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!


Friday, October 04, 2013

Thinking in Layers

It's not a secret that I love to layer my journal pages. Folks often ask what they can layer. The answer is anything! Try to think of an infinite number of combinations of any of the following:

Pen work
Tape (real washi layers beautifully producing new color combinations. Paper and deco tapes are also fun to play with.)

Then crack open your journal and start playing. What happens if you layer onto your collaged and stamped (or stenciled or...) lettering upon lettering. What if you color in a part of your collaged page with pen work and then add bits of tape and parts of your stickers? Play with your layers and see what combinations work for you. Every now and then try to push yourself into a combination that isn't exactly your thing and see what happens. Experiment and play to see if you can make it you. 

It's okay to be influenced by those around you. Contrary to some weirdly popular held belief these days that copying isn't good, there is nothing wrong with copying to learn (think of the Old Masters! That's how they did it. They learned and imitated each other and then experimented.) What is wrong is if you keep copying and you don't ever try to let your own voice come through in your artwork. See what others do in their work and try it in your own. Then push the ideas even further. We learn from each other. That's how it should be. Art for the sake of creating.


Emie58 said...

LOVE layers!!! I have been inspired by your work for quite awhile and I think I figured out what about your pages is so pleasing to me.... I love how the entire page works together but it's the writing that I'm drawn to. You seem to have a way of writing a simple, single page "title" that expresses a TON of emotion and feeing.... YOu say a LOT without using many words and I really like that!!

Jane Wetzel said...

gosh I love your style Kelly :)