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 almost twenty 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!

-Kelly

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Navigating

Working on a big pile of journals for sale that I am hoping to post next Wednesday. It has been some time since I posted new journals. Time seems to slip by with everything that has to be done and everything that I want to do. I hope that you enjoy seeing a small sneak peek of the books that I will have available next week on the blog.


Busy busy time of the year. I love what I do and the happiness that it brings.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Book Review: Lou Ann Granger's With Love For the Journey



These days, a book about art journaling has to be pretty unique in order for it to catch my eye and make a home on my shelf. I can't stop singing the praises of Lou Ann Granger's With Love for the Journey enough.  It is passionate, engaging, enriching and inspiring!

I fell in love with the book when I immediately noticed that faux edge journal look as I flipped through my copy. Anyone who puts this much though and effort into a published book definitely piques my interest. I always love and appreciate when people share their art journals. As you see Lou Ann's art journal pages and read her words, you feel like you are walking side by side with the artist as she travels, documents, explores and records her worldwide journeys. 

Even if you are unable to travel, this book will take you far with prompts, ideas and tips that will have you reaching for your own art journal. As one of my favorite actors likes to say, "You don't have to take my word for it." The Scream Online reviews the book here.


Tuesday, December 06, 2016

15 and 16th May 2016 Journal Pages




Sunday, December 11th Designing Letters Mar Vista Remnants of Me

 
Saturday, December 17th Pnina Gold's Studio San Diego Brushstrokes: Playful, Paint Applications On Journal Pages


Sunday, December 18th Art Lounge on 101 Encinitas A Few of My Favorite Things: Paper, Paint and Pen: Text Edition

Did I also mention that I'm heading to Florida next month? Everything Scrapbook and Stamps has the samples in hand now. I'm excited about teaching there.

I am hoping to have some book reviews posted this week. I have a couple of great books that I've been reading that I am eager to share.

I'm also thinking of compiling a list of my favorite films of 2016. 2016 may have been a difficult year for a lot of folks but it has been a great year for film.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

My Roots. My Bones. My Life.


Late night art making in Niles continues...

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

January 13-15th at Everything Scrapbook and Stamps in Lake Worth, FL



My workshops aim to teach a variety of NEW ideas involving collage, creative processing, self expression, composition, design, layering, painting and much, much more. 

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 there is a small supply list.

Beginners to advanced are welcome in ALL of the classes. 

Interested in signing up? Please contact Everything Scrapbook and Stamps. Questions? Please email Kelly for more info! EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

The class fee includes a vast array of mediums and materials to complete the necessary project. It is well known that I do not travel light to any of my classes. I will be bringing such things are:

  • all materials necessary to complete the project (handmade paper, decorative paper, board, glue, etc...)
  • bookbinding supplies (thread, awl, needles)
  • rubber stamps 
  • ink pads 
  • decorative tape
  • stencils
  • pens and markers
  • gel medium
  • collage ephemera and much, much more.
I do not travel light to my classes at all!

FRIDAY, January 13th:
 


As artists and individuals, we're always learning. We seek guidance from our favorite artists. They inspire and spark ideas in us. How can we borrow from them to create entirely new and unique pieces? 

In this class, you will learn how to glean inspiration from your favorite artists and create fresh, new, vibrant journal pages that combines their work with yours. I took the work of one of my favorite artists both collage and idea wise and melded it with my own work. 

We will begin the class by making a quick, pamphlet stitch journal but I want the focus of the class to be about making the pages. I ask that students please bring a book or color copies of the work of one of their favorite artists (the images do not have to be of people, it can be an abstract artist, a photographer, a sculpture artist, a kid's art, your art as a kid, your old art) whatever kind of art calls to you but you have to be able and willing to cut it up. You will learn how to look at their work with new eyes and how to incorporate what they have done into your own work, making new, original work in your own distinct style. Not only did I collage with bits of my favorite artist's work but I also borrowed mark making, layouts, thoughts and other ideas. I wanted to make completely new and original pieces that looked like my work as I learned from her. You will learn how to do the same in this all day workshop. 
Supply list: Bring either several different copies or an inexpensive book (to tear up) of your favorite artist's work, OR even copies of your own artwork, a child's artwork or anyone's art that speaks and inspires you. If you are bringing color copies think of playing with sizes and color vs black and white on the copy machine, an apron, scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images
)
, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one),  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) and a few of your favorite smaller brushes, container to hold your paint water, a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), 
roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

FOLLOWED BY:



Journaling doesn't have to be about special events nor does it have to be limited to what you ate for breakfast. In this four hour workshop, we'll focus on the everyday, simple moments that add up to an individual lifetime of experiences and thoughts. You'll learn how to revel in the daily moments and turn them into art journal pages. Be prepared to get messy, be pushed out of your box, laugh, learn (a lot) and have some fun.

Supply list: a journal, water container (to clean your brushes), an apron, scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images
), cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (only if you have one),  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) along with a few of your favorite smaller detail brushes, a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), 
roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

SATURDAY, January 14th



Where do we start when we put pen to paper? How do we translate what is in our heads to our visual art journal pages? How do we combine the visual with the written word?

Learn to combine paper, paint and pen to create visually expressive and unique journal pages. In this class, you will learn a plethora of layering techniques using not only your pens and markers but also paint, paper and more. Think that you know there is to putting your heart onto paper? Think again. I first developed this class to challenge myself and now I'm challenging you. We will make a quick accordion fold journal at the beginning in class. Then be prepared to get messy and to spill out onto the page.

Supply list: an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers
), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, permanent black ink pad (if you have one), a container for your paint water,  
1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few, smaller, detailed brushes, a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

SATURDAY, January 14th



Combining visual art with the written word is a passion of mine. I am always searching for new ways to bring together paper, paint and pen. 

Want to make your pages come alive? Then bring your journal to class where you will learn not only how to add text to your pages but where, when and what to write. Your pages will sing and vibrate with layers of color, texture and text. This is unlike any class in adding text that I have ever taught before.
Supply list: a journal, water container (to clean your brushes), an apron, scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images
), cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (only if you have one),  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) along with a few of your favorite smaller detail brushes, a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), 
roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

SUNDAY CLASS, January 15th


10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
In this unique all day workshop, you will create a lavishly layered book full of color, paper, text, paint, stencils and everything with which we can get our hands dirty with. We'll combine all new layers of collage, color, text and images onto the pages. We’ll learn how to push, pull and rework the pages, digging deep and discovering new visual delights on each and every page. This is the class you have been waiting for.
Supply list: bone folder, water container (to clean your brushes), an apron, scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images
), cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (only if you have one),  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) along with a few of your favorite smaller detail brushes, a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), 
roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

I hope to see you there!