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

Monday, May 22, 2017

Just Announced: Saturday, June 3rd Untold Stories in San Diego, CA


I am very happy to announce that I will be returning to teach on a monthly basis in the Normal Heights Neighborhood of San Diego at a private studio (classes are open to the public for this workshop. Details will be sent upon registration.)

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

Saturday, June 3rd Untold Stories

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!














 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Untold Stories 

This journal is the ultimate in play. I'm always looking for new ways to revitalize favorite techniques. Think lush layers of paint, paper, tape, stencils, pen work and more all bound into little bundles of creativity.

We'll start the class by creating rich layers of painted pages. We've only just begun as we step back, revisit our pages and start to think about how we can assemble them into books. Before the tearing and the binding begin, we'll go through and collage our pages (yes, I will show you how to collage them so that when you fold and assemble them you will have pages ready for you to work on.) 

After we've finished assembling the journals, you'll step back again and learn techniques for on the go or art journaling with minimal supplies. 

I've created many variations of this journal over the years and I think that this is my most favorite one yet. I'll be using what I've learned in the process over the next few weeks as I'll be on the go traveling to teach. I'll be sharing the pages on Instagram.

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 (only 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.)
 
I hope to see you there!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

New Magazines


I have been trying to use what I have on hand for the past year (for various reasons as some of you already know.) That said, I am in need of new collage ephemera for both my own personal stash and my class stash. I am very picky about what I use and am feeling the need to rotate out supplies. Yet, I've sold, given away or recycled most of my collage material. 

I have been itching to visit the newsstand the last couple of weeks and on the way home from my class in Mar Vista today, I finally decided to stop in. I was rewarded with the above magazines  (both new to me.)

I bought copies of NR (European) and Yen (Australian.) After tearing them apart (I found lots of goodies in both, I thought about going to buy a second copy of Yen to read but nixed it (for now.) Both were full of yummy collage material as well as thoughtful articles. Yen was my favorite of the two. 

Have you found any new magazines lately?

Saturday, May 20, 2017

My Saturday


Working on art pieces that I hope to have more information about in a couple of days. Keeping my mind off of things coming up this week... Looking forward to my class tomorrow!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Henri Matisse On My Shelf


I love seeing what's on other people's bookshelves. Here's a peek at the side of one of mine. There are a few Matisse books missing from this photo that are too heavy for the shelf (or in the case of the Gilot book, elsewhere when I took the photo):

and what I'm reading now, Matisse and Picasso by Francoise Gilot.

I'm about to start an audio book of In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art. I'll let you know how that is when I'm done.

Books I'm Looking for:

Matisse, Picasso, Miro--as I Knew Them

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Just Announced: Poetic Expressions of the Self June 17th Easton, MA








I am very happy to announce that I will be teaching one very special workshop at a private home in Easton, MA. The class is called Poetic Expressions of the Self and will be held on Saturday, June 17th from 11 to 3 p.m.
The home is five minutes off of Route 24.
 
This fresh, new workshop teaches 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 Easton, MA workshop must be made in advance. You will receive an email from me with the address and all important information within 24 hours of you signing up.



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 can 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!

Problems with the paypal button? Please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net 

























Saturday, June 17th
11 to 3 p.m.


Poetic Expressions of the Self



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.)


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

"...Who among painters will still carry a part of us in his heart, as we do Manet and Cezanne?”


I've been reading Francoise Gilot's Matisse and Picasso for the past week. It's fascinating and well written. It's the third book by Gilot that I have read and would recommend.

There are lots of gems in the book but the above passage radiates for me especially in a day and age where everyone is concerned about others borrowing, appropriating and being influenced by one another. 

If you click on the above, it will take you a couple of minutes to read it all but here are my favorite bits:

"As long as some painters continue to be interested in our ideas or our works, we will not be dead.

...That does not prevent each new artist from being entirely different but he or she must also entertain a dialogue with the dead and keep them alive within himself or herself... (writes about son, Pierre, a NY art dealer and the artists he represents.) ...What do you think they have incorporated from us? And in a generation or two, who among painters will still carry a part of us in his heart, as we do Manet and Cezanne?”

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Working


Working outside of the journal this week translating page ideas into art to display. This is an early work in progress shot before I've added the paint, pens and more.

Huge thanks to my Wisconsin area friends who have signed up for my class next month. I'm really looking forward to my trip there. I've never been to the area so I'm open to suggestions (art, books and film history especially. I know that both Orson Welles and Jack Benny were born there so I'm curious to see what is in the area related to two of my favorites.)

Housekeeping
My last local Los Angeles class for over a month is this Sunday. You can find out more information here.

Back to cutting and pasting for me...


Monday, May 15, 2017

Just Announced: Book of Intentions Fri, June 23rd at Anthology in Madison, WI


 
I am very happy to announce that I will be teaching at Anthology in Madison, WI!

The workshop is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday evening, June 23rd.
 
Anthology is located at:
218 State St, Madison, WI 53703 
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
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...)
  • acrylics and acrylic mediums (gels, etc...)
  • bookbinding supplies (thread, awl, needles)
  • rubber stamps 
  • ink pads 
  • decorative tape
  • stencils
  • pens and markers
  • collage ephemera and much, much more.
I do not travel light to my classes at all!





 
Please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net if you have any problems with the paypal button.




The Book of Intentions
 
With every page that I make, I try to set the tone to be one of possibility, creativity and connection. 

You will create entirely unique to you pages that set your intentions for the coming year. Think of it as a vision board meets planner all combined and rolled up into a very expressive (and impressive) art journal. Learn to combine the visual with the written to create soulful and inspirational pages.

Lao Tzu once said,"To see things in the seed, that is genius." What ideas will spark your interest in this all day, (painted) hands on workshop? Be prepared to have fun, get messy and leave inspired! 


Supply list: your 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 (only 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.)
I hope to see you there!