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

Saturday, August 30, 2014

15 June 2014 Journal Page

"The self is also a creation, the principal work of your life, the crafting of which makes everyone an artist. This unfinished work of becoming ends only when you do, if then, and the consequences live on. We make ourselves and in so doing are the gods of the small universe of self and the large world of repercussions."

Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby

Friday, August 29, 2014

Searching for East Coast Teaching Venues


Hi Friends,

I'm looking for some suggestions for a new teaching venue in or around Massachusetts around the end of December/beginning of January of this year. I have taught at stamp/scrap/art stores, private studios, homes, etc... Any ideas would be appreciated. (No chain stores, however, as those won't work for me.) 

Thanks in advance for your help! It is very much appreciated.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pen Love: JetPens Order Review



JetPens has started up their program again where they send select artists a $25 gift certificate. I always have a hard time narrowing down the pens that I wanted to try but here's what I bought this time:

Here's what you need to know, I didn't use the cartridge that came with the pen so I can't tell you anything about that ink. Instead, I filled it with Noodlers Black Ink that I bought at Vroman's in Pasadena. I love this pen. Ideally, I want to find a permanent, waterproof ink for it (one that writes on slick, glossy surfaces like tape, etc...) but for writing on paper, yum. It's a $15 fountain pen that writes like butter!!!! I've tried various fountain pens before and this one is quickly proving to be my favorite.  
Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica Gel Ink Pen - 0.4 mm - Black - PILOT LHM-15C4-B
Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica Gel Ink Pen - 0.4 mm - Pink 
Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica Gel Ink Pen - 0.4 mm - Black
I bought one of these pens last month (blue black) and loved it. It's a fine tip, water-based gel pen that writes very smoothly, no skipping and it's not scratchy at all. I love the colors and the fine tip. I would most definitely buy more of these.

I wrote on handmade paper with the pen last night expecting the ink to feather but I was wrong. The ink stayed a vibrant pink on top of the grey handmade paper. Yeah, I definitely would buy more of these. Here's the pink pen used at the top right corner of this work in progress page:

 
 Pilot Fude-Makase Color Brush Pen - Extra Fine - Blue Black - PILOT SVFM-20EF-BB
Pilot Fude-Makase Color Brush Pen - Extra Fine - Blue Black
I liked this pen when I bought it in pink last month. I honestly can't say that I love it or that I'd be reaching for it on a regular basis but it's a smooth, dye-based ink pen that would be perfect for drawing or doodling.

*****

As an fyi, none of the above pens (including the fountain pen filled with the ink that I used) are permanent on dried acrylics or paper tape/washi tape.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fremont, CA Workshops October 10-12th, 2014



I am very happy to announce that I will be teaching five NEW workshops at Maria's studio in Fremont, CA October 10-12, 2014 (classes are open to the public.)




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.

Interested in signing up? Questions? Please email Kelly for more info! EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

Payments for the Fremont, CA 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 Schedule is:


Friday, October 10 

Illuminated Musings: Altered Books Revised and Revisited

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

followed by 


Painting with Paper: Advanced Collage for Everyone

3 to 7 p.m.


Saturday, October 11 

Deep Within: Journal Bundles
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

followed by 


Journey into the Self
3 to 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 12

Moments of Me 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.








Fremont Classes with Kelly




*** When using the paypal button, If you receive an error message, please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net  You can sign up for ANY of the classes and just email me with the name (or names) of the one(s) that you want. Thanks.***


  
A Closer Look at the Classes:

Friday, October 10
Illuminated Musings: Altered Books Revised and Revisited
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It's not a secret, I truly love books. There's something truly special about holding a book in your hand.
In this class, we will be learning composition, design, color theory, collage techniques, pen work and much, much more all while we alter our books. Learn how to choose a book (I'll have a selection for you to choose from) and revise it to fit your needs. Create unique pages full of your own illuminated musings. I've taught several altered book classes over the years and I think that this is the best one yet!

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.)
followed by 
Painting with Paper: Advanced Collage for Everyone

3 to 7 p.m.
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, October 11
Deep Within: Journal Bundles
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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.


followed by
Journey into the Self
3 to 7 p.m.
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.)
 

Sunday, October 12 
Moments of Me  
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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!

Monday, August 25, 2014

My Summer Companion


Thoughts from Plato for a Monday, "The beginning is the most important part of the work."

This is the journal that I started in early June. It went with me on my travels to MA, NY, NM, CO, etc... It was my safe place, my confidant when I was away from my best friend and my constant companion. I filled it with my thoughts, my rants and my adventures. I hope that you enjoy seeing a glimpse into my summer through its pages.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Book Arts L.A.


I hope that my students had as wonderful of a time today as I did at the new Book Arts L.A. (in the same space where Stampin from the Heart used to be.) The space is so open, inviting and just fabulous! They also have Corita ♡ Kent prints hanging on the wall. I am looking forward to teaching there more.