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

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Good Times

Spent a few hours with some very good friends working in our journals, talking and just being. What a wonderful way to spend a morning.

Friday, November 29, 2013

27 September 2013 Journal Page


Several things are on my Make Time For List this weekend. Family. Friends. Journal Time. Work (working on journals to sell very soon.) Reading. Lots of PJ time (I hope.) Farmers Market. Bookstores. Old movies. Quiet. Things that make me happy. You?

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Gratitude

“The Place I Want to Get Back To” by Mary Oliver

The place I want to get back to
is where
in the pinewoods
in the moments between
the darkness
and first light
two deer
came walking down the hill
and when they saw me
they said to each other, okay,
this one is okay,
let’s see who she is
and why she is sitting
on the ground like that,
so quiet, as if
asleep, or in a dream,
but, anyway, harmless;
and so they came
on their slender legs
and gazed upon me
not unlike the way
I go out to the dunes and look
and look and look
into the faces of the flowers;
and then one of them leaned forward
and nuzzled my hand, and what can my life
bring to me that could exceed
that brief moment?
For twenty years
I have gone every day to the same woods,
not waiting, exactly, just lingering.
Such gifts, bestowed,
can’t be repeated.
If you want to talk about this
come to visit. I live in the house
near the corner, which I have named
Gratitude.

Mary Oliver Thirst (Beacon Press, 2006)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Voices




I love this page. It was created after a talk with my husband about how we all think that we're "broken" (whatever that means) and in need of being fixed. I appreciate being able to translate deep discussions into meaningful journal pages.

I posted my classes for December and January yesterday. Yesterday afternoon my classes at Kept Creations in Whitman, MA were swapped. Instead of teaching the two day class, I am now teaching four individual classes. You can find out more information here. I apologize for any confusion. If you have any questions, please drop me a note

 Misfits of Love: Healing Conversations in the Barnyard


I received a gift in the mail today. It was something that I purchased last week for myself but it was a true gift, nonetheless. Katherine Dunn's beautifully illustrated and passionately written, Misfits of Love: Healing Conversations in the Barnyard. I've flipped through the pages several times and have read some of them repeatedly in the last hour since Tristan put the parcel in my hands. The money raised from the book sales helps the artist care and house old barnyard animals. I can't say enough good things about this book. I'm thankful to Joan Whitmore for posting about it.

I found this article, "The Nine Hundred Dollar iphone Photo", and loved how much this resonated with me:
"And yet for some reason, the more I look at the photo, the more it grows on me. It is not a perfect photo, but I am suddenly realizing that that is fine. We get so overwhelmed with everything in life being perfect that we forget that nothing is supposed to be perfect. Photos do not have to be perfect. In my sister’s “four-generation photo” taken with her own son and my grandfather, my grandfather is cheerfully sporting two black eyes that he obtained while falling down the previous day. The point of most photos is to say, “I was alive and you were alive, and for a period of time our lives overlapped. This is what we looked like.”"

Monday, November 25, 2013

Happy Dance!


After working my *ahem* off this weekend, ALL of the ordered copies of Pieces of Me are bound, wrapped and IN THE MAIL! My handy post office mailing assistant Tristan and I spent some time at the post office taping up the packages (I ran through three rolls of tape last night) and adding postage stamps to each of the envelopes. They are on their way, folks. 

Creating a book like this has been a dream of mine for a very long time. I truly hope that everyone enjoys their copies as much as I enjoyed making them. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

22 September 2013 Journal Page


One of my favorite pages. I really had fun with this one.

Still working on the books. I completed the folding, sewing and signing yesterday. Today I'll be labeling envelopes and making up the packages. I have my fingers crossed on getting them in tomorrow's mail. I'll post to my blog when I do. 

Speaking of self published books, I've found some fabulous ones online lately:
Sketchbooks: My Personal Creative Practice by Lisa Sonora Beam
Mindy Lacefield's Wild Surrender
All This is Mine has a new zine 
Katherine Dunn's Misfits of Love and Bucket & Donkey plus the money she earns goes toward helping old barnyard animals

Have you found any recent or new self published books?

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

21 September 2013 Journal Page



If anyone needs me this weekend, I'll be in my pjs assembling Pieces of Me. I picked it up from the printer yesterday and the pages have surpassed my expectations. I hope that others will enjoy it as much.

Of course, I'll probably make some time to also watch this

 “We’re all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?”
— The Doctor, Season 5, Episode 13


Friday, November 22, 2013

20 September 2013 Journal Page


I'm picking up my Pieces of Me artists' book today. I'm excited (and nervous) about holding it in my hands. This weekend will be spent folding, threading, and sewing the books together. I hope that folks enjoy it. I'll post on my blog when it goes out.

"On Keeping a Journal. Superficial to understand the journal as just a receptacle for one’s private, secret thoughts — like a confidante who is deaf, dumb and illiterate. In the journal I do not just express myself more openly than I could to any person; I create myself."-Susan Sontag

More here.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Today


"I disregard the proportions,the measures, the tempo of the ordinary world. I refuse to live in the ordinary world as ordinary women. To enter ordinary relationships. I want ecstasy. I am a neurotic —in the sense that I live in my world. I will not adjust myself to the world. I am adjusted to myself." -Anais Nin

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Back Cover of My Essence of Me Journal


This is the back cover of my Essence of Me journal. I really enjoyed working in this book and sharing it with you here!

I found this great interview with Rin of Papered Thoughts here. Rin has a great project & & A Happy New Year Letter Exchange Project coming up. You can find out more here. I'm thinking about signing up for it. All of us could use some happy mail!

I've got a busy week ahead. I am teaching three classes:
Sun 24th Art Bar Santa Ana A Beautiful Necessity
 


More info and sample pages can be found here:
http://kellykilmerworkshops.blogspot.com/
 





Monday, November 18, 2013

Advice for Artists

"Advice to young writers? Always the same advice: learn to trust our own judgment, learn inner independence, learn to trust that time will sort the good from the bad – including your own bad." ― Doris Lessing

The same advice can be given to artists. Start by doing. Put something on the page. Keep making. Trying. Pushing. Don't judge at first. Do the work. Learn. Learn by doing. The more work you accumulate will give you the freedom and the power to go back and look at it with fresh eyes. Look for what you like and what draws you in. Make more work with your newfound knowledge. Only with time and an accumulation of work should you go back, look at what you have created and process what you see. Artists are not born. They are made with time, work, perseverance and effort. Lots of it. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Today


"It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done."
Vincent Van Gogh

Friday, November 15, 2013

30 August 2013 Journal Page


I've got a busy weekend ahead teaching at Banana Rose in Westlake Village on Saturday and Word is Art in Los Angeles on Sunday.  

I'm spending today prepping everything for this weekend so I decided to extend my artists' book sign-up sale through Monday morning at 7 a.m. PST. Those of you who sign up for it before Monday, will receive the special sale price AND a special limited edition signed and numbered print. I'm taking the book to the printers Monday afternoon. I'm so excited!!!!!!

David and I went to a limited engagement screening of Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises yesterday. I LOVED it. It will be in a wider release in 2014 and I encourage folks to check it out. I can't recommend this film enough. I really, really hope it wins the Oscar next year. I love Studio Ghibli and this was a brilliant send off for an outstanding director whose work will be very much missed. If you want to see some of his films right now, seek out two of my personal favorites, My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service (I recommend the subtitled versions *not* the dubbed ones.)

Have a wonderful weekend, folks.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Menagerie of You Class in Modesto, CA January 11, 2014


 

A Menagerie of You

Join us in this special six hour workshop created specially for the Art Menagerie Group of Modesto, you will create a journal completely unique to you! Learn how to construct a journal from scratch using a fun and easy stitch. After you create the journal, you will then learn a wide variety of techniques (including but not limited to composition, design, color, pen work, collage, layering, stencil work, rubber stamping, tape layering, art journal techniques and much, much more) that can be applied to ANY art form. Walk out with your head spinning full of new ideas and ways to approach your art and creativity. Open to everyone.

Please note that Kelly does not travel light to her classes. She will have all materials necessary to complete the project including a wide variety of rubber stamps, pens, tape, collage ephemera, stencils and more for you to use in class.

Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper OR magazines/catalogs to glue on, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black inkpad,  1" brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), and a few of your favorite glue sticks.

$115
6 hours

Saturday January 11, 2014
8:30am - 3pm (1/2 break for lunch)
Nasco Arts & Craft Store
4825 Stoddard Rd, Modesto, CA 95356
http://www.enasco.com/page/Store/CA/modesto_store_home/
*Any questions and sign-ups should be directed to me, not the store. Please do not contact the store regarding the class at all. Email Kelly instead.*

Cost: $115
Payable to Kelly via PayPal purchase from her site
Or personal check sent to Kelly at least 3 weeks prior to workshop date


Please note: Payments for the Modesto, 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.












*If you have any problems with the paypal button, please email me.*

Bring sack lunch or food to reheat (fridge and microwave is there for us)
There are a few snack/drink vending machines
Coffee & morning treats provided by hosting Art Menagerie group

I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Winter East Coast Classes

  
 I'll be trekking back East this Winter teaching SIX classes in Massachusetts. 

I'm really looking forward to seeing some familiar faces as well as meeting some new ones!

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Class descriptions:

 
Luscious Layers 
 
What do you get when you combine layers of paper, tape, pen work, stencils, stickers, stamps and self expression? You get your own lusciously layered papers made by your own hands! We’ll be exploring hands-on a variety of ideas involving composition, design, color, shape, repetition and much, much more. Learn to create intricately rich layered papers that are uniquely your own. These are unlike anything you will ever see in any paper store. Ready to be framed or hit the copy shop and make duplicates of your favorites! Please note that students can also bring their journals to work in as these pages can be glued, taped or attached to the pages of their books. 
 
Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black inkpad, 1" brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks, an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)


My Interior Life 
 
A book bound by your own hand is a precious thing but what if it’s also a book that is full of your own visions, thoughts and musings? In this unique workshop, we will be diving onto the pages learning new collage techniques, pen work, layering ideas, journal prompts and how to explore our own personal process of putting ourselves onto paper. You will walk out of class with a bound journal with several completed pages along with techniques and inspiration to fill them all! 
 
 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
 

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


Essence of Me: Tape Journal Revised and Revisited 
 
Bringing together some of my most favorite materials (and I bet yours, too!) such as tape, paper, pens, stamps and stencils, you will learn a plethora of new layering techniques. This book isn’t solely an art journal. It’s an experience! Very popular when I taught it several years ago, the tape journal has been revised into a smaller but much fuller version of its previous self. I will be bringing my large collection of tapes (paper, deco, washi and more) for you to use. I’ll also have a wide selection of stamps, ink pads, stencils and collage materials. You’re always welcome to bring your own supplies to use but this is a small heads up that I tend to bring everything but the kitchen sink in my classes! 
 
Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black inkpad, 1" brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks, an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)
 
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Love Your Lettering: A Little Book of Type

One of the things that I hear repeatedly in my classes is how many people hate their own handwriting. At one time, I was one of those people. After many years of being told by teachers and friends that my handwriting was atrocious, I’m now being complimented on my writing. I’ve never taken a calligraphy class. It all comes from experimenting in my journal. I’ll teach you everything that I know so that you’ll walk out loving your handwriting. You’ll also be walking out with a little book full of layers of color and text created by YOU. We will be getting messy with acrylics in this class, so please dress accordingly. 

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,  1" brush to paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), and a container to hold water in. You may want to wear an apron.
 




Little Love Notes: Triptych Book Revised and Revisited  

I've revised and revisited different formats of my extremely popular Triptych Book class since I first taught it at Artfest in 2001. This has to be my most favorite version of the book. You will create a book where the pages swing out door-like. Explore using a variety of different mediums and materials as you work your way through the pages. Learn a variety of new and unique methods in self expression as you work in your book. This book has pushed me to think and step outside of my box. I will be pushing you in the same way in class (and you will love it!) Be prepared to step out of your comfort zone and have a heck of a good time doing so. 

Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black inkpad, 1" brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks, an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

I hope to see YOU there!