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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

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Thoughts on Art Journaling




A lot of the time, people think that I always know what I'm doing when it comes to art making, that I can sit down and immediately create something that I am happy with. With twenty plus years of experience and knowledge of my art supplies (what they do and don't do, YES, in that department, I damn well know what my tools will (or won't) do. Do I know what I'm going to do when I start a page? Not always. Do I know how a page will reveal itself? Rarely. I push. I pull. I coax. I ask a lot of questions. I don't give up. I think but don't over think. I don't stress about the art, ever. Some instructors will tell you not to think. I don't like that. I want thoughtful pages that reflect me. 

Is it always about happy, contented art pages? No. Sometimes it's about pages that make you squirm, cry or scream. It's about getting things out and onto the page. It's about spilling, pasting, painting, making marks and remaking. It's about the process. 

It's about dating our pages (or inside covers) and moving on when we've pushed as far as we can go. It's about filling and learning and making and spilling and being in the moment. It's about wanting to learn new skills, techniques, ideas and ways of expressing ourselves. It's about pushing ourselves and pulling out things we hadn't thought of before. It's a struggle but it's a healthy, productive one that rewards us in pages that our uniquely our own even when we use the same mediums and materials as many others do. It's about creating ourselves over and over again onto the page.

It's repeatedly starting over again with every new blank page. It's about opportunity, invention, re-invention and experimentation. It's about the journey that we take and make through our own unique experiences of being humans and artists.

5 comments:

a Seeker of the TRUTH said...

A truly inspiring post. Thanks for sharing
Julie

Kelly Kilmer said...

Thank you, Julie. :)

Caterina Giglio said...

so true..
just realized I don't have you on my side bar, I will remedy that! LOL

Sharmon Davidson said...

Inspiring words about art journaling; expressive and revealing, as are your images. Truly beautiful.

aguasulisart.com said...

Absolutely well said! I even got chills.