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, October 21, 2014

Derwent's Graphik Line Painters

Set of 20

Note how in these pictures, I tried the Graphik Paint Liners on both uncoated white paper, black washi tape and handmade paper. 

Graphik Line Painters, you had me at the words paint, opaque, permanent, water based and solvent free. My order from Dick Blick arrived Saturday night and I haven't been able to put them down since. 

They are a very nice compliment to water based Sharpies, Molotow and Montana paint markers. I love the extra fine tip size. The marker also feels good in your hand. Shake. Pump. Shake. You're good to go. Make sure you store them flat and cap them immediately after use as you don't want them to dry out. I am loving the colors. I hope that they sell well so that they'll eventually come out with new colors (always thinking ahead here.) I can never get enough of a good fine tip paint marker.

My only beef is that they're not refillable. In this day and age, more pen/marker companies should be coming out with pens that we can refill and change the tips out (kudos to Molotow and Montana for doing so.)

 Black, Pkg of 3
I also bought the Graphik Line Makers. They're a nice, fine tip, water based pigment ink. I honestly don't know if I really "need" them as I have other pens in similar tip sizes and colors that act like these pens do. They are NOT paint markers.

Several of my students on Sunday commented about the packaging. It's fun but honestly, I could care less what the packaging looks like as long as the markers work well. It will probably attract the eye of folks who may not normally pick them up as it is a clever packaging.

Two big thumbs up on the Graphik Line Painters.

A pass on the Graphik Line Makers only because I have too many pens like this already.

If you're in L.A., you can get them at Blue Rooster in Los Feliz (they also have free shipping over $25 in the U.S.)

If you order them online at Blick, be prepared to wait several weeks as shipping is soooo slow (as of this posting 10/20/2014, none of my local Blick stores have them in stock yet.)

More Info:
The pictures in this post are what made me jump in and buy them.
Derwent Graphik Line Painters 
Graphik Line Makers
My Favorite Pens
My Bare Bones List of Favorite Pens 
My Favorite Supplies

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Well, That was Fun!

A Very Big Thanks to my students at Banana Rose (Westlake Village) and Book Arts L.A. (Los Angeles) for a really fun weekend. I taught two different collage classes and loved watching the students thought processes as they worked on their pages. Thanks again for a great weekend. I hope that everyone is as creatively stimulated as I am! Where are my scissors?!

(Before I am inundated with questions, the funky shaped box holds Derwent's new Graphik Line Painters. I will have a review of them soon. Blick online carries them. Locally in L.A., Blue Rooster Supplies in Los Feliz has them. Just know if you order from Blick, shipping is soooo slow (as in many weeks!!!) I was impatient waiting for mine.)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

12 August 2014 Journal Page

I'm not posting this because I think I'm a great teacher. I'm posting this because it is my most favorite part about teaching: watching students process and unfold upon the page pouring so much of themselves into their work. Nothing beats seeing that lightbulb go off over someone's head. I get anoyed when folks say that you shouldn't think when you create. I believe that thinking is a necessary step (art is problem solving and possibility.) Stressing is what you shouldn't do. 

"I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit."-John Steinbeck

Friday, October 17, 2014

8 August 2014 Journal Page

Busy weekend ahead with classes in So CA both days. Prep work is almost done!

Next Tuesday brings not one, but TWO books by Maira Kalman as well as Lynda Barry's latest offering, Syllabus. Guess where I'll be Tuesday?

If you didn't know already, Flow magazine is now taking subscriptions for its international publication. 

Films Coming Out this Weekend that I want to See:

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

The Book of Life


David and I went to The Egyptian (a.k.a. The American Cinematheque) the other night for the 30th (!!) anniversary of The Terminator. It was fun but I'm still a bit peeved at the $25 per person ticket price for a DCP print AND that Schwarzenegger didn't show up (even Cameron hinted that he wasn't really sick.) That said, it was interesting listening to both Gale Anne Hurd and James Cameron speak. David commented that Cameron was much more down to Earth (not as cocky) than the last time he heard him talk (at San Diego Comic Con about five years ago.) Host Geoff Boucher hinted at a possible T2 screening next month. At what cost per ticket? $30? $50? I'll probably save my pennies for 35mm and for guests who actually show up.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

"The Ultimate Ginger"

In class the other day, we were discussing favorite television shows and influences. I'm a very big fan of things that leave you thinking days later vs something that just engages you passively.

I love Dr. Who (Tom Baker, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi are all of the Doctors that I've seen and loved.) Yet, there is one episode that continuously stands out in my mind as one of the best things that I have ever seen on television.

Vincent and the Doctor.

If you haven't seen it, don't look it up. Don't click on anything. Just go right to Netflix or Amazon Prime or wherever and watch it. I don't care if you are the kind of person who tells me repeatedly that you don't care for science fiction (that's a whole 'nother argument that I'm not going to wag my finger at you about right now.) 

Trust me. Go. Watch. It. Now. 

Come back and let me know what you think. I'll be waiting.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Classes at Scrampers in Torrance, CA

I am very excited to announce that I will be teaching at Scrampers in Torrance on Sunday, November 23rd. I'm really looking forward to teaching there as I have heard many good things about the store.
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!
Sunday, November 23rd
Noon to 4 p.m.

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.
Pocket Planner

In this four hour workshop, we’ll create a little pocket planner that fits in your purse! It’s the perfect size book for every day journaling, collage, list making or to take note of anything memorable or important. We’ll start by creating a book from scratch (with your own hands, learning a super cool and easy binding!) Then, we’ll start to embellish some of the pages so that you won’t be able to resist working on the pages. I loved working in my journal and so will you!

Supply list: small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 1" brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes) or a few of your favorite glue sticks 
I hope to see you there!