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!


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

7 June 2015 Journal Page

I'm just starting to emerge from piles and boxes of paper and supplies that have overtaken my living room. If you've ordered a collage or art supply grab bag from me (thank you), they're going to be shipped out within the next 24 hours. I have a very small handful left and I will not be doing this again for a very, very long time. (I can ship as gifts as well.) I've downsized every bit of collage paper, my stamps, stencils, tape, pens/markers, etc... It's been a long time since I've done this to such an extent and it feels great! (Well, it will feel better when things are in their places and I can walk through my apartment.)

My Mom is coming to visit next week and we're trekking up to Northern California (I'll be teaching in Fremont that Saturday.) We're planning on doing both the Disney Museum (just found out it's free on Walt's birthday) and possibly Muir Woods on Friday. We'll leave Fremont early Sunday and drive down the Coast as much as possible. Any suggestions would be appreciated. 

Blog Love:

I hate advertising a big box store, but Barnes and Noble has magazines on sale on Black Friday. Collage fodder, people!
I can't wait for the new Molly Crabapple book to come out. She'll be doing a small signing tour in select cities in the U.S.

Monday, November 23, 2015

November and December Classes 2015

Here is my list of classes for November and December 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 a wide range of ages from individuals to small groups to large gatherings. I have held classes at stores, museums, schools, backyards, garages, studios and private homes. I also am available for teaching home schooling art classes.

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

Thank YOU for your interest!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

7 June 2015 Journal Page

"The only dream worth having is to dream that you will live while you are alive, and die only when you are dead. To love, to be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and vulgar disparity of the life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.” -Arundhati Roy

Saturday, November 21, 2015

What I'm Reading

Rather, what I'm really looking forward to reading after I can finish making my grab bags and have a clear path in my living room. I have spent the last few days sorting through every piece of paper in my collection and cleaning out art supplies. My husband and son have spent the last few days tripping over and banging into bags and boxes of my paper and supply stashes. Almost done. 

Even though it is a lot of work, I do enjoy making these bags up for folks. I love trying to piece together things that I think someone will enjoy. It also gives me a chance to sort through and rediscover old supplies. Back to work!

Paris in Winter by David Coggins
Just Kids by Patti Smith

Friday, November 20, 2015

Buy One, Get One Free Online Class Sale

I'm still surrounded by paper as I sort through to make collage grab bags. I haven't done this since 2013 and I won't be doing this again for quite some time. If you're interested, you might want to take advantage of it now as I won't be selling collage or art supply grab bags for a while now.

While I'm cleaning house (and since it's that time of the year), I'd like to offer a Buy One, Get One Free Sale on all of my online classes (you can see them along the right hand side of my blog.) If you buy a class, you'll get a second class of equal or lesser value for free. Take two classes or take one with a friend! I'll be offering this deal through midnight on Monday, November 30th. If you have any questions, please email me. This is only the second time that I've offered a sale like this. Classes make great holiday presents for you or a friend. Take some time for you this holiday season and revel in your own creativity!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

My Imperfect Heart


I started this journal on the 6th of June. It traveled with me to Boston, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Colorado, New Mexico and even to San Diego Comic-Con. I'll be sharing the pages with you over the next couple of weeks. I hope that you enjoy the journey.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

AFI Fest 2015

 Producer Rosa Tran, actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, Co-director Duke Johnson and co-director/writer Charlie Kaufman of Anomalisa

I wanted to wrap up my posts about AFI Fest 2015 (previous ones are here) before it gets to be any later in the month. On Tuesday night, David and I headed to the American Cinematheque to see Anomalisa.  

Part of the AFI Fest film going experience, is that in order to get a seat in the theatre, you have to get in line as early as possible. We barely made it into Michael Moore's film despite being second and third in line! We arrived about three and a half hours before Anomalisa began and by the time we were given numbered tickets, we were fifteenth and sixteenth in line (after being fourth and fifth in line when we first arrived.) Yes, the tickets are free, but this doesn't mean you don't have to work for them by which I mean standing in line for hours at a time. We do this because we want to see films that sound unique and interesting, but also for the often rare chance to see the filmmakers live.

Anomalisa was interesting. It is an animated stop-motion film, but unlike any I have ever seen. It was fascinating to watch because the characters were so life-like you had to wonder why they chose animation as their medium. When the film ended, it was a treat to see the filmmakers and some of the cast. They spoke for a bit after the film and answered questions. On his way out, Kaufman graciously signed my DVD of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (But I still wish I had a book for him to sign.)

Some folks laugh and shake their heads when I tell them that I like to sit in the front row of the movie theater. I have two reasons for this. First one: if I can get someone to sign one of my books, the front row is the best place to be for this to happen. But my main reason for sitting in the front row center is that I want to only be able to see the screen. I don't want to see other people's heads or phones or anything else other than what is on the big screen. I love the film going experience and this is my favorite way to see a film.

 A bodyguard looks on as Director Ridley Scott speaks

The next night, we attended, "On Directing: A Conversation with Ridley Scott." Looking at the photo, all I can think is that I need a cell phone camera with a better zoom (we were in the front row and only about five seats from Scott.) Unfortunately, AFI scheduled two conversations on the same day around the same time. David and I always enjoy seeing Ridley Scott speak and while it would've been very nice to have seen Michael Caine, a full hour of listening to a filmmaker speak vs a much shorter talk and a film, well, it was no question as to what we were going to attend.

Scott spoke for about an hour. He was in rare form (we've seen him a few times and he's usually very stoic) laughing and smiling as he told stories and answered questions. Some things that he said that stayed with me: "If you can draw, you can do anything." "Always say yes even if you don't have any ideas." (This was in regard to being asked awhile back if he had any ideas for a Blade Runner sequel.)  And "films should always be big. Otherwise, they're boring." He also excited the crowd by describing what he said was the opening of Blade Runner 2, but was actually very similar to the opening of one of the early drafts of the original movie which, despite never being used, was storyboarded and the storyboard is on Youtube. He concluded by saying we'd have to pay to see the rest.

At the end of the talk, folks jumped up for autographs. Scott signed only a very small handful of things for fans and David was just about to get his book signed when security grabbed Ridley Scott and rushed him out the door. C'est la vie.
Adam McKay, like most directors, likes to speak with his hands

Our final film of the festival was The Big Short. We arrived over five hours before the film was scheduled to start and were about sixteenth in line. By the time they handed out numbered tickets, we were 45th and 46th. We were hoping to be put in the main theatre with the cast and crew but as we watched the line grow with people saving seats for folks who weren't there (or folks who had the audacity to go to see a film and then ask their friends to save spaces for them!), we knew it didn't look good. The whole system is ridiculous. Ideally, numbers would be handed out as you get in line, especially for an premiere event like this. 

While I didn't get to see Christian Bale in person (unless you count seeing a crowd of fans surrounding him, from across Hollywood Blvd.), I did get to see one of the best films to come out of Hollywood in a very long time, The Big Short, as well as the director, Adam McKay, who came over to Chinese 1, the smaller theatre, and introduced his film. One week later, I'm still thinking about The Big Short. I don't like to talk about films until I've seen them and I don't want to spoil it for you. I'd recommend not reading about it and just going to see it as soon as it's released. I had to pick my jaw up off of the floor several times during the film and I walked out both frightened and just amazed by the film I had just seen. It packed a punch and it hasn't let go of me since.

My previous Posts about AFI Fest 2015 can be found here.
AFI Fest 2015 YouTube Channel

Monday, November 16, 2015

Taking Pre-Orders: Collage Grab Bags for Sale!

I haven't done this in a very long time and considering that my family is coming to visit, it's about 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 two different kinds of grab bags. No two grab bags are alike. Each one is completely different and full of my favorite collage materials and/or art supplies! NO junk. NO garbage. Catch them while you can (the last time I sold collage grab bags was 2013.)

Everything is from my personally, curated collection that I have an overabundance of at the moment.
#1 COLLAGE ONLY GRAB BAG $30 plus $6 shipping

I will stuff a flat rate priority mail envelope with:

-Collage Sheets made by me (my personal collage sheets that I offer in my classes as well as use in my own work) 
-A plethora of various sized, high quality handmade and decorative papers (some of my favorite papers to use) 
-collage ephemera: background papers like scrapbook paper, handmade paper, decorative paper, focal images and much, much, MUCH more. 
Again, only things that I use and like in my pages.



#2 ART SUPPLIES GRAB BAG $30 plus $6 shipping

I will stuff a flat rate priority mail envelope with (all or some of the following):
paper and/or washi tape
transparency sheets (from Hambly who are long out of business)
collage sheets
rubber stamps (all different sizes and all artsy!) 

some surprises


(one collage grab bag and one art supply grab bag):


If you like what I use on my journal pages, you will LOVE these bags.

I will take orders on a first come, first serve basis until I run out. These are extremely limited and I usually sell out very quickly.

Collage grab bags are $30 plus $6 shipping for US residents (trust me, there is MORE than $30 worth of stuff in here. I tend to fill the bags up with NEW handmade, scrapbook, and decorative papers that I've recently purchased. If I was going to buy a collage grab bag, these are the kinds I would want-it's all from my stash!!). If you are overseas, please email me first to make arrangements on shipping.

I will ship your grab bag in a well taped, flat rate, USPS priority envelope. I will be making these up over the next week. I will ship them out on or before November 25th. These are extremely limited so please don't wait if you are interested. I can also ship them as gifts if you'd like.

If you like this, you may want to read, Being Mindful: Curating Your Images.

Sunday, November 15, 2015


Home from a wonderful weekend teaching at The Occasional Artist in Arizona. I want to give a big shout out of thanks to my students as well as to the store staff (Thanks, Angie and Kathie!) You guys rocked your journal pages. 

I also want to thank my good friends, Jane and Jeane for taking good care of me and letting me crash at Jane's pad.

I can't wait to return to The Occasional Artist in late February (26th-28th.)

The table looks a little too clean here. Believe me when I say that there were art supplies everywhere!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

"Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what it will be." -Kahlil Gibran