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!

-Kelly

Monday, September 15, 2014

Frenzy Stamper Scottsdale, AZ November 7-9th Workshops






I am very happy to announce that I will be teaching four NEW workshops at Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale, AZ.
Interested in signing up? Please contact Debbie at Frenzy Stamper. 
Questions? Please email Kelly for more info! EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

The samples are in the store now!
 


I will be offering fresh, new workshops teaching a variety of NEW bookbinding, collage, creative processing, self expression, composition, design, layering 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. There is a small supply list below each class description.

The Schedule is:
Friday, November 7th:
Pages Within
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

followed by

The Painted Book
from 3 to 7 p.m.


Saturday, November
Composing A Life
10-6

Sunday
Cultivating You
10 to 2 p.m.
The Pages Within 

Our journal pages tell our stories by combining luscious, rich layers of paper and ink with moments of our own unique experiences. In this four hour workshop, you will construct a hard bound journal from scratch. After we make the journal, you will then spend the rest of the class learning all new composition, design and self expression through art journaling techniques. You will walk out of class with a brand new journal, several pages completed and your head full of new ideas and possibility!

Supply list: Scissors, small 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 inkpad,  1" brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks, an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)


  

The Painted Book: An Exploration in Layers


By popular demand, I'm teaching a brand new mixed media class. Roll up your sleeves, don your aprons and prepare to get messy! We'll explore a variety of mediums including watercolor, gouache, and much, much more. Create richly painted pages which you will assemble into a canvas covered book. Learn new ways of exploring color and layering in this unique four hour workshop.

Supply list: Apron, tacky glue, scissors, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black inkpad, and 1 to 2" brush to paint and glue (I like chip or bristle brushes).
 
 

Composing A Life: A Journal Box

This class has been brewing in my head for several years now and I can't wait to share it with you! In this eight hour workshop, you will learn skills in box making, book making, collage, assemblage, art journaling, self expression, composition, design, and much, much more. 

We will begin by creating a book box covered in papers that are chosen by you (and provided by me.) Next up is creating a variety of books that fit into the box. Learn a variety of simple but fun construction and bookbinding techniques. 

After the work is done, we will switch gears and begin to fill our pages. You will learn a plethora of mixed media techniques including but not limited to collage, color, composition, design, pen work, layering and much, much more. I strive to make each of the techniques that I present in my classes different than other classes and you will love what you create in this workshop!  

You will walk out of class with a finished box, all of your books assembled, several pages richly layered in your own unique style learning the techniques and ideas demonstrated in the workshop. You will love what you create and all of the new possibilities that will be presented and shared in class. 

Supply list: Scissors, small 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 inkpad,  1" brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks, an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)


 




Cultivating You: A Journal Process

Get ready to dive into this class by creating a truly unique book form using a variety of handmade and decorative papers selected by you (and provided by me.) A variety of new techniques will be demonstrated, discussed and built upon during the workshop. Walk out with several pages started and full of new ideas that will keep you working on this journal days later!  

Supply list: Scissors, small 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 inkpad,  1" brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks, 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!
 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

5 July 2014 Journal Page


I'm juggling a few different projects at the moment. Trying to reorganize and clean my studio area (a.k.a. my corner of the living room) especially since we're about to have one of those dreaded inspections. Strangers in my living space is not my cup of tea. I have some ideas for some cool shelves. If they work, I'll post pictures here when I'm done! I'm excited about it (the shelving, not the inspection.)

A quick reminder that I am teaching THIS class next Saturday at Make Art in L.A. Even if you've taken the class before, you haven't taken THIS version of the class (painting, bookbinding, layering, lettering and MORE.) Catch my ONLY painting class in Los Angeles for awhile!

 


 


Blog Love:
10 Ways to Find Out if You are Too Sensitive (I'm not posting this for the quiz part and I don't like the title but the neurological research they talk about in the article interests me.)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

5 July 2014 Journal Page


"Artists have no choice but to express their lives. They have only, and that not always, a choice of process. This process does not change the essential content of their work in art, which can only be their life." -Anne Truitt

Friday, September 12, 2014

4 July 2014 Journal Page


Thanks to everyone who has been ordering my card decks and the second printing of my book. It really means a lot! It's always a bit scary to branch out into new territory. I was extremely happy with the printer last year with the quality of my book and I can't wait for you to see what they do with the journal card decks!!!

I posted to Instagram last night that while at Barnes and Noble in Burbank, CA, I saw copies of the latest issue of Flow. This is the first time that this store has carried it so those of you out there who have been looking for it may want to call your local B & N and ask for the magazine person. If they didn't have it in the past, they may be stocking it now. Just a PSA for fellow magazine aficionados. 

Happy weekend, folks!

Blog Love:
Capturing Gratitude
Anne Truitt
Myth & Moore in the Studio I and II.
 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

3 July 2014 Journal Page


“Listen: you are not yourself, you are crowds of others, you are as leaky a vessel as was ever made, you have spent vast amounts of your life as someone else, as people who died long ago, as people who never lived, as strangers you never met. The usual I we are given has all the tidy containment of the kind of character the realist novel specializes in and none of the porousness of our every waking moment, the loose threads, the strange dreams, the forgettings and misrememberings, the portions of a life lived through others’ stories, the incoherence and inconsistency, the pantheon of dei ex machina and the companionability of ghosts. There are other ways of telling.”
Rebecca Solnit,
The Faraway Nearby