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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

Thursday, February 13, 2014

New Beginnings


Yesterday I showed you the last page of one of my journals from my Composing A Life: A Journal Box series. While the journals are all finished (for now) I plan on still adding to the box occasionally. I will share it with you as I do.

In the meantime, here's my latest journal cover. I started working on this on the 22nd of December. I have about twelve pages to go before I finish. I LOVE this journal (I say that about all of my books.) The pages fold out (I'll show you that soon.)

I started a (rant) discussion on facebook yesterday about how exasperating it is that my art that I love so much (art journaling) isn't taken seriously. It's not a respected art form even though artists have been keeping them for quite some time! The classes aren't taken seriously either. It's considered "craft" (by that I mean, a hobby. Not Craft with a capital C which is something entirely different and is treated with respect.) 

To me, art journaling is right up there with breathing and eating. It's something that I have to do. It's not something that I do to occupy my time or to keep idle hands busy. It's something that I am most passionate about doing and encouraging others to do so as well. Making art in a journal is not something new. However, maybe we can finally elevate it to the level of respect and recognition that it deserves in the coming years.

7 comments:

Lottie me said...

Well said Kelly

Your journals are so wonderful and beautiful, and so well thought out. The fact that your journals have now turned into a career is testament to your talent.

Kathy, PaperPumpkin said...

Yes! Here here!

Lori Wostl said...

I'm doing it regardless of what anyone else thinks about it. I want it and love it and don't care what others think. I save up to have time and money to spend on it...thanks for caring - it is a relief to be around others that love and need it.

Desert Mermaid said...

art journaling not taken seriously -- yea, crazy, isn't it? ... what they don't know COULD hurt them.

Anonymous said...

Kelly, just keep on trucking, you do it for yourself, no one else, I do understand your point, some people are just stuck in a certain mind set, be glad you are not amongst them, and that you are an independent thinker. Karenxx PS listening to the Velvet Underground whilst the rain batters against the window - we're in the middle of a storm.xx

PeggySu said...

Artist books are considered art. You make both the book and the collaged content for your journals so I'd say they are art by definition.

I'm just in the midst of reading a wonderful book about what art is or can be that I believe supports your position. Here's a review that summarizes the book much better than I ever could.

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/10/25/art-as-therapy-alain-de-botton-john-armstrong/

The book focuses on experiencing art produced by others but in my opinion it applies to art produced by oneself as well.

Dlee said...

Hi Kelly, Couldn't agree with you more. Art Journaling is treated as a 3rd class art if it is considered at all.We you do it know differently and don't care what the critics say. Love your art journals.