From Yosemite to Craft Napa, surrounded by inspiration

Last Friday Phil and I drove to Los Angeles so he could perform at the Disney Cal Arts Redcat theater with a group called the Hub, that he’s been creating experimental digital music with since the 1980’s.

We chose to drive down for the weekend so we could drive back and make a detour to Yosemite.

Out of all the years I’ve lived in California, until now I had never been to Yosemite, mainly because my ex never took vacations. When Phil and I first started dating, I told him I had never been and he said we had to fix that.

It took a few years for our schedules to accommodate a trip, but we finally did it! We spent our days hiking and basically being in various states of awe. I was immersed in natural beauty for 3 full days and now I’m itching to create. Which leads me to my next topic;

Craft Napa!

We’re in the home stretch for sign ups, with only a week left to register. Some classes are filled, but there’s still spots available in a few. A couple of classes have waiting lists (Paint & Print-A-Palooza for me), but those spots sometimes open up as things get closer and plans change, so don’t let that deter you from signing up.

Given how stressed out we are all feeling right now, no matter what side of the fence you’re on, pouring your energy into crafting beautiful things with a group of loving creatives has got to be the best medicine!

Peace, love and happiness abound when we’re surrounded with color and the paint is flying!


Thursday, Jan 12

Painting imagery with textile paints – 6 hours

Have you ever struggled with how to paint backgrounds? Keep paint from bleeding? Avoid blotchiness?
In this class, I will teach you how to master painting illustrative imagery on fabric, while learning to create smooth gradations of color, fill large areas evenly, paint glazes of translucent color to create more visual depth, work with freezer paper masks, as well as paint fine lines and details.


Fast and fun foam stamps – 3 hours

I use these handmade stamps in all my mixed media work; painting with acrylic inks, and for creating printed fabric like my Paint & Print-A-Palooza class and my Prayer Flags class (below).


Friday, Jan 13

Paint & print-a-palooza – 6 hours

Make your own personal fabric line! Learn several techniques for creating colorful textured fabrics using acrylics inks, and then learn how to apply patterns using thermo-fax screens and a variety of different stamping techniques.



Saturday, Jan 14

Blessings in the Wind, mixed-media prayer flags – 6 hours

Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, strength, well-being and wisdom, and when blown by the wind, spread good will and compassion.

In this class, we’ll begin by making a variety of colorful fabrics with acrylic inks. Then using stamps and thermofax screens we’ll add unique personal imagery on the fabrics, then we’ll incorporate meaningful words and quotes by collaging printed abaca tissue papers. By the end of the day, the finished flags will be strung together for hanging.


A few of the other fun events happening at Craft Napa will be:

ARTISTS’ VIEW LUNCHEON: Thursday, January 12, 12:15-1:30 PM in The Fountain Court. Join a luncheon repast while listening to a panel of Craft Napan teachers as they address (and opine) on a variety of art-related subjects. What thread or paint is their favorite (and why)? What are their best (and worst) practices in their studio? What’s their favorite show (or shows) to attend? Participants will have the opportunity to send in questions ahead of time for members of the panel to address.


ARTIST MARKET: Friday, January 13, 6:30-8:30 PM in The Fountain Court.
Enjoy the wares, kits, and artistry of others at this special event, free to all. Evening snacks provided!



BLEND YOUR OWN VINTAGE: Saturday, January 14, 5:45-7:15 PM. Light refreshments will be provided to those who registered for this event.


WINE TRAIN EXCURSION:  Sunday, January 15, 11:30- 2:30 PM. Join fellow Craft Napans for a three-hour tour up the beautiful Napa Valley! Here we will enjoy each other’s company in a chartered train car as we take in the vineyard and mountain scenery, stitch on handwork, enjoy a three-course meal, and taste some wine.


NIGHTLY SEWING & ART ACTIVITIES Want to keep stitching? The BERNINA room “Chardonnay A” will be open after hours (until 10:00 PM) Thursday Night, and informal nightly hand stitching will take place in the restaurant bar.


Author Signing and Book Launch!  Melanie Testa and Carol Soderlund will be doing an all-day fabric printing demo and book signing for their book,PLAYFUL FABRIC PRINTING Saturday, January 14 from 9:00-AM-4:00 PM in The Fountain Court. Come get your signed copy and watch a demo! If you are local, please invite your friends, this event is open to the public!


A lucky Craft Napan will receive a candy bar with a winning golden ticket tucked inside. What does the golden ticket entitle one to? How about having all of your workshops reimbursed and paid for?!


Last year was a blast! This year Craft Napa also has Melissa Averinos, Sue Bleiweiss, Lyric Kinard and Victoria Findlay Wolfe! How can you go wrong with that much talent?!?!

Sign up for Craft Napa today!

Keep creating, Judy

IMG_5538Judy is an artist, explorer, image wrangler, knowledge seeker, instructor, speaker, creative alchemist, and purveyor of inspiration, helping others channel creativity on a daily basis.

One Response to “From Yosemite to Craft Napa, surrounded by inspiration”

  1. Ruth Crump says:

    Sorry I won’t be making it to Craft Napa. Glad you were able to finally make it to Yosemite. Quite an amazing place!

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