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

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

31 January 2016 Journal Pages


Two of my favorite pages from the last year. They speak volumes to me. These were some of the last journal pages that I did before David got sick and ended up in the hospital a week later. My voice grew quiet during that time period when I couldn't do as much as I wanted to (both art and work wise.) I am hoping that it is starting to get louder again.

Monday, September 26, 2016

25 January 2016 Journal Pages



I'm rearranging my bookshelves and finding new treasures buried deep on the shelves. I have been rereading my copy of Maria Lassnig's The Pen is the Sister of the Brush: Diaries from 1943-1997. 

It's a book of Lassnig's artwork and diary segments. For me, it's a book that is best sampled and not devoured in one sitting:

"You have to have seen or felt the world, i.e. you have to know something specific in order to comprehend it and make it. And not just stand around casually or in the fog."

"I stand, as it were, nude in front of the canvas, without intention, without plans, without a model, without photography, and let things take shape. But I have a starting point which arose from the realization that the only truly real things are my own sensations, which transpire within the house of my body; they're physiological, the sensation of pressure when sitting and reclining, of tension and spatial extension-such things are rather difficult to depict."

Little glimpses into the mind of an artist are always like finding buried treasure to me.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

My Sunday


Surrounded by some of my favorite markers and pens, listening to The Jealous Curator and working in my Serenity Bundles. I need to mail out my samples to The Occasional Artist in Arizona on Monday and since my other bundles are in other shops (Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps in Santa Fe, I am talking to you!), I am really enjoying the work on these. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Trekking to New Mexico: Art Classes, O'Keeffe and Santa Fe



My Mom is coming with me and we are already planning our adventures. We will be going to Georgia O'Keeffe's home in Abiquiu on Thursday. 

I've been reading the above books, Georgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico A Sense of Place, Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico, Georgia O'Keeffe and Her Houses and Becoming O'Keeffe: The Early Years trying to get a sense of the area and the artist. I'm going back and forth between Becoming O'Keeffe and Roxana Robinson's Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life (said to be the best bio on O'Keeffe.)

If you've been and have any tips on the area as well as Santa Fe, I'd greatly appreciate it. I will be teaching all day Friday and Saturday and most of the day on Sunday but I will have time to explore on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday. I am really looking forward to my time there.

Friday, September 23, 2016

2016 Workshops


Here is my list of classes for 2016.

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 a wide range of ages from individuals to small groups to large gatherings. I have held classes at stores, museums, backyards, garages, studios, public and private schools as well as 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! 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Upcoming Fall Workshops in Mar Vista, CA


I am very happy to announce that I will be returning to teach on a monthly basis (October through December) at DeAnn Singh's Studio, Designing Letters in Mar Vista, CA.

Workshops are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.


Sunday, October 23rd Poetic Expressions of the Self
Sunday, November 20th Brushstrokes: Playful, Paint Applications On Journal Pages
Sunday, December 11th Remnants of Me

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? Questions? Please email Kelly for more info! EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

Payments for the San Diego workshop must be made in advance. Due to the fact that the teacher is traveling from Los Angeles and must prep for the workshops in advance, there are no cancellations allowed. No refunds.

You may send someone else in your place if you are unable to attend the workshop, or you will receive a kit for the class. You can either pay via paypal (see button below) or send a check or money order. Once you've signed up for the workshop, you will be sent the address and directions to the workshop location. If you have ANY questions you can email me. I will also give you my cell phone number so you contact me.

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!





Kelly's 2016 Workshops




 


If you have any problems with the paypal buttons (they can be finicky sometimes, please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net)



Sunday, October 23rd  
Poetic Expressions of the Self 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Our journals hold bits and pieces of ourselves. So often they sit on our shelves ready to unveil their beauty and secrets to us. What if we took the book form and created an art journal that could be shared and displayed (if, and when, we wanted to share?) How do we let go and create authentic and vibrant pages that buzz with our creative spirit?

You will create an accordion fold book with layers of paint, paper, text and more. Learn how to open up authentically and visually onto your pages. We will also discuss other possible structures before we work on the pages. Step outside of your box and comfort zone in this creative and enriching workshop.

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.)
 

Sunday, November 20th  
Brushstrokes: Playful, Paint Applications On Journal Pages
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Let's get messy! Explore, experiment and play with paint in this colorful and fun workshop. We'll start by collaging our pages and then it's time to pull out the paint! You will learn everything I know about acrylics, mediums as well as a plethora of ways to apply acrylics to our journal pages (or canvas, walls, etc...) Explore color, texture and depth as you create original and luscious pages. 
 
You will also love making your own unique sampler to remember all of these techniques later on.

Supply list: a journal, 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 to 2" 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.)

 

Sunday, December 11th 
Remnants of Me
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

How do we create pages that reveal our own stories? How do we find our own voices in an unending sea of noise? How do we create unique, personal art from the heart?

In this workshop, you will begin by constructing your own art journal. After selecting a hardcover book (provided) that resonates with you, we will stitch our pages into the book. Once the book is assembled (this will not take long) you will then begin to work upon the pages learning new techniques in self expression through collage, layering, painting, journaling and much, much more. You will create pages that are rich, deeply expressive and unique to you. You will walk out with a new book, several pages completed, an abundance of new ideas and the eagerness to create many more pages.

Like all of my classes, the techniques that you learn can be applied to a multitude of art forms.

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.)
 
I hope to see you there!
 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Evolving


Cynthea left a comment on one of my posts the other day about how I'm using paint:

"I have noticed that your style seems to have evolved into using more paint. I know you have been doing this awhile, I do not know when this change started though :) I am wondering if you paint your pages first or are you adding after collage, or even during?? I have taken a few of your older online classes, I would love if you made newer versions! I bet you would have many students! Thanks for sharing."

I just wanted to clarify something that I've had quite a few folks comment about lately, paint on my pages. I've used and taught how to work with acrylics for about twenty years now. When I started teaching, my first mixed media classes were bookbinding, canvas and acrylic paint based classes. I worked primarily in book form but I would often experiment with painting canvases, creating assemblages, working on painted fabric and much, much more. For about twelve years, my classes were mostly how to work with acrylics. I would offer new book making classes and then we would fill our pages with paint (or we'd paint our pages first and then create a book from them, etc...) I would do collage as well but that involved painting the pages first and then going through and gluing a couple of pieces of paper onto a page and calling it finished. (If you look back at my first blog posts in 2006, you can see some of the painted pages there and how much my work and my blogging style has changed. One of these days I will add more of my very early work to the blog. I have a LOT of journals to photograph and share.)

In early 2007, I decided to experiment with mostly paper. Folks kept asking me to teach collage classes and I would ask, "What is there to collage? You just glue stuff down." I soon realized I was wrong and that collage is exactly like painting, but with paper, instead. Just like paint, there are tons of different possibilities when it comes to collaging a page. I fell hard and I fell fast for paper. From 2007 until early 2015 (with my journal at the time that I called, Visual Poetry), I focused mostly on painting with paper only. From time to time, I'd offer a workshop with acrylics if folks asked for it, but paper had my heart and wouldn't let go. I realized that I had a lot to learn about collage and I wanted to fully commit to it for a long period of time and that's what I did. I definitely think it was time well spent.

One day in early 2015 my heart started to long for paint again. I walked into Blick and picked up a few new kinds of acrylics. I went home, played and fell in love with paint all over again. I wanted to do something new. I didn't want to just paint the pages and slap paper down and be done. I wanted to discover paints again but this time, I wanted to figure out how to combine them with paper so that the pages looked more unified. It was a new thought process for me and I was (and still am) excited. 

As an artist, instructor and human being, I am still learning and growing. Even though I know what I am doing with my tools and I know how they work (or won't work), that doesn't mean that I know everything there is, none of us do. That's the whole point of growing as artists and individuals. We learn from each other. We push each other. We strive to make ourselves and the world around us better. 

I spent several years learning how to use acrylics and to combine them with mixed media. This desire to push myself even further led me to new ways to play with paper. So, in a way, I'm going back to my roots yet at the same time, I'm branching out and exploring new ideas and possibilities as I learn new ways of putting the pieces (and myself) back together again.

To answer Cynthea's question, some pages are collaged and then painted. Other pages are painted, collaged and painted again. I try to approach each page in a new and unique way that is different than previous pages. 

As far as online classes go, I have been working on a new online class (I try to keep my in person classes separate from my online classes.) When my husband became sick in February, I had to push the ideas for online classes that I had to the side. Once I am feeling like I am back on track again and we are a bit back on our feet, I am aiming for a new online class very, very soon. Right now, I'm still trying to get my life back to some kind of regular schedule. It makes my heart happy to know that someone is interested. I really appreciate the comments and people checking in. Thank you!

If you enjoyed this post, you may want to read: 

Being Mindful: Curating Your Images for Collage and/or Art Journaling Pages