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, September 30, 2011

October 2011 Classes

Here's my list of classes for October 2011. I may add to this list. I'm ALWAYS looking for new teaching venues so if you know of any that may be interested, I'd love to hear. You can email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

If you're not near where I'll be teaching, but you're interested in taking a class, I do offer a variety of online classes. You can find out more info on the right side of my main blog.

Thank YOU for your interest!

October

Fri 14th Zinnia So Pasadena Passionate Declarations 11:30-3:30

Passionate Declarations

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



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Sun 16th Stampin From the Heart L.A. Serenity Pages 12:30-4:30

Serenity Pages

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



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Fri 21st Stampin From The Heart L.A. La Petite Muse 11:30-3:30

La Petite Muse

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



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Sat 22nd Zinnia So Pasadena A Beautiful Life 11-3

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



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28-30th Five NEW classes in Oakland, CA Please click here for slideshows, photos, full descriptions and information on how to sign up for the workshops!

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Here's to a GREAT October, my favorite month of the year!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

22 September 2011 Journal Page

Has anyone read the new book, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern? It is very high on my wishlist. It's supposed to be excellent. She even has a blog here:

http://erinmorgenstern.com/blog/

No classes this weekend. No classes locally now until mid October. Some would say I should be grateful for the mini break, but I'm still not used to it. I used to teach every weekend and that's not the case with fewer stores and shops to teach at. It just makes me anxious and a bit like a bum. Don't get me wrong, I work from home more than 40 hours a week but teaching is what keeps me going on so many levels. There's something to be said about being in a room full of creative folk who get it and seeing how the ideas you're sharing transform and mutate into something else entirely in a class setting. It's magical and I really miss not having that every weekend like I used to when I had 11+ stores to teach at in So CA. Now I have 2.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

My Thoughts on Teaching

My November samples are on their way to Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale, AZ. Hopefully Debbie will have them by Friday or Saturday.

I'm VERY excited about these new classes (heck, you guys already know how much I love to teach!)

You can find out more information on my upcoming workshops here:

http://kellykilmerworkshops.blogspot.com/

I'm often asked how I decide what I want to teach. First off, I only pick classes that I am most passionate about teaching and that interest me.

I learned a long time ago that in order for me to be a passionate teacher, I had to stick with subjects that push and interest me. I have to teach what I know and LOVE. There's a ton of source material when it comes to art journaling. There's always a new way of looking and experimenting with ideas and approaches. Opening an art journal is like giving someone permission to say, "It's okay. You can do it. You don't know what happens until you do it. It's okay to make mistakes and experiment. That's what a journal is for." (How come Yoda's voice is going through my head: "Do or do not. There is no try." See? Even Yoda wants you to go for it in your journal. Yeah, it's well known that I am a geek.)

My other big thing when it comes to teaching is making damn sure I know what I'm doing. I want to be able to answer a student's question or offer them a different approach to solving a problem. I want to share with them the many ways of looking at a blank page. I want to show them that it's all about exploring opportunity and your choice (no matter what it is) is always a good one. To journal means to be an explorer of new ideas, new directions and new possibilities.

I also really want to make sure that I know my materials inside and out. Anytime you are teaching something (be it art to cooking to computers and beyond), you should respect your students by making sure that you know as much as possible about the materials used and the subject matter. It's something that should be expected.

I also like to make sure that in my classes students get as much information as possible. I don't want to overload them but I do want to make them aware of the many possibilities. When I teach how to make and fill an art journal, I want the students to realize that they can take that material and apply it to other areas of art. It's not only making a book and working in it but it's a way of opening one's eyes to composition, design, color and other visual delights that can be applied to ANY art form. It's also an exploration of the self. We are cartographers of our own lives upon the pages of our books.

Finally, my main reason for teaching is to expand and encourage the minds and creative hearts of my students. I really want them to learn how to open their eyes and to see that inspiration really is everywhere. You just have to learn to see, be willing to make mistakes and just go for it.

Monday, September 26, 2011

A Simple Autumn Meal

During the Summer, I rarely turn the oven on. Our apartment itself can act like an oven, so we tend to eat simple dinners like spinach salads and things I can cook on the stovetop.

Autumn, however, is a totally different matter! I have been itching to make whole wheat bread the last few days. I followed this recipe:

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/simple-whole-wheat-bread/detail.aspx

(Please note, any breads I make are by hand. The bread maker in the house is ME, not a machine.)

I was going to make soup, but David said he preferred roasted vegetables. I cut up a whole onion, 3 very small potatoes, a small butternut squash and 2 small sweet potatoes. I wish I had bought some broccoli for some greens. (I had expected to make soup!) I cut everything very thin, lightly drizzled some olive oil and garlic powder and stuck it in the oven at 375° for 30 minutes.

I figured the cost of the meal to be about five dollars for a family of three. I love the farmers' market!! There's even leftovers (as I wouldn't let David eat all of the bread.)

Maybe I should've made that apple pie...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

15 September 2011 Journal Page

A short blog post today as I've got a sick boy on my hands.

A huge thanks to all of you who take the time to stop in and see what's new. For those of you who leave comments, I try to comment privately if you leave your email. I appreciate you stopping by!

A quick note on the spread above. I've been taping odd things into this journal. Above you'll see a brown waxed paper sandwich bag from Whole Foods that holds some recent finds in it.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Bounty from The Last Bookstore in L.A.

David, Tristan and I recently trekked downtown L.A. to visit The Last Bookstore. I advise going there at night (if you can) as street parking in the evening can easily be found.

As I walked in the door, I spied Longing for Darkness (Kamante's Tales, Collected by Peter Beard). It's a book I have never been able to afford (usually with a minimum pricetag of $50.) I gasped at the price. $10! Something had to be wrong with it for that price! Nope! I grabbed it and ran to show David.

The whole store was filled with books (records and dvds, as well) that were priced at a cost that makes reading affordable to many! We were in there for over an hour.

David loaded up on several film and fiction books. My bounty is what you see above.

Yes, that's a second copy of Richard Scarry's The Best Word Book Ever. I'm keeping my original and this one is going to my nephew. I'm a huge Richard Scarry fan. I could spend hours as a kid looking at his books.

I also bought The Merchant of Marvels and the Peddler of Dreams as a gift for a friend who I know will adore it as much as I do (a favorite!)

From the Land of the Moon is a Europa Editions title and I go out of my way to collect their titles.

The last title, The Hidden Writer, has been on my wishlist for years. It was one of those books that I wanted to see first. I didn't hesitate to scoop it up when I saw it!

It was well worth the trip! We'll definitely be visiting again soon.

http://lastbookstorela.com/

Friday, September 23, 2011

15 September 2011 Journal Page

I'm off this weekend. Sad to say, my class at Zinnia tomorrow was canceled. September can be such a hard month.

I'm hoping to try to get some more work in my journal done this weekend. I'm one signature away from being finished. I did two pages today. I seem to be most satisfied with my journal pages when I'm full of raw emotion. The pages pour out of me.

Do you like posts like the ones with lots of links, videos, etc...? If so, let me know! I'm always interested in hearing what my readers think.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Stacks o' Tape


As I was setting these up, I kept thinking, "I hope we don't have an earthquake!"

Seth over at the Altered Page posted a call for stacks of inspiration. Here's my contribution! Tape!

Above is a photo of every roll of washi paper tape that I own. This is my personal pile (though some have been brought to share with students occasionally. I usually have a pile of tapes for class use and one for personal use. It does make it easy when it comes to travel and storage!)

You can tell the ones that I use the most. My favorite designs are usually solid colors (like hot pink, orange, gold, cream) or anything with text on it (especially the pink text that comes in the French set from Marks that Ginko Papers sells.)

Fyi, for more tape (and where I buy it) click here.

When I buy the washi paper tape, I usually prefer the regular size rolls (I'm not a huge fan of the skinny rolls) that I can tear down into the sizes that I want.

When it comes to storage, I have a small black, zippered soft case (that used to hold small computer stereo speakers) for on the go use. At home, I have an iris case and a 12 x 12" scrapbooking paper case. I have also stored the rolls in baskets and on pant hangers.

Stop by The Altered Page and see what other Stacks of Inspiration Seth and his readers are sharing on September 21st!

Monday, September 19, 2011

10 September 2011 Journal Page

Not one of my favorites, but we can't love them all. I do like the layered writing but the page doesn't "say" everything I want it to say. I feel like I'm mimicing the feelings of what's written on the page. I didn't feel like putting anymore energy or effort into it, so I turned the page and moved on. I may go back at some point and rework it. If I do, I'll post it.

I hope that your week is a creative one!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Cut & Paste 21st Century Collage

I knew a trip to Book Soup in Hollywood would be dangerous last night. I have two books to show you over the next few days.

The first title is Cut & Paste: 21st Century Collage by Richard Brereton and Caroline Roberts, published by Laurence King. You can find a sneak peek at the inside pages here:
http://www.laurenceking.com/product/Cut+---+Paste.htm

What you need to know is that this is not a book for everyone. I will be very honest. I have several friends who love collage but will not enjoy this book.

However, if snipping paper with scissors sets your heart all a pitter patter AND you want insight and inspiration into some new ideas for repurposing papers than this IS the book for you. Please don't misunderstand me. This is not a how to book. It is a gorgeous full color art book filled with a plethora of work of a vast variety of modern collage artists.

What drew me in the most was work by artists: Craig Atkinson, Serge Bloch, Sam Chamberlain, Sara Fanelli, Mark Lazenby, Tsilli Pines, Eduardo Recife, Rico, Alex Rose, Valerie Roybal, Dani Sanchis and Gary Taxali. Their artwork alone was enough to make this book shelf worthy for me.

Do I need this book to appreciate their work? No.

However, my attitude as an artist (and instructor) is that one should always be learning and evolving. I am hoping that this book inspires me in the art form that makes my heart skip a beat. If you have some time google the artists above. You'll be glad you did.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

5 September 2011 Journal Page

The mini page that you see above is actually a small pocket calendar page from K and Company's Smash line. I taped it into the spine of the pages. I've been jotting down daily activities on one side and collaging on the other.

The page on the right- I drew the heart and the border around the label. I did not draw the hands but I colored them in using Sakura Souffle and Glaze pens. I've been trying to draw more in this journal. I used to draw all of the time but have gotten away from it for some time now.

Last night we had a great time at the Academy on Wilshire. We went to a Tribute to Malcolm McDowell and the 40th Anniversary screening of a Clockwork Orange. I had been looking forward to going since tickets were announced. We were very fortunate to have been able to even get tickets. I was lucky enough to meet Malcolm McDowell at Comic Con two years ago. He was extremely polite and very much a gentleman.

It was a thrill to see him last night. I loved every minute of it from his continuous banter with Ed Begley, Jr (who was sitting in the audience) to his explanation of the milk salute at the beginning of Clockwork to his ping ping with Kubrick stories and much, much more. He definitely knows how to tell a story!! If you're interested in watching a video of the interview last night you can find it here.

I'm off to prep for my class tomorrow. I hope that everyone is having a nice weekend!

Friday, September 16, 2011

4 September 2011 Journal Page

The weekend is here!

A small reminder that I'm teaching my La Petite Muse class THIS Sunday at Stampin From The Heart. I hope to see YOU there!

Did you know that Jetpens.com is having a contest? Today is the last day to enter. More info here.

I haven't had any Blog Love in a long time, so I thought I'd post some for the weekend:
How to Survive Late Summer Heat
Thanks to Lynne, I must have the book she mentions here.
Speaking of must have books...
Marjane Satrapi has a new book coming out! If you don't know who she is, head to your local library and look for Persepolis (get the comics and then rent the dvd.)
DIY tea bags
I want to bake this.
I want to eat this.
Send more Love Letters!
The Altered Page is hosting an Open Art Call!
Papier Valise is having a sale.
Danny Gregory is making AMAZING journal videos.

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Remembering Dylan Williams:

A week ago the comics world suffered a great loss. Dylan Williams of Sparkplug Comics passed away. Some of you may remember me mentioning Sparkplug a few times on this blog. They published and distributed some of my family's most favorite comics. We looked forward to seeing them at San Diego Comic Con where we'd drop quite a few pennies at their booth (after having Dylan or Austin English recommend additional titles.) They're still taking and filling orders (please be patient with them at this most difficult time as they are doing the best they can.)

Comics Journal interviews Dylan Williams

Zak Sally
Theo Ellsworth

Nicole J. Georges
Tom Spurgeon's Collective Memory Post for Dylan

Some of my favorite Sparkplug comics:
Anything by Austin English
My Alaskan Summer
I was Born, But #2
Rock that Never Sleeps
The Airy Tales
Asiaaddict
Edison Steelhead's Lost Portfolio
Sleeper Car

Thursday, September 15, 2011

dottie angel, the peachy crafty world of tif fussell

Yes. That was the sound of me clapping my hands as I jumped up and down.

Why?

Well, you know how much I LOVE books. Last Christmas I ordered a present for myself (oh shush up) from Uppercase in Canada. (Don't know Uppercase? They are one of the best publishers on the face of the planet. Go here and familiarize yourself with their work. If you've never seen a copy of their magazine, go out of your way to get your hands on one. You need it. It's the best magazine being published right now. The Best.) I digress. They offered a special Book Bundle that I couldn't resist. I've been waiting patiently for the last book to arrive, Dottie Angel. It was in my mailbox today quietly waiting for me.

Dottie Angel is volume 2 in their Suitcase Series
. (The first volume was published in 2009 and was all about artist Camilla Engman. It is one of my most absolute favorite books. You can find more info on the book here and here. You should have it on your shelves. Yes, you should.)

Who is Dottie Angel? Well, my dear reader, click here and read her bio.

Why am I jumping up and down over this book? Simply put, it's everything that I've been hoping it was and much, much more. It's over 250 pages of pure Dottie Goodness.

Wait! What's in the glassine envelope? Honestly, I haven't opened it yet. This is a book to be savored and taken in bits and pieces. It's a treasure. Did I mention the hand sewn postcard that's glued on the front cover? Wait, what about the Dottie Angel label glued onto the back cover?

What's the book like? It's like holding's someone's blog in your hands. It's chock full of color, texture and imagery. It's substantial. Inside are glimpses into not only Dottie's studio but also her red clogs. Yes, her red clogs. There are pages about her family, her home, her clothesline, her ironing board, her inspiration wall (well, it inspired me!), her annoying habits (you have to love anyone who will openly confess to things like this) and much, much more. There are oodles of fabric photos, how-to's, thrifting adventure insights, stories, ramblings, musings and more. This is a book that will be by my bedside for perusing for quite some time.

I could continue to gush about the Dottie Angel book, how much I love it and how it's been a long time since I've been so very excited about a book. Instead, I'll include some links below where you can go get some sneak peeks of the book and decide for yourself. If you ask me though I'll tell you if you love color, texture, fabric, beautiful photographs and a well written inspirational book, then you need Dottie Angel.

Uppercase's many blog posts about Dottie Angel
Printer Proofs
Dottie Angel's Blog
Order the Book

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

3 September 2011 Journal Page

It's only been a week now since Tristan started High School. Tristan seems to have taken to his new schedule very quickly. I'm all messed up. I'm trying to get myself on some sort of schedule but nothing has worked out yet. Hopefully I'll figure something out soon. It's definitely an odd adjustment to go from having your child home daily for two years to having him gone for seven hours a day, five days a week. Some Mothers would crave it. I'm on the other side of the fence. I like having my boy around but I know I have to let go.

I've always said that keeping a journal is a great way not only to try new things and to document life experience but also to dialogue with oneself. Don't be afraid to ask yourself questions and then answer them on the pages. Play wth using color as mood and emotion. Find images that represent you and how you are feeling. Be open and free on your journal pages and the pages may offer you guidance, clarity and a glimpse of yourself that you had previously been unaware of.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Frenzy Stamper November 11-13th, 2011 Classes

I'm very excited to announce my class line up for Frenzy Stamper November 11-13th. I'll be mailing Debbie the samples on Monday, September 26th, so she should have them later that week. If you have any questions, please email me. To sign up, please contact Debbie at the store.

Fri Nov 11th
10-4 (hour for lunch)

Sanctuary Journal

Work big, work fast (but not too fast) and work across the fold in this book created and bound by you! We’ll start by assembling this journal with a new and unique stitch! We’ll spread out across the page, creating luscious two page spreads learning new collage techniques as we work. Combine a multitude of ephemera and your own style to create uniquely blended, layered and richly colored, personal journal 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



followed by
from 4:30-6:30

Musings

How do you find the inspiration needed to create meaningful, heartfelt journal pages? Where does the desire to pour our hearts out onto a blank piece of paper come from? Learn how to harness your own muse in this workshop that is chock full of techniques, juicy tidbits, visual delights and much, much more. Learn not only how to be inspired but also how to stay inspired.

Supply list: journal (or the instructor will have paper for you to work on), 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) or a few of your favorite glue sticks

Sat Nov 12th
10-4 (hour for lunch)

Passionate Declarations

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



followed by
from 4:30-6:30

Play Time

Ideas and inspiration are everywhere. Learn how to capture those ideas and make them your own. Utilizing the secrets of a variety of graphic artists and designers, we’ll take their techniques and use them as a jumping off point for our own visual mixed media collages. As always, a detailed handout is included with the class that is chock full of new and inspiring visual and written prompts!

Supply list: journal (or the instructor will have paper for you to work on), 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) or a few of your favorite glue sticks

Sun Nov 13th
10-4 (hour for lunch)

Journal This!

Let’s put the journal back into art journaling. This is a collage class but it’s also about how to write, where to write and what to write. Pretty pictures are nice to create but let’s put some meaning and written words onto our journal pages. This class is designed to nurture and encourage you in the art of art journaling. I guarantee that there will be plenty of collage AND written prompts! You will walk out with several completed pages and your head will be brimming full of new ideas and possibilities!

Supply list: journal (or the instructor will have paper for you to work on), 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) or a few of your favorite glue sticks

Monday, September 12, 2011

October 28-30th Classes in Oakland, CA

I am very happy to announce that I will be teaching five NEW workshops at a private studio in Oakland, CA October 28-30th. Sign ups are open to the public!

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

Payments for the Oakland, 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.

Please note, space is limited! I will generate a waiting list, need be. Thanks!

The Schedule is:

Friday, October 28th

La Petite Muse 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

followed by

Musings from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 29th

Sacred Place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

followed by

Journal This from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 30th

Serenity 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To sign up, please use the paypal button here or you can email me at Egorey99@sbcglobal.net for more info

I hope to see you there!






Select a Class






Friday, October 28th

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

3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Musings

How do you find the inspiration needed to create meaningful, heartfelt journal pages? Where does the desire to pour our hearts out onto a blank piece of paper come from? Learn how to harness your own muse in this workshop that is chock full of techniques, juicy tidbits, visual delights and much, much more. Learn not only how to be inspired but also how to stay inspired.

Supply list: journal (or the instructor will have paper for you to work on), 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) or a few of your favorite glue sticks

Saturday, October 29th

Sacred Place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sacred Place

Combine luscious handmade paper, waxed linen thread, glue, collage ephemera and a plethora of techniques to create this one of a kind journal handmade by you! I will dig deep into my bag of tricks and teach you what I know about working in this unique book! Learn composition, design, color, lettering and more as you work hands on in your new journal. Experiment with paper, tape, transparencies, stickers, rub ons and MORE! Think making a journal is difficult? You won’t after this class. If you want to focus the majority of class time on learning a variety of collage techniques and creating pages, then this is the class for you! You will walk out of class not only with a new journal but with your head full of new ideas and possibilities!

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

3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Journal This!

Let’s put the journal back into art journaling. This is a collage class but it’s also about how to write, where to write and what to write. Pretty pictures are nice to create but let’s put some meaning and written words onto our journal pages. This class is designed to nurture and encourage you in the art of art journaling. I guarantee that there will be plenty of collage AND written prompts! You will walk out with several completed pages and your head will be brimming full of new ideas and possibilities!

Supply list: journal (or the instructor will have paper for you to work on), 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) or a few of your favorite glue sticks

Sunday, October 30th

Serenity 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Serenity Pages

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, September 11, 2011

Some Favorite Rubber Stamps...

Catslife Press: Peace on Earth and Imagine What is Possible

A Muse: Peace in various world languages

Starving Artistamps: Fragile

Saturday, September 10, 2011

2 September 2011 Journal Page

I really liked the above image and knew that it would be a perfect fit for a page about summer. Sad that I used it for a page about summer's end, but it does fit and the page says everything that I want it to say. I used a few of the new Mark's washi paper tapes on this page, too.

I typed up and set blog posts for Monday (announcing Oakland, CA classes) and Tuesday (announcing Scottsdale, AZ). It took me several hours but I'm done! This week I have to work on my class submissions for Art Unraveled 2012 and another 2012 workshop. That's my only complaint about teaching like I do, having to plan so far in advance.

Local students, I have two classes scheduled this coming week. More information at my class blog.

I hope that everyone is having a pleasant Saturday.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Pudding Pens!

Huge thanks to Sara in Colorado for telling me about Pudding Pens, from Korea. The best place I've found (in the U.S.) for these pens is Cute Tape. I have also seen them on etsy and ebay. (Sadly, Jetpens.com does not have them.) Please note the credit card and the cell phone are there for size reference.

Here's are some comparison shots of what the pudding pens look like vs. some of my other favorite gel pens from Sakura Glaze, Sakura Souffle and Pilot's Sweet/Latte pens. More detailed information on those gel pens can be found in my pen post here.
In a nutshell, both the latte, sweets and pudding pens are a .05 mm tip vs. the souffle, glaze and aqualip fine pens are a .07 (note: aqualip fine, which are exactly like the Sakura Glaze pens but the aqualip fine tip is just a smidgen thinner than the regular glaze pen, are not available in the U.S. except through jetpens.com.)

The glaze and aqualip fine pens are a gloss finish vs. the rest of the pens (lattes, sweets, souffle and pudding) are a matte finish.

The latte/sweets even though they are the same tip size as the pudding pens seem to write a bit thinner (the ink doesn't come out of the pens as thick).

Why did I buy the pudding pens? Honestly, because I've been looking for a fine tip black gel pen to love. I have been hoping for a few years now that Pilot would release more colors in their Sweets and Lattes line (I've had the sweets/lattes since they came out and there haven't been any new colors, to my knowledge.) Sweets/Lattes have 19 different colors in their two ten pack sets (white is included in both sets) but they do not have a black. Pudding pens have a black as well as colors that are different (note the greens, yellows and oranges in this photo here):
(LS is Latte/Sweets, P is Pudding, G is Glaze, ALF is aqualip fine and S is Souffle)

The downside is that the pudding pens do not seem to be waterproof (I tried coloring over them with a permanent marker and the pudding pens ran.) Considering that I don't plan on putting my journal pages out in the rain, nor do I ever seal my pages with anything, this shouldn't be a problem.

They do work on dried acrylic paint, however, I do not recommend painting over them (see above).

One thing to note, the latte/sweet pens last a very, very long time. I have only had the pudding pens for a few weeks and I am not sure yet as to how long they last.

Would I recommend them? Totally.

I love all of the gel pens in the post above for various reasons. I've tried a ton of pens. I know what my favorites are and I've shared them here and with my students in classes. I tend to usually have a black and white (not clear) glaze pen (or a white souffle as there is no difference between the white glaze and the white souffle. Just make sure you're reaching for the white pen and not the clear pen), the latte/sweet pens and my rapidosketch .35 pen with me whenever I take my journal out and about. I've now added the pudding pens to that pile.

I keep all of my little pens in a $.99 pink "cigarette" case that I bought in Japantown a couple of years ago. Another friend had bought me a clear case that didn't last long and when I saw the cute little pink case, I knew it was perfect for my mini-pens!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

2 September 2011 Journal Page

The good news is day two of high school was better than day one. Yay, Tristan!!!

The bad news is I don't have the blog post ready that I wanted to post today. I hope to have it for tomorrow. It's a mini post on a new set of pens comparing them to similar pens on the market. Do you need them? That'll be up to you to decide.

I also will be announcing my No CA (Oakland) classes on Monday. On Tuesday, I'll have my line up of November classes for Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale. Yay!

I really like the layers in the above page. The blue is a photo of a sky ripped from a book. There are also layers of tissue, tape, doodling, stickers and more. Yes, I am a sentimental fool but at least I am an honest one!

Because I feel like it:

Recommended Books: Lisa Goldstein's The Dream Years

Films: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (yeah, the Rex Harrison version, not the tv version.) It's always been one of my favorites.

TV Shows: Burns & Allen (yeah, the same set up every episode but damn, were they funny.)

Recommended Breakfast: Greek Yogurt (tomorrow I am trying the non-fat kind) with granola and a ton of strawberries.

Recommend Dessert: Trader Joe's Vanilla Ice Cream (and add strawberries to it! Yum!)

I am still looking for a good book on vegan or raw food breakfasts.

Any books, film, etc... recommendations?

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

First Day of High School

Dear Tristan,

We're very, very proud of you today.

High school is a big change. We know that you will do well in whatever you choose to do with your life. We hope that we've given you (and will continue to give you) what you need to be the wonderful young man that you are becoming. I know that as a 14 year old that this letter may sound lame now, but it was done with love, like everything else we've done for you.

Just remember to take a breath and take it day by day. It may seem overwhelming now, but it will get better. I promise.

Love always,
Your Goofy Parents
a.k.a. Mom and Dad

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

1 September 2011 Journal Page

Tristan starts school in the morning. I keep asking him (along with everyone else) if he's nervous. His response was, "You're all making me nervous when you ask me that!" My boy, a high schooler!! How fast time flies.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Score!

David, Tristan and I spent all day at the Vromans/Book Soup tent sale in Pasadena today. Above are the books that I bought (David already squirreled his away.)

I added up the cover price of my books and they were all on sale and then 75% off the sticker on the front. I got over $600 in books for $55. Not bad, huh?

The sad thing is, I saw many, many favorite books and titles I had purchased in the past. Books that no one was buying and some of them are among my most favorites. I did buy a couple of duplicates to gift to some friends who I know will appreciate them.

The good news is, I scored big time! Here's what I got:

Arabic Tattoos
Geduld und Gorillas
Icons of Graphic Design
You can find inspiration in everything
The Whimsical Works of David Weidman
Fashion Market II
99 Fears
Eva Hesse Studiowork
The Red Shoes
The Ultimate Illustration Collection
From the Depth of my Drawer
Maximalism
Urban Iran
Musikgraphics
Textura Valencia Street Art
Nudes

As I said above, I bought some to give as gifts. I bought some to cut up. Several have been on my wish list for some time now. Sometime soon I will be clearing out my bookshelves again to make space for these titles. I already have a little "to sell" pile started. I'll give a heads up when I'm ready!

The hardest thing now is trying to figure out which one to read first!

Sunday, September 04, 2011

29 August 2011 Journal Page

Up very late finishing The Dream Years by Lisa Goldstein (definitely a great companion piece to Midnight in Paris. Thanks, David.)

Pancakes from scratch.

Larchmont Village farmers' market (Ooohh, white roses! thanks Tristan!)

Home again! Art making and vegging out in pjs.

Roasted Veggies and salad for dinner.

Devil's Backbone on dvd (Guillermo del Toro!!!)

A good day, indeed.