What a great way to start 2018: part 1

It was so great starting my teaching year at Craft Napa. Hands down, it has to be my favorite venue to teach at. Napa is only an hour away from Sacramento, so it was easy for me, my daughter Indigo, and friend and fellow teacher Melanie Testa to pack up the car and head over to the Embassy Suites and help Pokey start setting up. 

That’s a lot of swag bags!

On the first night, Pokey hosted the Stay Pawsitive fundraiser with pet themed artwork to benefit Houston’s Friends for Life animal rescue. This is the shelter where all of Pokey’s pets are from. Below we have Tyrion, the ambassador for the event, he’s a chi-weenie (chihuahua-dachshund), if you were curious.

Melly and I got to hang out with with Tyrion before the kick off party. Tyrion has always had a special place in my heart with those soulful eyes, and it was really wonderful to have some doggy time after losing my sweet Abby last September. Thanks to Craft Napans and all who sent in artwork, $4000!! was raised to benefit Friends for Life animal shelter.

Craft Napa kick off party.


My first class was Blessings in the Wind: mixed-media prayer flags on Thursday.

This is such a fun class, we cover so many different painting and mixed-media techniques that every single flag becomes it own unique artwork.



A beautiful start using acrylic inks

Building up the layers with personal symbolism

Text adds another graphic element and level of meaning.

It’s so exciting to see the flags cropped, strung and hanging together.





On Friday, I taught Tea and Ephemera during the day and had the artists market in the evening.

It was wonderful to see sisters Charlene and Geri in my class again this year. Craft Napa has so many repeat participants it’s really starting to feel like a big happy reunion each January.

Tea & Ephemera is an introduction to mixed media techniques class. It always opens up students eyes to the everyday items that exist all around them that can be used for collage.

I often sell fat quarters of ‘Tea stained’ (using paint not tea) fabric in a range of muted colors along with the golden brown ones when I teach this class.

It was really fun to see Amy Vetter work up a second neutral colored piece alongside her workshop piece.

This gal used a patchwork piece as the base of her mixed-media collage.

Really fun work produced in my first two classes and I have lots more to share from the next two days of classes at Craft Napa. I will share that in a second post coming up later this week.

Keep creating, Judy

I’d love to spark your creativity at one of these upcoming events:

May 4-6 Nadelweldt, Karlsruhe, Germany
Exhibition and workshops

June 1-2 Meissners, Sacramento Blooming Inspiration

August 14-18, 2018 Woodland Ridge Retreat, WI
5 – day Paint and Print-a-palooza retreat

October 19-21 Ephemera Paducah, Paducah, KY
Tea and Ephemera and Blessings in the wind: mixed-media prayer flags

October 27 Meissners, Sacramento Fiesta Ornaments

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.

2 Responses to “What a great way to start 2018: part 1”

  1. pdxknitter says:

    Are the inks able to be heat set? Some of those techniques look like they would be fun to put on clothes.

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