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

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Roasted Butternut Squash on a Bed of Kale and Spinach

This is another part of my series in the segment now known as, "This Is Not Turning Into a Food Blog".

Every now and then, someone asks me to share a favorite recipe, so here it is!

Ingredients
Olive Oil
Water (for the rice)
Brown Rice (follow the directions for water to rice ratio. I used a half of a cup of rice and a cup of water.)
Kale (chopped into bits)
Baby Spinach
Onions
Tomatoes
Butternut Squash
Vegetable Broth (1/2 cup)

Preheat your oven to 400°

Chop up the veggies while the oven is heating up. You can add any vegetable to this dish. I forgot to buy flax seed and almonds, as I would've added those!

Place cut up squash into a cooking pan. Lightly drizzle with olive oil. If desired, add onions.

Roast for 20 minutes at 400° or until a fork can slide easily in and out of it.

In a pan, place the vegetable broth and kale. Cover and simmer on low . I try to simmer until all of the broth evaporates but sometimes that doesn't happen so I drain the kale.

In a pan, add the water and rice. Cover. Low heat. Stir occasionally. The water should evaporate completely when the rice is done.

Wash and drain the spinach.

When everything is cooked, place spinach and kale down first, then add rice and veggies.

Enjoy!!

I am looking for some other ideas for kale (kale chips are on my to try list.) What is your favorite way to eat it?

Monday, January 30, 2012

17 January 2012 Journal Page

I had fun with this two page spread in my Wanderlust Journal. I used micro glue dots to attach the pink skeleton leaf. Unfortunately the dots stayed tacky, so I went over it with a piece of script tape (made by o check). It's still fragile and sits above the page but it's okay.

I'm often asked if I seal my pages. Nope. Nope and nope. For several reasons:

-Living in Southern California, it gets very hot in my apartment. I have had pages with gel medium on the front stick so now I only put glue on the back (these days I've been using a glue stick which obviously only goes on the back.) I make sure that not only do I use enough glue but I also burnish it with a rag or paper towel.

-I'm lazy. Covering the page means more glue and more work.

-I like the texture of all of the different layers peeking through. I wouldn't get that if I encased the page with gel medium.

-Spray fixatives are toxic. I like to read labels. I also would like to keep the brain cells I have left.

If you're working in a closed book, it should be fine. I've made a plethora of books and have yet to have problems.

If you're working on something that will be exposed (like the cover or a canvas), I recommended using gel medium (regular gel in gloss finish from Nova Color is my favorite.) Make sure that you let the glue underneath dry first. If it's still wet, it will feel cold to the touch. When it's dry, brush a really thin layer of gel medium keeping the brush strokes in one direction. If desired, you can apply more layers just make sure to let each one dry completely before adding the next one.

If you have any questions, just let me know!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Prepping for Northern California and Arizona Workshops

Above is a flyer for my workshops in Fremont, California February 10-12th. I'm starting to prep for the workshops in Fremont as well as my workshops in Scottsdale, AZ. I'll be ordering matboard, paper, glue and more this week. If you're interested in signing up, please don't wait too long.

More information on Fremont, CA February 10-12th can be found here
.

Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale, AZ is here.

My So CA classes can be found here. (I'll have more detailed information on my February classes up this week.)

I hope to see you THERE!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

How I Spent My Saturday

I won't be making more of these any time soon (as it took me almost four hours to do what you see above) but I do like the end result.

I hope that your weekend is going well! I'm looking forward to teaching tomorrow. Vegging at home today.

Friday, January 27, 2012

14 January 2012 Journal Page

I don't have any pen or book reviews to share with you today. I only have me and one of my journal pages.

I am all prepped and ready for my Passionate Declarations class this Sunday at Stampin from the Heart. I am looking forward to seeing the gang there as it feels like I haven't seen them since last year. Oh, wait... In addition to seeing some familiar faces, I hope to see some new ones, too!

Finished working on my Wanderlust class today. I've been showing you pages from this journal since mid December (the page you see above is from this journal.) The pages fold up, down and out. I am almost done with this journal and I am eager to see what it looks like finished.

Between Fremont, CA and Scottsdale, AZ (both next month), I have five new classes to debut. Working on new classes always inspires and pushes me. I strive to make each class different and I am looking forward to seeing how students translate the ideas into their own. When I say that my students inspire and push me, I really mean it.

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Thinking of Howard Zinn, gone two years today.

“TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” ― Howard Zinn

Thursday, January 26, 2012

New Pens from Jetpens!


Jetpens was kind enough to give me a $25 gift certificate to try out anything in their online store. I bought three pens to try out, a pen refill and a pack of ink cartridges:

Kuretake Zig Letter Pen CocoIro Pen Body - Rose Komachi Pink
Kuretake Zig Letter Pen CocoIro Pen Refill - Super Fine - Rose Pink

Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Marker Pen - 0.8 mm - Dark Pink

Sailor Clear Candy Fountain Pen - Fine Nib - Metallic Pink Body
Sailor Clear Candy Fountain Pen Ink Cartridge - Pink - Pack of 2

The total for all five items was $25.95 (including CA State sales tax and free shipping on items over $25.)

Here is a page where I used all three pens:
My views:

My favorite pen is definitely the Kuretake Zig Letter Pen CocoIro (the pen in the photo above that is on the left side). What you need to know is that it's a two step process to buying this particular pen:

1. Pick out a pen body ($2.50 each)
2. Pick out a pen cartridge ($3.30 to $4.95 each)


It was extremely easy to put the pen together. I just popped the cartridge into the body and voila! The pen writes smoothly on paper. It does work on tape though it is NOT waterproof or permanent so as you can see in the above photo, I colored the flowers in at the bottom left hand corner, waited a minute or two and then purposely smudged the ink to see how it would react and it did smudge a little but the color held. The photo makes the color pink that I used appear lighter than it is. It's a bright, vibrant pink. It's now two days later and I can take my (dry) finger and rub the colored in flowers vigorously and while a tiny bit of pink appears on my finger, it doesn't look like any pink has rubbed off of the flower itself.

I also love the super fine tip (again, check the bottom left hand corner of the above photo as I wrote Zig and drew some hearts.) I am always a big fan of super fine pens that write really well and feel good in your hand!

I REALLY like these pens. That said, I probably would not go out and buy them in every color as it would be rather pricey (about $8 a pen) and I already have several other markers that I love. I am hoping to eventually buy more of the pens in black, blood red, blue black, sunset orange, and sepia. I would love to try their brush version of this pen!


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The other pen that I bought was a Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Marker Pen - 0.8 mm - Dark Pink. I am not a huge fan of glitter pens, but I figured that I was on a pink roll, that I'd try this one and for $2, I didn't have that much to lose. That said, I don't love this pen. I wanted to but the color of the pen was too subtle for me (it's hard to see in the above photo but in the bottom left corner I wrote glitter pen). Also, do I really need another glitter pen when I have the Sakura Stardust Gel Pen? The Sakura Stardust Gel Pen can make ANY pen or marker glittery! You just write with any pen or marker first, let it dry and write over it with the Sakura Stardust Gel Pen (or for a more subtle effect, use the Sakura Stardust Gel Pen first and then the other marker or pen. Sorry, Zig, but I'm loyal to Sakura with this one. Those of you who love glitter pens, however, the Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Marker Pens may totally be up your alley. They come in a multitude of colors which you can buy individually or in sets!

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Sailor Clear Candy Fountain Pen - Fine Nib - Metallic Pink Body is another "two part" pen:

1. Pick out a pen body ($16.50)
2. Pick out an ink cartridge ($1.65)

I picked out Sailor Clear Candy Fountain Pen Ink Cartridge - Pink - Pack of 2 to go along with the pen but it came with one black ink cartridge so I popped that one in instead.

I love this pen. First off, not only are they really cute (I know, but they are) but they fit really well in your hand and the ink just flows from the nib. I "tested" the pens on washi tape (they work, yay! You can see the date at the top left corner of the page) as well as on paper. I also wrote with the pen and then immediately brushed it with water, while it ran a little bit, the ink did hold. I tried the same "test" again two days later and the ink didn't move. I would like to try the reddish brown ink, yellow and orange. I can't afford to buy a pen body for every ink color I'd like to try so I may end up ordering refills and wait to test them out whenever a cartridge runs out. If you don't have a fountain pen, the Sailor Clear Candy Fountain Pens are an inexpensive (comparatively speaking) option. I may have to eventually order one just to keep in my purse as it really is a lovely fountain pen.

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Also, I will bring these pens with me to some upcoming classes if anyone would like to try them hands on, please feel free to do so!

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I'll be doing this again for the next three months. Are there any other pens from jetpens.com that you'd like to see me review? (My large, detailed post on my personal favorite pens is here.)

Thanks, Jetpens!

Monday, January 23, 2012

11 January 2012 Journal Page

“It’s not that we have to quit this life one day, but it’s how many things we have to quit all at once: music, laughter, the physics of falling leaves, automobiles, holding hands, the scent of rain, the concept of subway trains... if only one could leave this life slowly!” ― Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

Spending the day working in my journal, listening to Inkstuds (an online radio show about comics) with David and enjoying the rain outside.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

8 January 2012 Journal Page

Call me crazy but I really do miss the snow.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

8 January 2012 Journal Page

It's a busy weekend in the Kilmer House, folks! I'm all set, eager and prepped for my class tomorrow in Simi Valley. I know I keep saying it but it's my first workshop of 2012 and I'm excited! I have great plans for it!!

SAVE THE DATES!
I'll be packing my traveling bags this summer and have scheduled classes at:
Ink About It Westford, MA July 20th and 21st
The Ink Pad New York City, NY July 28th and 29th
Art Unraveled Phoenix, AZ August 1-4th
Scrap2It Fort Collins, CO August 10-12th

I expect my summer schedule to be crazy but it will be fun! I love teaching and these are some of my absolute favorite places (I know I always say this but I only teach at places I LOVE to trek to!). Tristan is starting school early this year (grumble groan in mid August) so our entire calendar has been changed for summer. Here's to hoping that it all works out for the best!

Some Quick Blog Love:

Walk on the Wild Side (found via the latest MUST HAVE issue of Uppercase magazine)

Two comments in a row on Thursday's book post telling me about a book called, One: Living as One and Loving It sent this book addict in search of it. Decor8 mentioned it here. More on Victoria Alexander's blog here (she's the author. Her photographs are stunning.)

Hope your weekend is going well!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Happy Weekend!

I hope that your weekend is filled with all things good!

I'm looking forward to teaching on Sunday in Simi Valley! My first in person class of 2012! Can't wait!!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Favorite Art Books of 2011

* Not included in the photo but I wanted to mention my favorite fiction book of 2011, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

-Poetry and Art: Kylie Johnson's Count Me the Stars and A Once Courageous Heart (I found one of these books at an Anthropologie store in AZ. The clerk told me that there was a second title and that they were out. I drove 20 minutes to the next store and they had it! I bought extra copies and gave them to friends at Christmas. I *love* these books. I would love, love, love to own one of her pottery pieces someday!)

-Morran Book compiled by Camilla Engman (Speaking of Camilla, her book published by Uppercase is a must.)

-Uppercase Magazine's Dottie Angel and Work/Life 2 (A disclaimer, I have everything that Uppercase has ever published. To say I am a fan is an understatement. I haven't reached stalker status yet but I do love their work.)

-Bowie Style's Print Pattern 2 (I loved the first book and was quite eager for the second book!)

-Open Studios with Lotta Jansdotter (artist's + the space they create in=Bliss)

-Masters: Book Arts (pure eye candy for the artist book lover. I wish that someone would publish more books like this one. Their Masters: Collage is also Heaven. They are refreshing changes from the abundance of technique/how to books on the market and they give our art the elevation that it deserves.)

-Speaking of technique books, two of them that I bought on eye candy status alone were Sarah Ahearn Bellemare's Painted Pages and Misty Mawn's Unfurling. (I can honestly say that I will probably never do the techniques or projects described in the books but their artwork is just gorgeous, honest and heartfelt. I enjoy both artists' works immensely.)

-I used to buy Amelia's magazine whenever I saw it and could afford it. I absolutely adored it. I have their previous book, Amelia's Anthology of Illustration but when I saw the new one, Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration at Book Soup in West Hollywood, I whipped out the credit card.

-I am a regular reader of Julia Rothman's blog, Book By Its Cover (it's one of my favorite blogs as it's all about one of my favorite subjects, BOOKS.) I was very excited when I heard that she was coming out with a compilation of artist's sketchbooks called Drawn In: A Peek into the Sketchbooks... One of my favorite artists, Abbey Hendrickson, is in it which makes it worth picking up immediately!

-Modern Vintage Style-I like looking at artist's studios as well as homes that look like they belong to an artist and that's why this book was a must have for me!

-Typography Sketchbooks-yeah, I was hooked in from the minute I heard the title. Plus, Maira Kalman's work is in it...(fyi, Maira has quite a few books out that she has illustrated including Food Rules, Why We Broke Up and her latest is Looking at Lincoln. Um, yeah, I have all of her books, too.)

-The Bird King and Other Sketches-A Shaun Tan sketchbook. Enough said. (Don't know who Shaun Tan is? Go here. Yup, I have all of his books, too.)

-Missed Connections-Beautiful. Sweet. One of the best books I read in 2011. I want to see more from her.

-Cook Until Desired Tenderness-This book came out originally in 2005 but I never saw nor heard of it (or the artist, Cleo Papanikolas until I was at Castle in the Air in Berkeley in March of 2011. Her work is rich and inviting. I haven't read it yet as I can't stop looking at the illustrations long enough to pay any attention to the words on the page! A visual delight!

-Creative Walls-Another eye candy, can't put it down book.

-Floating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey and Peter F. Neumeyer-Edward Gorey + Mail Art + A Really Well Written Book=Happiness I Can't Put Into Words.

-My Heart Wanders-I'm halfway through the book and I can't put it down. It's visually stunning. It's an interesting read when I'm not looking at the photos! An American Edition is due out sometime this year.

-Blabber Blabber Blabber: Volume 1 of Everything by Lynda Barry-Folks, this is a Lynda Barry book (volume 1 of 10) published by Drawn and Quarterly. If you are a Lynda Barry fan, you *need* it. If you don't know who Lynda Barry is, get your head out of the sand and go here. If you buy one comic book this year, get Blabber Blabber Blabber. Seriously, I think it was the most underrated comic of 2011.

-Nomad by Sibella Court-I am a huge fan of Sibella Court's first book, Etcetera. Nomad is in the same vein and is a visual feast for artists!

-The New Artisans-My favorite art book of 2011. I am always enthralled with anything made by hand and this book has everything in it. I can't put it down. It is pure inspiration.

-My two favorite collage books of 2011 were Cut & Paste and Cutting Edges. I've blogged about both books before. While they may not be for everyone, I recommend them for anyone with a strong interest in the art of collage.

-The Curiosities of Janice Lowry-A retrospective of Janice Lowry's 30 years as a working artist. It's a book that I can't help but pick up and flip through every time I pass it or see it (on my shelf or even at the bookstore!) I wish that there was more of her journals included but I am hoping for a second book (or even more!)

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What were your favorite books of 2011? What books are you looking forward to in 2012?

7 January 2012 Journal Page

I love the above page. It's made up of mostly found papers (with the exception of the piece of tape, two small bits of scrapbook paper and the piece of vellum paper) from magazines, books, soap labels (the white and pink text along the left side of the page). I really had fun with the layout on this page. I love exploring images that aren't people that I can use symbolically in my work. I tend to gravitate towards images of women, hands and hearts but I also like objects from around the home as well. I use these images to stand for my feelings and thoughts, they quietly mean something to me and I tend to gravitate towards them.

One odd quirk about me, I don't use x-acto knives. Knowing me, I'll cut my finger off or even worse! I tend to cut things out with my scissors (tonic makes my favorite pair of scissors.) I've tried x-acto knives many, many times and I am just not very handy or patient with them. There's something about cutting out a detailed image with a pair of scissors that I find oddly relaxing.

In other news, I added my profile to Seek Your Course
. It's a website to find instructors and classes in your area (as well as list your class information if you are an instructor). You can find out more information here. I haven't added any testimonials to the page as I have hard time with stuff like that. If anyone wants to leave any comments on this post about any of my classes, I would greatly appreciate them.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

7 January 2012 Journal Page

I'm looking forward to my first class of 2012 this Sunday in Simi Valley.

Before I forget, Frenzy Stamper in AZ received my samples (yay!) so if you've been waiting to see them, they're there! (Please note, the February workshops in Scottsdale are my ONLY AZ workshops until Art Unraveled in August so catch 'em while you can!)

I'm participating in an internet blackout and striking against the SOPA and PIPA bills on Wednesday, January 18th. If you use sites like tumblr, pinterest, youtube, etc... these bills WILL affect you if passed. More here.
Even George Takei is getting in on the act!

Blog Love:
Uppercase Magazine may be looking for YOU!
This comic strip by Gabrielle Bell had me in hysterics.
Lisa Hoffman offers some good advice.
I want to try the vegetarian version of this soup.
Love these journal pages found via the art journaling tumblr page.

Oh Hello Friend Package Exchange 2011

I rarely sign up for swaps these days but I am definitely glad that I signed up for Oh, Hello Friend's 2011 Package Exchange.

These are the goodies that I sent to my swap buddy, Maggie, a.k.a. nosurefooting:
I must confess that I am not very good at wrapping packages (trust me on this one) so I made sure to take extra care and time to make the packages look very good. I tried to select gifts from Maggie's wish list that I thought she would enjoy:
Since I was traveling to Boston and New York for the holidays, I asked Maggie if she would kindly send the package to my parents' house and she thoughtfully obliged. It was so nice to have something else to look forward to (especially after a long plane ride!). Here's a photo (taken under my parents' Christmas tree after midnight) of Maggie's gifts. Look at how pretty her wrapping is! I saved all of it as I would like to reuse some if it in my journal pages:
Here's what everything looks like opened:
My swap buddy was the best! Thank you again, Maggie, for your generous gifts (they were perfect!) and to Danni for being such a wonderful hostess!

Maggie has more photos here.

Oh Hello Friend's flickr group for the lovely package exchange.

Monday, January 16, 2012

16 January 2012 Journal Page

The quote at the top of the page says, " An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday...

Spending the afternoon working in my journal...

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Collections

Some people tend to think that I collect a lot of things. Not really. Yes, while I love my paper, books, old diaries, pens, tape, alphabet and number sets, I'm very selective about what I bring into our home. We live in a tiny space and don't have a lot of room for a ton of stuff.

One of the things that I can't resist are old stamp sets bought in bits and pieces. I tend to look for X's and O's, letters to spell out favorite words (like peace and love) and numbers in a vast variety of sizes. I try to buy ones that are usable (where the rubber isn't cracked or missing portions.) I love the character that they provide when they don't stamp well on a page. I rarely use them but I like looking at them and imagining their previous life.

What are some of the things that you collect?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

7 January 2012 Journal Page

Now that I've got all of my housekeeping done (a.k.a. class schedule for the New Year), I can get on with a proper blog post!

Above is another sneak peek at my latest journal. I've named it Wanderlust. I started it right before we left for Boston and I have been working in it daily since. It is an unusual format for me with pages that flip and fold up and out. It's also small (about 5 x 7"). It's a smaller book (for me) and the way that the book folds up on itself is very different. I'm really enjoying working in it.

I added three new slideshows to the right hand side of my blog:

Listen to Your Heart

Uncharted Territories

New Directions

(these are also 3 new classes that I'm debuting in AZ next month.)

I finally got my food processor/blender (yay!) and I've been making smoothies every morning for the past couple of days. If anyone has any favorite blogs, websites or recipes, I'd love to hear them!


Some Etsy Shop Love:

My sister ordered a blanket for my nephew, Jack, using our Grandfather's old firefighter shirt from this shop, Wanna Woobie. We love the job that she did (even removing the buttons and anything that might present a choking hazard.)

I ordered this necklace from Laurel Steven. Shipping was super fast (plus super cute packaging!) I can't wait to wear it! Check out Laurel's blog here.

I also ordered this necklace from Catherine Witherell. I have been wanting a piece of jewelry art from Catherine for so long. I was so happy to be able to order this. Shipping was also super fast and just really cute! Loved the extra goodies, too! Check out Catherine's blog here.

Before the year ended, I ordered several new tapes from etsy. I'm still waiting for them (one is from Australia and the other is from Japan.) I'll post as soon as they arrive.

Blog Love:

Congratulations to my friend, Taylor, whose artwork made it into the new issue of Art Journaling. Taylor's art is unique and so wonderfully her. Check out her blog, Half Full, for more!

Artiphy The Heart

RedondoWriter's Sacred Ordinary

Pens to Improve Your Handwriting

Win a 1 Year Subscription to Uppercase Magazine Courtesy of Jetpens. (The deadline is 1/13 at midnight so hurry!)

2012 Books to Read

Klara Persson

Words of Wisdom (this is so cool and very inspiring! Where are my scissors?!)

Pony Anarchy Magazine

Lynne Hoppe's studio (YUM)

Dylan Williams

Spinach Feta Blood Orange Salad

The Ginger Cook's Top 2011 Posts

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Frenzy Stamper February 17-19, 2012

I'm very excited to announce my class line up for Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale, AZ, February 17-19th, 2012. I am teaching Five NEW classes!! I'll be mailing Debbie the samples on Thursday, January 12th, so she should have them by Tuesday, January 17th. If you have any questions, please email me. To sign up, please contact Debbie at the store.

The Schedule is:
Friday, Feb 17th

Uncharted Territories
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

followed by

Inspirations
from 3 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 18th

New Directions
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

followed by

Building Up the Layers
from 3 to 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 19th

Listen to Your Heart
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Friday, Feb 17th

Uncharted Territories
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Uncharted Territories-

Come and learn a fun and easy new stitch while creating a hand bound, hardcover journal made by your own hands in your own unique style! We’ll start the class by making the journal and then diving in to work on the pages. Learn how to transform found, magazine and old book pages using color, texture, pattern and more turning the pages into unique, new, visually delightful pages that sing of you!

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

Inspirations
from 3 to 7 p.m.
Inspirations-

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


Saturday, February 18th

New Directions
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New Directions-

Create your own uniquely hand bound, paper and tape covered journal completely from scratch! Once we’ve created the book, we will start to work on the inside creating richly layered pages. Combine layers of paper, tape, pens and much more to create your own visually expressive pages that tell your own unique story!

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
Building Up the Layers
from 3 to 7 p.m.

Building Up the Layers-

Learn a whole new way to approach a blank page! In this workshop, you will combine paper ephemera, tape, rubber stamps, watercolor crayons and a whole lot more to create lusciously layered backgrounds that can be used in ANY art form. As you work, you will gain new insight into the principles of collage such as composition, design, color, pattern and much, much more. You will walk out having created several layered backgrounds as well as the confidence to create even more on your own!

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), a few of your favorite glue sticks



Sunday, February 19th
Listen to Your Heart
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Listen to Your Heart-

You will start by deconstructing an old hardcover book and creating an embellished, textured, luscious and visually stimulating artist’s book. Using a combination of vintage and new, you will create fresh, one of a kind, completely you artist’s journal pages while learning new techniques and ideas. Working large and somewhat fast (though not too fast that you won’t be able to keep up!), we’ll cover a lot of ground in this four hour workshop.

Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 1" brushes to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks




I hope to see YOU there!

Building a Visual Vocabulary (repost from 7/5/2010)


One thing that you will notice when you see my pages is that I know what I like. :) I've built up and amassed what I call my Visual Vocabulary. You will see things like:

The color pink, yellow, buttercreams and black and white (I love pink and exploring and expanding it's many possibilities. Yellow is a hard color to find and I love how it POPS things. Buttercreams are just yummy. Black and White is striking and always pulls your eye into the page.)
Hands (I go out of my way to collect images of hands)
Henna hands (what could be better)
Hearts (and the word love, I use them a lot)
Peace Symbols
Eyes (ahhh, look deep)
Women (I often use imagery of women to 'say' what I don't write on the page)
Religious Iconography (though I am not religious, the images of various faiths appeal to me)

to name a few...

The majority of my work is done in journal or book form. I know what I like and what I can use visually to 'speak' volumes for me without having to describe the colors or the images on the page. I use these colors and images to express my emotions, thoughts and feelings.

You'll notice a lot of other artists do this as well in their journals (and obviously, in their artwork). They have images and colors that appeal to them and speak volumes. Artists over time will devote countless paintings, pages and studies to specific colors and images that resonate and speak to them. What speaks to you?

Open your journal up and play with colors and imagery. Don't worry about it just start to work in your journal. Continue to work in your book (books) over time. Go back and look over your pages. Notice a pattern? See any colors that you gravitate towards? How about images that you use again and again? Note them. Journal about what these colors and images mean to you. Don't stress or worry about these things, they will appear with time. That's one of the many bonuses of keeping an art journal! You'll start to notice the little things more...Trust me. Be open to it and it will happen.
Open your eyes. Watch to see what your pages are 'saying'. You'll be amazed what you didn't see before...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Fremont, CA Workshops Feb 10-12th, 2012

I am very happy to announce that I will be teaching five NEW workshops at a private studio in Fremont, CA February 10-12th.

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

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

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

The Schedule is:
Friday, February 10th

Passionate Declarations
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

followed by
Inspirations
from 3 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 11th
Sanctuary
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

followed by
Building up the Layers
from 3 to 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 12th
Wanderlust
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.






Fremont, CA Classes 2/10-12/2012







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Friday, February 10th

Passionate Declarations
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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
Inspirations
from 3 to 7 p.m.

Inspirations-

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


Saturday, February 11th
Sanctuary
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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
Building up the Layers
from 3 to 7 p.m.

Building Up the Layers-

Learn a whole new way to approach a blank page! In this workshop, you will combine paper ephemera, tape, rubber stamps, watercolor crayons and a whole lot more to create lusciously layered backgrounds that can be used in ANY art form. As you work, you will gain new insight into the principles of collage such as composition, design, color, pattern and much, much more. You will walk out having created several layered backgrounds as well as the confidence to create even more on your own!

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), a few of your favorite glue sticks


Sunday, February 12th
Wanderlust
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wanderlust-Looks can be deceiving. Create this surprisingly complex looking by quite easy journal with pages that flip and fold up and out. You’ve probably never seen anything like this before! The journal is also small enough to slip into your bag for on the go art journaling (I’ve worked in it on a plane, in a car, etc…) After we construct the journal, we will dive deep onto the pages spilling layers of color, texture, pattern, journaling and more. Walk out with your head spinning full of ideas and inspiration!

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

(yes, Wanderlust is the journal that I have been showing you the past couple of weeks on my blog. I will continue to share new photos of the pages as I work on them.)