What You'll Find Here

I post daily (photos of my journal pages, things that inspire me and personal bits and pieces) to inspire and encourage others. I have always believed that if I can do it, so can you.

You'll find resources (my favorite supplies, books, slideshows of my art journal pages, favorite bloggers, etc...) listed along the right hand side of my blog.

I've been teaching both in person and online workshops for almost twenty years now. You can find out more about my classes by scrolling down along the right hand side of my blog. I strive to make classes accessible to everyone (both beginner to advanced).

I love teaching and truly believe that deep down inside everyone is an artist, capable of creating something. There is power and knowledge in the act of creating something with your own hands, made from your own heart and head.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

-Kelly

Friday, August 31, 2012

2 August 2012 Journal Page

I like how I used the color copy of the blurry late 1970's photo of my parents with me sitting on my Dad's shoulders (I always loved piggy back rides on my Dad's shoulders. I felt so very, very safe up there and loved how much I could see.)

I like the simpleness of this page. It speaks volumes as to how I've been feeling these last few months.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Remembering my Aunt Joni

Did she know how to laugh! Missing her and her wicked sense of humor today...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

New Tape!

The Tape Fairy came the other day and delivered a package of sweet, sticky goodness. I ordered a bunch of new (and old) tapes from Cute Tape. The order was here fast! I'm happy and my students will be, too!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Journaling in the Car

Small Ziploc bag of collage goodies, favorite pens, glue stick, tape, baby wipes and journal on my lap. I'm all set!

Monday, August 27, 2012

2 August 2012 Journal Page

Trying to take everything day by day...

Was hoping to share something today but it hasn't arrived yet. Hopefully tomorrow!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Another Dad Story

Many moons ago (I was a teen) when we were living at 152 Beale Street in Wollaston, MA, I was in Dad's car and he was pulling into our driveway. As he started to swing the car around into the driveway (turn signal was on), this asshole comes speeding from out of nowhere and decides to attempt to pass us on the right. Did I mention that we were turning into our driveway which meant turning RIGHT to get into it? He almost hits us. As he speeds around us, he lays on his horn and flips off my Dad (who again, was legally taking a right into his own driveway. This guy was totally in the wrong.)

Dad says, "Hold on."

He quickly goes from pulling into our driveway into full blown Man on a Mission Mode. He flips his siren on and chases after the guy. Dad pulls the guy over on the corner of Beale St and Newport Ave. Dad goes over to the guy's car with a seriously pissed off look on his face and proceeds to read the guy the riot act for a few minutes. Dad finishes, turns and proceeds to walk back to the car with the biggest, shit eating grin on his face. I can still see the look on his face to this day. It was pure awesome and pure my Dad.

"I bet the guy will never do that again...and I bet he has to change his underwear."

Saturday, August 25, 2012

These Flowers Spoke to Me...

"Creativity belongs to the artist in each of us. To create means to relate. The root meaning of the word art is "to fit together" and we all do this every day. Not all of us are painters but we are all artists. Each time we fit things together we are creating - whether it is to make a loaf of bread, a child, a day."-Corita Kent

Friday, August 24, 2012

1 August 2012 Journal Page


Always telling my truths on my journal pages. I have to. Not apologizing, just sayin'.

Blog Love

Jane Eileen's been quite the busy bee! I can't RAVE enough about her Artist's Clean-up Cloths. I tried a set last month and I LOVE them. I don't put soap on them just a little water and I love not having to use as many baby wipes at home. It works well even with acrylic paints and mediums (especially if you use the barrier cream that I always love, EZ Air Invisible Care.) Check out her blog here and her etsy shop here.




Have a good weekend wherever you are and whatever you're doing!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Frenzy Stamper November 9-11, 2012 Workshops



The Schedule:

Friday, November 9th
Wanderlust 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

followed by
Lettering a la Kelly Style 3 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 10th 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
and 
Sunday, November 11th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Compendium of Visual Delight

The Classes in Detail:

Friday, November 9th 

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



followed by
3 to 7 p.m.
Lettering a la Kelly Style

This is NOT a calligraphy class! It is unlike any other journaling or pen class that I’ve ever taught! You will learn simple, fun and exciting ways to write and journal on your pages. You will explore a myriad of pens as you work and learn how to add your own hand to your journal pages. You’ll also be exploring collage in this class so it’s actually two classes in one! This is a class with both structure (guided exercises) as well as some play time. You’ll never be bored and you’ll be looking at your journal pages in whole new ways after this class.

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" brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes) or a few of your favorite glue sticks



Saturday, November 10th 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
and 
Sunday, November 11th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A Compendium of Visual Delights
Special Two Day Workshop!

In this special 2 day workshop, you will create your own uniquely made hand bound journal. Once the journal has been made, we will dive into the pages working together to explore a variety of mixed media techniques. You will work hands on with collage (learning composition and design skills as you combine a variety of collage ephemera (including papers, transparencies, tape, focal images and more). You will then learn to combine collage and mixed media as you create luscious pages using acrylics, gouache, watercolors, watercolor crayons, rubber stamps, stencils, a variety of pens and much, much more. You will walk out of class with a fully bound journal, several pages completed and your head full of new ideas and the desire to keep working in your journal!

Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, full roll of waxed paper, full roll of paper towels or a few old rags (to wipe paint, etc... I have a clean one and a paint one), permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 1" brushes to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks, alcohol wipes (found at Target with the paper plates, etc...) IF you have a waterbrush pen (of any size or shape) please bring it, if you have paint brushes in a variety of sizes (from small tip to 1", please bring a couple of those. I will have a few extra paint brushes on hand as well.) You may also want to bring an apron.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Fremont, CA Classes October 5-7th

I am very happy to announce that I will be teaching five NEW workshops at a private studio in Fremont, CA October 5-7th (classes are open to the public.)

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, October 5th
Pocket Planner
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

followed by

It’s All In The Detail: Exploring Visual Mark Making
from 3 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 6th
New Directions
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

followed byLettering a la Kelly Style
from 3 to 7 p.m.


Sunday, October 7th
Telling Your Truth
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.






Kelly's Fremont Classes Oct 5-7 2012



*****







Friday, October 5th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pocket Planner

In this four hour workshop, we’ll create a little pocket planner that fits in your purse! It’s the perfect size book for every day journaling, collage, list making or to take note of anything memorable or important. We’ll start by creating a book from scratch (with your own hands, learning a super cool and easy binding!) Then, we’ll start to embellish some of the pages so that you won’t be able to resist working on the pages. I loved working in my journal and so will you!

Supply list: 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) or a few of your favorite glue sticks

 

followed from 3 to 7 p.m. by
It’s All In The Detail: Exploring Visual Mark Making

Learn how to bring your pages together to create visually stunning and coherent journal pages that you can translate to a variety of art forms. Yes, we’ll be drawing, doodling and coloring in this class, but in FUN, new, and exciting ways! We’ll start by exploring new collage compositions. Then you’ll dive right in and learn how to finish off your pages by adding your own personal and unique touches to add pizzazz to your pages.

Supply list: journal (or the instructor will have paper for you to work on), scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 1" brushes to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes) or a few of your favorite glue sticks


Saturday, October 6th 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 from 3 to 7 p.m. by
Lettering a la Kelly Style

This is NOT a calligraphy class! It is unlike any other journaling or pen class that I’ve ever taught! You will learn simple, fun and exciting ways to write and journal on your pages. You will explore a myriad of pens as you work and learn how to add your own hand to your journal pages. You’ll also be exploring collage in this class so it’s actually two classes in one! This is a class with both structure (guided exercises) as well as some play time. You’ll never be bored and you’ll be looking at your journal pages in whole new ways after this class.

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" brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes) or a few of your favorite glue sticks

 

Sunday, October 7th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Telling Your Truth

Create your own unique hardcover journal in this four hour workshop. You’ll assemble and bind a book from scratch picking from a variety of handmade and decorative papers; learn a variety of all new collage and journal exercises designed to get you to open up; and create authentic journal pages that reflect your own thoughts, desires and ideas.
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) or a few of your favorite glue sticks




 
I hope to see YOU there!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Mixed Media Classes September-December 2012

Here's my list of classes for September-December 2012. 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. 
 
Thank YOU for your interest!

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER
23rd Zinnia So Pasadena Content
24th Laguna Beach 10-2 more info TBA!

DECEMBER

I hope to see YOU there!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Meet Some of My Family...

My Great Uncle James Albin McLean sitting in the chair, and my great grandfather Edward Alexander McLean standing beside him.  






Joseph Bernard McLean and Edward Alexander McLean   

Last month, I "met" one of my cousins over email for the first time. She had been in contact with my Dad. The two of them shared a lot of genealogical information via the phone and mail. 

When I woke up this morning, she had posted the above photos to my facebook page. 

MaryAnn writes, 
"I'm the granddaughter of James Albin McLean. He was Kelly and Erin's great uncle. Their great grandfather was Edward Alexander McLean. James and Edwards brother was Joseph Bernard McLean. The 2 youngest James, and Joseph were
born in Alberton, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Edward Alexander McLean (Kelly and Erin's great grandfather was born in New Brunswick, Canada). We are not sure if the picture was taken in Prince Edward Island, Canada or in Boston, Massachusetts..."
 
How cool is that?!? They're quite the dapper men, aren't they?

These photos have me grinning from ear to ear.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Journaling on the Go

Met up with a friend for a couple of hours at the Farmer's Market. It was a nice way to spend the morning. Here's a shot of my side of the table. I had my collage stuff in my lap for easy access (as well as the fact that I have the bag so stuffed that it won't close properly. Time to to clean it out!) I hope that your weekend is a good one!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Thoughts on Journaling Grief

Lianne asked me about my thought process as I journal my way through the last couple of months. It hasn't been any different than the way that I usually work except that there are certain things that I keep thinking about again and again and no amount of writing them down will ever make them go away or get out of my head. Things you wish you had said and things you wish you had done. Things you had no control over and things you'll never be able to change. Such is life.

I tend to treat my journal as a way to process and help me think and work through things. Yes, at times I use it as a dumping ground but the main reasons I journal are to process, document and explore. I figure that trying to work through my own grief in my books may help others (including my son who I plan on passing these books down to someday) as much as it helps me (in small ways.) I post my pages to encourage others to think about opening up in a journal...if I can do it, so can you.

I rarely sit down and plan anything out. I might have something in mind (based on a feeling or a thought) as I start to work on a page but rarely do I sit down and say, "I'm going to journal about this!" I start by working on a page, picking my background papers, colors, focal images and pens based on how I'm feeling as I make the page. Contrary to what some teachers say, I don't just "glue shit down". I'm picking out things that resonate and that have meaning to me. I tend to complete a page in one go, meaning I won't move onto the next page until I'm done with the one I'm working on at the moment.

When I go to pick up my pen, it's all about how I'm feeling and what I'm thinking right at that moment. Some days I have a lot to say (like the page above) and others it's minimal. I don't go back to my journals (usually) right away after I've finished them. I'll revisit them later (and usually it's much, much later.) I'm more "get it out and think through it as you work" though lately I seem to be revisiting the same thoughts and themes repeatedly. I know it's part of the grieving process and I'm just trying to process my thoughts, allow them to unfold and see where my journey takes me.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

My Belated July Jetpens Review

Last month, Jetpens sent me a $25 gift certificate to choose some new products to play with. I ordered the following:

Pilot Hi-Tec-C Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Cutie Colors - Grape Purple
Pilot Hi-Tec-C Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Yawaragi Colors - Usuzumi (Light Sumi Gray)
-I love the colors and the fine tip points of these pens. They write smooth. They don't write on any kind of slick or shiny surfaces (like tape or transparencies) but they're awesome for writing tiny on paper. They come in a rainbow of colors, too! The tip size again is ULTRA FINE so if you don't like writing with super fine pens, you won't love these but for those of you who like tiny writing (like me! I love hiding my journaling), you'll love these super fine pens.

Sakura Souffle Gel Ink Pen - Yellow - Pack of 2 (not shown in the photo above) I am constantly singing the praises of Sakura and their pens especially the Glaze and Souffle pens. YES, they are different. YES, you need them both. I go through certain colors (like the yellow souffle) like they're going out of style. I use them not only to journal but to color in, add embellishment doodles and more. I LOVE the Souffle and Glaze pens. They write on paper, dried acrylic paint and mediums, transparencies, tape, stickers, glass, rub-ons and MORE! Hands down, one of my all time favorite kinds of pens (souffle AND glaze.)


Uni-ball Jetstream Color Series Ballpoint Pen - 0.7 mm - Red Body - Red Ink-I am also a fan of the Uni-ball pens. This is a finer tip than what I usually use from Uni-ball (I usually use the Uni-ball Signo Broad UM 153, which I LOVE) but I liked how smooth and RED this pen was. It also seems to be a good pen to color with. I'd love to play with more of these in different colors and tip sizes! 

Monami Super Gel-Q Gel Ink Pen - 0.4 mm - Red-Another fine tip pen. I couldn't resist the color. It's more of a pinky red than a red red. The tip won't be for everyone (very fine) but I love the color and it writes well so it will go in my journal bag! I hope that it becomes available in other more broader tip sizes as well.

Pentel Tradio Stylo Fountain Pen-Black Body-Black Ink- This pen is more like a felt tipped marker than a fountain pen but who cares what they call it when it writes like this?! It's butter in my hands and the ink just flows from the pen. I love the thickness of the line (not too thick, not too thin, Goldilocks just right, or should I say, write?!) I hope that they come out with more of these in a variety of colors (other than just what they have here.) I love that they're refillable, too!

Thanks again, JetPens, for another fun play day with new toys! I'll have my August review up as soon as my order comes in (which should be any minute now as JetPens always ships ULTRA fast!)

**Disclaimer: As I stated above, JetPens has been sending me $25 in gift certificates once a month for the past few months. My reviews are honest (I'm a pen freak, what can I say?!) and I will say what I really feel about the pens. If I don't like a pen or a product, I WILL tell you. I tend to order what interests me and sounds good for what I do most (art journaling.) Several times I have gone over the $25 that JetPens sent and used my own money to order some new toys! I have been a JetPens customer for years and would highly recommend them with or without them sending me a gift certificate or anything else. They are a small Mom and Pop company owned by a small group of college friends. I am NOT paid nor do I work for ANY company. I work for my students and for ME. All of the pens and products that I mention, unless I say that X sent them to me, I BUY them with my own money. I have to LOVE something in order to recommend it. **

Good Luck, Tristan!


We hope that Sophomore year is good to you and that your first day of school is a happy one! We love you! XO, Mom and Dad

Sunday, August 12, 2012

How I'm Spending My Sunday

A friend dropped off some unwanted art supplies so I decided to take the pen box she gave me and cover it with Allison Kreft's line of "Everyday Eclectic" paper, washi tape and deco tape. Now I have (another) new pen case. Fun! I may add more to it. I'll post if I do!

Hope your weekend is going well.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Next Time...

You see this page, it will be different! This is a page still in progress. More soon.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Keep It Real

My blog (and facebook posts) of late aren't meant to evoke sympathy or sadness. They're meant for two things:

1. Documentation (it's my blog about my life experiences and the world as seen through my eyes.)

2. Encouragement

My attitude has always been if I can do it, so can you. If I can keep a journal, you damn well can, too! If I can pour my heart and soul out onto the pages, so can you.

Keep it real.

I keep thinking of the peeps who say that journaling should only be about happy things.

Are you fucking kidding me?

Seriously?

Journaling should be about your LIFE and life ain't always gumdrops and roses.

Keep it real. Keep it you.

If I could offer any words of advice to a journal artist just cracking open a book for the first time, there they are. Of course "'dems may be fighting words" to some but I always stand by what I say (as well as by what I write.)

Try it. Crack it open. See what happens.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Save the Dates!!

I'm working on my Fall/Winter schedule as we speak. I'll know more next week once Tristan starts school. I'm looking forward to:

October 5-7th Fremont, CA classes TBA

November 9-11th Frenzy Stamper Scottsdale, AZ Classes TBA

sometime in late December: Ink About It Westford, MA

Local classes: TBA next week!

I have two wide open weekends in October and November that I'm looking to fill with a road trip. If you know of a venue that may be interested in having me teach, please let me know asap! Thanks!!!

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

12 July 2012 Journal Page

I promise that all of my pages won't be so sad like this one is. It's just how it is right now (and I am NOT apologizing for it.) It's just one minute, I'm sad. Later, I may be happy but then I get slapped back into reality with, "oh yeah..." Such is life and its roller coaster of emotions.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

15 July 2012 Journal Pages

Still unpacking and finding space in my home for the various things I brought back from my parents' home. I'm thinking of downsizing again. Books that need new homes. A new sewing machine I've used twice. Stuff like that. Having to sort through my parents' stuff has made me think again about what's important and what isn't. I have no problem getting rid of MY stuff (that said, I brought back a small bag of toys that I loved as a child and two stuffed animals. I may have seen Toy Story one too many times. I have three bags of stuffed animals in my closet. Art stuff I can get rid of. Quite easily. I've done it a zillion times. Toys from my childhood, not so much.) It's just making the time to do it. Baby steps.

Monday, August 06, 2012

12 July 2012 Journal Page

I worked on the above page while attending San Diego Comic-Con 2012.

One last shout out for my classes this weekend at Scrap 2 It in Fort Collins, CO. Registration closes at 6 pm tonight.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Home...

Now who wants to help me unpack?

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Thanks, Art Unraveled 2012!

I had a great time teaching at Art Unraveled 2012! I always say that I have the best students and I REALLY mean it. I hope you guys enjoyed every moment of it.

It's been a hard week for me as Dad was supposed to be here. Trying to be gentle and am taking baby steps as much as possible. Thanks for understanding.

Last call for sign-ups for Scrap 2 It in Fort Collins, CO! Fingers crossed to see YOU there!

Tristan and I are heading home in the early morning. I'll have my tunes blaring and my iced tea ready.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Journaling in the Hotel Room at Art Unraveled

"Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn." Gore Vidal