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 more than twenty years. 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, July 13, 2018

Suzi Babbin Finer Needs Our Help!

(Suzi and her kids)

Many of you may remember Suzi Finer who used to own one of my favorite shops, Suzi Finer's Fine Rubber Stamps in Beverly Hills. Well, Suzi went into the hospital recently to have a polyp removed. When she woke up from the surgery, she was told that she didn't have a polyp but three tumors. She will be out of work for several months as she is being treated. In the meantime, I've set up a gofundme to help her.


Suzi helped my family in 2016 when David was diagnosed with cancer of the kidney. I know personally how stressful a diagnosis like this can be and the toll it can take on one's daily life. She needs our help now.

If you can't help monetarily, sharing the link would greatly help.

Love and thanks,

Kelly

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Rotating Supplies and Unearthing Treasures


I love sorting through my collage ephemera. (Don't get me wrong, it is a lot of work but it's good work and very inspiring.) I'm cleaning out some things (thank you to everyone who has shared the link, taken a peek and/or made a purchase. It is very much appreciated.)

One of the things I love is being able to go through collage ephemera I've hoarded for years and finding small gems that are suddenly jumping out at me. While sorting through, I made a small "to keep" pile. Above are a handful of images that I found inspiring that I want to use very soon.


Monday, July 09, 2018

A Curated Collection: Inspiration Boxes and more



All the inspiration you need to create... in one box!

You supply the glue, paints, brushes and scissors, I'll supply everything else!

Everything is from my personal curated collection that I have been accumulating in my travels over the years.

I will stuff a medium flat rate priority box with:

-One of my handmade, hand bound journals (front cover is decorated by me as well as possibly some pages) I usually sell these for $50 each but I need to clean house fast and selling them in this manner helps me. I will select a journal for you! Your journal is ready for YOU to start working in it. Many folks find that a blank cover can be intimidating so I like to offer my journals with at least a decorated front cover!

-Art Supplies: at least one rubber stamp, one pen/marker, two rolls of washi, paper or deco tape, one stencil all from my personal stash. Some supplies may be gently used. Some of the supplies are also retired and difficult to obtain.

-Collage Sheets: made by me (my personal collage sheets that I offer in my classes as well as use in my own work) (I usually sell these for $5 per sheet.)

-Collage Ephemera: background papers like magazine pages, catalog pages, handmade paper, decorative paper, focal images and much, much, MUCH more. 

Again, only things that I use and like in my pages from my PERSONAL stash.

If you like what I use on my journal pages, you will LOVE these bags.

I will take orders on a first come, first serve basis until I run out. These are extremely limited and I usually sell out very quickly.
 Please note, that once these are gone, I do not know when I will be making them again. I have really downsized on my art supplies (for various reasons) and these are very limited. This is the creme de la creme of my stash.


I will ship your inspiration box in a well taped, flat rate, USPS priority envelope. I will ship them out on or before July 17th. 

I can also ship them as gifts if you'd like. 

These will NEVER be sold in this way again!

Order here (plus $12 medium flat rate USPS box) 

U.S. residents only (outside of the US, please email me at Egorey99@sbcglobal.net)

SOLD OUT!!

THANK YOU for your support! 

If you like this, you may want to read, Being Mindful: Curating Your Images.

Also available:


Buy One Get One Free Online Workshops throughout July 31st







A set of 8 full color, high quality professionally printed 8 1/2 x 11" ready for you to use collage sheets. Please note that this is a pre-order and you will receive them in the mail late July. I usually sell these for $5 per sheet but I'm offering them as a set of 8 only with a special price of $25 plus $5 shipping:






 
 
Upcoming workshops include:


Sunday, July 08, 2018

Teaser Post... Inspiration Boxes Coming Tomorrow (July 9th!)


Tomorrow (July 9th) at Noon PDT, I'll be offering something I've never offered before: 

A Curated Collection: Inspiration Boxes

Each medium flat rate USPS box will contain:

A journal (decorated, bound and personally selected by me), a plethora of collage ephemera, decorative tape, pens/markers, rubber stamps, stencils and more!  

Each box contains all of the inspiration that you need to create (you supply the adhesive, paints, brushes and scissors! The box contains everything else.)

I need to get things out of my apartment fast and selling these boxes in this manner will help me. I will never offer them again in this manner. I usually sell my journals for $50 each and collage/mixed media bags for $30-50 so this is a rare opportunity to sample both.

At noon PST, a new blog post will pop up (you may need to refresh your browser) with the information and buy it now button. Once they are gone, that is it! These are extremely limited!

Saturday, July 07, 2018

The Evolution of a Journal Page

I started this page in a Massachusetts workshop on May 6th. At the time, I was really happy with it. 
It helped me to get across what I was teaching and it served its purpose. 

At the time, I had been working in another journal and using this book to demo in as I taught in my workshops across the country. I prefer to work one book at a time. When I was finally ready to finish the work I had started in this journal, this page didn't fit with what the book had become.

I tried to rework it with paint but nothing clicked. I finally ended up gluing down this image and painting white and black acrylic over parts of the page:
I let the acrylics dry. I added red, neon pink and a dark blue on top. 
I added more layers of acrylic  (I forgot to take a photo of just those layers.) Then I thought about adding more collage elements but didn't:
Using photos of dried roses turned in different directions, I painted (not stenciled) the roses on either side of the image:
I liked it better but something was still missing.

For a few months now, I have been using cardstock as a palette and scraping off the unused paint. It takes a few weeks, lots of unused paint and scraping. In the end, you have layers of acrylic on a page (my friends, Pnina and Michelle in San Diego gave me the idea as they use canvas as a palette.) I recently decided to start using an old idea of a collaged book as a paint palette.

I had squeezed out four colors and then ended up not using them. I went to wipe them away with the palette knife before they dried and I LOVED how it looked.

Eureka!

My breakthrough moment! This is the look I had been after:
I took the palette knife and the same colors and started scraping the colors onto the journal page. I let the colors dry.

Later, I added journaling and then Pollock type paint splatters done by tapping juicy paint markers with my fingers:
I have one more thing to do with this page but am letting it stew for right now. 

I don't like to give up on my pages nor do I tear them out. I was ready to just turn the page several times but I fought with it and really pushed myself. It took several days and lots of, "walking away from the page time."

Thanks for coming along with me on the journey.


Friday, July 06, 2018

Ditko.


How so many dismiss comics as a medium only for children or teenage boys has always been outside of my thinking. Those who think like that haven't been exposed to the right things. 

Thanks, Steve Ditko.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Paint or Candy?


I spent a couple of hours yesterday painting the tops of my acrylic paint tubes. 

"Ooh." 

"Aah."

Exciting, I know. File under, something I should have done years ago. I was tired of rummaging through my paint bag trying to find the color I was looking for. It took me less than two hours to do (it probably would have been even less than that if I hadn't been watching Harlan Ellison videos on YouTube as I applied the paint swatches.)

For the record, I use a mix of these and the cheaper acrylics. The Holbein acrylics are just stunning and probably my favorite acrylic on the market.

Hoping to announce something between now and Sunday. Something I think that at least some of you will be interested in... save yer pennies, my friends!

Thanks for stopping in... 

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Buy One Get One Free Online Workshop Sale through July 31st


Starting today through July 31st at 11:59 p.m., all of my online workshops are available as Buy One, Get a Second (equal or lower value) FREE.

Take two online workshops or take one and gift the second to a friend. Better yet, take a workshop with a friend!

I can also create a gift certificate if these workshops are something that you'd like to give as a gift.

How does this work? Purchase the first workshop and then email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net with the name of the second workshop that you'd like. Remember, the second workshop should be of equal or lower value.

Please allow up to 48 hours for me to respond (please know that usually, I am very quick to respond.)

If you don't use paypal, drop me an email as I also take Venmo.
 
 
An Artist's Study (December 2017)






 

 



 






 



This & That: Finding Poetry in the Everyday

 




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Swatches: Little Paper Books Revised and Revisited 















 























 








 


 










 
















 


Questions? Please drop me an email at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net