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

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Earlier in the Day...


Home from teaching at Scrapbooking Forever in Westlake Village. What a weekend! Lots of new faces and a few familiar ones. Good times. Thanks to everyone who braved the wind, mudslides, downed trees and the downpour to get to my class today. 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

A Full Heart


Home from teaching in San Diego. Happy. A day filled with good people and creativity. Trekking to Westlake Village in the morning, teaching at a new store. Happy Dreams. 

Friday, January 29, 2016

New Workshops at Designing Letters in Mar Vista, CA


I am excited to announce that I have a new Los Angeles teaching venue, Designing Letters at DeAnn Singh's Studio in Mar Vista, CA. DeAnn is a well known calligraphy artist and instructor who has graciously allowed me the use of her studio for my classes. I toured it yesterday and am very eager for you to see the space. I think that you will love it as much as I do. DeAnn has great plans and I am grateful to be a part of them! (A very big thanks to my wonderful friend and student, Judy, for making this happen.)

Upcoming Classes
February 21st Journal Roots
March 13th Journal Experience: A Master Class (all levels of experience welcome)
April 10th Juicy Journal Pages
May 15th A Few of My Favorite Things: Paper, Paint and Pen: Text Edition
June 12th TBA 

I will be taking the sign-ups here through my blog. 

Classes are held at: Designing Letters
4032 Marcasel Ave, LA. 90066

Please note that there is plenty of free street parking available.
(If you are familiar with the area, it is right around the corner from BookArtsLA, where Stampin from the Heart used to be.)

Each class is four hours in length.

Please note the NEW class time is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  
Cancellation policy: Students are allowed to cancel 72 hours (3 days) before the class. After that, you can send someone else in your place, transfer to another one of my classes or receive a kit.

The four hour class fee is $85 per student.

The class fee includes a vast array of mediums and materials to complete the necessary project. ( It is well known that I do not travel light to any of my classes. I will be bringing such things as:

  • all materials necessary to complete the project (handmade paper, decorative paper, board, glue, etc...)
  • bookbinding supplies (thread, awl, needles)
  • rubber stamps 
  • ink pads 
  • decorative tape
  • stencils
  • pens and markers
  • gel medium
  • collage ephemera and much, much more.
I do not travel light to my classes at all!






Kelly's Mar Vista Classes





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Sunday, February 21st 
Journal Roots

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

I love exploring texture in all forms. I wanted to create a tactile book that reflects my love of layering. I wanted to push my myself as an artist and an individual. Think rich, luscious layers of paint, paper and fabric combined with limitless possibility and guided experimentation. We'll reach deep within to create truly original pages. 

You will learn composition, design, color theory, layering exercises involving paper, paint, fabric, pen and more as you work in your newly bound journal.


Supply list: tacky glue, scraps of fabric/ribbon, an apron,scissors, a selection of favorite 
collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one),  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)




Sunday, March 13th
The Journal Experience: A Master Class

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Journaling doesn't have to be about special events nor does it have to be limited to what you ate for breakfast. In this four hour workshop, we'll focus on the everyday, simple moments that add up to an individual lifetime of experiences and thoughts. You'll learn how to revel in the daily moments and turn them into art journal pages. Be prepared to get messy, be pushed out of your box, laugh, learn (a lot) and have some fun.


Supply list: a journal (or I will have paper for you), an apron, scissors, a selection of favorite
 collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one),  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)







April 10th
Juicy Journal Pages
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


In this special workshop, work quick and fast, without judgment, the idea being to keep your inner critic silent. You will create a series of pages that are unique to you while learning a variety of new layering techniques involving collage, acrylics, markers, stencils, stamps and more.

After several hours of creating this way, we will step back and think about our pages. Learn to look and process your pages with new eyes. We'll then rework our pages into all new original journal pages.

Supply list: a journal or paper to work on, an apron, scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels, permanent black ink pad (only if you have one),  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to paint and glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)




Sunday, May 15th
A Few of My Favorite Things: Paper, Paint and Pen: Text Edition
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Combining visual art with the written word is a passion of mine. I am always searching for new ways to bring together paper, paint and pen. 

Want to make your pages come alive? Then bring your journal to class where you will learn not only how to add text to your pages but where, when and what to write. Your pages will sing and vibrate with layers of color, texture and text. This is unlike any class in adding text that I have ever taught before.

Supply list: a journal or paper to work on, an apron, scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one),  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

June 12th SAVE THE DATE CLASS TBA!

I hope to see YOU there!


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Breaking Open


Last night I saw Laurie Anderson's Heart of a Dog with Laurie in attendance at The Hammer Museum. I will be writing up a blog post about it within the next week. I can't stop thinking about the film, the talk afterwards and the experience itself. I've been to a lot of q and a's but *never* anything like that.

"Death is so often about regret, or guilt. Why didn't I call her? Why didn't I say that? It's more about you than the person who died. But finally I saw it, the connection between love and death, and that the purpose of death is the release of love." -Laurie Anderson Heart of a Dog

Have you seen the film?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

26 August 2015 Journal Page




It's one of those days. I should be working but instead I'm over at Tumblr looking at Journal of a Nobody's page and falling in love with tumblr all over again. There's always a rabbit hole.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Evolution of a Page


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I posted the above shot to the blog the other day and the shot below to Instagram last night. They're both still work in progress shots but it's always interesting to me how a page evolves, pushing and pulling with the layers. I wasn't feeling 100% myself as I worked on both so that also intrigues me (how emotion and well being affect our artwork.) On a somewhat related note, I've stopped drinking my usual black unsweetened iced tea and caffeine out of my daily routine to see if that helps change how I feel. I'll have to up my art making!

I'm getting ready to teach two classes this weekend. On Saturday, I'll be at Pnina's Studio in San Diego teaching A Few of My Favorite Things: Paper, Paint and Pen: Text Edition and on Sunday, I'll be teaching Painted Connections at Scrapbooking Forever (a new to me store) in Westlake Village. I hope to see you there! 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Classes at The Occasional Artist in Glendale, AZ February 26-28th

 

I am very happy to announce that I will be returning to Arizona to teach NEW workshops at The Occasional Artist in Glendale. I'm VERY excited about teaching there. 

Interested in signing up? Please contact The Occasional Artist at 623-847-2215.  


623-847-2215
623-847-2215
Questions? Please email Kelly for more info! EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

The samples are in the store now!



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.
FRIDAY FEB 26TH
 
My Imperfect Heart

So often we are after messy, layered, honest and rich pieces of art. That's what this class is about, putting ourselves together on the pages, revealing tiny bits of ourselves, piecing ourselves together with layers of tape, paint and paper. Prepare to get messy as you learn a variety of new mixed media techniques. This book can be a deeply personal journey or a book of luscious, playful layers. There is something for everyone in this class.

 
  Supply list: an apron, scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one),  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 27th:

 

Inner Voice: A Conversation in Art Journaling 

In this special all day workshop, not only will you construct a new and unusual journal with pages that flip, fold and pull out in ways you never thought possible, but you will dive deep onto the pages. You will combine layers of paper, paint and more to form your own artistic voice on the page. Learn how to push, pull and coax ideas on the page. Learn how to express yourself with layers of paper, paint, pens, stencils and much, much more. You will have a conversation in color, pattern, shape, design, text, texture and more using mixed mixed techniques on the pages of your new journal.

Supply list: an apron, scissors, a bottle of tacky glue, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one),  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

SUNDAY FEB 28TH





The Artist's Playground- Learn how to combine your precious bits of ephemera into a truly one of a kind artist's journal. Create a playground of self expression and discovery. You will learn how to step back and see things in your artwork that you haven't noticed before.
I have been working on this class for over two years now and am very eager to share it with you. You will be inspired in this class.


Supply list:  scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one),  1" brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes) OR a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), roll of waxed paper OR 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!