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

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Revel in The Moment

I'd like to announce my latest online class:

Revel in the Moment
A workshop designed to encourage you to slow down and to use your journal to process your world upon the pages of your journal.

In this e-book* form course, you will learn how to construct a simple, made from scratch art journal!

You will work completely at your own pace utilizing collage templates and journal prompts (all new and designed specifically for this class!)
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." Ferris Bueller
Are there photos?
Yes, there are photos of my sample pages. You will also have the opportunity to upload and share (if you wish) your own sample pages.

Is there a discussion group?
Yes! By popular demand, there will be an easy access forum for you to discuss the class with fellow students.

Is there a handout?
YES! I am a firm believer in handouts. You will receive a detailed 39 page handout that you can download, save and print out. There are step by step instructions, tons of information, photos and more. There are also (new!) collage templates for you to use! My thought process for every journal page in the Revel in the Moment Book is documented to give you an insight into how I approach and work through a journal page.

What's the supply list?
I really want you to use stuff that you already have on hand. For the pages, you need glue (a glue stick, gel medium, whatever adhesive you usually use for paper). You will need some of your favorite pens (again, use what you have on hand. I did not limit myself with this class but used my favorite supplies (as shown here in this blog post). The pens that I used include a black permanent, waterproof pen (Rapidosketch .35), Sakura Glaze and Souffle pens. You need a pair of scissors, an old rag or paper towel for burnishing the images, a gluing surface (like an old catalog). You will need a selection of your favorite papers (think along the lines of anything that you would glue down to create a page: handmade papers, scrapbook papers, old magazines, catalogs or books) for the collage part of the class. Optional, but not totally necessary are: stickers, transparencies, washi tape, rub-ons, etc...

Again, I want to stress, do NOT go out and buy anything for this class. Please use what you have on hand.

For Creating the Book-Fabric and/or handmade paper, tacky glue (or gel medium), awl, needle, waxed linen thread, cardstock (I use 140 lb wausau exact index cardstock but you can use your favorite paper, scrapbook paper, handmade paper, junk paper, etc...)

I work full time, can I take this class at any time?
Yes! This is a work at your own pace class. You can sign up at any point. You will have full access to the class. I am always available to answer and respond to questions.

When does the class start?

This is a work at your own pace class that is available NOW.
Within 24 hours of you signing up, you will receive an email from me with information. Please take a minute to read this email (upon receipt) in its entirety. You can access, download and print the handout out at anytime! You do not have to start (or finish) on any specific date. I will be leaving the class material up so that students can access the information AT ANY TIME. I am ALWAYS available if you need me via email! I will also be checking in with the group on a regular basis to see how people are doing. When you sign up for this class, you are in and can access it any time that is most convenient for YOU.
How much does it cost?

$25

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. I've included a special option via the paypal button below just make sure that you include the name and email of the person receiving the class and any additional information you'd like me to include. If you want to give a gift to more than two people, just email me and I'll send you an invoice!

Who is this class geared towards?

Everyone! I strive to make my classes accessible for beginners to advanced students. I have been working in and teaching this medium for over 14 years now and I learn something new with every workshop.

I have a busy winter of me, should I take this workshop now?
My main idea with this class was encouraging people to slow down, document and enjoy their life while processing daily events and happenings upon the pages of their journal. I know that people are usually extremely busy during the holiday season and I thought what better time to make a new journal to reflect and revel upon the end of one year and the beginning of another! Hence, this class was born.

I am often teaching and traveling and I never leave home without my journal bag! I work exclusively from my journal bag (shown in this post) using the limited supplies and the tools I had with me to create the book and to start work on the pages. The size, weight and portability, along with the limited amount of supplies you need make this the perfect journal for life on the go or close to home. I love sticking my collage ephemera, a couple of pens and a glue stick in a baggie with the journal. I'm all about portability and ease!

This class does not close so you can take the workshop ANY time and work at your own pace! Once you've signed up for Revel in the Moment, you are in the workshop!

How do I sign up?

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





Revel in the Moment Choose an Option





*e-book=pdf file that can be read on your laptop, home computer, smart phone, iphone, ipad, etc... You can also download it, save it and print it out and read it the old fashioned way (which is what I do). You don't have to be tech savvy, a pdf file is one of the most basic files on the internet. I have basic trouble shooting guides, information and I'll be around if anyone has a problem or any questions! The class is entirely work at your own pace at ANY TIME.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Playing with my Camera Apps

I love playing with my camera apps! One of my favorites is fx camera. Whenever I buy my $5 farmers market roses, I snap photos of them. I love snapping the photos but I need to remember to print them out! They would make great backgrounds for my journal pages.

I hope to have a big announcement tomorrow! I'm super excited about it and I hope that you will be, too. I have been working very hard on it and I am eager to share.

Monday, November 28, 2011

What's in my Journal Bag November 2011

I had a discussion on facebook last night regarding journal bag contents. I thought I would post the contents of my bag today:

-Inside the bag (in the center) an Eagle Creek Pack-It system cube holding my collage ephemera. The pack-it bag opens on two sides. One side has focal images and the other has background papers and transparencies.

-The journal bag has odd side pockets that contain my journal (about 8 1/2 x 11"), a ziploc bag full of stickers and another full of rub-ons.

Outside of the bag (but it all fits neatly inside) are:

-Eagle Creek Pack-It Cube holding my pens (Kohinoor rapidosketch .35 and .50 (I put black ink only in the .35 and other inks in the .50. You can see the ink refill in the ziploc bag near the Sta-on pad.) Other pens in the bag are Pilot pocket brush pen, Zebra Sarasas, Uniball Signos, Sharpie waterbased paint markers, Pentel Metallic Brush markers, a small metal ruler and bone folders.)

-Other pens in the photo are Pudding pens (made in Korea), Pilot Latte and Sweets (in the small pink cigarette case which I bought in Japantown, SF for $.99) and a pink butterfly case filled with Sakura Glaze snd Shuffle pens. (My favorite go to pens are rapidosketch .35 in black, Sakura Glaze, Souffle and Aqualip, Pilot Sweets and Lattes.)

-A small tin filled with Caran d'ache Neo Art Watersoluble Wax Pastel Crayons

-Tape (love the printed transparent tape from Tapeswell, O-check and Prima Marketing) as well as various MT and Marks washi paper tapes (usually bought from Washimatta and Ginko Papers)

-Coccoina glue stick (40 grams)

-Tonic scissors

-Metal Ruler (for tearing paper)

-Staz-on ink pad

-Tim Holtz tiny attacher and staples

-Rag (for burnishing and wiping off excess glue)

The only thing not in the photo is an old magazine or catalog that I usually use as a glue surface and then I toss it in the recycle bin. I also usually have a small container of baby wipes for sticky fingers.

I work from this bag regardless as to whether or not I'm home or traveling. I bought it a couple of years ago at Artful Living in Ojai. It's been my favorite journal bag since!

What's in your journal bag?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

December 2011 Workshops

Here's my list of classes that I'll be teaching for December 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 (16 different online workshops as of 11/27/2011.) You can find out more info on the right side of my main blog.

Classes make wonderful gifts during the holiday season. You'll be feeding a person's spirit as well as supporting an artist. I can create a gift certificate for any of my classes (online or in person). Please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net if you're interested. For those of you whom are interested, I will have information on a new online class some time this week!

Thank YOU for your interest!

2012 class information coming soon

December

Fri 2nd Stampin From the Heart L.A. Sacred Place 11:30-3:30

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



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Sat 3rd Zinnia So Pasadena Serenity Pages 11-3

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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Sun 4th Simi Valley Expressions Please click here for more information (class description, slideshow and how to sign up)

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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




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Sun 11th Stampin From the Heart L.A. Sanctuary 12:30-4:30

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

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Fri 16th Zinnia So Pasadena 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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28th Whitman, MA TWO classes Please click here for more info

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29th and 30th Ink About It Westford, MA Four NEW workshops Please click here for more info

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Small Portion of my Picture Book Collection

One of the things that I've been doing for many years now is collecting picture books. I've included a few of my favorites in the photo above. They're not only pleasant to read but they're also visually appealing and extremely inspiring. My collection also includes books from the early 1900's.

I tend to pick the books up in my travels to the used and indie bookstores that I frequent (both locally and nationally). Each book tells a story as I can usually tell you where, how, why or with whom that I bought the book.

Two of my favorite artists (not included in the above photo) are Maira Kalman and Shaun Tan. I hope to do a separate post on their books soon.

Do you have any favorite picture books?

Friday, November 25, 2011

15 November 2011 Journal Page

Had a great time teaching at Zinnia today. Huge thanks to the gang there and my students! I'm pooped now! Hope people get some R and R time in this weekend!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Journal Page in Progress


Above is a page in progress. I'll show you the finished page tomorrow.

Home today prepping for my class at Zinnia tomorrow as well doing some other work for something which I'll be announcing soon. Yes, my work doesn't stop but I am very grateful to have a job that I love. I really mean it when I say that my students are the best. I am extremely thankful for them in so many ways.

Later on, I'll make roasted veggies, soup and either a cake or pie. We'll watch a movie and hang out. David, Tristan and I are together and I am grateful for these times.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope that your day is filled with love as well as things that nourish your spirit and fill your heart.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

12 November 2011 Journal Page

Here's the after page I promised from yesterday. I ended up almost changing the page completely. I really like it. I used various pens including faber castell pitt pens, pilot latte and sweets and a .35 rapidosketch pen. I colored in both the lotus rub-on and the Hambly transparency using the latte and sweets pens.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Journal Page in Progress

I started this page in one of my new classes, Journal This. I always demo as I teach. Not only does it help me to explain the technique and ideas, but it also gives me the opportunity to show students the many different ways to approach a journal page.

I encourage students to learn in class by working on a piece but then to go home and work some more on that same piece in the comfort if your own home and see how you can make it more you.

It's very interesting to see the evolution of a page that is started in one location and finished in another. The piece changed completely by the time that I was done with it.

One last note regarding my Friday class, last I heard it was almost full. There are only one or two seats left so if you're interested in signing up for "A Beautiful Life", don't wait much longer!

Monday, November 21, 2011

11 November 2011 Journal Page

I really like how the page changed into something else. I started by adding the focal image of the woman, then layering on top with a portion of a transparency. I also went in and added more rub-ons. I had a lot of journaling to get out so that was the last bit that I added to the page.

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A quick heads up as I'm teaching my "Beautiful Life" journal class this Friday at Zinnia. With the holiday on Thursday, I wanted to give everyone a heads up now so if you're interested, please don't wait until the last minute to sign up (I don't want to have to cancel it). More information and a slideshow here. Zinnia's number is 626-441-2181. I hope to see you there!

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Emily is new to So CA and is looking for work as an assistant. I thought that I would help her out by posting this:

Hi! I just moved to LA and am looking to get involved in the Art Community. I graduated with a B.A. in Expressive Arts and Music and am very interested in pursuing a further career in the healing modalities of arts. I am an avid songwriter, but also keep an art journal, want to learn more about mixed media, art for social change, and have done some non-profit work in the Theatre Arts area. I can also make films, am a pretty good photographer and a dancer. I am in search of part/full time work as an assistant of some kind (keep in mind I'm sort of Renassiance-ish so I'll do anything!) because I value learning from my elders! I have references and resume if you think you may be interested in some help! Or if you'd like to meet for tea or coffee, I'd love to meet more local artists. Thanks! -Emily embedal@gmail.com

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Blog Love:

The True Cost of Handmade-this truly is a must read. It fits with teaching art as well. ("Your classes are too expensive." is something I have heard myself. This woman's post is eloquent and hits the nail on the head.)


Paul and Joe (part of the Zinnia gang) will be at two upcoming art fairs in So Ca. More info is in Paul's post here.

Collaged Tea Bags

Amazing journals

Pear and Cranberry Crumble

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Journal Page in Progress

Home from a great day of teaching at Stampin from the Heart. It was a small group but we had fun! I always love teaching there. (Thanks Judy, Laura and Tricia.)

One of the things you'll notice lately in my work is that I've been using lots of book and magazine paper as background fodder. I'm finding myself reaching more for that kind of paper and less for store bought. Interesting how things work. I "blame" it on my Journey of You journal (the one that became the online class). The J.O.Y. journal really changed how I looked at paper in general. Now everything really is fair game.

If you look close, the paper above is actually a stone wall turned on its side. I love the texture that it creates. I'll show you the finished page tomorrow.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

5 November 2011 Journal Page

All prepped and ready for my Sacred Place class at Stampin from the Heart tomorrow. Now I have the rest of the afternoon to play in my journal.

I hope that you're having a good weekend.

Friday, November 18, 2011

24 October 2011 Journal Page

Journal page created on my birthday about visiting LACMA for the Behind the Scenes Panel Discussion (with Danny Elfman, Rick Heinrichs and Colleen Atwood) on October 21st and then visiting the actual exhibit on the 24th.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

4 November 2011 Journal Page

It's a busy week so this is a short post!

I played around with my Sakura Glaze and Souffle Pens along with a Crafters' Workshop stencil. I pulled color from the focal image using the Sakura pens to make it pop some more.

I am enjoying posting before and after shots on the blog. I have some more to show you this week.

One trick with the Glaze and Souffle pens, if the color is too light when you put your first coat down, let it dry completely and then layer a second (or even third) coat on top. The trick is really to let the pen work dry completely before moving on.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Harlan Ellison at Cinefamily


Last night, we trekked over to Cinefamily on Fairfax to see the great Harlan Ellison. It. was. amazing. Ellison spoke for almost four hours. He was also extremely gracious enough to stay after wards (for well over an hour) to sell and sign books. We were one of the last people in line. He had been talking to someone else when he motioned to Tristan that he would sign his book. We said our thanks and started to leave. We were half way up the aisle when Ellison called out, "Hey kid!" Tristan turned around. He asked his name as well as, "Do the kids at school fuck with you?" Tristan shrugged and smiled, "Sometimes." Ellison said, "Do you want to learn some moves on how to take care of that?" Tristan said Ellison had one helluva grip. He grabbed his hand and showed him how to lock an opponent's thumb down and disable him. Ellison then invited Tristan over to his house, "after 2 and I'll show you some more moves." He then told Tristan to get rid of his shorts (trade them out for long pants). It was definitely one memorable night. If you're an Ellison fan, you probably already know this but just in case, you can buy books directly from him here.

David's perspective of the night (with video).

Here's an article that mentions Tristan's encounter.

8 November 2011 Journal Page

I showed you the original page before:
Here's the finished page:
I love layering with paper. Right now, my heart belongs to collage. I am always excited at the possibility of a different outcome and weighing the direction in which to finish off the page. As I tell my students, there isn't a "wrong" way to make a page, only many possibilities and outcomes. It's very interesting when you start to narrow down your choices and see what the page is becoming. I equate it with painting but using paper instead!

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I only have a handful of classes left this year. I'm teaching two this weekend in L.A. I'm super excited about this Sunday's class. If you are looking for a class where the main focus IS collage, then get on over to Stampin' From the Heart and sign up for this Sunday's Sacred Place class. We'll spend about 10 minutes making a quick book to hold our work in. The rest of the class will be spent on collage and mixed media techniques. This has been one of my most popular classes and I know that you will love it as much as I do. More here.

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Blog Love:
Lynda Barry's Questionnaire that can be used as journal prompts as well!
Some really cool scrapbook pages
roundround at Loveology
A few journal pages from Irene
More art journaling inspiration
The Argento Shot: Everlasting Moments' shot of butterfly's shadow (the best part of the film)
Sumi Ebru Marbling
Papeles Pintados

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Classes in Whitman, MA December 28th

I'm very excited to announce that in addition to my classes at Ink About It in Westford, MA, I will also be teaching at Susan's studio in Whitman on Wednesday, December 28th.

I will be teaching two workshops on Wednesday, December 28, 2011:

Serenity Pages from 10 to 2

followed by Expressions from 2:30-6:30

Please see below for a slideshow of each class as well as a full description.
Please note, payments for the Whitman, MA workshop must be made in advance. Due to the fact that the teacher is traveling here from Southern California and must prep for the workshops in advance, there are no cancellations allowed. No refunds. In the event of a severe snowstorm in the Whitman, MA area, the class may be canceled and money refunded. 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.

Wednesday, Dec 28th
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




Followed by:

from 2:30-6:30

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



Monday, November 14, 2011

Bringing Home the Goods

Here are the goodies I brought home from Frenzy Stamper:

3 Hambly Transparencies and 5 rub-ons (Hambly makes the best transparencies, rub-ons, etc...)

3 rolls of tape in orange, yellow and shocking pink (pink is buried in one of my class bags. Apologies for not having it in the picture.)

Prima Marketing Stencil/Mask

Sticker Peel-offs

Sei 6" paper pad

Stampendous flower stamp

3 stamps from Catslife Press

Not pictured:

Various new tapes I bought and put in the class pile (yes, I will have them for my classes this weekend at Stampin' from the Heart.)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Home again, home again...

Home from a fun weekend at Frenzy Stamper. Above is a page that I did for Debbie in her class books. She keeps records of classes at her store. I love it. She was flipping back to when I first started teaching there. Hard to believe it's been that long. I have always adored teaching at Frenzy Stamper. Looking forward to returning in February. Heartfelt thanks again to Debbie and my wonderful students.

Off to rest now. It's a long, boring drive from Scottsdale to L.A. especially alone and at night! That bed will feel good tonight!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Frenzy Stamper Weekend

Having the most wonderful time (as always) teaching at Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale. Huge thanks to Debbie and the Gang for so much fun. The classes have been amazing. You guys really are amazing artists!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Journaling on the Go in the Hotel

Having way too much fun teaching at Frenzy Stamper this weekend!

Table shots to come hopefully tomorrow.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Frenzy Stamper

I'm here! All set up and ready to go. Above you'll see collage ephemera, tape and more! I never said I traveled lightly.

Can't wait until the morning. I'll take some table shots to share!

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Journal Page in Progress

I started this page a couple of weeks ago as a demo in one of my new classes (Musings). I always stress to students to experiment with new ideas in class and then go home and see how much further you can push a page. There's never a "wrong" way of doing something only a different way of approaching and finishing it! I'll show you the finished page soon.

All prepped, packed and ready for my Frenzy Stamper classes this weekend. I'm leaving in the morning and will be blogging on the road.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

24 October 2011 Journal Page

I just spent the morning having a conversation with a good friend (also a student who has taken tons of my classes over the years) about layering and creating art journal pages. She struggles with it (as do many people.) She said that I make it look easy. It's not easy. It can be a struggle. I don't love every page that I do and I'm okay with that.

To me, the most important part in the act of art journaling is the unfolding. It's the process of first putting down a base (be it paint or paper or whatever) and then adding another layer on top of it, and then stopping to ponder, "What if?" and then exploring that new idea. Re-working, pushing, pulling, putting together different elements that you like to create a cohesive page.

The final act for me is always adding my journaling to the page. I step back and ask myself, "Have I said everything that I've wanted to say here?" If so, then I know I'm done. If not, I'll push and pull some more with the page (maybe stepping away from it and looking back to see if it needs more color, texture, or even written words.)

The thing is, I am not after perfect pages. Not in any way. I'm after the experience of what it feels like to open up, to express myself both visually and in the written word onto a page. As I've stated before, I don't love every page that I do. If I don't love a page and I've done all I can, instead of ripping it out, I'll either try to rework it some more or just turn the page and move on as I have a whole book to fill.

Your artwork will evolve and change just as you will with time. The more we discover, learn and open ourselves up to new experiences, the more we change. It's very interesting to go back and look at your work from a month ago, a year ago, five years ago, etc... It's all different. It's all "good". It's all part of the process!

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A quick reminder that I am teaching at Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale, AZ THIS weekend. I am super excited to be teaching these workshops. I have three brand spanking new workshops (two of which had their debut in Oakland a couple of weekends ago) that I am eager to share. I am always excited about taking my students (both beginner to advanced) to another level and I feel that these workshops are pushing them to approach their work in a new way. (I only teach what I love and am most passionate about and I LOVED seeing what the students did in Oakland with these ideas, techniques and prompts.) More information on the classes this weekend can be found here. I hope to see YOU there!

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Blog Love:
New Drawn and Quarterly Books to Look Forward to
For those of you interested in Pinterest, I added a few new pins yesterday
Multi-media Book Love
Murmuration-this is pretty frigging cool. If you click on one link, click here and watch this video
Easy Little Bread Recipe
Holiday Ideas (yes, it's that time...)
Lynda Barry on Copying and Tracing

Monday, November 07, 2011

Ink About It Classes December 29th and 30th, 2011


Please contact the store at 978-392-0321 to sign up.

If you have any questions, please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

I hope to see you there!

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Thursday, December 29th

Journal This!
from 10 a.m. to Noon

Followed by
La Petite Muse
from 1 to 5 p.m.

Friday, December 3oth

PlayTime
from 10 a.m. to Noon

Followed by
Content: An Artist's Life
from 1 to 5 p.m.

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Thursday, December 29th

Journal This!
10 a.m. to Noon

Let’s put the journal back in 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


Followed by

La Petite Muse
from 1 to 5 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



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Friday, December 3oth

PlayTime
from 10 a.m. to Noon

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



Followed by
Content: An Artist's Life
from 1 to 5 p.m.

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


Sunday, November 06, 2011

Great Day of Teaching in Simi Valley

Had a great day teaching in Simi Valley! Huge thanks to our wonderful hostess, Janet as well as Darcy and Kara! I'm looking forward to next month!

One quick tip for the day, when working with collage, keep a "now bag" (or box or container) separate from your big stash. Force yourself to go through and use only what is in the now box. I rotate my supplies (especially the collage ephemera.) When I sit down to make a page, I quickly sort through and grab a focal image and a few, select pieces of background paper. I force myself to use what I have in my hand and try to make it work. It works for me and keeps things from being overwhelming.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Adding Stamps to the Class Pile

Every now and then, I like to swap out my class stamps for "new" stamps. I used to be able to do it more often when we had more stamp stores in L.A. I really miss the variety of stores (not to mention places to teach!) I am very grateful for what we still have. My regular go to stores for stamps locally are:

Stampin from the Heart in L.A.

Zinnia in So Pasadena

Kinokuniya in Downtown L.A.

Paper Source (Beverly Hills, Santa Mónica and Pasadena)

I also frequent etsy when I can. I love finding unique stamps that aren't mass marketed.

I also have been known to carve my own stamps every now and then.

Out of state favorite stamp stores include:

Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale, AZ (Debbie is like my sugar Mama when it comes to buying new stamps. If I want it and she likes it, yeah, baby! Her attitude has always been, "One for me, some for the store." She buys what she likes and her taste is amazing. I can't wait to trek there next weekend!)

Ink About It (Westford, MA is another favorite place. I will be teaching there in December. I always manage to pick up a few new favorites when I'm in town.)

Ink About It (NYC!! I went there for the first time this summer and got into serious trouble. They had some amazing stamps. I can't wait to go back!)

Other favorite venues include:

Scrapbook Territory in Berkeley, CA
Castle in the Air also in Berkeley, CA
Our Lady of Rubber/Guadalupe Stamps in Santa Fe, NM

Some of the companies that I love (as you'll see above) include:
Stampers Anonymous
Invoke Arts
Catslife Press
Judikins
100 Proof Press
Hero Arts

I miss the abundance of companies that we used to have to choose from. I'm grateful that some of my old favorites are still around.

Where do you get your stamps and what are your favorite companies?

Friday, November 04, 2011

New Books!

This is my favorite kind of day. It rained a bit off and on throughout the day (pouring when I was in South Pasadena!).

I trekked to Zinnia to swap out samples. I also picked up some doo dad bar goodies to use in an upcoming project that I've been working on. Tamara and the gang were busy rearranging the store while Ali the Wonder Cat supervised. I can't wait to see what Tamara has planned for the holidays!

I decided to pop in at Great Harvest (across the street from Zinnia). I bought a great cranberry bean soup mix (add vegetable broth and onions, simmer low on the stove for 3-4 hours and you're done!) along with some delicious honey wheat bread for dinner. YUM. I had to hide half of the bread so David wouldn't eat it all tonight.

I packed up samples for my classes at Ink About It in Westford, MA December 29th and 30th. (Good news! I will also be teaching on the 28th in Whitman. Info to come soon.Yay!!!) The samples went out priority insured today so they should have them in the shop by Tuesday. I'm excited!

I usually mail my packages from the post office at The Farmers' Market (next to The Grove). I had a birthday gift certificate to use at Barnes and Noble. I was so happy to find that they had two books I've been looking for:

Vegan's Daily Companion by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau (thanks Krista for recommending this! I've been wanting to try eating Vegan for breakfast.)

*and*

Food Rules by Michael Pollan, illustrated by the one and only, Maira Kalman. I am a sucker for Maira Kalman's work. If she does a drawing or painting and it gets published, I'll more than likely buy it. I almost floated out of the store, I was so happy!!!

Now it's close to 8 p.m., dinner has been eaten. I baked cookies (peanut butter for David and chocolate chip peanut butter for Tristan and I) because that's the sort of thing you do on a wet, rainy 50° day.

My class at Zinnia for tomorrow was canceled (disappointed!) but the good news is that my class on Sunday in Simi Valley is still a go (email me if you're interested!) It is the first time in a long time that I've taught in that area. I'm looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new faces.

I hope that wherever you are and whatever your plans may be, you have a wonderful weekend. Make some art. Eat something yummy. Relax and be good to yourself and those around you! Xo!

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Work in Progress

One of my favorite things to do with my focal images is to color them in with either Sakura Glaze or Souffle pens or Pilot's Latte or Sweets pens.

I don't rub them in while their wet (I know some folks who do).

I color in section by section. Make sure that you don't schmear the ink as you work as it does take a few minutes to dry.

You can also layer colors (once the previous color has dried).

Coloring in is a nice way to alter an image and make it work with whatever else is on the page.

Remember that the Sakura Glazes are a gloss finish. They also can be lighter in color depending upon what your original base color is on the page.

Sakura Souffle, Pilot Latte and Sweets are all a matte finish so they will show up on anything including dark colors.

My analogy is if you want to use a red pen on a pink page and be able to see it, use the souffle, latte or sweets. If you want it more subdued, use a Glaze pen.

I'll show you the finished page soon!

Don't forget I have two new classes this weekend (Zinnia in South Pasadena and Simi Valley) as well as Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale, AZ coming up next weekend. I hope to see YOU there!

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

21 October 2011 Journal Page

Tristan and I went to Anthropologie in Beverly Hills tonight to meet Sibella Court. I took a ton of pictures and am hoping to do a blog post about her books and why they fascinate me as an artist.

I also caved and bought her latest book, Nomad. Every time I went to Anthropologie at The Grove, I would "visit" it and wait patiently for my amazon order to come. (If you loved Etcetera, this will be high on your list.) Well patience is not my middle name when it comes to waiting for new books and really how many times do I get to meet Sibella Court? (See?! Any excuse!)

Her next book will be about Collections and I will be first in line to buy it. I am such a book geek.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

12 October 2011 Journal Page

I just revised my class schedule for November and December. You can find it here. I'll be teaching two classes this weekend in South Pasadena (at Zinnia) and Simi Valley, both are open to the public and there's more information here. Next weekend I'm trekking to Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale. I can't wait! I hope to see you THERE~!

I am really enjoying working in this journal. So far it seems to be chock full of lots of journaling. I guess that there's stuff that I need to get out, eh? I always vary the size, shape and construction of each journal that I make. I've found that over the years it really pushes me. Working small is very difficult for me but a journal this size (it's approximately 8 1/2 x 11"), I have no problem with it. I know quite a few people whose journals are all uniform in size, shape and construction. Not me. That would make me bonkers. Funny how we are all at times?

Blog Love:
Lynda Barry! Lynda Barry! Lynda Barry! (whose new book comes out today, by the way!)
Speaking of Lynda Barry, I took this class (in L.A.) and yes, it was amazing. I really hope that she does one on drawing some day and comes back to L.A. with it.
Inspirational Display Cabinets
Hot Apple Crumb Bars
Inspirational Street Artists
Inspired by Michael Cutlip
Funny that I saw this book this weekend and have been on the fence about it ever since.
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Based on these results and the results of earlier studies, Nicoladis believes there is a connection between language and memory access and gesturing."
11 Simple Ways to Support the Occupy Movement Without Sleeping in a Park