instruction from one of the nation's top teachers.