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

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Bringing Home the Goods: Two Graces Gallery Taos












One of my must see places when visiting Taos is Two Graces Gallery. Robert and Holly have created a gallery that conveys the heart and spirit of the area. I always leave there with something in my hands and inspiration in my heart. It's one of my favorite unique galleries that contains a little of everything for everyone. 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Art On the Road (in Taos Now)


Waving hi from Taos where my Mom and I will be for the next two days. This is my set up by the hot tub as I kept her company last night (love this portable Ott light.)

Big thanks to the gang at Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps in Santa Fe. I always enjoy teaching there as well as spending time in Santa Fe. Thank you for making it possible and memorable.


Friday, September 14, 2018

Tristan's Name on the Big Screen this Weekend


That's my son! Or as I yelled and pointed Wednesday night at the premiere of Predator at the Egyptian in Hollywood, "YAYYYYY!!! TRISTAN!!!!!"

David and I are still beaming.

♡.

Thank you everyone for your love and encouragement for Tristan. He's worked so hard and it's amazing to see his name ON the screen.

This is what I wrote to him:

I blame your father who insisted on taking you to films at a young age. (You were a babe in arms during a tribute to Ray Harryhausen at the Academy. A woman remarked, "I had no idea there was a baby in here.") From your first film made while I was on the road teaching (with toys, string, imagination and the help of your Dad. You were what, 5???)  ;) To your many hours of hard work and dedication to stop motion Lego films. Now onto PREDATOR...AND MORE! 


We are VERY proud of you. We always have been. Always will be. 

♡♡♡.

Thank you for being a part of his journey.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

On the Road Again (New Mexico and Colorado Bound)


This is probably my most favorite page in this journal (23rd of August 2017.) I really like the playfulness of the marks and the freedom I felt while playing with my pens and markers on the page. 

I'm leaving tomorrow for my New Mexico and Colorado workshops. There is still room in all of the workshops:





Really looking forward to my on the road adventures over the next couple of weeks! Mom and I will be in Flagstaff, Santa Fe, Taos, Boulder and Colorado Springs. Once we get to Santa Fe, we'll be taking the scenic route as much as possible. 

Monday, September 10, 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?

September




October

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

27th  Mar Vista (Los Angeles) TBA  

November
  

17th Mar Vista (Los Angeles) TBA

December 

7-9th Maria's Studio Fremont, CA TBA 

15th Mar Vista (Los Angeles) TBA

2019

March 

May 

28-30th Art and Soul Colorado Springs, CO 

June


June 11-18th La CascadeDurfort, France

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Bringing Home the Goods L.A. Style



David had a doctor's appointment near Downtown LA yesterday so we decided to spend Friday exploring. I bought the above books, The Painter's Garden and The Blue Rider by Roethel at Hennessey and Ingalls (art books in downtown LA.)

I also took some photos:

We went to a few places including The Last Bookstore, Secret Headquarters, pizza at Two Boots in Echo Park and Stories Cafe and Books. We ended the night at Blue Rooster in Los Feliz where I bought these:


Yes, more of my favorite paint markers, Posca water based paint markers and (on the recommendation of my friend, Gerri) a Paint Puck (to clean my brushes. I can't wait to try it.)


Have a pleasant Saturday, folks.

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Just Announced: October 19-21st, 2019 Fremont, CA




Hot off the presses! I am teaching four brand, spanking new workshops at Maria's studio in Fremont, CA October 19-21st (classes are open to all.) I am very excited about the new ideas that these workshops will generate over the weekend as I have been planning these workshops for quite some time now. 





Weekend Workshops in Fremont














Journal Page Warm-Up

Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

followed by
Building Layers: Telling Our Stories
3 to 7 p.m.

Soliloquy in Art Journal Form
Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  Finger Painting for Grown-ups (aka Don't Toss Those Dried Up Paint Markers Yet)
Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: After the last class Friday and Saturday, you are welcome to stay and work in your journal. We often go out to dinner (and bring it back) and spend a couple of hours after class in each other's company while we talk and work in our journals. I will also have a small amount of goodies for sale.
 
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? Questions? Please email Kelly for more info! EGorey99@sbcglobal.net


Payments for the Fremont, CA workshop must be made in advance. Due to the fact that the teacher is traveling from Los Angeles and must prep for the workshops in advance, there are no cancellations allowed. No refunds.

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.





Weekend Workshops in Fremont




 







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 an original, one of a kind art journal page 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, 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.)

 






Building Layers: Telling Our Stories

I'm always in search of new layering techniques for my journal pages. I know that I'm not the only artist passionate in this endeavor. 

In this four hour workshop, you will explore a myriad of ways of creating unique and luscious layers in the form of paper, paint and pen. Learn new ways of creative self expression as you break out of your creative comfort zone. 

Weave paper, paint and pen together as your story unfolds upon the page in new ways and only in the way that you can tell it.

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, 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.)





 



Soliloquy in Art Journal Form

Some of the things that make me very happy include making my own journal from scratch, falling in love with said journal and exploring new ideas, techniques and thoughts on the pages of said journal. I know that I am not alone in these thoughts (or else you wouldn't be reading this.)

Art journaling is a dialogue with yourself in the form of paper, paint and pen.  It's a chance to express, explore and experiment with your thoughts and ideas on paper. It's a chance to play. I often think of my journal work as having a conversation with myself as well as the world around me. 

In this day long workshop, we will create an expanded journal (with hidden pockets.) After creating our new book, we will dive onto the pages exploring rich and personal journal pages. Learn new techniques as you create your own unique pages using collage, paint, pens and much, much more. 
 
Spend several hours engrossed in a world of layers, color, composition and self expression. Come create with us in a space that is safe, nurturing, fun (and often very funny) and full of ideas guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing.

Supply list: 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.)



 


 



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.
 
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. 
 
If you have them, please bring any of your favorite water-based paint markers 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 (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! 
 




Weekend Workshops in Fremont