Are you ready for the new year? I’m thrilled and honored to be teaching at Craft NAPA in gorgeous Napa Valley, California at an incredible new retreat created by Pokey Bolton. She is bringing together many fabulous teachers for this event to get your creative juices flowing and help guide you into your creative passion. The teachers are textile designers, fiber artists, sewinistas, painters, mixed media artists and art quilters. During this three-day retreat, you will have the opportunity to master your skills in collage, quilting, sketching, printmaking, painting, art journaling, and mixed media, all the while enjoying outstanding cuisine and wine, too.
Please join me in one (or all three) of my classes. I’m teaching creativity, collage, composition and painting in my three classes. Read on below. Sign up now…registration closes December 15th.
Thursday, January 7, 2016 $180
Creativity is not something you do, it’s who you are. In this one-day workshop, I will help you tune in more deeply to your creative urges and passion. We will take a walk through the pages of myThe Little Spark–30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity. In this inspiring and uplifting workshop, we’ll work in a group setting to discover more about yourself, your creative process and even the old roadblocks and obstacles handed to you through your life. We’ll work to let go of self-limitation. You’ll learn what your Little Spark of creative passion looks like, how to capture it, and how to make room for it in your life.
The class will culminate in an inspiring activity called a Soul Box. You’ll each create a super special mini vision board inside of a cigar box that you will paint, decoupage and decorate with inspiring reminders of your creative journey and desire. It will be a little altar–there to remind you of the greatness within you and ignite your creativity in 2016.
Saturday, January 9, 2016 $180
How do you create an image? Where do you start? That can be hard for some people but Carrie Bloomston will offer you some art school tips and techniques to demystify the empty page and help you have confidence in your compositional layouts.
In this fun day of play, artist and fabric designer, Carrie Bloomston, will enlighten you to the intuitive process of creating composition for collage. Carrie’s soulful yet whimsical designs for fabric are created in a very hands-on way and she will help you listen to your urges and trust the process of finding the composition through both traditional and non-traditional methods including basic drawing and art history for reference. This inspiring day will be filled with fun art school techniques and exercises to help you create original art collages in your choice of fabric or paper. We will use Carrie’s most favorite tool, glue sticks, for both the paper and fabric designs. Several sewing machines will be available in the classroom if you wish.
Friday, January 8, 2016 $180
What are you looking for? Join artist, fabric designer and creativity enabler, Carrie Bloomston, for a one-day workshop of abstract painting techniques and inspiration. No experience necessary (other than an open heart and willingness to play). All levels welcome. Carrie will teach some cool painting techniques from art history and some intuitive color theory to get you going. You’ll have the opportunity to work with antique Indian wood blocks to create printed layers in your paintings.
You’ll dig in. Make a mess. Paint in layers. Wash them off. Paint more. Use some old block printing techniques. Excavate the page. Excavate your soul. Find what you like. Find yourself. Let the rest go. Do it until you like what you see….then stop.
What you find when you step into your desire isn’t just a painting–
you find yourself–
And it makes you whole.
My greatest wish, is for you to fall in love with yourself and what you find as you poke around in your messy heart.
Please leave your comment by Dec 10th and answer this question: What are your creative goals for 2016?
If you leave a comment you may win a $500 Gift Certificate from eQuilter.com. All comments from this blog post and on the others below will go into one big grand prize drawing that will happen after December 10.
CRAFT NAPA Instructors blog hop:
Nov 30- Jane LaFazio – http://janeville.blogspot.com
Dec 1 – Lynn Krawczyk – http://smudgeddesignstudio.com/blog/
Dec 2 – Judy Coates Perez – http://www.judycoatesperez.com/
Dec 3 – Jenny K. Lyon – http://quiltskipper.com/blog/
Dec 4 – Jamie Fingal – http://JamieFingalDesigns.blogspot.com/
Dec 5 – Melanie Testa – http://melanietesta.com/blog/
Dec 6 – Elizabeth St. Hilaire – http://www.paperpaintings.com/
Dec 7– Leslie Jenison – http://leslietuckerjenison.blogspot.com/
Dec 8- Carrie Bloomston – http://www.carriebloomston.com/blog/
Dec 9 – Cheryl Sleboda – http://blog.muppin.com
Dec 10 – Pokey Bolton – http://pokeysponderings.com/