What You'll Find Here

I post daily (photos of my journal pages, things that inspire me and personal bits and pieces) to inspire and encourage others. I have always believed that if I can do it, so can you.

You'll find resources (my favorite supplies, books, slideshows of my art journal pages, favorite bloggers, etc...) listed along the right hand side of my blog.

I've been teaching both in person and online workshops for over seventeen years now. You can find out more about my classes by scrolling down along the right hand side of my blog. I strive to make classes accessible to everyone (both beginner to advanced).

I love teaching and truly believe that deep down inside everyone is an artist, capable of creating something. There is power and knowledge in the act of creating something with your own hands, made from your own heart and head.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Thoughts on a Sunday

"Art is a form of therapy. Sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose, or paint can escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic-fear inherent in the human situation." -Graham Greene

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Folded Out

Here are the last few pages folded out. This book is living at The Great American Stamp Store in Connecticut until late June when I teach the class there!

Spending this afternoon tearing a lot of paper for my East Coast Classes. Slowly but surely it will get done. I always like the deckle edge look as much as possible. I don't know if my Mom's mailman is going to like me when I ship all of this paper to Massachusetts next week!

Speaking of upcoming classes, Saturday's class in Fremont is almost sold out. Don't wait too long as space is limited. I'm really looking forward to teaching several new classes there.

Folks have asked about the paper that I'm using lately. I buy from Kelly Paper (no affiliation!) My favorite paper is still the 140 Neenah Exact Index (Neenah bought out the Wausau paper mills.) I've been using Accent Opaque Digital Cover Stock in various heavy weights. It's difficult for me to order the Neenah Paper as Kelly Paper wants me to buy a case and I just don't have the room (tiny apartment) to store that much paper. It's also heavy as hell. Accent Opaque Cover is a good substitute and now it's available in a variety of different heavy weights.

Friday, May 22, 2015

What I'm Reading

When I'm not prepping for my upcoming workshops, working in my journal or writing hand-outs, I'll be reading these:

New Artisans II
Creativity & Madness: Psychological Studies of Art & Artists Volume 2 (Volume 1 is on the way.)
Joanna Field's (aka Marion Milner) A Life of One's Own (rereading this one)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

My Day at The Getty

When I found out that they had a Van Gogh on display, I knew we couldn't leave without seeing it. Van Gogh is one of my top favorite artists and I could've sat in front of his painting all day. 

The Impressionists' exhibit was stunning. These are some of my favorites that we saw.


Also very interesting to note who signed their paintings on the front and whose signatures (Turner) were missing. 

It was a long day but a good day. We had to leave early as Tristan had to attend a Senior Awards Show where he was awarded High Honors in Art and Outstanding Honors in French. Definitely a damn good day!

'We're so proud of Tristan! He was awarded High Honors in Visual Arts (he has the *best* teacher!) as well Outstanding Student Award in French.'

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Closer Look at My Summer 2015 Classes

Here is my list of classes for Summer 2015.
I'm ALWAYS looking for new teaching venues so if you know of any that may be interested, I'd love to hear. I have taught at stores, museums, schools, backyards, garages, studios and private homes. I also am available for teaching home schooling art classes.
My workshops are always process-based learning while creating a unique product. I am well known for not traveling light and bring a large variety of supplies including (but not limited to) collage material, rubber stamps, stencils, pens, markers, tape and more.  
Please note the small supply list for each class.
If you're not near where I'll be teaching, but you're interested in taking a class, I do offer a variety of online classes (27 different online workshops as of March 2015.) You can find out more info on the right side of my main blog.

Thank YOU for your interest!


* 29-31st Fremont, CA Maria's Studio 

Four all new classes! More information here. 

Friday, May 29th A Gypsy Heart
Followed by The Artist's Playground

Saturday, May 30th Visual Poetry   
Sunday, May 31st Found: Moments of Me

* 6th Banana Rose Westlake Village A Gypsy Heart
Please call 818-706-ROSE (7673) to sign up

A Gypsy Heart- Construct a rich, lusciously layered portrait of you in journal form by bringing together color, text and images onto the page. You will make visually stunning and authentic pages, all contained in a hardcover book bound by your own hands. You will leave class with several pages completed along with new ideas for the rest of your book.

Supply list: scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one),  1" brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)
* 14th The Art Bar Santa Ana special one time class!

Found: Moments of Me: Imagine a book so precious you can hold it in the palm of your hand. We will create a small paper book that you can carry in your purse or pocket on your daily (or far away) travels. You will open up and discover new possibilities of creative expression on your pages by combining paper, tape, stencils, pens and markers with your own musings. I loved working in this little book, you will, too!  

Supply list: scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one),  1" brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.) 
* 19-21st The Queens Ink Savage, MD Classes

June 19
Composing A Life: A Journal Box
June 19
Love Your Lettering: A Little Book of Type
June 20
Visual Poetry
June 20
Pieces of Me: Self Expression with Collage
June 21
Layers of Me: A Lesson in Unraveling

* 24th The Ink Pad NYC 

Journal Bundles

* 26th Kept Creations Whitman, MA

Visual Poetry  
followed by  
The Painted Book: An Exploration in Layers

* 27th Great American Stamp Store Westport, CT

followed by
Pieces of Me: Self Expression with Collage

* 15th Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps Santa Fe, NM

* 16th Blue Twig Colorado Springs, CO 


Pieces of Me 
followed by  
The Pages Within

* 17-19th Masonville Artists Studio Loveland, CO


Fri July 17th A Journey in Black and White
followed by
An Open Heart Journal
Sat July 18th Visual Poetry
Sun July 19th Here in My Head


* Art Unraveled Phoenix, AZ I'm teaching August 5-8th


Wed Aug 5th Essence of Me: Layers of Paper and Tape
Thurs Aug 6th Love Your Lettering
Fri Aug 7th Painted Visions
Sat Aug 8th Layers of Me: Lessons in Unraveling

I hope to see you there! 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Cleaning House: Mixed Media Supplies


If you like my work, you will love these grab bags as everything is from my personal stash that I have been collecting for a time now. These are limited and once they're gone, I won't be making any more of these any time soon.

What you will find in one grab bag:
3 rolls of paper and/or washi tapes
3 pens/markers
2 stencils
2 transparency sheets (from Hambly who are long out of business)
1 of my collage sheets
at least five rubber stamps (all different sizes and all artsy!)
some surprises

Each grab bag is different and has well over $75 worth of supplies in it. 


I'm also selling the following four unmounted stamp grab bags:

#1 Stewart Gill Grab Bag $75 worth of stamps (the two on the left are uncut. The two on the right are cut out.) NEW
$30 plus $5 shipping

#2 Alphabets: Traci Bunkers two NEW uncut sheets of rubber (yellow), Martha Stewart alphabet (white on the middle right) and various others at least $70 worth 
$30 plus $5 shipping

#4 Lisa Bearnson Not Your Ordinary Foam Stamp Kit of the Month Club HARD TO FIND NEW (container not included)
$30 plus $12 shipping

Various Sizes Cling Blocks (20 different sizes and shapes-squares, rectangles, circle) 
$20 plus $5 shipping


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Saturday, May 16, 2015

11 January 2015 Journal Page

It's a quiet Saturday here. I baked both chocolate chip bread (think muffins but in bread form) for me and Tristan and banana bread for David. I'm going to spend time today destashing supplies (I hope to have supply grab bags of tape, pens, stamps, etc listed on Monday), listening to old time radio, reading, walking and art making. I hope that your Saturday is a good one.

Friday, May 15, 2015

What I'm Reading: Frida Kahlo and Wim Wenders

I'm spending my weekend in Frida Kahlo's Garden and deep in conversation with Wim Wenders.

I wish. Thankful for the books that allow our minds to wander and dream.

Very happy that David found our copy of, "Wim Wenders: On Film." I had Wenders sign it when we met him at Book Soup (that was a dream come true!) Wenders asked me if I had read it and I was embarrassed when I had to answer no. When we got home, the book was put in a "safe place" and thankfully, David found it the other day! I've already read several chapters and am having a hard time putting it down.

I think of the many people we've met over the years and Wenders always stands out. He had a genuine interest in talking to us and I will always appreciate him for that (not to mention his many films and books.) 

I'm excited to visit New York City this summer. I'll only be there for a day but I can't wait to see the Frida exhibit at the Botanical Gardens. My morning and afternoon will be spent there and in the evening, I'll be at The Ink Pad. Definitely an ideal day.

You may also enjoy:
Wim Wender's Wings of Desire
Frida on my Shelf

Thursday, May 14, 2015

10 January 2015 Journal Page

One of the things that I encourage my students to do after making art is to put their work away and revisit it in a day. Ask questions about what you like (or don't like) about a piece. Don't compare it to someone else's work, only your own. Have you said everything you need to? See how your work feels and speaks to *you* before you move on.