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

Friday, August 26, 2016

Thoughts

Waving hi from Fort Collins, Colorado!

"I think we are the sum of what we have read, seen and experienced. I do not think artists are born from emptiness! I am a small stone of a tall building, I depend on each element of the building, next to, above, below."

-Ingmar Bergman

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What I'm Reading

Headed to Colorado today. Really looking forward to my classes this weekend.

Here are the books I am bringing with me. Just like when I was little, I always have a book and art supplies within reach.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Gratitude


I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who bought something, stopped in or took the time to pass along the information about my art supply sale. It is greatly appreciated. There are still a few goodies left. I have mailed everything out (yesterday via USPS) that was ordered before today. I am happy that my art supplies have found new homes.


In other news, David and I were involved in a car accident last week. We are okay but our only car is not. I am thankful that no one was seriously injured but extremely frustrated at the same time (it wasn't our fault.) I guess after twenty five years of driving (twenty of them in Los Angeles) and no accidents, we have been very lucky until this (craptastic) year. The guy at the auto shop summed it up best when he looked at our car and said, "Poor car."

I want to end this post with something positive. My friend, Krista,  sent me a link to a great documentary with old footage of Georgia O'Keeffe. If you haven't seen it yet, it is well worth the hour of your time. I am determined to visit Georgia's museum, studio and home when I teach at Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps in October. If anyone has any advice, tips or suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it. 

 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Art Supplies for Sale


For various reasons, I have to downsize my collection of art supplies. These are the best of the best: rubber stamps, ink pads, stencils, papers, transparencies, vellum, scrapbook paper, handmade paper and more. I have spent more than twenty years collecting and gathering some of the above items. They now need to find new homes. Thank you for your interest.

Please note that the prices below are for U.S. shipping only. Thank you.






Vintage Nude Postcard Grab Bag: These are reproductions of vintage nude postcards. Each one is different. They are all women. All are tasteful.  You will receive 10 different postcards for $17 includes shipping. These are extremely limited.







 
 


 


Wood mounted Sets of Rubber Stamps The above photo is the box open and the second photo is the box closed.
Top row (left to right):
Cavallini and Company Birds and Nests SOLD! THANK YOU!
-Toto  available please mail Egorey99@sbcglobal.net
-Accessories available please mail Egorey99@sbcglobal.net
-Nature Pattern available please mail Egorey99@sbcglobal.net
Bottom row (left to right):
Vintage LetterPress SOLD! THANK YOU!
Chinese Nature Stamps SOLD! THANK YOU!
Decorative Lace SOLD! THANK YOU!

$13 each includes shipping. Email Egorey99@sbcglobal.net


The supplies below are SOLD OUT. Thank you!



ART SUPPLY/COLLAGE GRAB BAG


AB Seas Alphabet Set


Miscellaneous Alphabet, Number and Date Stamps

Three Floral Stamp Sets Mounted on Cushion Only plus bonus flower (u/m) stamp 



New Ink Pad Set



Calendar/Planner Stamps


Wood Stamp Collection


CatsLife Press Calendar/Planner Stamps

  
Frank Lloyd Wright Alphabet Set




Two Calligraphy Alphabet Sets plus three smaller sets


Glitz Three Different Sets of Rubber Stamps.


Thank you so much for your time and interest!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Preview: Art Supply/Collage Grab Bags and More!



This Friday (August 19th) at noon PDT, I will be selling a limited amount of art supplies. The photo below is a preview of what your collage/mixed media supply grab bag could contain. The other photo shows not only some of the rubber stamps that could be in your bag but the various sets I will be selling.

For various reasons, I have had to greatly decrease my art supplies. This is the creme de le creme of my stash. 

On Friday at noon a new post will appear listing everything. If you have any questions, please email me. There is something for everyone.

Thanks!

♥.

Ruth Gikow










I was hoping to post the grab bags and things that I had mentioned the other day today but yesterday was spent with two doctors and making several phone calls. I am going to spend this afternoon trying to finish putting together my stash of art supplies to sell and will post again (with a new post) if I can get things ready to sell tomorrow or Friday. Thank you so much for your patience.

As I clean and rearrange my little art area, I am rediscovering some treasures. At some point in my travels, I picked up a copy of Ruth Gikow (1970, Maecenas Press) at one of my favorite used bookstores. I flipped through it and fell in love with the color, texture and raw emotion that filled the pages. I thought that I would share some of her work here.

It looks like there are at least three published books of her work:
-Ruth Gikow 1970

-History of the Jews in America. Illus. by Ruth Gikow

-Ruth Gikow: Recent Work 1976

Wikipedia entry on Ruth Gikow
Archives of American Art: Ruth Gikow Papers
Oral History Interview with Ruth Gikow
NY Times Obituary from 1982

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Stitching Myself Up


(Even though I used similar colors on these pages, they are two separate pages. In other words, this is not one journal spread.)

Hoping to spend a much deserved day at home today. I have cleaning to do, prep work for my San Diego and Colorado classes this month, art to do and a good book to read.

I mentioned selling some handmade/scrapbook paper and art supply grabbags awhile back. I am hoping to finish them today so that I can list them on Wednesday. I also have some class announcements that I need to post about very soon. I do not know how anyone with an ill loved one manages to get anything done no matter how hard they try. 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Questions


What I am often asking is not, "how can I become a better artist?" I prefer to let my work reflect my ongoing question of, "how can I become a better human being?"

Friday, August 12, 2016

8 December 2015 Journal Pages


Funny that looking back at these two (separate) pages now, what I would do to rework them. I encourage my students to make color copies of their pages and to look at them with new eyes. I have not done this myself recently and maybe it is time to do so again.

Some of you have asked about an update on David. He has an appointment with the urologist next week. He saw the oncologist on Monday. David did not have *kidney* cancer. The oncologist said that his kidney was fine (though his urologist said it was bigger than it should have been and was not functioning properly.) However, he had transitional cell carcinoma of the collecting agent that is attached *to* the kidney. It was a very slow moving cancer that did not spread. The stage was, "A."

That said, he told us the first year is the most important and we will be regulars at the doctors. He did say that there is a chance it could pop up elsewhere but he thinks he will be fine. We hope he is right.

We still do not know when his next surgery will be.  He does not want to think about it.

He is still tired a lot. He seems to slowly be getting back to his old self (between really long naps and doctor visits.) Thank you for your love, concern and kind wishes.

I am trying to get work done when I can. Everything seems in disarray and yet, I can find what I need to. I need time to reorganize everything including my head. I really enjoyed teaching at Art Unraveled last week. The energy of a roomful of creative artists is refreshing and stimulating. I am really looking forward to my classes in San Diego and Colorado this month! 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

October 7th-9th Classes at Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps in Santa Fe New Mexico



My workshops teach a variety of ideas in collage, creative processing, self expression, composition, design, layering, painting and much, much more. I strive to make each workshop unique and fun.
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) acrylic paints and mediums, collage material, rubber stamps, stencils, pens, markers, tape and more.

Please note there is a small supply list below the class descriptions.
Beginners to advanced are welcome in ALL of my classes.
Interested in signing up? Please contact Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps.  Questions? Please email Kelly for more info! EGorey99@sbcglobal.net
  

An Artist's Study
9 - 1 p.m.

As artists and individuals, we're always learning. We seek guidance from our favorite artists. They inspire and spark ideas in us. How can we borrow from them to create entirely new and unique pieces? 

In this class, you will learn how to glean inspiration from your favorite artists and create fresh, new, vibrant journal pages that combines their work with yours. I took the work of one of my favorite artists both collage and idea wise and melded it with my own work. 

We will begin the class by making a quick, pamphlet stitch journal but I want the focus of the class to be about making the pages. I ask that students please bring a book or color copies of the work of one of their favorite artists (the images do not have to be of people, it can be an abstract artist, a photographer, a sculpture artist, a kid's art, your art as a kid, your old art) whatever kind of art calls to you but you have to be able and willing to cut it up. I will show you how to look at their work with new eyes. You will learn how to look at their work with new eyes and how to incorporate what they have done into your own work, making new, original work in your own distinct style. Not only did I collage with bits of my favorite artist's work but I also borrowed mark making, layouts, thoughts and other ideas. I wanted to make completely new and original pieces that looked like my work as I learned from her. You will learn how to do the same in this all day workshop. 

Supply list: Bring either several different copies or an inexpensive book (to tear up) of your favorite artist's work, OR even copies of your own artwork, a child's artwork or anyone's art that speaks and inspires you. If you are bringing color copies think of playing with sizes and color vs black and white on the copy machine, an apron, scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images), 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 and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), a couple of smaller detail 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.)

Friday PM Class: 


 
 
 

The Journal Experience: A Master Class  
2-4 p.m.

Journaling doesn't have to be about special events nor does it have to be limited to what you ate for breakfast. In this workshop, we'll focus on the everyday, simple moments that add up to an individual lifetime of experiences and thoughts. You'll learn how to revel in the daily moments and turn them into art journal pages. Be prepared to get messy, be pushed out of your box, laugh, learn (a lot) and have some fun.


 Supply list: a journal (or I will have paper for you), an apron, scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images), 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 and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), a couple of smaller detail 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.)




Saturday, October 8th:
  
 


Inner Voice: A Conversation in Art Journaling
9-4

In this special workshop, not only will you construct a new and unusual journal with pages that flip, fold and pull out in ways you never thought possible, but you will dive deep onto the pages. You will combine layers of paper, paint and more to form your own artistic voice on the page. Learn how to push, pull and coax ideas on the page. Learn how to express yourself with layers of paper, paint, pens, stencils and much, much more. You will have a conversation in color, pattern, shape, design, text, texture and more using mixed mixed techniques on the pages of your new journal.

Supply list: an apron, scissors, a bottle of tacky glue, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one),  1-2" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), a couple of smaller detail 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.)

Saturday PM CLASS:

 

A Few of My Favorite Things: Paper, Paint and Pen: Text Edition
6-8 p.m.

Combining visual art with the written word is a passion of mine. I am always searching for new ways to bring together paper, paint and pen. 

Want to make your pages come alive? Then bring your journal to class where you will learn not only how to add text to your pages but where, when and what to write. Your pages will sing and vibrate with layers of color, texture and text. This is unlike any class in adding text that I have ever taught before.

Supply list: a journal or paper to work on, an apron, scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images), 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 and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), a couple of smaller detail 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.)

Sunday, October 9th:




 
 
 
 

Serenity Bundles
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In this extensive, (paint covered) hands-on workshop, you will create luscious, rich, and colorful painted pages. You will learn how to layer, scrub, and create soulful and unique to you pages that can be used for a variety of art projects. You will learn color, design, composition, collage and much, much more in this class. You will transform your painted papers into expressive, hand bound books. 

Be prepared to get messy so bring your apron, a desire to learn and explore and your sense of humor. I guarantee that a good time will be had by all as we explore paint and paper!

This class is actually MULTIPLE classes in one! You will be learning techniques that apply to a variety of art forms (think art journaling, collage, etc...) as you create layered, unique pages. You will also be creating at least two different books.  

Supply list: full pack of regular BABY WIPES, an apron, scissors, a SMALL selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one),  1-2" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), a couple of smaller detail 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!