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, October 31, 2012

9 September 2012 Journal Page

Happy Halloween! Call me morbid. Call me weird. It is what it is and it has always been my favorite day of the whole year.

"Haunted Houses" by Longfellow

All houses wherein men have lived and died
Are haunted houses.
Through the open doors
The harmless phantoms on their errands glide,
With feet that make no sound upon the floors.

We meet them at the door-way, on the stair,
Along the passages they come and go,
Impalpable impressions on the air, A sense of something moving to and fro.

There are more guests at table than the hosts
Invited; the illuminated hall
Is thronged with quiet, inoffensive ghosts,
As silent as the pictures on the wall.

The stranger at my fireside cannot see
The forms I see, nor hear the sounds I hear;
He but perceives what is; while unto me
All that has been is visible and clear.

We have no title-deeds to house or lands;
Owners and occupants of earlier dates
From graves forgotten stretch their dusty hands, And hold in mortmain still their old estates.

The spirit-world around this world of sense
Floats like an atmosphere, and everywhere
Wafts through these earthly mists and vapours dense
A vital breath of more ethereal air.

Our little lives are kept in equipoise By opposite attractions and desires; The struggle of the instinct that enjoys,
And the more noble instinct that aspires.

These perturbations, this perpetual jar
Of earthly wants and aspirations high,
Come from the influence of an unseen star
An undiscovered planet in our sky.

And as the moon from some dark gate of cloud
Throws o’er the sea a floating bridge of light,
Across whose trembling planks our fancies crowd
Into the realm of mystery and night,—

So from the world of spirits there descends
A bridge of light, connecting it with this,
O’er whose unsteady floor, that sways and bends,
Wander our thoughts above the dark abyss.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Closer Look at November's Classes

NOVEMBER


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Classes are filling up! Please don't wait too long to sign up!


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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



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24th Laguna Beach 10-2  New Directions more info and you can sign up here



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


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30th Stampin from the Heart L.A. Unfold 11:30-3:30


Combine layers of paper, transparencies, tape, rubberstamps, journaling and your own vision into this one of a kind book. We will start by assembling a book from scratch using a fun stitch which you will love. Unfold upon the pages as you create layered and complex (yet fun) pages. This was one of my favorite books to work in. I guarantee that you will love it, too!

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, 3 1" brushes to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks, bottle of tacky glue

 
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I hope to see YOU there!

Monday, October 29, 2012

8 September 2012 Journal Page


“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it's true I'm here, and I'm just as strange as you.” Frida Kahlo

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012

7 September 2012 Journal Page


Last night, David, Tristan and I wandered around Magnolia Street on Burbank for "Ladies Night". They held it the last Friday in October last year and I loved it then, too. Candy is given out to kids in costumes, stores are open late, food trucks are everywhere. It's a lot of fun. 

We wandered up and down the street as if we were playing tourists. Sure, we stopped in at several familiar favorites (Dark Delicacies Bookstore and the soda/candy shop) but we also popped into a few new stores as well. It was a lot of fun and something I'd recommend to everyone. 

Find a street to explore and check it out! Walk up and down several times taking in everything around you using your senses as much as possible. It was invigorating and makes me want to dive into my journal this morning!

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Still room for any last minute folks in tomorrow's (Sunday's) class at Stampin from the Heart in L.A.! Since Zinnia closed, I don't have too many local classes on the schedule. Catch it while you can! It's one of my new favorites.

Friday, October 26, 2012

6 September 2012 Journal Page

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.” ― e.e. Cummings

Thursday, October 25, 2012

5 September 2012 Journal Page

Yesterday was a nice day. David and Tristan took me for a ride along the Angeles National Highway (in search of all things green!) We had dinner at Zelo's in Arcadia and cupcakes at Crumbs in Larchmont Village. David made me a super cool flip book and Tristan made me a neat card. I love my boys!


Folks keep asking about my online classes. I have quite a few to choose from and they're all listed along the right hand side of my blog. The latest one is called Finding My Way. All of my classes are work at your own pace. You can always email me if you have any questions. I am working on a new one that will debut sometime early next year. I'm excited about it and I have quite a few new ideas up my sleeve on how this one will be set up!

Short but Sweet Blog Love:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Year of Firsts

 Erin, my Dad and me at my Aunt Sis and Uncle Frank's house in Foxboro for Christmas 1981 or so.
 Dad, Erin and me in Salem, MA at The House of the Seven Gables Fall 1995
 A very pregnant me along with my Dad at Santa Anita Race Track December 1996
Another preggers shot at my parents' home in Quincy, MA October 1996

Most of my favorite pictures are still on the boards that we made for my Dad's services at my sister's house. So, I apologize for posting shots of me in scary pjs (lol!)

Ever since June 9th, everything seems to be a "first" as my Dad isn't around to share it with us. Today is my first birthday without my Dad. No phone call. No Happy Birthday sung off key into my phone. Not from my Dad. I do have a message of him singing to me saved on my phone. If I can bring myself to listen to it, I will. It's a sad day but my family and friends are trying to make it a happy one for me and I love them all the more for it.

One of the stories that my Dad used to love to tell is about the morning I was born.  I was born nice and early at 12:45 a.m. on the morning of October 24, 1974. The doctor even thanked my Mom for having me at a decent time so that he could go home and get a good night's sleep.

After I was born, my Dad decided to go out and celebrate in his own way. He had a few beers and popped in at my Aunt Dianne and Uncle John's house. It was the middle of the night. Instead of telling them that I had been born, in his own smart ass way, he told them that he had a big fight with my Mom. This went on for a little while and knowing him, he enjoyed getting my Aunt (especially) and Uncle worked up. Then he finally told them that I had been born. They were happy but annoyed that he had spun such a yarn! No one could tell this story quite like my Dad and it always cracked him up to tell it. 

So, if I'm a little sad and off today, you know why. I'm trying to take things moment by moment (instead of day by day.) I'll take the happiness along with the sadness and I'll try to make the best out of both. I'm not writing this for sympathy or birthday wishes. It's a post for me. It's for my Mom (who asked why I hadn't posted about my Dad in awhile.) It's for my son. It's for my Dad. It's just something that I had to write today. Thanks for listening.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Corita Kent a.k.a. Sister Corita

 

“Life is a succession of moments, To live each one is to succeed.”-Corita Kent

One of my biggest influences in both art as well as teaching, is the work and teachings of Corita Kent. I grew up seeing her artwork on a regular basis (the Boston Gas Tank, The Love Postage Stamp) but not knowing who she was, all I knew was that driving by the Gas Tanks in Dorchester and seeing the one painted in a rainbow always made me extremely happy.) 

I remember "discovering" who she was in 1997 and becoming enthralled. I borrowed a copy of Learning by Heart from the library and held onto it for the longest time. Learning by Heart (by Jan Steward and Corita Kent) quickly became my Creativity Bible. It is a book whose praises I can't sing highly enough. It is a book that I think EVERYONE (especially if you're an artist) should have on their shelves.

Above you'll see photos of the Corita books that I own. I even pick up duplicate copies if they're inexpensive enough to gift to folks whom I think will appreciate them. I always pick up her books even if I have them already whenever I see them in the used bookstores. I've found copies with goodies tucked inside (like what you'll see below.) 

In fact, you may have heard me on Saturday night. David, Tristan and I were on one of our weekly bookstore runs. It was late and David wanted to go. I was tired and had already put my pjs on. One look from David convinced me that he really wanted to go, so begrudgingly, I got dressed and got ready to go. Boy, am I happy that we went! I wandered the aisles of the bookstore and I hadn't found a damn thing. We were about to leave when I spotted a copy of Footnotes and Headlines. I smiled knowing that I had it at home already yet I still picked it up. I opened it up to the inside cover and gasped! "Sister Corita" was scrawled across the page. I looked at David and whispered, "It's autographed AND IT'S ONLY A DOLLAR!" I swear that I clutched it to my chest until we were at the register hoping that no one would come running around the corner yelling, "WE MADE A MISTAKE! DON'T SELL IT TO HER!" It's now on my shelf and the thought of knowing that it's there, makes me smile.

I am missing a few of her books still and am still looking for a signed edition (with all of the prints/posters) of Damn Everything but the Circus. An affordable copy has eluded me for awhile but I hold onto the hope that some day I'll find it! I'm also looking for hardcover copy of Learning By Heart. I had it once but gave it to a friend who was sick and wanting to read it. There is a new book due out next year called Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent. I already have it on my wish list.

You can find out more about Corita here and here


These were tucked into one of my Corita books:


An L.A. Times article on Corita's death:



 The inside of her portfolio box with some of my favorite prints and posters:


















She is truly an inspiration to me and in every class I try to aspire to her level of teaching and her mind set. I can only hope to someday be even a fraction of the teacher that she was.

"The only rule is work.
IF YOU WORK IT WILL LEAD TO SOMETHING. IT’S THE PEOPLE WHO DO ALL OF THE WORK ALL THE TIME WHO EVENTUALLY CATCH ON TO THINGS."
-John Cage and Corita Kent

Sunday, October 21, 2012

What I Was Working on Yesterday

Still in progress and I'll explain more soon! It's not a secret. It's a part of a larger project.
Back to work!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Journaling on the Go

I dropped Tristan off at the movies. While he's seeing Hotel Transylvania, I'm across the way at Panera drinking black iced tea and making a mess working on a new project. I hope that your Saturday is as lovely!

Friday, October 19, 2012

3 September 2012 Journal Page


"My secret for drawing is not a secret. It is sitting down and drawing." Maira Kalman

By the way, the new issue of "Oh Comely" is available. I picked up my copy last night at a newsstand in Los Angeles. 

Happy weekend, folks!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

2 September 2012 Journal Page



Random, odd fact #1018 about me: I don't like to use an x-acto knife. EVER. I prefer to cut things out slowly (but surely) with my scissors. I find it to be very meditative. Anything that needs to be torn is torn by hand or with a metal ruler.

If you're in Los Angeles, Sibella Court is coming to town! She'll be at Anthropologie in Santa Monica tomorrow (Friday) and at The French General on Saturday. I met her a little bit ago at a signing in Beverly Hills and she was very sweet. I love her books and am eager to get my hands on her latest book, Bowerbird.  

Mini Blog Love:  

Hinged-LOVE, love, love this! 

Washi Tape Storage

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Important News about Zinnia in South Pasadena

From Zinnia's newsletter this morning:

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Zinnia is Closing Our South Pasadena Brick & Mortar & Opening a New Door in the World of E-Commerce!

At Zinnia we think life is like art. It's ever changing, an must never become stale.

ZINNIA has been wonderfully successful at creating "a space for contagious creativity" and we'll continue to do so... at a New Location!


We're excited and eager to start focusing on the kind of growth that is more aligned with our new goals. Our customers and friends have made this chapter a wonderful one, and we invite you to stay tuned for our new endeavor. So, please Follow Us on Facebook and Sign Up for Our Newsletter and we’ll keep you posted on what we’re doing and where we’re going.


Onward & Upward!


Zinnia will remain open until Saturday, October 20th at 3 p.m. Select merchandise will be on sale for 50% off." 

Zinnia's website is here. 
1024 Mission Street  South Pasadena, CA 91030
(626) 441-2181

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Ink About It, MA Workshops Dec 27th and 28th, 2012


I'll have the samples in the store shortly. In the meantime, the store is taking sign-ups NOW and you can see a sample teaser of what we'll be doing below. 

If you have any questions, please email me. To sign up, please contact the store. 

I hope to see YOU there!

Thurs December 27th

Lettering a la Kelly Style
10 a.m. to Noon
 
followed by
Pocket Planner 1 to 5 p.m.

Fri 28th December 28th

It's All in the Details: Exploring Visual Mark Making
10 a.m. to Noon
 
followed by

Wanderlust 1 to 5 p.m.

Here's a look at the classes in detail:

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



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


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

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

Monday, October 15, 2012

1 September 2012 Journal Page

Spending the afternoon working in my journal. Planning. Making preparations for some new ideas, new journeys, new paths. The last few months have been full of change and learning how to acclimate to those changes.

The Journey

"One day you finally knew what you had to do,and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice--though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. "Mend my life!" each voice cried. But you didn't stop. You knew what you had to do, though the wind pried with its stiff fingers at the very foundations, though their melancholy was terrible. It was already late enough,and a wild night, and the road full of fallen branches and stones. But little by little, as you left their voices behind, the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own, that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world, determined to do the only thing you could do--determined to save the only life you could save."
-Mary Oliver

Sunday, October 14, 2012

1 September 2012 Journal Page

It's heating up again. I'm eager to wear long sleeves and breathe in air that is crisp and cool. Longing for so much right now. Autumn is my most favorite season and I can't wait until she sets up shop in Los Angeles for more than a couple of days.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

All Set

Up and ready to have a fun few hours at Zinnia!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Kelly Paper Plea

Most of my readers know that I've been using 140 lb Wausau Exact Index paper for almost all of my journals and classes for many, many years (the exception is when I make my journals from found papers.) The Wausau Mills shut down earlier this year. I was dismayed and I've been trying to find a suitable substitute for the 140 Exact Index ever since. I have not been happy at all with any of the papers that I have tried. Papers that my local Kelly Paper insist are a suitable substitute, I find them to be far inferior to the 140 Exact Index. 

I'm asking that you consider taking a few minutes and email Kelly Paper (here) and ask that they consider carrying the 140 Neenah Brand Exact Index in both 8 1/2 x 11" and parent size sheets on a regular basis, NOT as a special order. I want customers to be able to walk into the store and pick up a ream of 8 1/2 x 11" or order ten sheets of the parent size sheets and have them available the next day. Kelly Paper is only offering the Neenah Paper 140 Exact Index now as a special order which means you have to order a CASE of paper (500 sheets of the parent size!) 

If you could pass this information along to any other artists who may be interested, I'd appreciate it. I've been told that the more people who email Kelly Paper directly, the better chance we have of being heard. Thanks for your help and your time!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Journal Page in Progress

Met up with a friend this morning for a few hours at the Farmer's Market. It was a good afternoon of talk, art and tea. Above is a page in the new journal that I started the other day. I'm always excited about starting a new journal! I hope that your week is going well.