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

Friday, December 31, 2010

Wishing you...

Whatever came your way in 2010, may the New Year bring health, happiness, joy, love, peace and all things good! Happy 2011!!!!!

Happy 15th Anniversary, David

A short post today. Happy 15th Anniversary, David. I'm looking forward to many more years together...

Things to ponder on this Eve of a New Year:

1. What moments were your favorite of 2010? What made your heart soar? Reflect on the good moments in the past year. What are the moments that made you smile and laugh out loud until your belly hurt?

2. What have you learned over the past 12 months?

3. What are you looking forward to learning in 2011?

4. I hate resolutions. I swear that we make them in order to break them. Instead of resolutions, set goals. What little things do you want to accomplish in the new year? What one big thing do you want to do this year?

5. Make the time to do what you want to do. Turn off the computer or tv. Let the dishes sit just a little bit longer. Ignore the whispering dust bunnies. Can you find fifteen minutes a day to do the one thing that makes you happiest (think art journaling or whatever calls to you)? Think about it.

Stay safe this New Years Eve. As my junior high teacher always said to us, "Stay safe. Stay sober. Stay outta trouble." Whatever you do, wherever you are, I hope it's a good one.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

La Petite Muse



It's been a crazy week! This is usually the time when we have a little bit of vacation time to sit and relax, but not this week. I'm working on compiling a list of my favorite books BOUGHT in 2010. I hope to have it posted sometime next week. It probably won't be just 10 books, but it won't be a ton either!

Been prepping like a mad woman for my class tomorrow at Stampin From The Heart. I'm really looking forward to it. I know almost everyone who is going and it's a great group! I'm excited!

My living room is still a mess (because of the ongoing apartment building work) so as soon as life is back to normal, I'm hoping to shoot a video or upload some pictures of my little corner of the living room a.k.a. my art area. I'll show you how I organize my stuff. I tend to rotate my "toys" like a parent does for a child. I have my NOW stuff and my LATER stuff. Every now and then, I go through my stuff and pull out stuff that I want to work with NOW and put away other stuff for LATER (or for classes). Right now my NOW pile is packed in an Eagle Creek Pack-it Shoe Cube and is sorted by: focal images, backgrounds and transparencies in that order. I also have a small ziploc bag of stickers and rub ons thrown in there. I don't organize or categorize like other artists. I find it more interesting to dig through stuff and find things spur of the moment. Also, depending on where I'm going, I have a very small case (it used to hold my tiny laptop speakers before I put it to better use) that holds about a dozen rolls of masking tape. I have my favorite pens in a little carry all case that changes depending on my mood. I buy most of my pen cases from jetpens.com. Oh no, see what you made me do?! I just went to jetpens.com to simply link and I found NEW pens. I think I need them.

Where was I? Oh yeah, storage. So, I tend to pack average. I'll try to snap a photo or two over the next few days that shows what I bring for on the go art journaling. It really does change every couple of months or with my mood.

Quick book to be on the look out for in the coming weeks:
Lust: A Traveling Art Journal of Graphic Designers

Blog Love:
Papier Valise is having a sale THIS WEEK. Catch it while you can!
Tree ideas for next Christmas
I love when Roseann posts!

I hope that my East Coast friends are staying safe and warm. Call me crazy, but I really do miss the snow...

Monday, December 27, 2010

Making collage grabbags for my 2 day Rejuvenations class

There's still room for a few more in this week's class at Stampin from the Heart. More info on my workshop blog! Hope to see you there!

14 November 2010 journal page

A quick, simple pocket page to hide secrets in...

Stay tuned tomorrow for one more quick look back at this journal before I debut the next one!

Blog Love:
Penguin and Fish
(what is this?)
My Folk Lover
While She Naps
Rosehip

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

8 November 2010 journal page

Don't forget, I'm still offering several online classes. The buttons (with links) are on the main page of my blog on the right hand side. The latest offering is, An Artist's Journal: 365. If you are interested, I have no plans to take down the other classes, A Life Made By Hand or Memories & Reflections. The information will stay up and accessible to students 24/7! A Prompt A Day (pick a month) is available as a pdf file sent via email. I've had several people ask if I would send classes as holiday gifts and the answer is YES! You can always email me if you have any questions!

Blog Love:

"Oh, my Dear Friend, my heart was trembling as I walked into the post office, and there you were, lying in Box 237. I took you out of your envelope and read you, read you right there."-Miss Novak to Alfred

Finally! Someone else who knows and appreciates a damn GREAT film when they see it! The Shop Around The Corner is one of my most favorite films EVER, not just because it's a Lubitsch film starring Jimmy *swoon* Stewart but because my former penpal, turned husband turned me on to it (and sent it as a gift to me) in 1995. I'll always recommend a Lubitsch film but this one is near and dear to my heart. The casting is amazing and the dialogue makes you laugh and tugs at your heart strings. It's definitely my favorite Christmas film!
Judy Shea's paper towel journal
Le Divan Fumoir Bohemien
Futuregirl
Paper Graveyard

Monday, December 20, 2010

7 November 2010 journal page

I'm very excited to announce that I'll be teaching three classes (Addicted to Tape, Everything you wanted to know (and more) about pens and Spirit Journal) at Art Unraveled in August 2011. There is more information here. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. To sign up, click registration here. Hope to see you there!

Brian Kasstle sent me some great blogs to link to! One of them (Ann's blog), I've linked to a few times and drooled over a LOT. The others are amazing and new to me! I always love finding out about new-to-me artists and their blogs. I am appreciative when people send new ones my way.

Thanks, Brian, for helping me out with some Blog Love today:
A Paper Bear
A Billion Tastes and Tunes
Meryl Smith
Ann Wood

Sunday, December 19, 2010

6 November 2010 journal page

The last couple of weeks with the apartment renovations (that we didn't ask for, nor do we think were priority over other things like having hot water in the kitchen) have been hell on Earth. I've been posting over on facebook about it. I'm hoping to compile all of those posts into one big post for my apartment blog, instead of boring some of you here on it. If I do get them posted, I will link here!

I bought the premiere issue of Where Women Cook and surprisingly, I love it! I would recommend it! The recipes look yummy! The pictures are gorgeous! I love the written articles. I'm eager to try some of the recipes (like the tomato sauce).

It's been raining in Los Angeles this weekend. It's supposed to last for several days. Yesterday afternoon became a stay in pjs, work a bit, bake a lot and make art kinda day. I love those days!

Blog Love:
Great ideas over at Swallowfield!
LOVE this.
Homemade veggie pot pie
Fabulous!
Barbland

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

February 25-27th Workshops in Fremont, CA

I am very happy to announce that I will be teaching five NEW workshops at a private studio in Fremont, CA February 25-27th. Sign ups are open to the public!

Interested in signing up? Questions? Please email Kelly for more info! EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

Payments for the Fremont, CA workshop must be made in advance. Due to the fact that the teacher is traveling from Los Angeles and must prep for the workshops in advance, there are no cancellations allowed. No refunds.

You may send someone else in your place if you are unable to attend the workshop, or you will receive a kit for the class. You can either pay via paypal (see button below) or send a check or money order. Once you've signed up for the workshop, you will be sent the address and directions to the workshop location. If you have ANY questions you can email me. I will also give you my cell phone number so you contact me.

The Schedule is:

Friday, February 25th

Content: The Artist's Life 10-2 p.m.

followed by:

Pen Work 3-7 p.m.

Saturday, February 26th

A Beautiful Life 10-2 p.m.

followed by:

Bits and Pieces 3-7 p.m.

Sunday, February 27th

Expressions 10-2 p.m.






Click to sign up for the workshops!






Class Descriptions:
Friday, February 25th
10-2
Content: The Artist’s Life

Create a uniquely stitched tape covered, content filled journal using my favorite cardstock, paper ephemera, a plethora of deco tape, needle and thread. I quickly fell in love with this journal and carried it with me everywhere last summer as it is small enough for every day, on the go use. I loved how I could slip it in a Ziploc bag with a glue stick, some collage ephemera and a handful of pens. I worked on it every day, everywhere. You will learn how to blend and layer colorful ephemera and that leaving a little white space is good! This journal is definitely one of my most favorite books that I have ever worked in. I loved learning how to work with the open spaces on the pages, using pens, stencils, stickers and more. I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with you! I guarantee you will love this journal as much as I did!

Supply list: Scissors, 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), a few of your favorite glue sticks



Followed by:
3-7 p.m.

Pen Work

This isn’t my pen class, more of a part two, a further way to explore layering with pens on the page. In this class, we will take our pen work to the next level. We will dive right in experimenting with writing ideas and techniques on quickly collaged pages. This class will not only teach you ways to use your pens, but also you will be working hands on with collage, as well. This is not a calligraphy class. Think more along the lines of guided hands on experimentation. You will learn to love your handwriting and to take it to a whole ‘nother level! (Note: My “Everything You Wanted to Know About Pens and More” class is not a prerequisite.)

Please bring your journal to class if you have one, or the instructor will be supplying paper for you to work on.

Supply list: journal (see above) Scissors, 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, 3 1" brushes to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) OR a few of your favorite glue sticks

*****

Saturday, February 26th

10-2 p.m.

A Beautiful Life Journal

What do you get when you combine paper, ribbon, glue and a little special somethin’ something? A soft covered (but extremely durable), quickly stitched and totally made by your own hands journal! You will learn not only how to create your own Beautiful Life Journal but you will discover how to successfully blend color, texture and imagery together onto the pages of your book. You’ll create luscious layers that combine rich, personal imagery with colorful, textured bits of paper ephemera. I’ll dig deep into my bag of tricks for this class, unearthing and sharing what I know to be the key to creating unique, personal journal pages that you will love!

Supply list: Scissors, 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" brushes to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks, bottle of tacky glue



Followed by:
3-7 p.m.

Bits and Pieces

I love using bits and pieces of collage ephemera. I save all of my scraps from the tiniest bit of a transparency to the ends of masking tape to use on my layered pages. In this class, you will be combining not only paper ephemera but tape, stickers, rubber stamps, transparencies and more. Learn how the smallest snippet of ephemera can bring an entire page together in a richly, layered manner.

Please bring your journal to class if you have one, or the instructor will be supplying paper for you to work on.

Supply list: journal (see above) Scissors, 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


*****
Sunday, February 27th
10-2

Expressions

What story will your book hold? Express yourself by creating a hand bound journal covered in luscious handmade paper. Create pages that fold out and hide your secrets or uniquely display your treasures. You will learn how to free your artistic self upon the pages of this book, creating a multitude of rich, colorful pages as you work. You will be learning not only how to make the book from scratch but also how to create a multitude of layered, “paper painted” pages.

Supply list: Scissors, 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" brushes to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks




I hope to see YOU there!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Frenzy Stamper Scottsdale, AZ February 4-6th, 2011


I'm VERY happy to announce that I will be returning to Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale, AZ teaching five brand NEW classes the weekend of February 4-6th, 2011. The samples will be in the store some time later this week! I'm really looking forward to it!

Friday, February 4th
10-4 with an hour lunch break

Content: The Artist’s Life

Create a uniquely stitched tape covered, content filled journal using my favorite cardstock, paper ephemera, a plethora of deco tape, needle and thread. I quickly fell in love with this journal and carried it with me everywhere last summer as it is small enough for every day, on the go use. I loved how I could slip it in a Ziploc bag with a glue stick, some collage ephemera and a handful of pens. I worked on it every day, everywhere. You will learn how to blend and layer colorful ephemera and that leaving a little white space is good! This journal is definitely one of my most favorite books that I have ever worked in. I loved learning how to work with the open spaces on the pages, using pens, stencils, stickers and more. I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with you! I guarantee you will love this journal as much as I did!

Supply list: Scissors, 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), a few of your favorite glue sticks



Followed by:
4:30-6:30

Cut ‘n’ Paste

It’s no secret how much I love collage. I love the beauty and depth that are created when you begin to combine different layers together. In this class, you will learn some of my favorite new composition and design techniques. We will spend the entire class learning how to combine images, backgrounds and more into uniquely created, expressive pages.

Please bring your journal to class if you have one, or the instructor will be supplying paper for you to work on.

Supply list: journal (see above) Scissors, 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, 3 1" brushes to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) OR a few of your favorite glue sticks

*****

Saturday, February 5th

10-4 with an hour lunch break

A Beautiful Life Journal

What do you get when you combine paper, ribbon, glue and a little special somethin’ something? A soft covered (but extremely durable), quickly stitched and totally made by your own hands journal! You will learn not only how to create your own Beautiful Life Journal but you will discover how to successfully blend color, texture and imagery together onto the pages of your book. You’ll create luscious layers that combine rich, personal imagery with colorful, textured bits of paper ephemera. I’ll dig deep into my bag of tricks for this class, unearthing and sharing what I know to be the key to creating unique, personal journal pages that you will love!

Supply list: Scissors, 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" brushes to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks, bottle of tacky glue



Followed by:
4:30-6:30

Bits and Pieces

I love using bits and pieces of collage ephemera. I save all of my scraps from the tiniest bit of a transparency to the ends of masking tape to use on my layered pages. In this class, you will be combining not only paper ephemera but tape, stickers, rubber stamps, transparencies and more. Learn how the smallest snippet of ephemera can bring an entire page together in a richly, layered manner.

Please bring your journal to class if you have one, or the instructor will be supplying paper for you to work on.

Supply list: journal (see above) Scissors, 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


*****
Sunday, February 6th
10-4 with an hour lunch break

Expressions

What story will your book hold? Express yourself by creating a hand bound journal covered in luscious handmade paper. Create pages that fold out and hide your secrets or uniquely display your treasures. You will learn how to free your artistic self upon the pages of this book, creating a multitude of rich, colorful pages as you work. You will be learning not only how to make the book from scratch but also how to create a multitude of layered, “paper painted” pages.

Supply list: Scissors, 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" brushes to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks




I hope to see YOU there!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

1 November 2010 journal page

It's been a busy weekend! Stay tuned tomorrow and Tuesday for two BIG class announcements! I'm so excited about them, I could burst!

It's weird how I'm not teaching on a weekend until January 9th. (I still have my much loved two day class at Stampin From The Heart Dec 29th and 30th-a Wed and Thurs). Southern California has lost so many small Mom and Pop stores in the past few years. I'm now down to two local stores: Stampin From The Heart and Zinnia. I'm very grateful for the interest in my online classes. Thank you for enabling me to continue my passion: teaching! In the meantime, I am looking for more venues to teach workshops at. They're not limited to stores either! If you know of any such places (I am not interested in venues that charge me to teach), any information would be greatly appreciated. In the meantime, it's very nice to have the weekends off to spend more time with my son. We've been visiting more local farmer's markets and spending quiet time around the neighborhood.

In the meantime, with everything going on with our apartment building, please wish us luck in the coming weeks. We're going to need it... (I've been posting daily updates via facebook about what's going on).

Blog Love:
Thrift Candy
The Best Part
Little Blue Day
Secrets of a Butterfly

Friday, December 10, 2010

31 October 2010 journal page

Update on Zinnia's cat, Ali (via their facebook page):
GREAT NEWS! ALI HAS BEEN FOUND! YAY!!! :)


Trekking today to Stampin' From The Heart. I'm teaching my collage class from 11:30-3:30. I'll have extra handouts and stuff on hand for any last minute sign ups. I can't wait!! I LOVE this class (and you will, too)! This is the last time I have it on the schedule for So CA in 2010/early 2011. I have tons of new classes that I am planning on debuting next year.

Day two of the HVAC (heating/air conditioning) installation. They won't be done until next week (I HOPE) and even then, there will be stuff piled up for days. They still have to put a fan in the bedroom, paint the walls that they worked on, and then remove the old heater. They also will be coming back to install new windows in the entire building. That translates to MORE moving stuff and piles everywhere. It's the worst time of year to be doing this. I can't wait to put up my Christmas tree and RELAX. David and Tristan hung out in the bedroom yesterday (as no one was in there) and I was on the futon in the dining room area. It's hard to have so many people in such a small apartment at one time.

Things to note-
-They did not cover our apartment "E.T." style like they said they would. I asked several times about it and they said it was fine working in their little "bubble". Well, they totally opened up the wall and who knows what is in there. There is white dust and pieces of wall EVERYWHERE. I am beyond pissed. I was sitting right next to where they were working (on our futon) for EIGHT hours-the entire time they were working and cutting into the wall. We are finding white wall residue everywhere. They are not coming in here today to do any work unless they cover EVERYTHING.
-A worker turned the heat on FULL blast. Luckily, I realized it before anyone left. Ugh ugh!!! We've never even turned the heat on in the 15 years we've been in this apartment. It was at full blast. I couldn't figure out what that burning smell was until I walked by the heater. P.U.! They thought we had turned it on. I asked, "What part of we have NEVER turned our heat on do you not understand?!?"

Yup. That's my sister and I in the bottom right corner of the page. I'm a kitty cat made from a trash bag. Don't ask me what my sister is supposed to be. She doesn't remember either and she's dressed in her pjs. Just remember, I'm the one dressed in a trash bag. I had to wear a trash bag on more than one occasion. I also had to dress up as one of those damn California raisins. I still shudder at the memory.

Blog Love:
Lilla a
Postcards from Dreamland
Linen and Milk
Quiet Girl

Monday, December 06, 2010

An Artist's Journal: 365


I'm super excited to announce the news! I have taken one of my most popular classes, An Artist's Journal and totally revised and added to it. It's a workshop that I taught many times all over the U.S. I brought it back and revised it each time I taught it. Well, this is the largest revision that I have ever done! The handout used to be 19 pages, 237 exercises. Not anymore! I've reworked it completely! It's a NEW class! Presenting...


An Artist's Journal: 365
an Art E-Book (Arty book) Course

-365 Prompts

50 pages

What's in those 50 pages?

-Creativity, art, journal, painting, collage prompts and MORE! There are 365 techniques and ideas. One for each day of the year! I have to confess, the ideas in the handout got ME excited. I lost sleep as I was eager to start working in my art journal!!

There are also ideas on getting started, ideas on getting unblocked, tons of book recommendations (two pages of my favorite inspirational/creativity books), and MORE. I have made this a handout that should appeal to any artist: beginner to advanced! I've been making art all of my life and I'm super excited by the ideas in it!

Are there directions on how to make a journal?

Yes! As a little bonus, I've included the original two page journal making handout that came with the original class.

Are there any photos?

No. In an effort to keep the class price affordable, there are no photos in the handout BUT the handout is jam PACKED with 50 pages of information! A whole year's worth (365 days) of prompts!

Can I use the exercises in other forms of art beyond journal keeping?

YES! I always like to have my classes be multi-functional! You can take the ideas and use them to spark any art project!

Will you ever teach this class again in person?

No. I have officially retired the class and will offer it here in e-book form only. This will be your only chance to acquire the fully revised, new handout.

Is there a place where we can see what others do with the class ideas?

YES! I've also created an unbelievably super easy way to share photos. No flickr site. No facebook site. I'll send you more information on that when you sign up. This photo site will remain up and accessible to all students whenever they sign up! It is unbelievably super easy. No password needed. You will love it!

What will you receive when you sign up?

Within 24 hours, you will receive a pdf file that contains the 50 page class handout, An Artist's Journal: 365. You will also receive an email from me that contains information on how to view and share (optional) photos to the group's photo site.

When can I sign up?

Any time. This a work at your own pace class.

How much does it cost?

I'm offering the class now at a discounted price of $20 which you can pay via paypal (or if you prefer to send me a money order, you can email me for more information).

Please note there are no refunds once you receive the course materials.

Please also respect the amount of time, effort and work it took me to create this material. You can download, save and print out (or read it on your ipad, kindle, etc...) for personal use. I'm a one woman (very small) business and I work very hard at what I do. I strive to offer the best material possible. I'm always excited about what I teach and I hope that you get the most out of my classes. This helps to support my work and makes me able to offer more classes and come up new ideas!

If you teach children, feel free to work on the exercises with them! I don't mind people who teach kids using these ideas in classes! Get 'em started and hooked on art young is my motto!

Can I give the class as a gift?

Sure! If you email me or include a note with your payment, I will email the file to whomever you'd like.

How do I sign up?

Click the paypal button below or email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net more more info!









Sunday, December 05, 2010

30th October 2010 journal page

This is probably one of my most favorite journal pages. It was made with just a bunch of weird scraps that I had been saving!

Check back tomorrow for a BIG announcement! :)

Blog Love:
Paolo Zakimi
Summer Bear Bear
A daughter's secret
A butterfly in my hair

Thursday, December 02, 2010