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, January 31, 2017

Filling the Well: Trekking to teach in FL, what I'm reading, art podcasts and more.


I have never understood artists who say that they never look at anyone else's work. I love seeing art in all forms: paintings, photographs, films, books, music and more. It's how so many of us fill our well. To shut yourself off to the world around you (especially art) is unfathomable to me.

At the moment, I am engrossed in Reading Cy Twombly. His work speaks deeply to me and I have been saving this book for just the right moment. I'll be trekking to his museum in February, now is the perfect time to crack it open.

My February classes at Everything Scrapbook and Stamps in Lake Worth, Florida are a go. I am really looking forward to teaching there! The last time I taught in Florida, Tristan was little. If you know anyone who might be interested in the workshops, I'd be grateful if you could pass the information along.

 

My Mom and I will be driving from Los Angeles to Florida (yes, we already know that we are crazy.) We are hoping to stop at The Menil Collection in Houston on the way there. I really want to go to the Cy Twombly Gallery and the Rothko Chapel (if you have been to either, any tips or advice would greatly be appreciated.) I am also looking into the Dali Museum (there is a Frida Kahlo exhibit there at the moment.) We're mostly driving I-10 until we hit Florida. On the way back, I'd like to try to visit Marfa. Any ideas, advice or suggestions are greatly appreciated.

On the way home from my classes in Northern California this past weekend, I spent a lot of time listening to art podcasts. Here are some of my favorites:


What are some of your favorite creative podcasts? (We are going to need them for the long drive.)

A quick bit of housekeeping, I have two Southern California classes in February (I have a funny feeling that they are going to come up fast, so here they are)

 



 

I hope to see you there!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Just Announced: Classes at AlwaysBCreating in Fort Collins, CO April 28-30th

I am very excited to announce that I will be teaching four new workshops at AlwaysBCreating in The Community Creative Center in Fort Collins, Colorado.

The workshops are:
Friday, April 28th
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


followed by
Juicy Journal Pages 3 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 29th
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 30th
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
An Artist's Study
 
These fresh, new workshops teach a variety of NEW ideas involving collage, creative processing, self expression, composition, design, layering, painting and much, much more.
  
My workshops are always process-based learning while creating something completely unique to you.

Please note there is a small supply list.


Beginners to advanced are welcome in ALL of the classes.

Interested in signing up? Please visit AlwaysBCreating for more info and for early bird registration pricing. Questions? Email Kelly for more info! EGorey99@sbcglobal.net


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 are: 

  • 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!

Friday, April 28th
 

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Brushstrokes: Playful, Paint Applications On Journal Pages
Let's get messy! Explore, experiment and play with paint in this colorful and fun workshop. We'll start by collaging our pages and then it's time to pull out the paint! You will learn everything I know about acrylics, mediums as well as a plethora of ways to apply acrylics to our journal pages (or canvas, walls, etc...) Explore color, texture and depth as you create original and luscious pages. 
You will also love making your own unique sampler book of your painted and collaged pages!
Supply list: a journal, 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, permanent black ink pad (if you have one), 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.)
Followed by


3 to 7 p.m.

Juicy Journal Pages
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 some time spent 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.)
Saturday, April 29th:


(the above two pages are works in progress photos)
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10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Transformation: Peeling Back the Layers 

What will be uncovered and revealed in this all day workshop?
You will begin by transforming an old hardcover book (provided) into a uniquely layered journal full of texture and color.
Jump right in with layers of paper, paint and more. You will start by creating pages that are rich and full of depth. You will then step back and peel away the layers transforming your previous pages into something entirely new and fresh. Learn to rework, revise and transform your pages with layers of color, texture, text and pattern.


Create something that is truly one of a kind using your favorite every day supplies.

Be prepared to get messy and to walk away with a new journal, several finished pages and a desire to keep working.

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, 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, April 30th:

 

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

An Artist's Study

As artists and individuals, we're always learning. We seek guidance from our favorite artists. They inspire and spark ideas in us. How can we borrow from them to create entirely new and unique pieces? 

In this class, you will learn how to glean inspiration from your favorite artists and create fresh, new, vibrant journal pages that combines their work with yours. I took the work of one of my favorite artists both collage and idea wise and melded it with my own work. 

I ask that students please bring a book or color copies of the work of one of their favorite artists (the images do not have to be of people, it can be an abstract artist, a photographer, a sculpture artist, a kid's art, your art as a kid, your old art) whatever kind of art calls to you but you have to be able and willing to cut it up. I will show you how to look at their work with new eyes. You will learn how to look at their work with new eyes and how to incorporate what they have done into your own work, making new, original work in your own distinct style. Not only did I collage with bits of my favorite artist's work but I also borrowed mark making, layouts, thoughts and other ideas. I wanted to make completely new and original pieces that looked like my work as I learned from her. You will learn how to do the same in this all day workshop.

Supply list: your journal, Bring either several different copies or an inexpensive book (to tear up) of your favorite artist's work, OR even copies of your own artwork, a child's artwork or anyone's art that speaks and inspires you. If you are bringing color copies think of playing with sizes and color vs black and white on the copy machine, 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.)

I hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

2017 Workshops

February 2017 Workshops


Here is my list of classes for 2017.

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! 

February