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, December 22, 2014

Pen Love: JetPens Order Review




Pilot FriXion Colors Erasable Marker-in rose, navy and honey yellow. 

Pilot FriXion Colors Erasable Marker - Rose - PILOT SFC-10M-RS
This is a very good pen for students (because it's erasable and comes in fun colors), doodlers or people who like to play with brush tip pens. It's smooth on paper but doesn't stay on tape or paint. I wouldn't buy it again because for what I do, it doesn't work. 

Sailor Mitsuo Aida Double-Sided Brush Pen - Fine / Medium - 

Maroon Body


Sailor Mitsuo Aida Double-Sided Brush Pen - Fine / Medium - Maroon Body - SAILOR 27-9255-232

I LOVE This pen. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE it. Yeah, it wipes off of 

paint or paper but it's just smooth and fun to play with. I love the 

double sided tips. Make sure that if you buy one, you realize that

the pen only comes in black on jetpens and the colors are the 

different bodies of the pens.



Pilot Juice Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Yellow - PILOT LJU-10EF-Y





Kuretake Zig Fudebiyori Metallic Brush Pen - Gold


Kuretake Zig Fudebiyori Metallic Brush Pen - Gold - KURETAKE CBK-55MT-101

I LOVE these pens. LOVE them. They write on tape AND
paint (AND PAPER.) Love the metallic colors. It's well known that ZIG makes some of the best pens and this is definitely another great round of new pens! LOVE! Would definitely recommend. I had to have all of the colors. 


Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica Gel Ink Pen - 0.4 mm


Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica Gel Ink Pen - 0.4 mm - Brown - PILOT LHM-15C4-BN

These are my FAVORITE gel pens that I've bought this year. They're not permanent on tape or paint but they are smooth as they glide across paper. I love the extra fine the tip size and the colors are scrumptious. I'd buy more of them if they ever come out with new colors. Candy. That's what they remind me of, a pen lover's
candy.

Have you bought any new pens lately? What have been your favorites?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Holiday Wish List/Gift Giving Guide for Artists

Someone asked me what my holiday wish list as far as art supplies went. Contrary to popular belief, I'm not constantly buying art supplies unless it's for my classes. My favorite supplies are listed (on the right hand side of the blog here.) I'm always looking for inspiration so books are at the top of my wish list. Three books that I really would love right now are:

 
 http://www.amazon.com/dp/4756244955/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=9BBCZS7PUIPI&coliid=I1YQRH2CF3I77W
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0615251188/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=9BBCZS7PUIPI&coliid=I1TSPCYH6YY1W


Books that I ALREADY HAVE and would recommend to any art lover are: Juliana Coles and Orly Avineri's latest self published offerings of their art journals, Maira Kalman and Lynda Barry's latest are very big favorites.

I would really love this pelvis stencil. I LOVE the sacred heart stencil, the Sri Yantra (and several others) from Artistscellar in 6 x 6" size.  I always love Crafters Workshop stencils. I need more alphabet stencils (always looking for letter stencils. Any favorites?) I love small stencils that I can throw in my art journal bag.

Water based paint markers are a big favorites. I just bought some extra fine paint markers from Montana in colors I didn't have as well as a couple of empty extra fine paint markers, replacement tips and bottles of their refills for the colors that I wanted that didn't come in extra fine size. 

I'm always looking for collage material so a trip to a good used bookstore like Iliad Books in North Hollywood (my favorite) might be fun for an artist. They can find inspiration or materials!


I'm a BIG sucker for washi tape and alphabet stamps that I search for on etsy or at Kinokuniya. I also love handmade paper so a gift certificate to an art store (like Flax) or Paper Source would make any artist drool. 

Pens from Jetpens.

Handmade. Handmade and Handmade at Etsy. 

Rub-ons. I'm always looking for good rub-ons to use in my artwork. I love the old letraset letters as well as some fun scrapbooking ones.

Stickers because I'm 40 going on 8. You're never too old! 

Magazines I love: Uppercase, Flow and Another Escape are all favorites.

I backed this kickstarter project and can't wait for Temple of Art as a book AND A film to come out. (I ordered both.)

In person or online classes from your favorite artists and art teachers. They make great gifts! I know someone who loves to teach and can make up gift certificates for you. 

The biggest gift that I would want but can only make myself is time. Time to create my journal pages, time to read, time to think, time to immerse myself in what I love to do the most.

Artist friends, what is on your wish list?

Friday, December 19, 2014

A Closer Look at December and January Classes

Here's my list of classes for December 2014 through January 2015.

It's the holiday season and classes make a GREAT gift! You can email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net if you have any questions or want to send a class as a gift.

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 (24 different online workshops as of Winter 2014.) You can find out more info on the right side of my main blog.

Thank YOU for your interest!


December

 
 
27th Kept Creations Whitman, MA two NEW classes!


 
 
28th ArtStudio 360 Meetup Group Holliston, MA two NEW classes! 

January 2015
 

10th Banana Rose Westlake Village Pocket Planner

 

11th Scrampers Torrance The Painted Book

 

18th Book Arts LA Deep Within: Journal Bundles




23-25th Maria's Studio in the Niles Section of Fremont, CA
five NEW classes

 

31st The Making Place Escondido Cultivating You

I hope to see you there!

Sunday, January 11, 2015 Scrampers, Torrance: The Painted Book

I am really looking forward to returning to teach at Scrampers in Torrance on Sunday, January 11th. The store is HUGE with lots of fun goodies and an extremely large classroom space. 
1309 Sartori Ave, Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 320-5476 (please do not call the store to sign up as all sign-ups for my classes at this store are handled via me) 
 
Each class is four hours in length. 
 
Class time is Noon to 4 p.m. 
 
The class fee is $80 per person (per class) which 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 as:
  • 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!







Cancellation policy: Students are allowed to cancel 72 hours (3 days) before the class. After that, you can send someone else in your place, transfer to another one of my classes or receive a kit.
 
 
The Painted Book: An Exploration in Layers

By popular demand, I'm teaching a brand new mixed media class. Roll up your sleeves, don your aprons and prepare to get messy! We'll explore a variety of mediums including watercolor, gouache, and much, much more. Create richly painted pages which you will assemble into a canvas covered book. Learn new ways of exploring color and layering in this unique four hour workshop.

Supply list: Apron, tacky glue, scissors, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black inkpad, and 1" brush to paint and glue (I like chip or bristle brushes).
 
 
I hope to see you there! 

Sunday, January 18th, 2015 Deep Within: Journal Bundles at Book Arts LA

I am very excited to announce that I will be returning to teach at the Book Arts Los Angeles Center (at the location where Stampin From the Heart used to be.) The new space is gorgeous with plenty of space to work and an amazing amount of light in the studio. I love teaching there.

BookArtsLA
11720 Washington Place
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Each class is four hours in length. 

Class time is Noon to 4 p.m.

The class fee is $85 per person which 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 as:

  • 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 note if these buttons don't work or if you have questions, please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net.

Please note that I am handling all of the sign-ups (not BALA.)
Space is limited. 

I am also scheduled to teach there (classes TBA):
February 15th
March 29th

Sunday, January 18th Noon to 4 p.m.
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.


I hope to see you there!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

17 September 2014 Journal Page


The page above is huge and yet it still works using small images.  I pull them together by tying odd bits and pieces of paper together using snippets of stencils, color repetition, text and pattern around the page. It might not be the best thing I've ever made but it says exactly what I needed it to say at that moment in time.

When you're struggling with your work, step back and take a minute to really look at your piece. Ask questions but don't judge. Does the piece say everything that you need for it to say? What do you like about it? What don't you like? If there's something that you don't like, step back and look at the page from a distance. Turn it upside down and rotate it so your brain doesn't see the images but shapes, patterns and colors. Can you try pulling a color around the page or repeating a pattern? What about adding some different text in that blank little corner up at the top?  These are all questions that have gone through my mind at times as I make my pages. 

“I invent nothing, I rediscover.” -Auguste Rodin

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

16 September 2014 Journal Page


Busy week ahead. I'm prepping for my classes at Kept Creations in Whitman, MA as well as ArtStudio 360 in Holliston, MA

I'm also working on finishing up the 50+ page handout for my latest class, Making My Mark: A Prompt A Day Revised and Revisited: January 2015: Collage.  I'm really excited about this class and what folks are going to do with it. It's always my most favorite part about teaching, generating new ideas in a group setting and seeing how we inspire each other.

Blog Love:
A Single Woman Is a Witch: Battling to Save the Art Environment of Mary Nohl (this woman was amazing with what she created.)
Mary Nohl, The Witch of Foxpoint:

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What a Year Brings

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 “Please read my diary, look through my things and figure me out." -Kurt Cobain, Journals

Thirteen. 

Thirteen full journals from 2014. All made and filled by me. (The only one missing is the one that is in the third photo. It is living at Kept Creations in Whitman, MA until my classes there next weekend.)

"On Keeping a Journal. Superficial to understand the journal as just a receptacle for one’s private, secret thoughts — like a confidante who is deaf, dumb and illiterate. In the journal I do not just express myself more openly than I could to any person; I create myself.

The journal is a vehicle for my sense of selfhood. It represents me as emotionally and spiritually independent. Therefore (alas) it does not simply record my actual, daily life but rather — in many cases — offers an alternative to it."  -Susan Sontag December 31st entry in her journal, Reborn.

I share these with you to encourage you. If I can do it, so can you. A full year to you may mean one full completed journal of 30 pages or a journal a month or a journal every two weeks. It is all good. To hold them in your hands and look back over the year, a year full of you having lived is a very good thing. Something to celebrate.

“People who keep journals have life twice.” -Jessamyn West