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

Friday, September 29, 2017

17th and 18th of November 2016 Journal Pages


“In every human being there is the artist, and whatever his activity, he has an equal chance with any to express the result of his growth and his contact with life. I don't believe any real artist cares whether what he does is 'art' or not. Who, after all, knows what art is?” ― Robert HenriThe Art Spirit

Thursday, September 28, 2017

16 November 2016 Journal Page and lots of news and links



My favorite pages are the ones that I can remember how I felt when I created them. What moved me, what angered me, what made my heart beat fast, what brought me to tears. I loved every minute of working in this little recycled journal (made from a recycled mailer, paper, etc...) and the direction that it pushed me in.

Big thanks to everyone who took the time to comment on yesterday's post or emailed me suggestions. I've added a few blogs to the post.

Been doing a lot of prep work lately. I'm teaching a new class this Sunday in Mar Vista and four brand new classes next weekend in Northern California. I'm also cleaning out and bringing some goodies to my classes in Northern California. We'll be doing giveaways and more during the classes as a way of saying thanks and goodbye to Maria's wonderful studio in Niles. It's been a great gathering place for so many of us for the last few years. Maria is also selling art supplies and more during the month (if you need more info, drop me an email at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net and I'll put you in touch with her.) Just a note, too, that while she is closing her studio, we'll be continuing classes at her home a few minutes down the street. 

I have a big announcement that I'm hoping to post tomorrow. Hint, it has to do with new collage sheets... 

I posted a few videos of recent journals (and upcoming classes) to Instagram (you don't need an account to see these, you should just be able to click on each link):

Two of my most recent completed journals. The first was done July-September. The second was done on my 3 week cross country road trip in June. I wanted the pages to remind me visually of what I experienced driving back and forth across the country (from the worst of things to the best of things, I wanted every emotion and experience represented and documented): insane amounts of fireflies in certain states dancing along the highways, devastating and unbelievable poverty near Niagara Falls (entire neighborhoods were completely empty for blocks), clouds unlike anything I've ever seen, miles of empty, open roads, etc... I wanted to challenge myself visually with documenting the enriching experience. I'll be teaching four workshops from these books next weekend at Maria's studio in Niles, CA and one of the workshops this Sunday in Los Angeles.

This book is extremely special to me. I worked on it while my husband was in and out of the hospital last year. I'll be teaching this book over a rare weekend long workshop in Taos, NM in November. I'm really excited as I have some new ideas to share for this book and I love being able to teach one workshop over an extended period of time.

Here are four of my latest journals from over the last couple of years. I'll be teaching workshops on them  at CraftFusion in Mesa, AZ (a new to me place.) The journals are in the store now. I hope that you'll love these books as much as I do. I love how different each one is and that you can see my style changing as I experiment and play. 

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Blogs, Blogs and More Blogs (Yay!)


I just happened to glance up at the little counter box as I started this post. This is my 4,201 post since I started in 2006. I go through my blog reader (feedly since Google reader went bye bye) every couple of days now since it seems that far fewer people are blogging. It makes me sad as I used to be something that I did every day.

I love blogging and read blogs. It's such an intimate medium and so different than any of the other social media. If you have a blog, leave a link in the comments and I'll stop by and say hi. Maybe it will encourage others to remember to bounce around the blogging universe a bit...

Here are some of my favorite active blogs that have posted within the last month:
and you?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

6 and 7th November 2016 Journal Pages


Still juggling multiple balls in the air (aren't we all?) David had an appointment with his general practitioner yesterday. I am very happy that they took him off of Keppra (an anti-seizure drug that I feel was affecting his behavior.) We appreciate that they are keeping an eye on him. The next two months are filled with  multiple doctor appointments (urologist, nephrologist and general practitioner again), x-rays, scans and whatever they need to do to make sure he's okay. It's funny that people talk about health care and insurance but no one talks about how in the hell people are supposed to manage daily life stuff and medical treatment at the same time. It's just something that's been in my mind lately... My heart goes out to people who have no family or support. There has to be a better way... 

♡.

Monday, September 25, 2017

October 2017 Workshops in SO CA, NO CA, NM, AZ and OR



Here is my current list of classes for 2017. Please check back often as I will update this list often.


I'm ALWAYS looking for new teaching venues so if you know of any that may be interested, I'd love to hear. I have taught a wide range of ages from individuals to small groups to large gatherings. I have held classes at stores, museums, backyards, garages, studios, public and private schools as well as private homes. I also am available for teaching home schooling art classes.


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.


Please note the small supply list for each class.


If you're not near where I'll be teaching, but you're interested in taking a class, I do offer a variety of online classes (27 different online workshops as of March 2015.) You can find out more info on the right side of my main blog.


Thank YOU for your interest!

October 

 
 

November





25th Pnina's Studio San Diego TBA

26th Designing Letters Mar Vista TBA

December 

1st-3rd Maria's Studio Niles, CA TBA   

9th Pnina's Studio San Diego TBA  

10th Designing Letters Mar Vista, TBA 


MORE TBA in 2017!


2018



I hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

4th and 5th November 2016 Journal Pages


I really enjoyed working with layering on top of my images on these pages. So many of us tend to hold onto our images, leaving them "as is" and not wanting to alter or change them. Sometimes it is fear that holds us from pushing ourselves (fear of messing it up, fear of what comes out, fear of "doing it wrong" (mine doesn't look like hers) etc...) Sometimes it is other things. Many of us have piles of images and access to more. Some of us do not. How do we learn to work with what we have and push ourselves at the same time?

The nice thing about the playfulness of a journal is having the ability to ask yourself, what if? What if I take it that one step further? What if I "mess it up" (whatever that means?) How can I take it one step further beyond what I usually do? How can I make it work? Questions with no answers beyond picking up my glue stick and paint brush and making that I am pondering on a Sunday afternoon...

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Evolution of a Page: My Most Recent Journal Page from Start to Finish








A week ago I saw Darren Aronofsky's latest film, Mother! I've had it settled in my brain since. It eventually made its way out and onto one of my journal pages. It's also still in my head and will be for some time (those are my favorite types of films, the ones that settle in and make themselves at home in your brain.)

I haven't shared something like this in awhile so, here's the page from start to finish.


I am eager to see it again.

Friday, September 22, 2017

3rd November 2016 Journal Pages


"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." 
-Aristotle 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

November 1st Workshops at Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps in Santa Fe New Mexico


I am really looking forward to returning to Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps in Santa Fe, New Mexico on November 1st! Santa Fe is one of my favorite places to visit. 

After I teach at Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps, I'm trekking to Taos (for the first time) to teach there for three days at B Strong Studios for Art Odysseys. I'm really excited about my upcoming trip and the new adventures and inspiration that it will offer. I channel that excitement and inspiration into my workshop time. Every place offers something unique and different in terms of creativity and feeding the well.


My workshops teach a variety of ideas in collage, creative processing, self expression, composition, design, layering, painting and much, much more. I strive to make each workshop unique and fun.
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) acrylic paints and mediums, collage material, rubber stamps, stencils, pens, markers, tape and more.

Please note there is a small supply list below the class descriptions.

Beginners to advanced are welcome in ALL of my classes.

Interested in signing up? Please contact Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps.  

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










With every page that I make, I try to set the tone to be one of possibility, creativity and connection. 

You'll start by making a journal from scratch using both recycled as well as some of my favorite art supplies. Then, you'll dive right in, learning new mixed media techniques and create entirely unique to you pages that set your intentions for the coming year. Think of it as a vision board meets planner all combined and rolled up into a very expressive (and impressive) art journal. Learn to combine the visual with the written to create soulful and inspirational pages.

Lao Tzu once said,"To see things in the seed, that is genius." What ideas will spark your interest in this all day, (painted) hands on workshop? Be prepared to have fun, get messy and leave inspired! 



Supply list: an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers
), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags,  a container for your paint water,  1 to 2" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few, smaller, detailed 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.)

I am known for not traveling light. That means I will be bringing my favorite art supplies to share with you: acrylics, gel medium, stencils, pens, markers, rubber stamps, ink pads and some collage material.

followed by:



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 we spend some time 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
), cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels or an old rag,  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few of your favorite smaller brushes, a container to hold paint water, 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.)

I am known for not traveling light. That means I will be bringing my favorite art supplies to share with you: acrylics, gel medium, stencils, pens, markers, rubber stamps, ink pads and some collage material.

I hope to see you there!