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!


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Marvel: Your Precious Life

I am very excited to announce my latest online class, Marvel: Your Precious Life. 

A few years ago, I taught a monthly class called A Prompt A Day where students received three prompts daily for a month. People raved about the class and asked me to do it again. I don't like to repeat my classes so I started thinking about a new way to offer the idea and this is that class!

Every day for one month (31 days!), you will receive a worksheet via email that contains a sample page, a collage template, a journal prompt and a variety of mixed media tips, tricks, techniques and ideas. *This is a DRY class (no painting with acrylics only with paper!)*

Please note that even though you are receiving this information daily, this is a work at your own pace class!

Our days pass by quickly and often we push our artwork aside. We make room for other, supposedly "more important" things and neglect the things that truly nourish and sustain us. This is a class that will have you reaching for your art journal and learning how to take and make the time for you. What do we want to hold onto? What do we want to reach for? As Mary Oliver said, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” 

We'll use our journals as Muse! We'll work past our fears and assumptions and create pages that are both reflective and personal. Even though I am going to be showing you step by step ways as to how I made my pages, your own pages will be uniquely yours and I will guide you into creating deeply personal and one of a kind journal pages. 

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.

How is the class set up?

We are going to be using a closed, private yahoo group to access the class materials. There you will also be able to interact with each other as well as post photos, ask questions, etc. You are free to email me at ANY time with questions, etc...

Is there a handout? 

YES! I am a firm believer in handouts. Every day for one month, you will receive a worksheet (for you to download, save and print out) that contains collage, journal and mixed media ideas. Thirty-one worksheets chock full of NEW ideas and inspiration!  There are step by step instructions, tons of information, photos and more. There are also (new!) collage templates for you to use if you wish!

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 pens (again, use what you have on hand.) 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 collage ephemera: photos, print outs, handmade paper, decorative paper, old magazines, catalogs or books for the collage part of the class (basically you are looking for anything that YOU would use to create a collage.)

For the bookbinding part of the class (this is optional if you want to work in a ready made journal), you need an awl, wide eyed tapestry needle, a piece of waxed linen thread, heavy cardstock (or something to use as the pages) and handmade/decorative paper (please note that fabric, canvas, a painted grocery bag, tyvek paper can also all be substituted for handmade paper.)

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 so even though you will be receiving daily handouts for thirty-one days, you can still access and work entirely at your own pace! Within 24 hours of your sign-up, you will receive full information from me including the pdf file for the class and the link to sharing photos, discussions, etc.

How much does it cost?

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.

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 15 years now and I learn something new with every workshop.

When is the best time to take this workshop? 

When I came up with the idea for this class, I wanted to make it accessible for folks to work in their journal ANYWHERE at ANYTIME. I worked in this journal as I taught and traveled. 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. It's small enough that you can put it in your purse with a glue stick and a pen. 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! You can sign-up and take the workshop ANY time and work at your own pace! Once you've signed up for Marvel: Your Precious Life, 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!

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