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, December 31, 2013

Thoughts at the End of 2013

As this year ends and the new one begins, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for my family, friends, students and blog readers. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for coming along for the ride with me. May the New Year be full of hope, health and all things good.

Happy 18th Anniversary to my best friend and the love of my life. David, I love you and it gets better and better every year.

Monday, December 30, 2013

My Today

Hanging with my niece and nephew building a "shake shake bridge" and playing with dollies. Making little people laugh. Relishing every moment.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Thoughts on a Sunday

"I am a person before I am anything else. I never say I am a writer. I never say I am an artist...I am a person who does those things."
-Edward Gorey

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Thoughts for Today

"What am I in the eyes of most people —a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person —somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right,then —even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart. That is my ambition,based less on resentment than on love in spite of everything, based more on a feeling of serenity than on passion. Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness,pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages,in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum." Vincent Van Gogh

Friday, December 27, 2013

A Very Good Day

Home (Mom's house) from teaching at Kept Creations in Whitman, MA. What a great day! It was full of very good people, tons of creativity and lots of laughs. Looking forward to what tomorrow brings! Thanks again, ladies!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Snow

Woke up to a lovely dusting of snow. I always miss the change of seasons living in Southern California especially the snow.

I'm doing a wee bit more prep work for my classes tomorrow and Saturday at Kept Creations in Whitman, MA. Looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and meeting some new ones.

Off to finish prep work and meet up with my niece and nephew. We have a play date that might involve camping in the living room and then blasting off in a rocket. I hope that your day is just as adventurously wonderful.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

The hardest part about Christmas is always the empty chairs, especially that chair.

I sat on my Mom's couch last night listening to Christmas music and looking at the tree that she put up just for us in her new home she's not even living in yet. She wants today over with. This year seems to be harder than last year and none of us thought that would even seem possible.

Every day that passes is a day that brings us farther away than June 8, 2012. The last day that I spoke with my Father. I try to honor and carry him with me every day but it's so hard. It's hard when the phone doesn't ring. It's hard when no one calls and asks, "What are you doing?" (His way of saying hi.) It's hard when the radio plays a favorite song of his or even passing a jar of cashews or anything that reminds you that he's not here.

Things change. They say that's life but some days it hurts more than you thought it would. Some days the tears don't want to stop.

What do you do? You try to be gentle with yourself and with those around you. You try to stitch up your broken heart only to have it tear again. Life. Again. A constant cycle of mending and loving and living and being. We go on carrying our loved ones with us. We try to remember that we're not alone in our being human. We reach and grasp for what we can. We hope that tomorrow is gentler and kinder than today.

Today? For me, I'll watch my beloved son and little nephew open their presents. I'll watch my new niece with her wide blue eyes take everything in. I'll be gentle, or at least try to be. I'll listen to my Dad's music and remember his wonderful laugh and full heart. I carry him with me every day.

Merry Christmas to you.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

My Little Niece

I've been waiting to meet this little munchkin for three months now. She's full of laughs and giggles. What a sweetie you are, little Hannah.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

17 October 2013 Journal Page


“And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?” ~ Rumi

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Procrastinating


 “In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.”-William Blake

 “Look round and round upon this bare bleak plain, and see even here, upon a winter's day, how beautiful the shadows are! Alas! it is the nature of their kind to be so. The loveliest things in life, Tom, are but shadows; and they come and go, and change and fade away, as rapidly as these!” Charles Dickens

Happy Winter Solstice Everyone!

Spending time on Pinterest as well as looking up Louise-Bourgeois art online when I should be packing. 

My online classes are still on sale through tomorrow (Sunday) night. I can send them as gifts for those who are interested. 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Connect


"Art is a form of consciousness." Susan Sontag

One of the things that I am doing this year is Ali Edwards' "One Little Word." I'm not sure how I am going to do it yet (still processing it) but it's the first year that it's ever hit and and that a word has popped into my head. My word for 2014? Connect.

con•nect (kəˈnɛkt)


  •  to join, link, or fasten together; unite.
  •  to have as an accompanying or associated feature.
  • to cause to be associated in a relationship.
  • to associate mentally or emotionally.
  • to become connected; join or unite.
  • to establish a sympathetic or harmonious relationship.
  • Informal. to meet or establish communication; make contact.

Some Bits of Housekeeping:

I'm spending the next few days prepping for my classes in Massachusetts at the end of the month

My online classes are on sale (buy one, get a second class of equal or lesser value free) through Sunday (I will not be offering this again any time soon, if ever.

I still have a few hand bound copies of my self published book, Pieces of Me, available here

As always, thanks for reading this and being interested in my work. It is very much appreciated.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Frenzy Stamper Scottsdale, AZ February 7-9th Workshops





I am very happy to announce that I will be teaching five NEW workshops at Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale, AZ.

Interested in signing up? Please contact Debbie at Frenzy Stamper. 

Questions? Please email Kelly for more info! EGorey99@sbcglobal.net


I will be mailing the samples to Debbie in early January.


I will be offering fresh, new workshops teaching a variety of NEW bookbinding, collage, creative processing, self expression, composition, design, layering and much, much more. My workshops are always process-based learning while creating a unique product. I am well known for not traveling light and bring a large variety of supplies including (but not limited to) collage material, rubber stamps, stencils, pens, markers, tape and more. There is a small supply list below each class description.

The Schedule is:
 
Friday, February 7th:
An Artist's Manifesto
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

followed by
Luscious Layers
from 3 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 8th:
Essence of Me
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

followed by
Love Your Lettering
from 3 to 7 p.m.
 
and 

Sunday, February 9th:
A Trace of Me
10 to 2 p.m.

A Closer Look at the Classes:

An Artist's Manifesto

We're thinking BIG! Start by constructing a large journal from scratch using a recycled hardcover book. Then we'll spend the rest of the class creating our own unique, personal pages. Learn about color, composition, design and more while focusing on visual self expression on the pages of your new journal. Prepare to push and be pushed (albeit gently and in a good way!) out of your comfort zone. We will be using a variety of different size and shaped images in this class so you can collect some of your favorites in advance but I’ll also have a large plethora of collage items for you to choose from. You will walk out of class with your head full of new ideas!

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.)



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.)


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.)


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.




A Trace of Me: The Journey Starts Here



You will create a landscape format journal constructed of different sized papers. We’re going to be pushing deep with new techniques and exercises in this class going beyond the traditional, “Today I did this…” Create a rich journal made by your own hands using your favorite materials to document your journey. We’ll be focusing on new collage, journal and writing techniques in this class.



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!