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!


Monday, October 22, 2018

Bringing Home the Goods: Baum-kuchen

Thank you, Maria and the Gang, for the most wonderful weekend in Fremont. I had a blast teaching and I hope that folks enjoyed the workshops as much as I enjoyed teaching them. I left inspired and eager to keep working. I hope to see you all again in December for a special weekend of workshops and art field trips (more on that very soon.)

For the past couple of years, I've used a Shinola Detroit planner (which I LOVE.) With my planning for France, I wanted something smaller with sections I could remove so I decided for 2019 to switch to a Traveler's Notebook. 

Before I left for Fremont, I placed an order from a local shop called Baum Kuchen. I've been wanting to visit for quite some time but various things have always kept me from getting to their in person shop. I placed an order for the above goodies. They shipped insanely fast. I'm super excited to use everything. I'll share my planner ideas as we get closer to 2019 and I start to put everything together.

Visit Baum Kuchen here (I can't wait to visit their in person shop!) 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

7 October 2017 Journal Page

Lots of planning lately. Always grateful that my journal forces me to be in the present.

Just found out that there is a major Van Gogh exhibit planned for Houston in early 2019 so now I am wondering how to get to Texas (for workshops and Vincent...)  So grateful that I am able to even think of doing this... 

Monday, October 15, 2018

6 October 2017 Journal Page

I've got a busy week ahead as I prepare to leave for the weekend to teach at Maria's in Fremont this Friday through Sunday. Lots of last minute prep work and home stuff to do before I go.

This is another journal page in this book that I love. No idea where it came from but I'm rather obsessed with the pod on the right and the lines coming down from it. 

My favorite pages are always the ones that make me wonder, where did THAT come from?

Sunday, October 14, 2018

28 September 2017 Journal

Finding shapes in the movement of the paint on the page. Trying to move towards my own mark making. Always pushing and pulling. Forever learning.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

27 September 2017 Journal Page

I love how art making translates to problem solving. I had cut out the text in the bottom right hand corner. I flipped it upside down and glued it as you see it. I took a black paint marker and colored on top of it. Something didn't look "right" so I let it dry and then extended the loops and "letters" (they became something else in the process) from the left side of the page. 

Sometimes it doesn't matter if you can read it or not, the beauty is in the letter form. 

Friday, October 12, 2018

26 September 2017 Journal Page

One of my favorite pages from this journal that still makes my heart ache when I flip through it. Maybe even more so now than then, not knowing what was ahead...

Stopped at Blick yesterday to restock for my upcoming workshops. The stores stopped carrying my favorite hand barrier cream for painting (it's online only now), so I was forced to try something new for now. Hopefully my hands will behave and not break out.

Super excited for my new Fremont classes next weekend!!! I still have to just pick up cardstock and print out the handouts. Less than a week now!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

"Ruin it into something better"

I was reading "Art Students League of New York on Painting" and found this gem:

"One day a little boy was visiting my class. I gave him some paper and colored pencils to work with. He became annoyed, and I asked whether the drawing was boring him. 

"What do you do when something is upsetting you?" I asked.

"I just ruin it into something better," he replied.

Picasso once said, "We don't learn painting, we find painting." Mark Rothko once told me, "We have to know that miracles can happen. We can never give up."

-William Scharf

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

10 September 2017 Journal

Lots of things on my To Do List lately. 

Sorting through my book and magazine piles again. I'll be bringing books to sell to my Northern California workshops as well as posting them soon on my book blog (which is in need of an update.)

My brain is a bit like a leaky faucet with ideas lately. Trying to make the time to get them all out. I know I'm not alone with this.

I don't like being the bearer of sad news. In case you haven't heard, Cloth Paper Scissors is shutting its doors. I'll confess that it has been a long time since I've read a copy but it still makes me sad. Like Stampington, I used to scoop up every issue and devour the pages. My heart goes out to the workers now out of a job as well as the readers who looked for it on a regular basis. Another part of our mixed media history is brought to an end. 

Monday, October 08, 2018

Paper Meditations: a Work in Stages

 Paper first
 Beginning paint layers

 More paint layers with additional marker/pen/water soluble pencil work

Finished journal page 
5 October 2018

This journal that explores my upcoming 2019 trek to Europe. I'll be sharing WIP pages on my Instagram, facebook and twitter feeds.

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Unfinished Pages from my Cracking Myself Open Journal

I don't like to tear work in progress (WIP) pages out of my journals. I try to finish them as best as I can and move on. For some reason, I stopped working in this journal before the above pages were finished and just moved on to a new book. I thought that I'd share these WIP pages with you. 

Unlike some other artists, I prefer to leave my books as is once I've moved on. I don't like reworking old pages (but am always utterly amazed and fascinated by other artists who do.) I won't rework the books but would be open to making color copies of the pages and reworking the copies in other ways in new journals and art.

Thanks for being a part of my journey.

Friday, October 05, 2018

An Open Letter to Stampington

I was at Barnes and Noble in Burbank last night and flipping through one of the latest Stampington magazines, I found the above blurb. My name is mentioned twice in the article by the artist. The first time, it is mentioned and spelled correctly. The second time, I'm listed as being Kelly Kilmore. This is right above a typo that calls Fabriano Uno Paper, Fabrino Paper. 

Damnit, Stampington, when someone is paying top dollar for a magazine, they expect correct information all around. One typo every now and then, sure. Multiple typos with incorrect information on one page? Not acceptable especially for a $15 magazine.

For many years, I would run to the newsstand or local rubber stamp shop every time a new publication from Stampington hit the shelves. I would pour over the pages of their magazines (Somerset Studio, Art Journaling, Where Women Create, Artful Blogging, you name it, I probably bought it at some point.) I spent hundreds of dollars on a yearly basis on their publications. Then one day I stopped. 

Something about it didn't excite me like it used to. The magazines were full of typos and seemed sloppily thrown together. The ads increased (ads for their other publications took up a lot of the magazine.) Putting down $15 for a magazine that didn't make my heart go pitter patter made me sad.

I won't go into other issues like friends having their art stolen from other artists, published under someone else's name, emailing and calling Stampington and not being credited for their work. That's not the worst of it. Years ago, I sent in artwork, paid for return postage and had my art given to another artist. They have asked me to send in my journals since then, not knowing any of the new editors and wary of how they have treated art in the past, I have since refused.

As artists, we want better. As paying customers, we deserve better. Until this happens, I'll continue to keep my dollars in my wallet when it comes to Stampington. This is a publication that used to make me very happy and now it breaks my heart that I pass it by on a regular basis.


Friday Evening, I received the following from Stampington: 

Hello Kelly, 

I am reaching out to you to let you know that we saw your open invitation to us regarding the misspelling of your website. I would like to apologize on behalf of Stampington & Company. We definitely welcome constructive criticism and we will work harder so that these issues won't occur in the future. We feel terrible, and we do not take errors like this lightly. 

You have our sincere apologizes,

Evelyn Mateos 

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

30 August 2017 Journal Page

One of my favorite tools to paint and apply adhesive (mostly gel mediums, tacky glue and the like) is a Catalyst 01 Mini-Blade. My friend, Karen, introduced the tool to me a couple of years ago and I'm so grateful that she did! I haven't had to clean glue from a paint brush since that day.

I love the playful look that comes from using the mini blades to paint with. I've bought a handful of the other shapes but the mini 01 flat blade is my favorite and the one that I reach for the most. I like it better than a credit card and other tools that I've used over the years. It's a different look than a palette knife. I'll load up the edge with paint and just scrape to my heart's content. I'll etch and scratch into wet paint. 

My Favorite Brushes Here
My Favorite Supplies can always be found on the right hand side of my blog

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

The Art Life

I took last weekend off to attend Beyond Fest in Los Angeles. It is a film festival that takes over the American Cinematheque in Hollywood usually late September into October. We've gone off and on over the last few years. This year I decided to block out a large chunk of my calendar to attend.

David and I spent the weekend watching (and happily meeting) one of our favorite directors, David Cronenberg. I'm still shaking my head that the last time we saw him Tristan (now 21) was in a baby stroller. 

There was a young girl in the audience who said The Fly was her favorite film. It made me think of all of the films that we took Tristan to as a baby. We would have people come up to as and gasp that they had no idea there was a baby in the theatre. How actions can influence and shape someone's life. 

Over the years people have repeatedly referred to art, film, books, etc... as, "entertainment" or, "something that isn't "real life."" It's a big pet peeve of mine especially since it's a HUGE part of my everyday life. I live, sleep, eat and breathe art. I can't imagine a world without it. 

Art (in all forms be it a film, book, television show, song, etc...) impacts our lives every single day. Even if and when we don't want it to. 

Brushstrokes on a canvas, notes put together that form an ear worm that you walk around humming for days, a film that you are still thinking about days later, a quote in a book that grabs you. All of these things make an impact on us. What we decide is the good stuff stays with us while the rest gets weeded out. These are the bits of daily life that MAKE us human. To dismiss them as pure entertainment is a disservice to us all.

What is real life? 

Waking up to our daily routine of work, work, work and a little play? What keeps us going? What keeps us connected and real? What gives us glimmers of hope of how the world, how LIFE, could and should be? What makes us human? 


Something that has embedded itself deep inside me in many forms. Something that has shaped, guided and created me. Something that is not dismissed as entertainment. Something that is me. 

"It is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives you a deeper meaning."
-Vincent Van Gogh

"I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living."
-Robert Henri

"We will be happy if we can get around to the idea that art is not an outside and extra thing; that it is a natural outcome of a state of being; that the state of being is the important thing; that a man can be a carpenter and be a great man."
--Robert Henri

Monday, October 01, 2018

Fall 2018 Workshops

Here is my current list of workshops for 2018. Please check back 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.

Thank YOU for your interest!

*Please note that I can also send gift certificates for workshops via email. Why not give the gift of creativity?


19-21st Maria's StudioFremont, CA four new workshops!



17th Mar Vista (Los Angeles) TBA


7-9th Maria's Studio Fremont, CA TBA 

15th Mar Vista (Los Angeles) TBA




28-30th Art and Soul Colorado Springs, CO 


June 11-18th La Cascade The trip of a lifetime in Durfort France

Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Erin Currier Las Meninas Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe, NM





One of my favorite artists is Erin Currier. I still remember the day that my friend, Sarah Fishburn introduced me to her work and my jaw dropping as my heart started pounding. When I found out that Erin's new exhibit, Las Meninas was opening the same weekend I was in Santa Fe, I knew how I was spending my Friday night.

I wasn't disappointed. Not only did her work knock my socks off and leave me wanting to run and pick up my own paint brush, but Erin was gracious enough to sign the pile of books that I plunked down in front of her. (I am dreaming about owning one of her originals some day but until then, the books are more accessible to me.) I tend to fan girl over artists I admire and Erin was very kind with her time. 

These photos don't do the work justice. Her layers are rich, her meaning deep and her heart is poured out across the canvas. I've never seen anything quite like it.

If you are in New Mexico, PLEASE get to the Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe before the exhibit closes on Saturday, September 29th. I apologize for posting this so late but my internet was very spotty on the road and I had to wait until I was on the desktop to write it all up. I hope that I have done Erin Currier's work justice and I've encouraged you to seek her out.