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, March 30, 2018

Happy 165th Birthday, Vincent Van Gogh!

"A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke."-Vincent Van Gogh 

Happy 165th Birthday to my favorite artist, Vincent Van Gogh. Here are some of his paintings that are among my favorites that I have been lucky enough to have seen in person.

















Thursday, March 29, 2018

From Memory to Journal Pages


I started this journal last summer on my road trip across the U.S. and back. I've been eager to share the pages with you here. It's one of my favorite and most personal journals. I took my everyday moments and turned them into journal pages. What I love most about the pages is that when I see them, I'm transported back to not only the memory but also where I was when I made the page. I hope that you enjoy the journey with me.

I have a new idea for my road trip in April. I'll be sharing it with you soon. I've put a lot of thought into this one and need to carve out a chunk of time to do the prep work before I leave for Maryland, Massachusetts, etc... 

I finished What I Loved the other day. It was okay. I didn't love it and that made me a bit sad. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for it but I tore through it really quickly. I'll need to revisit it again some time and see what I think then...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

What I'm Reading



“The recollections of an older man are different from those of a younger man. What seemed vital at forty may lose its significance at seventy. We manufacture stories, after all, from the fleeting sensory material that bombards us at every instant, a fragmented series of pictures, conversations, odors, and the touch of things and people. We delete most of it to live with some semblance of order, and the reshuffling of memory goes on until we die.” - Siri HustvedtWhat I Loved

I'm trying to remember how I found out about Siri Hustvedt's work. I think that it was via a Google search on books about art that made me stumble across her work. I have a pile next to the bed now that's waiting for me. I've started with What I Loved and about 1/4 of the way through it right now. 

Image may contain: food

I've put the book aside for now to work on assembling my latest self published offering. I picked up the finished pages at the printer on Saturday. I can't wait to have them in your hands. My plan is to have them all scored by tomorrow night. Then the next day will be spent binding the books and signing. Finally, packaging them to take to the post office. Thanks again to those of you who have pre-ordered. There are still some left but once they are gone, they will not be reprinted.

Monday, March 26, 2018

2018 Workshops: CA, MD, NYC, MA, WI, CO, AZ and more TBA 2019: FRANCE!



Here is my current list of classes for 2018. 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.


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?*



May 

4th and 5th Ink Pad New York City

6th Hanover, MA please email EGorey99@sbcglobal.net for more info

11th  Madison, WI location Landscapes of the Mind and Playful Patterns

Looking for venues between Madison WI and Los Angeles Mother's day weekend

19th San Diego Three Color Palette

26th Designing Letters Mar Vista Landscapes of the Mind: Expressive Art Journaling

30th Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps Santa Fe, NM TBA

June  

1-3rd Art and Soul Colorado Springs, CO

8-10th Fremont, CA TBA

June 11-18th La Cascade Durfort, France

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Just Announced! Friday May 11th in Madison, WI



I am very happy to announce that I will be returning to teach FOR Anthology in Madison, WI! 

Friday May 11th:
Landscapes of the Mind: Expressive Art Journaling
11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
 
followed by
Playful Patterns 
6-9 p.m.





Kelly's Madison WI Workshops Fri May 11th





Interested? You can sign up now by using the paypal button below (I also take Venmo if you email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net)

 

Workshops will be held at:

One-One Thousand
78 N. Bryan St 
Madison, WI 53714

Please note that parking is available in the lot next to the building or there is plenty of street parking around the facility.

My workshops aim to 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 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 there is a small supply list.

Beginners to advanced are welcome in ALL of the classes. 
 
Interested in signing up? Questions? Please email Kelly for more info! EGorey99@sbcglobal.net


You may send someone else in your place if you are unable to attend the workshop, or you will receive a kit for the class. You can either pay via paypal (see button below) or send a check or money order. Once you've signed up for the workshop, you will be sent the address and directions to the workshop location. If you have ANY questions you can email me. I will also give you my cell phone number so you contact me.

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...)
  • acrylics and acrylic mediums (gels, etc...)
  • bookbinding supplies (thread, awl, needles)
  • rubber stamps 
  • ink pads 
  • decorative tape
  • stencils
  • pens and markers
  • collage ephemera and much, much more.
I do not travel light to my classes at all!

  
 
 
 
 


Landscapes of the Mind: Expressive Art Journaling
 
Both professionally and personally, art journaling has opened many doors for me over the years. The structure of doors is something that pops up in my own work repeatedly. It is a part of my visual vocabulary and a format that I have revisited many times over the years in my own journal construction and creation.
 
Using a variety of my favorite techniques, tips and tricks, you will create pages that are truly unique to you. Explore how you can use what's on one page to inspire another. Learn how to create pages that flow and relate to each other, creating an interactive book whose page play off of each other. 
 
Please note that the ideas we are exploring also translate to other art mediums and fields.
 
Supply List: Your Journal, an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, any favorite mark making tools (I will have some to share) a container for your paint water,  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few, smaller, detailed brushes, a small container to clean your brushes (an old jar, etc...), 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:

 
6 to 9 p.m.

Bring your journal to class and be prepared to get messy and walk out inspired! 

In this workshop, you will learn how to brainstorm ideas for creating pattern, texture, line and shape on our pages. Learn how to take stencils, stamps and designs by others and combine them with your own unique marks (made by your own design and with brushes, pens, markers and a variety of different tools and toys.) We will also explore pushing these pre-made tools to the side and making our own one of a kind marks on our pages. 

Begin the class by making playful journal pages layered with paper, paint and more. Learn how to free up anything that may be blocking your creativity by making your own marks on your pages. Create pages that are truly your own.

Supply List: your journal, an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, any favorite mark making tools (I will have some to share) a container for your paint water,  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few, smaller, detailed brushes, a small container to clean your brushes (an old jar, etc...), 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.)
 




Kelly's Madison WI Workshops Fri May 11th