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, March 02, 2015

Jet Pens: Lihit Lab Teffa Bag in Bag: Wine


 Lihit Lab Teffa Bag in Bag - A5 - Limited Edition - Wine Red - LIHIT LAB A-7553-29
As part of their sponsorship program, JetPens sent me a $25 gift certificate to play with. I always have a hard time narrowing down the pens that I want to try but here's what I bought this time for February:

 Lihit Lab Teffa Bag in Bag - A5 - Limited Edition - Wine Red (small)

 Lihit Lab Teffa Bag in Bag - A4 - Limited Edition - Wine Red (large)

   
Note that the small one is small. The scissors don't fit well nor do large pens. Both the scissors and large pens fit comfortably in the A4 size.


The bag opens up and you can fit a thin journal with collage papers, stencils, etc... inside:


I'm thinking that the bags would be the perfect size (depending on the size of your journal at the time) for on the go art making. I like how I can fill it with what I need, throw it in a bag and it's there when I want/need it to be. I may end up buying another one for David as he likes to take his notebook and pens with him and the small size would be perfect for him.

Ahh, bags and art supplies. How they go hand in hand.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Trust


I took some forced time off this weekend. Canceled classes don't make me happy but it is what it is. I know that I'm not supposed to talk about when classes get canceled but it happens to all of us. It's happening more and more these days and it's not looking pretty. I'll just say that I'm not going down without a fight. Teaching is what I do best and what I am most passionate about. I've been doing it for about eighteen years now. I hope to be doing it for many, many more.

That said, because I'm on a little holiday this weekend, I extended the sale of my latest online class until noon tomorrow (Monday.) The price is $20 until then. After that, it goes up to $25. The 49+ page handout is posted and the class is ready when you are!

This coming weekend I'm trekking to Arizona. I'll be teaching five new classes. Samples are in the store. If you know anyone who may be interested, I'd appreciate it if you'd help spread the word.  You can find all of the information in the links below.


 

6th and 7th The Paper Collage Sun City West, AZ Four NEW classes

 

8th Sun City West Illuminated Musings  


Off to resume being on holiday. My little mini vacation time will be spent developing new class ideas (the wheels are always turning and I am very grateful that they do so), working in my art journal, listening to old time radio, reading, going for a walk and watching a film later on with the family.

Speaking of films, David and I watched The Great Beauty the other day. In the extras, the director tried to convince us that it didn't have any connection to Fellini's wonderful La Dolce Vita. Funny that he says that as it seems that whole scenes are lifted directly from the film. Any ways, I recommend seeing both. La Dolce Vita should be seen first and then The Great Beauty. I'll leave you with some shots from both films:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

What I'm Reading


 “Time to leave now, get out of this room, go somewhere, anywhere; sharpen this feeling of happiness and freedom, stretch your limbs, fill your eyes, be awake, wider awake, vividly awake in every sense and every pore.”  
-Stefan Zweig, The Post-Office Girl

I should be finished with Stefan Zweig's The Post Office Girl by the end of today. Deciding on which Zweig book to read next.

(Update: I finished it. I loved it and would recommend it. Still not sure which book I'll be picking up to read next later on tonight.)

I was quite happy to find a copy of Kierkegaard's Diary as I had been looking for it for some time now. I also picked up Kafka's Diaries while looking for a copy of Letters to Felice (no luck yet on that one.)

What are you reading?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy in 2013 

"Of my friend, I can only say this: of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most... human." -Captain James T. Kirk on his friend, Spock in Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan