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

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

8 October 2017 Journal Page


I like how this page breaks one of my "rules" (of never placing a focal image so it looks off of the page as the viewer is left to wonder what the image is looking at.) It's a page about feeling disjointed. 

For me, the page sums up life: finding beauty (as well as your own path) in the mess of everyday moments. 

Back to preparing for Sacramento this weekend... 

Monday, October 29, 2018

Just Announced: Los Angeles (Mar Vista) Journal Page Warm-Up on Saturday, November 17th

 

I am very happy to announce that I will be returning to teach on a monthly basis at DeAnn Singh's Studio, Designing Letters in Mar Vista (Los Angeles) classes are open to the public for this workshop. Details will be sent upon registration.

Journal Page Warm-Up

Saturday, November 17th.

Workshops are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.








 

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...)
  • 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!

Please note that this class is for ALL levels: Beginner to advanced are welcome. There is something for everyone in this unique workshop.

















Warm-Up For Your Journal Pages 

Crack open your journal and let's get your hands moving and grooving across the pages. I'm often asked the question, how do you get started? How do you get past creative blocks? How do you keep your work fresh? How do you generate ideas?
  
If you've asked yourself any of these questions, then this is the workshop for you! 

The main goal of this workshop is to engage creative play. Explore new techniques in collage, paint, layering, mark making, journaling and more. We'll combine these techniques to create original, one of a kind art journal pages along with several samplers that can be used as reference material, collage material for your pages or actual pages themselves. I haven't taught a sampler workshop in awhile and have been itching to do so.

Supply list: your journal (if you have one), 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, a container for your paint water, your favorite paint brushes,  a few of your favorite glue sticks (please trust me when I say that large glue sticks will last you longer. I always have two or three 40 gram glue sticks in my journal bag and that's more than enough for a long weekend. You WILL go through the smaller glue sticks in MINUTES), 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!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

My Saturday in L.A.



The calm before the creative storm in Mar Vista.


Work in progress pages. 


My third birthday cake in a week. Feeling the love...


More Suspiria! Saw the film last night in the Dome at Arclight. Had high hopes for the Q and A last night and had set the bar really low for the film. Alas, I was disappointed by both (still wondering why they felt the need to remake the film. Argento's is and will always be the masterpiece.) Here are my photos of Jessica Harper and Tilda Swinton from last night.



Wishing you peace, love, creativity and understanding on this day and every day.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

7 October 2017 Journal Page


One of my favorite bits on this page is the light on the right hand side. It pleases me how it pops out on the page. Looking on the left hand side, I can see different things I'd do now with the flowers but that's one of the many things that I love (and appreciate) about art journaling, capturing that moment in time. 


Hope that your weekend is a good one.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Just Announced: San Diego Sunday, November 11th: Finger Painting for Grown-ups (aka Don't Toss Those Dried Up Paint Markers Yet)

San Diego Sunday, November 11th

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Finger Painting for Grown-ups (aka Don't Toss Those Dried Up Paint Markers Yet)






 

I am very happy to announce that I will be returning to teach on a monthly basis in the Normal Heights Neighborhood of San Diego at a private studio (classes are open to the public for this workshop. Details will be sent upon registration.)


Workshops are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. 


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...)
  • 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!

Please note that this class is for ALL levels: Beginner to advanced are welcome. There is something for everyone in this unique workshop.







 




 


 


Finger Painting for Grown-ups (aka Don't Toss Those Dried Up Paint Markers Yet)

I'm tired of throwing away dried up paint markers. I'm sure you are, too. How do we rejuvenate paint markers that won't write anymore? We paint with them! Yes, PAINT! 

This isn't just basic finger painting for adults using paint markers. I've been OBSESSED with using my paint markers lately to do more than just write, draw, color and make marks with. Come to class and I'll share with you all of the ways in which, you too, can make pages as luscious as the above sample photos are (if I do say so myself!) Bring water based paint markers that won't write but have gobs of paint still left in them. Bring water based paint marker refills that you haven't used in ages and I'll share how to use them (instead of leaving them to dry up or tossing them.) 

Journey deep into a realm of luscious color, exploratory layers and expressive journal pages. BYOJournal and a sense of play to this fun new workshop. Explore layers of paper, paint and pen using a plethora of creative techniques and playful exploration. 

I have been obsessed about the freedom and creative possibilities offered in this workshop. Be prepared to play, expand and experience... also, to laugh. 

ONLY if you have them, please bring any of your favorite water-based paint markers and refills to class (I will have a generous selection.) It's a good way to explore paint markers you might not have played with in a while. (Do NOT go out and buy paint markers for this workshop!)


Supply list: your journal, water based paint markers and refills (see above comment), 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, your favorite paint brushes, a few of your favorite glue sticks (please trust me when I say that large glue sticks will last you longer. I always have two or three 40 gram glue sticks in my journal bag and that's more than enough for a long weekend. You WILL go through the smaller glue sticks in MINUTES), 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!