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, June 30, 2011

15 February 2011 Journal Page

We all trekked to the movies again today. Tristan REALLY wanted to see Transformers and since he's been saving the passes that we've had since Christmas, I figured it was okay. I'd rather shoot myself in the foot than go to see Crapformers (especially after I sat through the first one UGH), so he went and saw that while David and I went to see Midnight in Paris (yes, I saw it a second time. David hadn't seen it. I'm buying it when it comes out on blu-ray.) We both loved it. If you haven't seen it yet, go. Don't look up anything about it before you go, but go. We snuck into the last 20 minutes of Transformers (there were 6 people in the theater). I need eye bleach and I really want that 20 minutes of my life back. Ugh, ugh and double ugh.

I'm teaching Friday-Sunday of this weekend (Fri at Zinnia in So Pasadena and Sat/Sun at Stampin From The Heart in L.A. with a new two day class) so if I'm not quick to respond to email, you know why. There's still room in all of the classes. Next weekend I'm trekking to Fremont, CA for three NEW workshops. I'm encouraging people to sign up asap so I can prep enough materials and supplies for the weekend.

Blog Love:
La-De-Dah presents My Moho Monthly! Head on over to see who her featured artist for July is!

Seth over at The Altered Page is starting the latest installment of The Pulse on Sunday, July 3rd. More here.

The Paper Studio is having a sale this weekend. More here.

Last but not least, if you're going to Comic Con, sorry, no Marvel panel in Hall H this year.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

14 February 2011 Journal Page

I finished typing up my big handout for this weekend's Personal Mythologies class. I'm bouncing off the wall I'm so excited about teaching it (I always get jazzed about new classes).

This is one of my favorite pages. I know the words are something that I say often, but I really do mean them. I loved playing with my pens on this page (especially the funky outline letters and then coloring them in) and FILLING the page with my words, thoughts and feelings. It's a lot better than letting it bubble up in your head.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

How I Spent My Weekend

What you don't see is my time spent:

-Working on my new and upcoming classes

-Reading various books, internet, emails and more- lots of reading

-Writing and researching: my handout for my new two day class, Personal Mythologies (debuts in a week!)

-Answering: emails

-Cooking: pancakes, soup, grilled cheese, rice and veggies and spaghetti.

-Watching: Last Year at Marienbad, Hollywood (a documentary on silent films by Brownlow and Gill), Burns & Allen

-Playing: Wii with Tristan (his Aunt and Uncle spoiled him with a surprise this weekend)

-Making: Art (three journal pages)

-Talking: lots of discussions with David and Tristan,phone calls, emails and text messages with my sister, my parents and my cousin, Andrea

-Cleaning off the dining room table

-Arranging my studio area (putting up the little toys that I collect and haven't been able to put up until the blinds were put up)

I hope that whatever you did, wherever you are that it was a very good weekend for you.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

25 June 2011 Journal Page

So happy that it is Saturday.

I am a busy bee this weekend with much on my plate and much more coming up. Finding time for art is a very good thing, indeed.

Friday, June 24, 2011

11 February 2011 Journal Page

If you are in or near L.A. county, do yourself a huge favor and head in over to LACMA (after 5 it's free though I am not sure about weekends and they're closed Wednesdays). In the Art of the Americas building they are screening Christian Marclay's The Clock. We went last night for an hour and I am still thinking about it. There is a free 24 hour screening coming up in July. Yes, the film is 24 hours and takes place in real time. I joked that the guard should watch the film as he kicked us out saying, "It's 8 o' clock!", when it was 7:55 p.m.

Speaking of films, I was sad to hear about the death of Peter Falk. Companero, if you haven't seen it yet, do yourself a favor and rent Wings of Desire. It's one of the most breathtaking and inspiring pieces of film that I've ever seen.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

22 June 2011 Journal Page

I obviously had a lot to say on this one. One of the things that I tell my students is if you have a lot to say, write small and don't be afraid to turn the page! I'm happy that I got what I wanted to say out and onto the page.

July is rapidly approaching. I have classes lined up every Friday through Sunday in July (with the exception of the weekend we'll be at Comic Con). I only have a handful of local summer classes left. I will not be teaching in L.A. after the middle of July through the middle of September. I'll be traveling and teaching in No CA, CO, AZ, MA and NY. I'm very eager to debut my new two day class in L.A. July 2nd and 3rd. I promise you that it is very new, very special and PACKED with new ideas. My classes are listed here through August:

http://kellykilmerworkshops.blogspot.com/


Hope to see you there!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Still Working on this Page

I was struggling with this page. I put the background and the focal image down. Then it seemed like the focal was HUGE and I didn't know what else I wanted to add. So, I sorted through my stash and found some text to add. Glued those down. Got stuck again. It's been one of those blah days the past 24 hours (not a bad day just the kind of day when you feel like crawling in bed with a book and doing nothing else). I decided to walk away from the page a bit and go do other stuff. I came back to it a bit later and thought of my stencils from Crafters Workshop:
http://www.thecraftersworkshop.com
I grabbed a Sakura glaze pen and went to town coloring in bits of the stencil onto the page. Then I added some stickers, stabilo woody 3 in 1 pencil work, tape and am now stepping away from it again. I want to add journaling to it but have a million things going through my head at the moment and limited time. For now, it's being left as is until I can find some time later on to finish it up.

Art doesn't have to be created in long stretches of time. Five to ten minute chunks spread out and grabbed when you can get them, are just as good as any hour long studio art making spree.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Attention: Anyone interested in my CO July classes...PLEASE read

A very important note from Christine at the Artists' Nook:

SALE ON KELLY KILMER'S WORKSHOPS THRU JULY 1ST!

The trend for sign ups this year has been people waiting until the last minute. In order to plan for supplies, travel arrangements and more, Kelly and I decided to put her workshops on SALE thru July 1st to give us a more accurate head count!

So starting today..... Kelly's full day workshops are $115 dropped down from $130 and her evening workshops are $60 dropped down from $70

You have just a little over 1 week to save on this fabulous art instructors wealth of knowledge and inspiration!

Kelly's Workshop info below, Click the links to get all the details and to register.

PLEASE NOTE WHEN REGISTERING FOR WORKSHOPS ONLINE: If you are having trouble registering on my shopping cart, I can create an email invoice through PayPal. Just email me your workshop requests at: artistsnook@comcast.net

Take Care,

Christine Webb

The Artists' Nook

Please pass this on to anyone who may be considering the workshops. If you have ANY questions, please email me (Kelly) at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net To sign up, please contact Christine. THANKS!

Class samples are here.

20 June 2011 Journal Page

I think that you will like this link a lot:
http://en.tamioonews.com/

If you're in Los Angeles, Skylight Books in Los Feliz has all of three books (Vol 1+2, 3 and 4) in their Annex. As the book cover says,

"I traveled the world with a tiny backpack and a tiny journal. I recorded what I found with surprisingly intricate letters and drawings. "Tamioo Nikki" is an actual-size copy of my art work. I don't know if you can read it, but I hope you enjoy it."

Happy Solstice, everyone!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Not Mad, Just Saying...

Thanks for reading my previous post. Just so y'all know, I wasn't angry. I was just annoyed. You know the feeling-like when you can't find something, but you know it's around. Well, that kind of annoyed. I'm over it. I just had to put it out there. I really don't care if people take and post my pictures or use them in their own work, I'd just like a little plug if ya do it. Ya know?

I love the LOVE photo. I snapped it while on a walk one night. The ring bell underneath it cracked me up. I love the writing style, too.

Above is a journal page that I started last night. I'll post the finished page tomorrow. I always find peace when I'm working in my journal. It's nice to be able to get it out and onto the page.

I'm going to be book purging again. I'll post a heads up before I do.

Happy Monday, Folks!

Musings or Uh-oh, She's at It Again

I was musing a bit today and got to thinking about stuff. (At times I wish I could shut my brain off or at least quiet it down).

So all of this stuff that was rambling about in my brain got me to this:

I really don't give a flying fuck what you take, borrow, repost or steal from this blog as long as you put my fucking name on it. Post as much of my shit as you want, just a link back with my name on it would REALLY be appreciated.

Thank you from the bottom of my little redheaded heart.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Finished Journal Page from 18 June 2011

Above is the finished page that I teased you with yesterday. I like the simplicity of the page. It says what I want it to say. I used book and magazine pages, stickers and a white gel pen from Sakura.

Big thanks to those of you who purchased my sticker grabbags. I still have a few more left. I'll have them in the mail to everyone this week. Thank you.

I updated my class schedule for July and August. I have a small handful of classes locally in July but after that, I won't be teaching in So CA until mid to late September, so catch the classes while you can! I will be traveling to No CA, CO, AZ, MA and NY this summer. All of the information is here:

http://kellykilmerworkshops.blogspot.com/

If you have any questions, you can email me. To sign up, please contact the store or venue. Don't wait too long with some classes as they may fill up fast.

Happy Father's Day to my Dad and to my husband, David. I love you both very much! It was a quiet day at home today, which was just what David wanted (well, that and some spaghetti).

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Dreaming of Paris ...

I started this journal page last night (I'll show you the finished page soon). All I'm doing is dreaming of a trip to Paris. I want to go so badly! I want to write in my journal under a tree, any tree as long as it's in France. I want to eat bread, milk, cheese and fruit daily and spend hours walking it off. I want to take it all in. I want to walk the streets in the rain holding my husband's hand. For now, I have my journal and my dreams.

Oh Happy Day is sponsoring an extremely generous contest. Don't delay (deadline is the 20th)! Visit here for more info:

http://ohhappyday.com/2011/06/goes-to-paris

Bonne Chance!

Sticker Grabbags For Sale

Here's a sample of what could be in your bag!
I've been making sticker, artsy post-it note and label grabbags for the last few days. These waxed paper bags are chock full of a variety of stickers, artsy post-it notes and labels. Some stickers are new and some have stickers missing from the sheets (but I've made up for it!). If you like my work, you will love this grabbag as everything is from my personal stash that I have been collecting for a time now. These are limited and once they're gone, I won't be making any more of these any time soon.

SOLD OUT! THANK YOU!!!!!

Friday, June 17, 2011

10 February 2011 Journal Page

I'll be spending a quiet weekend at home getting some work done. Not sure yet what we'll do for David on Father's Day. I'll make something special for him, for sure! He reads my blog so no secrets spilled here, yet.

I took Tristan to the movies today. He saw Green Lantern in 3D and raved about it (I told him 3D is a total waste of money, but he's 14 and doesn't listen). I went and saw Midnight in Paris which I absolutely LOVED. All I want to do now is listen to Cole Porter and Josephine Baker and read great literature and make art and daydream. If you're on the fence about it, go see it anyways. Do NOT look up anything about the film before you go. Trust me. It's sweet. It's clever. It's Woody Allen's Love Letter to Paris (after so many he's done to NYC). I hope to see it again. In the meantime, I'll be dreaming about Paris.

My three summer films that I want to see: Midnight in Paris (check!), The Tree of Life and Film Socialisme

Some Blog Love:

Juliana Coles has new summer classes up! I am taking her Initiation class and I LOVE it. I love her! She's one of the best teachers and artists around.

TapeSwell has new tape. Be prepared to drool! Three little words: Clear Script Tape. (I love it all, but I'm always partial to script. :) ) Pssst...Tapeswell has extended a 15% off of your entire purchase (minimum $10) to readers of my blog if you use the coupon code KELLY when ordering.

View some of Dan Eldon's Journals here. It will get you all jazzed up for the new book, by Jennifer New, due out in July.

Speaking of books, this book is still very much on my wish list. Here's a great peek into it.

Summer Watercolor LOVE

Wolf Eyebrows

Natascha Rosenberg

Yolanda Satelite

Happy Weekend, Folks!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

New York, Here I Come!

I'm beyond ecstatic to announce my return to New York to teach! I'll be teaching IN THE CITY this time at The Ink Pad, August 20th and 21st. I am super excited! I am putting the samples in the mail this week so they will have them on display very soon. In the meantime, there are samples below. If you have any questions, please email me. To sign up, please contact the Ink Pad. I hope to see YOU there!

Saturday, August 20th
La Petite Muse
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

With your own hands and in your own style, construct a small, personal journal completely from scratch. You’ll start by choosing your own handmade and decorative paper to use as the cover and as the inside pages! Create your own unique book sewn by your own hands. After constructing the book, you will then learn a multitude of new collage techniques for working on the pages. This was one of my favorite journals to work in and I hope it will become one of yours!

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



followed by
Serenity Pages
3-7 p.m.

In this workshop you will construct a unique journal. You will “paint” with paper learning composition and design techniques as you create your pages. Learn how to combine a variety of mixed media including paper, tape, transparencies, stickers, stencils and much more.

You will learn tons of new mixed media tips, tricks and techniques as you work hands creating your own Serenity 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




Sunday, August 21st
Passionate Declarations
11-3 p.m.

What do you get when you combine paper, tape, pens, and more? A completely one of a kind journal made by your own hands! We’ll begin the workshop by constructing a quick but totally cool journal. We’ll then dive right in and begin to learn a plethora of mixed media collage techniques upon the pages of the journal. We’re all about the layers in this class as you learn explore new composition and design techniques as you work on the pages of your new journal. I guarantee that you will love working in this book 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" brushes to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

10 February 2011 Journal Page and Getting Some Stuff off my Chest

I've experienced a lot of things in my 14 year teaching career (some bad, but mostly all good). I've learned an awful lot in that time period, too.

One of my biggest lessons is that I've learned to let go. I've learned that holding onto things that you can't control doesn't help you or those around you.

I've learned that the number one priority of a teacher is to
teach. You can't worry about what will happen to the material once you've let it out into the world. Besides, nothing is original. Really. There, I've said it! NOTHING IS ORIGINAL. It's how you present it that makes it original.

There is a huge difference between wanting to make art to sell and display and wanting to teach. If you want to make art, make art. If you don't want to worry about people "stealing" your ideas than DO NOT TEACH. You don't want to teach if this is even a glimmer of a thought in your head. You want to be a professional artist, DO THAT instead.

If you want to teach, you had better think about it pretty damn hard and long and figure out if it's really what you want to do. People pay you their hard earned money to learn
from you. You had better have your shit together before you jump into the pool. LEARN EVERYTHING that you can. LEARN THE RULES-yes, I said that, too. THERE ARE RULES with art. My attitude has always been, "Learn the rules and then learn how to break them. Once you do that, YOU CAN DO ANYTHING." That being said, if you teach you can't worry about what is done with your material. Really. Yes, it's one thing to be pissed (and I would be pissed, after all, I'm a redhead) if someone took your handouts and taught in your style and claimed it as their own. It's another thing if someone takes the ideas you show them, works at it, and pushes it to another level. Remember that Picasso quote, "Good artists copy. Great artists steal." Translate that to take the ideas and make them your own. See how far you can push it. That's what a good teacher does. A teacher teaches and lets go of the material.

Nothing is original. Nothing is unique. I don't believe in copyright (I don't believe current
copyright laws benefit everyone in the way that they were set up to. Instead they benefit a small handful of people and those people are the ones with the most amount of money and power who can change the laws to benefit themselves). All that said, I work very hard to make my classes top notch. I may not make much money at it compared to the amount of work that I do (I make at or below minimum wage every year) but I teach because I LOVE IT. I love seeing what my students do with the ideas. I love how what I share with them translates in their own mind out onto their pages of their books. I always say what I mean and mean what I say, and MY STUDENTS ARE THE BEST!

I'd add more to this, but these are my feelings in a nutshell.

Corita Kent sums it up better than I ever could
:


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

School's Out for Summer

Now that you have that stuck in your head, I wanted to write a little note telling my 14 year old son, Happy Graduation, Tristan!!! Your Father and I are so very proud of you!!!!! It's hard to believe that you're going to be a High School Freshman next year. Preschool doesn't seem so long ago. We love you and you can always count on us to be there whenever you need us. *mwah*! Love, Your Embarrassing Mom

Tristan has been making a slew of Lego stop motion animated films which you can see here.

A short bit o'blog love today:
DIY tape!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Scraps!

One of my favorite things to do is to sort through my box of scraps, carefully selecting what stays and what goes. Whenever I find that I'm in a rut, I force myself to sit down and make pages using just these scraps.

Also, my scrap box doesn't get any bigger than this. I will often go through it when it starts to get too big.

I also have been known to fill a small baggie with these scraps and a handful of focal images, grab a couple of glue sticks, some favorite pens (usually my black .35 rapidograph along with my sweets and lattes), and my journal for on the go art making in small places. Comic Con is next month and you can bet that I'll have a small journal and the above mentioned goodies with me. Can't wait!

I have one class left this month. I'll be teaching my Love Story Journal at Zinnia in So Pasadena this Saturday. Sample is in the store and online. This is the class that many of you asked about and it is only scheduled one other day (Fri, July 1st) in So CA, so catch it while you can! More info here.

Happy Monday, folks!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

My Version of Pissaladiere

Last night I felt like making something new. Whenever it's a weekend where I'm not teaching, I usually get the urge to cook something different. I didn't have a ton of ingredients, but I had enough.

I made everyone a simple spinach salad with strawberries, cherries, almonds and flax seeds.

The main course was a tart. I followed the recipe in Christine Ingram's Vegetarian and Vegetable Cooking. It didn't say how long to cook the pie part, so I kept checking it until it was golden brown. It took at least an hour to bake. (That was okay as I was listening to Henry Rollins on kcrw the whole time).

Pre-heat oven to 375°

To bake the pie-
2 cups all purpose flour (I like unbleached)
8 tablespoons butter (I like unsalted)
8+ teaspoons of water (again, she didn't specify in the book), I slowly added water until a dough formed.

Start with the flour and butter. Chop the butter into small pieces. Mix with flour until it becomes crumb like. Add water to mixture until dough begins to form.

Place the above mixture in a 9" pie pan. Shape it into a pie. Cover with waxed paper. Weigh down with dried beans.

Cook until golden brown. Last five minutes, remove the beans and waxed paper.

For the filling, I sauteed olive oil, onions, peppers, tomatoes, one can of tomato paste, various herbs and garlic in a pan on low while the pie baked. You can add any veggies, and meat if you're inclined (we're all veggies).

Let pie cool for a short bit (I waited about 5-10 minutes) before spooning the "filling" in. Serve hot.

I'm looking forward to making more of these with whatever veggies I have on hand this summer. It's so good and easy with a small salad.

Class was great today. I know I say it often, but I really do have the best students!!!

Any favorite weekend veggie recipes (or dessert) that you want to share?

Saturday, June 11, 2011

3 February 2011 Journal Page

A quiet Saturday at home. Okay, well, not so quiet as I'm listening to Henry Rollins on KCRW as I write this. I spent some time prepping for my class tomorrow at Stampin From The Heart. I love this book and can't wait to teach it! I'm heading off to make something special for dinner (if it turns out good, I'll share). Saturday night means family movie time. I love weekends!

I hope that your weekend is great wherever you are and whatever you may be doing!

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Nature World of Captain Bob


In 2007, I wrote about Captain Bob! and the influence he's had on me since I was a kid. I would get up at the crack of dawn (5 a.m., thank you very much) to watch his show, The Nature World of Captain Bob. I would have my pencil, crayons and paper on hand and follow along. He
never talked down to the kids watching the show. I loved drawing and how he made you feel that ANYONE can draw (a belief that I still hold to this day).

Captain Bob made a tremendous impact on me as a kid and I'm flooded with memories as I write this. I have been searching for copies of his tv show for years now. Tonight, I have found my Holy Grail! A kind soul has posted these to youtube:





The funny thing is, I remember this episode clear of day and I probably saw this in the late 70's or early 80's.
I really didn't think that I would ever see an episode again. Whoever posted this, thank you. Thank you so very,
very much. You made a little redhead girl very happy.

Captain Bob! on facebook
Muddy Colors remembers Captain Bob
Captain Bob and Rex Trailer on WCVB

Personal Mythologies, special two day class in L.A.

I'm very happy to announce that I will be teaching a special two day class, Personal Mythologies, at Stampin From The Heart in L.A., the weekend of July 2nd and 3rd. Yes, I know it's 4th of July weekend, but what a better time to take advantage of a rare three day weekend and spend two of those days making art?

Class time is Sat, July 2nd 10:30-5

Sun, July 3rd Noon to 4:30

There will be tons of techniques, ideas, food to nibble on and lots of inspiration!

There is a slideshow below and I am bringing the sample to class this Sunday for you to see. If you have any questions, please email me. To sign up, please phone 310-391-0466. Space is limited.

Personal Mythologies

Every time we crack open a journal, we are telling our own unique story.

In this very special two day workshop, you will learn not only how to create your very own personal journal made by your own hands but also how to express yourself fully and in the moment upon the pages of your newly bound book.

You will work in your journal both days. I will be teaching you a variety of techniques, ideas and prompts to use in your journal. You will have lots of instructional time but also between each idea, I allow for guided play time, but I do teach both days. The second day is not a play day.

Expect to learn: bookbinding and constructing a personal journal, choosing a journal that fits you, making a journal your own, mixed media collage, composition, design, pen work, layering, journaling, self expression (how do I say what I want to say), making a page work and much, much more.

Be prepared to walk out with a new journal, several pages completed, a detailed handout and your head (and heart) bursting with inspiration, new ideas, possibilities and the knowledge that you can successfully express yourself in journal form! You will love this journal and this experience!

Supply list: A hardcover book (any size) to use as the journal (note, we will be tearing pages out of our books and sharing some of our pages in class). I will have some books for you to use, but in case you have a book you’d really like to use, please bring it. 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

If you want to bring food to share in a communal meal, that would be lovely. We will have lots of munchies to nibble on as you work!



I hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 09, 2011

3 February 2011 Journal Page

My friend, Taylor, loves my blog love posts so much that she insisted that I post two of her favorite blogs here, so I will! I've already added them both to my google reader!

Paula Mills
Sweet William

FYI, my Friday class this week was canceled (June is always the hardest month for classes), but I'm still taking sign ups for this Sunday's class, A Beautiful Life. A Beautiful Life was one of my most favorite journals to work in. I guarantee that you will love working in it as much as I did! I only have one other class scheduled this month, Love Story at Zinnia in So Pasadena next Saturday (if you're interested, please sign up for it now as it will not be repeated in So CA). More info on all workshops here.

Sad news, Artful Living is closing their store in Ojai. The good news is, they're going to reinvent themselves! (YAY)! Their sale starts on Monday. Their last day of business is June 26th. Their info is:
107 S. Signal Street
Ojai,, California 93023

805.640.0800
artfulliving@mac.com


Happy Weekend, Everyone!

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

31 January 2011 Journal Page

Still stewing. Mum is the word until then. It is a delicate subject so the right words have to be said.

Got the news at the refrigerator is here (on premises but not in our apartment yet). Tomorrow they are removing the old one and hopefully, will be putting the new one in, too. Fingers crossed that there aren't any problems.

Some L.A. events-Grant Morrison is coming to Meltdown Comics again. I am so sad that I will have to miss this talk (I'll be on the road to teaching in Colorado). If you are in So Ca, you should go out of your way to go. Morrison is amazing and you always learn something new from him!

The Academy is starting their Summer of Silents, yes, all silent films accompanied by live music. I'm excited.

More tomorrow. The refrigerator guys are coming between 7 and 11. 7 a.m., really?

Blogger Ate my Post Last Night

I don't know why this never went through last night, but here it is again.

I'm stewing on something at the moment. I'm hoping to turn it into a blog post, I just need to find the right words when I post about it so some folks don't get their panties all in a bunch. Yes, it's art related and some of you already have emailed me about this. It's something that should be discussed, but in a calm, rational way. Not one sided, but an open, honest discussion. As a teenager, I spent a lot of time studying the Salem Witch Trials and don't want to see that repeated in 2011. Ever.

In the meantime, before I forget, I have not one, but two classes lined up this weekend. You can go here for more info:
http://kellykilmerworkshops.blogspot.com/

Sunday, June 05, 2011

A Page that I am Not Happy With, but that's Okay...

I feel like I could have written pages and pages with this journal page. I feel like I didn't say and express what I wanted to, fully and honestly.

Yet, for the time being, I'm okay with that. I'm not going to spend time beating myself up over this page. I'll ponder it-thinking about what I like and what I don't like. I'll see if I can add to it, but for now, I'm okay with it and I'm ready to move onto another page.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

26 January 2011 Journal Page

A quickie post for now. I had plans to write up something longer and inspiring, but it's been a busy (but productive) day. Our landlord is replacing our 16+ year old fridge (we think it's wayyy older than that because it seemed ancient when we first moved in here in '96.) I've spent the day cleaning the kitchen. I haven't even begun to think about cleaning out the refrigerator and defrosting it (we always need to defrost it as it builds up ice very quickly). I sorted through a ton of stuff (art bags and the like tossed next to the fridge, cleaned the top of the fridge, reorganized and gave everything a thorough cleaning). Am I the only one with art supplies stored in their own spaces in the kitchen? ;) I'm sore and tired but the kitchen is clean and it will be well worth it on Wednesday! I just hope that it actually comes on Wednesday and that there aren't any problems. Fingers crossed.

Happy Saturday! I'm off to listen to Henry Rollins on kcrw!

Friday, June 03, 2011

19 January 2011 Journal Page

I swear that blogger has gone completely bonkers. It keeps posting my photos upside down when they are right side up. I keep having to fix them. I apologize!

My new online class, Journey of You (or J.O.Y.) is in full swing. I love seeing what people create with the prompts, techniques and ideas. I love when people post to the group, sharing their own pages and how they worked things out on the page, expressing what worked and what didn't work for them. I always say that I have the BEST students and I MEAN IT!

I loved using bits and pieces of rub ons on this page. I love the pink WAIT in the bottom right corner and the frame around the blue girl. I love the act of unfolding onto the pages. My pages wouldn't feel like me if I didn't journal and use my own writing to express what I feel needs to be said on the pages. My journals are visual documents of me and how I view the world around me. Isn't that what a journal should be? A document of your own personal musings and self expressions.

Happy Weekend, folks!

Thursday, June 02, 2011

30 May 2011 Finished Page

Here's the finished page that I promised to post from the other day. It reflects everything that I've been feeling lately. Life is all about finding balance.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

1 June 2011 Journal Page

Surreal that June 1st is already here! The page above is an ode to summer with layers of background papers, Sakura glaze and souffle pens, stickers, rapidograph .35 pen, and new tape from Ginko papers:

http://www.ginkopapers.com/

See the two rolls on the left? They also have cool, new, sturdy, pretty fabric tape . I love the new paper tape. I haven't seen it anywhere else! It's somewhat transparent. The designs are really fun, too. I love the label one and the little garden one, too. Yes! It sticks! ;)