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

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Just Announced: Sunday, April 23rd Mar Vista, CA Poetic Expressions of the Self Workshop


I am very happy to announce that I will be returning to teach on a monthly basis (January through May) at DeAnn Singh's Studio, Designing Letters in Mar Vista (Los Angeles) 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, April 23th

Save the Dates: 
Saturday, May 21st

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...)
  • 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!









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


Sunday, April 23rd
10 a.m. to 2 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, March 22, 2017

Just Announced: Saturday, April 15th Book of Intentions 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, April 15th Book of Intentions



Save the Dates:
Saturday, May 13th

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!






 


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




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!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Weekend with Adam Curtis


David and I had a very busy but extremely interesting weekend. We spent the weekend at one of our local movie theatres, Cinefamily, with documentary filmmaker, journalist and thinker, Adam Curtis. Curtis is one of our favorites and once we heard that he was coming (a very rare visit to the U.S.), we had to jump at the chance. I'm still trying to process everything that we experienced this weekend. It was definitely my ideal film going experience, where I left the theatre still thinking about what I saw and heard. I will definitely be thinking about all of it for quite some time now. If you haven't seen any of his films, my favorites are Hypernormalisation, The Century of the Self and the Power of Nightmares (all available on the internet. Curtis wants them to be seen. You can read his blog posts over at the BBC (they are all well worth your time.)  

The films that we watched this weekend (all picked by Curtis) were (in order:)
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Adam Curtis Show and Tell (a live lecture with clips by Curtis.)


"All you have to do is press a button, sir."


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"Why are these people prowling around? Are they alive?
"They think so."



Curtis' introduction to the film Orpheus:


"Even those who thought they were attacking the system -- the radicals, the artists, the musicians, and our whole counterculture -- actually became part of the trickery. Because they too had retreated into the make-believe world. Which is why their opposition has no effect, and nothing ever changes" 



"Your question are much more revealing about yourself than my answer would be about me."



"It's a good scream. It's a good scream."


Three films that he was not able to show but wanted to were StalkerThe Truman Show and the Lego Movie.


Adam Curtis and Matt Weiner


Jonathan Lethem and Adam Curtis

Thanks again to Cinefamily and Adam Curtis for one hell of a weekend.

Monday, March 20, 2017

11 July 2016 Journal Pages


A quick note to say a very big thanks to everyone who has purchased a sticker inspiration grab bag. I have a few left and once they're gone, that's it. I've drastically reduced the amount of my own personal art stash. I do it every now and then as needed.

I'm prepping for my classes in Arizona this coming weekend and then next weekend at Art and Soul in Portland, OR. Hard to believe it is almost April.

I'm working on some new class ideas that I've had brewing in my head for some time now. Hoping to spend some time this week on them. Stealing bits of time when I can between everything else that needs to be done.

Things to Look for:
David Lynch: The Art Life
Matisse in the Studio
Ida Applebroog: Mercy Hospital

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Inspiration Grab Bags For Sale


I haven't done this in a wee bit and it's time to do it again! I'm cleaning out my studio (a.k.a. my living room) and you can benefit! I'm going to be selling a very different kind of inspiration grab bag. No two grab bags are alike. Each one is completely different and full of my favorite art supplies! These are extremely limited.

Everything is from my personally, curated collection that I have an overabundance of at the moment.

I will ship you a flat rate priority envelope with the following goodies inside:

-Collage Sheets made by me (my personal collage sheets that I offer in my classes as well as use in my own work. Some are multiple image collage sheets. Others are copies of my favorite found images.) You will receive at least two sheets.

-A plethora of stickers, labels, vintage stickers, glassine envelopes and more. These are all from MY personal stash that I have been hoarding (I mean saving) and are hand picked by me (for me and now for you!) Please note that some of the stickers/labels are *vintage* (and rare!) and require an additional adhesive (I usually use a glue stick, gel medium or PVA.)

-rubber stamps one of my personal favorites hand picked from my shelves.Your stamp will either be new or very gently used.
-washi/paper and decorative tape (at least 2 rolls of varying sizes, again, from my personal stash. A mix of used and new here.)
-pencils, pens and markers (You will receive either a gel pen or paint marker (new. Some may have be used once or twice.) and a favorite color pencil for mark making. Please note if you receive a Derwent Paint Liner, you may want to read this post on tips on how to use them. I LOVE mine but didn't realize that you shouldn't pump them as much as regular paint markers.)
I'm cleaning so who knows what else I will fill your box with! Each envelope will contain some of my most favorite art materials and inspiration inside. Again, only things that I use and like in my pages. No junk.

Envelopes are $35 which includes insured priority U.S. shipping (I am sharing the cost of insured priority shipping with you.) 

(Folks outside of the U.S., you can check out and I can invoice you for shipping, but please note these are being shipped in flat rate envelopes and they can be very expensive to mail overseas.)
Please note, that once these are gone, I do not know when I will be making them again. I have really downsized on my art supplies (for various reasons) and these are very limited.
Thank you for looking and for your interest!
If you order by 3/20 at noon, I will ship out on or before 3/21 via priority insured USPS mail. 
 





Friday, March 17, 2017

What I'm Reading: Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (In That Order)



For the past few years, I've been extremely curious about artists whose work I am unfamiliar with. I think I've already established that I'm a bibliophile and an artist (not sure which one of those goes first.) I recently was gifted with a copy of Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (In That Order) and I've had a very hard time putting the book down. 

Written by Bridget Quinn and illustrated by Lisa Congdon, the book is a perfect mesh of art, art history and memoir. I've forced myself to slowly devour it chapter by chapter instead of gulping it all down in one go. It's definitely a title that deserves a special place on my bookshelf. 



I'm not the only one who loves it. There are great reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and Huffington Post for starters.

What are you reading?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

7 and 8th of July 2016 Journal Pages


Such a big gap between these pages and the previous two pages. When David went into the hospital, I wasn't able to do any art. There wasn't any space where I was and I was constantly having to move because of the nurses having to access David and everything that he was hooked up to. 

Like I did when I was little, I still packed a little bag full of journal supplies and my journal, "just in case" that was within easy access. I filled the creative well by reading a (wonderful) book about Van Gogh called, "The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles." When I wasn't trying to make David comfortable (which wasn't always easy) or making sure that his needs were met, I would dive into the book while he slept. Here's what I wrote about it last year. It helped to keep me sane and gave me something to think about during that week we were in the hospital. I'll write about what I'm reading at the moment tomorrow...

Journal Prompt:
Here's an idea for a journal page, when you were little, did you have something that you carried with you everywhere? I always had either a stuffed animal, doll, book or some kind of pencils/crayons and paper with me everywhere I went. When I got older, the dolls and stuffed animals were put on the shelf (I still have them) but I usually have my journal or a book with me. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

23rd June 2016 Journal Page


Lots of prepping and planning on the horizon. 

I'm teaching this month at my friend Jane's studio in Sun City West, AZ. 


Mom and I are driving up North and would appreciate any suggestions of any must see places between Los Angeles and Portland. We are thinking of doing the Lost Coast Drive again. seeing the Redwoods, driving the Coast (as much as possible), Powell's in Portland are just some of the things on The To See List. I am hoping to pop into the Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibit in San Francisco on the drive up. I haven't done the drive to Portland in several years and I'm really looking forward to it. Thanks in advance for any clues, ideas, suggestions and must-see's!

Before I leave for Oregon, I will have my classes posted for April. I'm teaching in Fort Collins, Colorado at the end of April 
and at the beginning of May, I'll be returning to Fremont, California as well as trekking to The Queen's Ink in Maryland in June (the class information will be up very soon.) I'm working on some new classes that I will be announcing soon (no new online class just yet. Sorry. Still juggling many things at home with the family and the husband's health so something has to be put on the back burner for now. Apologies.) 

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