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

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Paper Collage Sun City West, AZ March 6th and 7th Workshops




I am very happy to announce that I will be teaching four NEW workshops at The Paper Collage in Sun City West, AZ

Interested in signing up? Please contact Pamela at The Paper Collage. The samples will be in the store within the next week.


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




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, March 6th

Deep Within: Journal Bundles

Rarely do we think of art making as a gift to ourselves. In this special four hour workshop, we will transform old books, found ephemera, and much, much more into our own precious journal bundles. Revamp and revitalize materials to create your own self expressive pieces of art.

Supply list: 
a small selection of favorite ribbon (you will need one piece at least 3' long) or string pieces, 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.) 
Please bring an x-acto knife and cutting mat ONLY if you have one.




Painting with Paper: Advanced Collage for Everyone

This is a class that I have been wanting to teach for some time now. I've developed a class that's fit for beginner to advanced students who are eager to push the envelope with their collage work.
You will spend the class time focusing on creating an expressive series of collaged pages that are full of rich layers. Learn how to step back and push your pages to a deeper level. There is something for everyone in this class.
We will be learning new collage techniques while focusing on painting with paper, layering with pens/markers, tape, stencils, rubber stamps, text and much, much more. Learn new and unique tips, tricks and techniques for collage work that can be applied to a wide variety of art forms. 
Supply list: Journal to work on (or I will have paper for you to use), scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black inkpad,  1" brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes) OR 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.)




Saturday, March 7th:

Journey into the Self 

In this four hour journey, you will create a bound book with pages attached that fold up, out and down. You will then dive in and learn new techniques for collage, art journaling, mixed media and self expression. Explore painting with paper; layering your letters and images; color secrets and much, much more. I guarantee that you will love working in this journal as much as I did!
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.)
 


Moments of Me  

Spend four hours creating a uniquely constructed journal made entirely by your own hands. After we make the journal, we will spend the rest of the class learning a myriad of new ideas for self expression and creativity upon its pages. Learn new ideas for art journaling, collage, composition, design and much, much more. I absolutely loved working in this journal and I guarantee that you will, too!

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!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Godard's Goodbye to Language


  


 

 
 
 

  

"each person must think that the other is a dreamer."

I have work to do and yet I can't get this damn film out of my head. Images and words flash before my eyes. I can't stop thinking about them. Water. Blue. Hands. Red. Waves. The scenes where if you close one eye you see one image and another image appears if the opposite eye is closed. The things that cement themselves in our brain. 


But then, how many critics actually want to learn something about cinema, which can only happen the way we learn anything: by wrestling with something that strikes us as difficult?" -David Bordwell

For after you see the film:  
"Adieu au langage" - "Goodbye to Language": A Works Cited

"When - the sun already piercing - the river still sleeping in the dreams of fog, we do not see it anymore than it sees itself. Here it is already the river, and the eye is arrested, one no longer sees anything but a void, a fog which prevents one from seeing farther. In that part of the canvas, one must paint neither what one sees, since one sees nothing, nor what one doesn’t see, since one must paint only what one sees; but to paint what one doesn’t see." -Marcel Proust (though Godard attributed it to Monet in the film.)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

16 October 2014 Journal Page


The To Do List is massive this week. Putting the finishing touches on my latest online class that focuses on adding text to your work (as a reminder, it's available at a discounted price through Friday.) I am really looking forward to seeing what folks do with this one!

Also making the time to prep for some upcoming classes (San Diego and Torrance are this weekend.) The family is coming out in a couple of weeks to visit (Mom, my sister and her two munchkins.) Rearranging the studio and a clean up of that area (my studio is my living room) is in order.

I've been reading Where the Heart Beats about John Cage and loving it. I'm reading about Cage and Marcel Duchamp's friendship. It's hard to put this book down.

“It is not futile to do what we do. We wake up with energy and we do something. And we make, of course, failures and we make mistakes, but we sometimes get glimpses of what we might do next.” -John Cage

Monday, January 26, 2015

January and February 2015 Classes

Here is my list of classes for January and February 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.

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 (25 different online workshops as of January 2015.) You can find out more info on the right side of my main blog.

Thank YOU for your interest!

January 2015
 
 

31st The Making Place Escondido Cultivating You

February

 



7th Banana Rose The Painted Book

 


 
27th Banana Rose Painting with Paper: Advanced Collage

Coming Soon:

March 
6th and 7th The Paper Collage Sun City West, AZ Four NEW classes
8th Sun City, AZ Location and Class info: TBA

July
16th Blue Twig Colorado Springs, CO TWO Workshops Pieces of Me followed by The Pages Within
17-19th Masonville Artists Studio Loveland, CO


I hope to see you there!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Home Again Home Again


Such a good weekend filled with excellent people. Big thanks to each and every one of you. You know who you are.
♡.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Late Night Art Making in Niles


Having a great time teaching in Niles. Now it's time for after hours art making. Gotta love Saturdays here!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Bringing Home the Goods: Berkeley


Had a wonderful time roaming the streets of Berkeley last night. Found some goodies at Scrapbook Territory and Paper Source. Even just walking up and down the streets there just makes me very happy.