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

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Last Page of A Gypsy Heart Journal and Anaïs Nin


You can look back at the other pages in A Gypsy Heart Journal by clicking here.

Last Friday I wrote that I was reading Anaïs Nin's Mirages and Woolf's A Writer's Diary. Well, after reading about 100 pages in Mirages: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin, 1939–1947, flipping through the pages about her lust for Gore Vidal and her thoughts about her "children" (boy toys), I decided to send it back. I flipped through Woolf's Diary and decided that I can send it back now and if I find it for a better price in my travels, I might pick it up again. I've read several of Nin's self edited diaries and haven't had the problem that I had with Mirages. Journaling can seem to some to be a very self centered activity (and it is, but in a healthy, good way.) Nin focuses on her affairs in this book and I just don't care. If I wanted to read her erotica, I'd read that instead. I'm looking for raw, honest journals that can help me in my own journaling and this isn't the kind of raw that I'm looking for. So, back they go. Now to figure out which book on my shelf I'm going to pick up next...

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

13 March 2015 Journal Pages


I'm writing up my handouts for my Northern California classes in October, trying to clean up my apartment before we have (don't get me started) an inspection later this month and juggle a few new ideas that I am eager to work on. Tristan starts driver's ed on Friday and between driving him there and having to drive him to Valencia once school begins, I'm trying to get as much computer stuff done as possible so when I'm not on the road, I can focus on my artwork and prepping for classes.

Blog Love:

Vincent van Gogh - The Letters The Complete Illustrated and 

Annotated Edition I must have been delusional when I said that I 

didn't need another book about Van Gogh's Letters. That was 

before I knew that THIS Thames & Hudson book existed. I need to

seriously save some pennies

The Jealous Curator Podcasts (yay, art podcasts! I'm looking for more to listen to and would love any recommendations)
Snowtime (microscopic time lapse of snowflakes)
Small Victories: One Couple's Surprising Adventures Collecting American Prints (Book)
The Ontological Museum (Collage, Assemblage and Construction in Santa Fe)
Persona Blu-ray: Loved the film and the extras (If you can seek out the documentary, Liv & Ingmar, it's well worth seeking out. Have some tissues nearby.)

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

A Closer Look at My September 2015 Classes

 

Here is my list of classes for September 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 for groups as well as private 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!

September

 
26th The Making Place Escondido The Artist's Playground
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Learn how to combine your precious bits of ephemera into a truly one of a kind artist’s journal. Create a playground of self expression and discovery. You will learn how to step back and see things in your artwork that you haven’t noticed before.
I have been working on this class for over two years now and am very eager to share it with you. You will be inspired in this class.


Supply list: scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one), 1″ brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes) OR 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.) 

27th Scrampers Torrance The Painted Book
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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 ink pad, and 1" brush to paint and glue (I like chip or bristle brushes).
 
October 
18th Book Arts LA TBA

November
21st The Making Place Escondido TBA
29th Book Arts LA TBA

December
6th Book Arts LA TBA

I hope to see you there!

Monday, August 31, 2015

11 March 2015 Journal Page


My boy starts college two weeks from today. I made this page back in March when he was accepted. He's spent his summer (when he wasn't on the road with me or at San Diego Comic Con) learning 3D animation on his own. I'm so proud of him and I am eager to see how the school teaches and influences him.

One of the films that they recommended we show to Tristan before school starts is Bergman's Persona. We watched the Criterion blu-ray last night and we're still watching the extras. I highly recommend it (David has seen it several times and said that this is the best print he's ever seen.) It's always interesting to see how one thing influences another. We watched the season finale of Hannibal on Saturday night and then Persona the next night and it definitely had an influence on Bryan Fuller.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

A Fantastic Night


Last night, David and I trekked to two exhibits in different parts of Southern California. Good art, an ice cream on a hot night (with no ac in the car) and damn good company made the trek worth while.

Our first stop was at CSUN for the Comic Book Apocalypse:  The Graphic World of Jack Kirby exhibit. My only complaint about the evening is that the instructions on how to get to the parking lot (lot D6) are atrocious on the website. You have to go BEHIND the lots to get to it. We saw lots of other folks driving around trying to figure out how to get to the lot so it wasn't just us. Once inside, I was pleasantly surprised by how large the exhibit was. Below you will find a handful of my favorite pieces. I really loved seeing Kirby's collages in person and included what the exhibit posted about his collage work.


We stayed at CSUN until a few minutes before the exhibit closed. It was great to see so many familiar faces. It was like a mini version of SDCC. I love that comics are being taken as the true art form that they are and that so many people trekked to Northridge for the exhibit. 

Next up (after seeing the absolutely breathtaking, straight out of a sci-fi movie, moon last night) was heading down the 405 to West Los Angeles to see "In Box" Curated by Audrey Kawasaki at Giant Robot 2. I enjoyed the exhibit and here are some of my favorite pieces. Click on them and look close at the little details.
Atorie by Audrey Kawasaki
 
Merkaba Fox by Sean Chao
  
 Aki no Kure by May Ann Licudine (look for the tiny pieces of washi tape!)

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Candy! I mean New Tape!


I've been going through tape withdrawal for months. In my travels this summer I was looking for stencils (I found LOTS of those), new books/magazines (for both reading and collage purposes) and TAPE. The tape proved to be quite elusive this summer. I'm not sure if it was because I either already had a lot of the rolls that the stores I was teaching in sold or what the story was. I've been waiting to find something new and different. 

I bought the bottom row of tape first. They're from Freckled Fawn. I like them and I've already used a couple of them in my work. 

The top row arrived yesterday from Paper Plus Cloth on Etsy and I can't stop looking at them. It was like Christmas when that box arrived. I tore it open. I was meeting a friend in the morning for some catching up time (and art journaling) and thankfully, she was a little late as I would've been late because instead of going in the shower and getting ready, I was going through and drooling over the tapes. I've used one of the rolls in my recent work:

 
I should be cleaning but my art journal (and that tape) is calling to me.
 
More Tape Posts
Where to Find Decorative Tape  
My Essential Tape Rolls
 

Friday, August 28, 2015

What I'm Reading


It's hot in Los Angeles. The kind of hot that's too hot to move about or do much in. Here's where you'll find me this weekend, making art, tucked into some good books (Virginia Woolf's A Writer's Diary and Anais Nin's Mirages) and watching films. 
Follow-up to the books here.

I'm about to go into Dark Shadows withdrawals as David and I finally finished watching the Decades Series that had a short binge of the series. They ended it mid story arc! If anyone ever wants to sell or trade the box set, please think of me...For now, I'll read my books and cross my fingers that they air the show again from where they left off.

Stay cool this weekend wherever you are.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Classes at The Occasional Artist in Glendale, AZ November 13-15th, 2015


 I am very happy to announce that I will be returning to Arizona to teach four NEW workshops at The Occasional Artist in Glendale. This is a new store for me and I'm VERY excited about teaching there. 

Interested in signing up? Please contact The Occasional Artist at 623-847-2215.  

623-847-2215
623-847-2215
Questions? Please email Kelly for more info! EGorey99@sbcglobal.net
The samples are in the store now!
 



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.

The Schedule is

Friday, November 13th 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
A Journey in Black and White
followed by An Open Heart Journal 2-6 p.m.

Saturday, November 14th 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visual Poetry

Sunday, November 15th
Here in My Head 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Friday, November 13th
A Journey in Black and White 9-1

Want to spend four hours exploring the use of black and white with a hint of color? In this workshop, you will bind a simple (but intriguing) hand stitched journal. We'll then start to work magic on the pages piecing together black and white images and backgrounds to create visually stunning pages. We'll bring pops of color into the mix using pens, markers, stencils, rubber stamps and more. 
Please start to gather black and white papers together to use in this class. Don't worry about what you are going to do with them, just accumulate and bring them with you. 
Supply list: scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera (ESPECIALLY black and white ephemera, please think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad,  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 

An Open Heart Journal 2 to 6 p.m.

This journal was a game changer for me and it could be the same for you. Working in different sizes has always pushed me to think outside of the box. I always try to do the same with my classes and in this class you will be pushed out of your comfort zone but I  guarantee you will love every minute. We'll start by binding the journal with a cool looking stitch. Then, we'll dive in on the pages creating rich layers by combining collage with some of my favorite tools.
 
Prepare to think large in this class and start to gather your large ephemera that you've been hoarding. Don't worry what you're going to do with it, just bring it with you.
Supply list: scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera (you may want to bring all of your LARGE ephemera that you've been saving though any size papers will work, too! Please think about reading this when choosing your images), 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.) 
 
  


Saturday, November 14th
Visual Poetry 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In this unique all day workshop, you will create a lavishly layered book full of color, paper, text, paint, stencils and everything with which we can get our hands dirty with. We'll combine all new layers of collage, color, text and images onto the pages. We’ll learn how to push, pull and rework the pages, digging deep and discovering new visual delights on each and every page. This is the class you have been waiting for.
 
Supply list:  scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (please think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one),  1" brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.) Feel free to bring a small handful of your favorite colors of acrylics, paint pens and markers if you'd like though I will have several for you to use.
 

Sunday, November 15th
Here in My Head 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Construct an very unique journal with pages full of layers of colorful paper, deep musings and luscious layers that flip and fold out. (See the pictures below.) You'll then learn how to fill the pages with imagery, color, text, patterns and more that speak to you. You'll love this fun class!
 
Supply list: 1 yard of ribbon, scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera (please think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad,  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! 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

9 March 2015 Journal Page


The above page is one of my favorites. It's simple but it says (visually) what I wanted it to say. Simple pages that mean so much.

I'm teaching my last class at Banana Rose in Westlake Village this Saturday. It's called Found: Moments of Me. You can sign up by calling  818-706-ROSE (7673). You can look at the entire journal here. This is the perfect journal to end the summer with, simple but satisfying. Please come help me to say thanks and goodbye to the little store on the lake...

Monday, August 24, 2015

Jet Pens: New Tape!


As part of their sponsorship program, JetPens sent me a $25 gift certificate to play with.

It's no secret that I absolutely LOVE Washi tape. I've been using it since 2006? 2007? or so and have been obsessed with it ever since. I've had a hard time finding it this summer (it seems that it was the summer of stencils and not the summer of tape.) I was very happy to see that Jetpens has some rolls of Deco Washi Tapes and MT Ex Washi Tapes at very good prices. I'm hoping that Jetpens starts to carry more of it. 

MT is always my favorite paper tape manufacturer. I love how the colors, the patterns and how beautifully they layer. I've never had any problem with their tape sticking (unlike some other brands of faux washi tape.)

I also ordered the Vivid Green Sakura Photo Pen Candy Gel Pens that I love. You can read my review of those here.

Thanks, JetPens!