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 almost twenty 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, May 31, 2007


Even More Books!!
Nick Bantock: The Venetians Wife; Alexandria; The Forgetting Room; The Egyptian Jukebox; Museum at Purgatory; Capolan
Laurel Burch: Fantastic Felines; Design Originals: Metal Embossing; Artful Beads On Leather
Zen & Creativity by Loori; Angels: An Endangered Species (artwork); The Sketchbook Kit; The Sensualist by Barbara Hodgson
Color Mixing Bible; Rubber Soul; Louise Hay: Love Yourself Heal Your Life ; Lighten Up; Make Your Mark (various techniques)
Glorious Papers; Paper, Metal & Stitch; Transfers to Transform Beaney & LIttlejohn; Surfaces for Stitch
Creative Embroidery; Fiber ARts Design Book 6; Altered Couture; Color for Paper and Fabric
Keeping A Nature Journal; Cheryl Darrow's Metal Effects; Artella zine w/ CD
Sacred Imagery (art book); Essential Pre-Raphaelites
Color Harmony Workbook; Imagery on Fabric by Jean Ray Laury
Paper Quilting by Hoff; Paint Happy; Breathing on your own (Quote book); Art of Fabric Books

Fiber Arts Design Book 7; The Seed Handbook; Da Vinci L.A. County; Thomas Mann: Metal Artist


You guys know the drill (read the previous posts these are TRADES for paper ephemera, other books, gift certificates, MAKE ME AN OFFER!!) ..there are still some more books below left. Drop me a note. I'm trying to get rid of them as best as I can in "batches" but they gotta go however I get rid of em. ;)
Thanks
Kelly
EGorey99@sbcglobal.net
More Books to Swap!!


Northlight Painting Techniques...by E. Tate, Art Class (GONE), Intro to Mixed Media (GONE), Acrylic Painting Techniques (GONE)
Handmade Silk Paper, New TEchniques for Wearable Art, Betty Edwards Color (GONE), Sketching School
Making Memories Beyond Metal, Stamp Zia Going Beyond Cards, Rebecca Sower's Scrapbooking LIfe's Little Treasures
Learn to Draw & Paint, Stephen Quiller's Color Choices, Leaving a Trace, Stampington's Salon

2003 Scrapbooking Idea Book, Scrapbooking with Style, Urgent 2nd CLass Bantock, the color of my soul "color" journal (unused, obviously!)

Books Left:
The Jeweler's Art, Junque Jewelry, Wire in Design, Basics of Bead stringing, Best Little Beading Book

Somerset WEdding 2



Marla L. Gassner's The Bead & I, M.L. Gassner's Beyond The Bead & I, The New Macrame

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Take one, take several.

These are brand new books. I take excellent care of my books as my husband's anal-ness on how books are handled has rubbed off onto me *sigh*
I'm looking to downsize some of my books. Living in a small apartment it is getting crowded around here SO I'd love to trade books listed for: other books (ones I might not have-titles would be agreed upon), PAPER!! (LOL! Duh! Handmade, decorative, unusual papers, scrapbook papers. You guys know what I like ;)), Images (basically Collage Ephemera that I can use in my artwork-unusual stuff), gift certificates, etc..?? other ideas ?? I am OPEN for ideas. I want the books OUT of the apartment asap.

Just a thought I'd throw out to see if anyone was interested in doing that before I start pulling books and listing them. I would ship the books out to you and pay postage on my end, you'd do the same on your end shipping whatever to me and you pay postage on your end. OR I can bring them with me to local classes when I teach and we can swap there. Speak to me EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

MORE BOOKS COMING SOON!!!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

BOOK SWAP
I have the following 25 books:


The Jeweler's Art, Junque Jewelry, Wire in Design, Basics of Bead stringing, Best Little Beading Book
Designing with Simplicity, DW The Book Book
DW Vellum, DW Fabric, DW Texture, DW Notions
DW Stamping, DW Photos, DW Words

Somerset Wedding #2 (I have #1 around somewhere-I have to find it if anyone's interested), Somerset Home
Stampington's Handcrafted, Stampington's Haute Handbags
Altered Art by Terry Taylor, Crafting Personal Shrines by Carol Owen

Master Class in Watermedia, Fred Babb's Go To Your Studio and Make Stuff

Marla L. Gassner's The Bead & I, M.L. Gassner's Beyond The Bead & I, The New Macrame

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Take one, take several.

These are brand new books. I take excellent care of my books as my husband's anal-ness on how books are handled has rubbed off onto me *sigh*
I'm looking to downsize some of my books. Living in a small apartment it is getting crowded around here SO I'd love to trade books listed for: other books (ones I might not have-titles would be agreed upon), PAPER!! (LOL! Duh! Handmade, decorative, unusual papers, scrapbook papers. You guys know what I like ;)), Images (basically Collage Ephemera that I can use in my artwork-unusual stuff), gift certificates, etc..?? other ideas ?? I am OPEN for ideas. I want the books OUT of the apartment asap.

Just a thought I'd throw out to see if anyone was interested in doing that before I start pulling books and listing them. I would ship the books out to you and pay postage on my end, you'd do the same on your end shipping whatever to me and you pay postage on your end. OR I can bring them with me to local classes when I teach and we can swap there. Speak to me EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

Book Swap?


Would anyone be interested if I took the time to list books periodically on this site that I would offer for trade?

I'm looking to downsize some of my books. I'd love to trade books listed for: other books (ones I might not have-titles would be agreed upon), PAPER!! (LOL! Duh! Handmade, decorative, unusual papers, scrapbook papers. You guys know what I like ;)), Images (basically Collage Ephemera that I can use in my artwork-unusual stuff), ?? other ideas ??

Just a thought I'd throw out to see if anyone was interested in doing that before I start pulling books and listing them. I would ship the books out to you and pay postage on my end, you'd do the same on your end shipping whatever to me and you pay postage on your end. Speak to me!

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I still have paper packs left here.

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Looking for:
OK, I know everyone pretty much has seen these alphabets or evens owns a set of them by now. Yes, they're the same ones I bought and sold years ago online for a time 'til they ran out! Yes, they are the ones that came from Malaysia. Stamp Out Cute has sold them at shows in the past and they are still listed on their website. Cindy Cancio also had them at one point as well. I have spent several years looking for the Teeny Tiny upper case set that was extremely difficult to find. I am also looking for these sets in lowercase. Anyone care to trade or have leads? :) Thanks!

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My friend Muki recommended this book. I LOVE Margaret Kilgallen's work and I had no idea that there was a book available still! Well, Giant Robot has republished it. I ordered the book and the Giant Robot magazine Friday night and received it Tuesday (fast!) If you search her name on google you can find lots of her art online. She was an extremely prolific artist...and this book is a most definite must have. Not only is it full of inspiring art but also there are several sections full of inspirational text on Margaret. Thanks Muki. I'm always game for new books.

Keri Smith has a new book coming out June 5th! Yay!!

Michael DeMeng's book is out. I don't have it yet (I haven't seen it but Violets Rubber Stamp Inn in Ventura called me today to say it was out. Muki also said that she had received hers. Christine @ the Artists Nook has autographed copies in stock.)

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Craft in America on PBS today!

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Cindy Sheehan on Democracy Now today.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007


Yay! More Paper Packs-
Remember, each one is extremely limited!!

I have 8 of these (20 sheets-bigger size paper) includes some flocked, Asian, handmade and decorative of my finds over the last few weeks:
PACKAGE A1:

I have two of these: over 25 pieces of paper (various sizes) including Asian, flocked, decorative and MORE:
PACKAGE A2:

I have two of these left: Over 25 pieces in each pack with decorative, handmade and many of my favorite papers from my travels:
PACKAGE A3:
I have six of these left: Over 25 pieces in each pack with decorative, handmade and my favorites of my black and white collection:
PACKAGE A4:


I've collected, selected and packaged up some of my most favorite papers into special "Handmade/Decorative" Paper packs selected just for you! These are papers from my own personal collection. These are limited in quantity (but bursting with quality!) The papers are cut down to various sizes. All are beautiful and exquisite enough to use in collages, art journals, altered books, canvas work, ATCs and more.

The cost per pack is $25 plus $3 shipping. I do take paypal, checks or money orders.

Remember, these are limited. Please drop me a note if you are interested at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net Thanks!
Some of my favorites from Flickr:


1. _selfportrait, 2. ~~ The eyes are the mirror of the soul ~~, 3. Untitled, 4. bakışa bakkk, 5. everlast, 6. buhay_basura3, 7. ..., 8. Warm, 9. Eyes Wide Open, 10. Gisimba Memorial Center, 11. Well...hello!, 12. Sister : Peace, 13. Central Market, Santo Domingo, DR, 80 -5, 14. Kitty's diary #2, 15. waiting on a friend, 16. Gisimba Memorial Center, 17. awaken!, 18. Orphans, 19. Jinja, Uganda, 20. Katrina and Bougainvilla, 21. There are many who seek the stars, 22. Ray, 23. Persian Gulf style henna, 24. Tribal Pakistani henna, 25. Neha & Pritesh's Wedding, 26. image13, 27. scenes out of a wedding, 28. henna, 29. Henna Hands, 30. Eisha's henna hands, 31. henna hands 2, 32. Hand of Constantine, 1995, 33. Hands in Prayer, 34. Drum, 35. Untitled, 36. Untitled

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Thanks to Ali Edwards for posting HOW to do the mosaics. Make your own here.

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Thank you Cindy for all that you've done...We haven't given up hope yet...

Monday, May 28, 2007

I've often been told that I look like my Grandma (I thank her for my bump nose!)

pages from a book I made a few years ago:
(little Kelly, sister Erin, Grandma & Grandpa, Nana, Mom -oops, everyone but my Dad!! Sorry Dad!)
Another old journal page:


So, everyone says I look like my Mom and my Grandma (a quote from one of my cousins whom I don't like very much "You look just like Peggy...except for your fat ass!" Yup, thanks.)

Memorial Day 2007. Ya know I'm not a huge fan of holidays. I don't need one day to remember the dead. I remember them a lot. It takes a lot to forget people like:

My Grandma Margaret Murphy
My Grandpa Francis A. Murphy
My Nana Elmira Runci Smith
My Uncle Frank Francis Sturm
My Aunt Gin Virginia Fallon
My Aunt Alice Reilly
Grandpa John Runci

Then I've even conjured up images of people I never met who are gone like my Dad's Dad (Grandpa Smith) and my husband's Mom who died before I met David...what were they like? Hmm...

Any ways, as I said I like to celebrate, memorialize, think about, reminisce on, talk about these people all throughout the year. Silly little things. My Mom will call and say "Nana calling. Nana calling...just Nana" which is something her Dad (my Grandpa, Tristan's G.G.) used to do EVERY time he called. I dunno. It's just me, I guess. You want to keep these ghosts with you all your life...like an invisible friend or someone you can talk to when you need them there (ya know nowadays in the age of cell phones in ears and who the hell knows who is actually talking on their cellphone-it might be possible to get away with it! ;) )

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I had a wonderful day today. I slept in wayyyyy too late. I managed to actually get up and get dressed by a somewhat ok hour. I met up with my friend Kara at Susina for tea. It is always wonderful visiting and talking with Kara!! Kara, I'm working on the zine...slowly but surely...And, Kara, remember, right now it has to be all about you, ok?

After seeing Kara, I popped in at Dick Blick. This is now the 3rd or 4th time I've been in that store and found nothing. Not that I was really looking for anything but there wasn't anything to be found any ways. Went home. Lolled around the house for a bit. At 5:25, David decided it was finally time to go out. Our car is having problems so I didn't want to go too far (smart me). I phoned Paper Source in Bev Hills and found out that they were open til 6 (ack!) so we schlepped on over there. Won't tell you how much I spent but I found wayyy more then I wanted to and spent wayyyy more then I should have. Ate dinner @ Mulberry Street Pizza. Hit Borders on the way home (I bought Burt's Bees chapstick. That's it.) Home again home again jiggity jig...

Tomorrow, the car goes in the shop. Grrr I don't want to put any more money into it but I do need it to last a few more weeks...grrrr....

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Handmade Nation::: Sneak Peek April, 2007

Mark your calendars, folks for March 2008.
I can't *wait* to see this film. It echoes what I've been saying all these years-we are ALL artists in some way, shape or form...

Some things you don't forget...Not a rant...just the way it is....
I'm a redhead. There's somethings that you just don't forget when you're a redhead. I try not to hold grudges or get upset but sometimes the temper just gets the best of you.

The handful of "comments" that have stuck with me throughout my 10 years of teaching. File under WHY?

I once had a person tell me that all of my work looked the same. I had gone to the store to teach a series of classes over the weekend. I greeted the owner with a smile after introducing myself. I set up my stuff and walked around the store waiting for the hour of the class to arrive. The store owner came over to me and said "I just thought you'd like to know something. You had a ton of sign ups. Then your samples arrived. Everything looked the same. People dropped out. I just thought you'd like to know that." I smiled and clenched my fingers. I looked at her and said "I've sent the same exact samples to other stores and have never had a problem. I've had full classes and great responses. I think if you can pick up a book or a journal, a canvas or whatever, look at an artists' work and
know who made it, that's a good thing. It's called style. You wouldn't think of saying anything to a "big name" art instructor. Would you?" I taught my classes though I really wanted to grab my stuff and flee. I was angry. She didn't get it and her attitude probably reflected onto interested students. Yet, the store owner took several of the classes and everyone raved about them (including her) so I still shake my head and wonder.

Why do people say things once in a blue moon and WHY do I let them bother me??
I had something similiar happen at another store one time. The students loved the classes. The owner pulled me aside, berated me and told me that the students work was so much more colorful then my sample. WHY had I chosen to do a piece in all earthtones? What was I thinking? It was one of the weirdest conversations I've ever had. I just shook my head and thought to myself "She does not get it. Why am I bothering to explain it? Um, I wanted to work in Earthtones. O-Effing, k?"

Why do some people get it and some don't? I can tell usually who gets it right away. I can tell those that might need a reason as to why we're going to paint the pages "This way" or why we're going to try collageing "This way". I try to work with people. I still am shaking my head all these years later at comments such as these: One of my regular students asked a new student "Hey, I loved Kelly's class the other day. What did you think?" New student said "Had I known we were going to be desecrating a book, I never would have taken the class." (The woman had left early saying she had an emergency. The description stated ALTERED BOOK class. Um, I tried to explain to her if she knew the amount of books that were thrown away on a daily basis, that we're not desecrating first editions or Holy books here but we're saving books from landfills...)

Another favorite comment (this one gets to me. I tried to find out WHO had said it so I could "Fix" the situation and explain but the store owner wouldn't tell me. It was very frustrating!!) to the store owner, "I would never take another class with her. She worked in her book." Um, no, I did not work in my book the whole time. The only time I 'worked in my book' was when I needed to DEMO something. HELLO? How else am I supposed to show you what to do? I ALWAYS work along with the students to A. show them what to do. B.Give them new ideas C. DEMO DEMO DEMO. DUH. It's not like I was doing personal work in class. I was
teaching!

Or another favorite a woman who said while I was demoing different uses for stencils said "I
know how to use a stencil." Yeah. So do I. So does everyone around you...but, hey, be open to maybe a couple of new ways to use stencils, k, 'cause there's more then one way to use it. A few years later there's whole articles and blogs being written on how to use stencils in mixed media art. I wonder what the woman is saying now...

But then, the "unspoken" comments-the ones that I cherish- that I get in the form of students who show up for classes-the same students-time and time and time again. These are the ones that get it. These are the ones that are eager for new techniques, new approaches and new ideas.

You see folks, when you take a class, not only should you hope to learn from the teacher but you should learn from those around you and you should learn from your own experience as you work and think things out. You should want to go home and
keep working, keep creating. You should be inspired. That's the sign of a good class.

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Huge kudos and thanks to the gang from Stampin' From The Heart in L.A. today. All six ladies got it. Damn, the art work cool and the atmosphere was wonderful. Thanks for a great day of teaching and thanks for sharing your talents with me. One of my favorite things about teaching all these years later still is throwing out a technique and we all use the same "stuff" and yet every single person's artwork comes out differently. Thanks ladies for a wonderful way to spend the day-sharing my ideas and seeing things come full circle.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Remember THIS post?
They came...they came....SEE:






and this one too:
(if you click on the picture it will take you to the paumes.com website).






Info@paumes.com is how I order. I email them (Thank you Fumie!!!) The response is ultra fast and the shipping was like lightning from Japan (I ordered Monday and they came today-Saturday).

Thank you Muki for telling me about Nathalie's book!!

I absolutely love these books. LOTS and lots of pictures. I can't read a word of anything but the pictures say it all...Now, to wonder, how to get this company to publish a certain artists' book (*ahem*) ;) LOL...ah, to dream...

They're going to take their place (after I'm done oohing and ahhing over them tonight) right next to my bed on the table where I keep the other 4 books. I look at them over & over again as these little books pack a LOT into them.