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, November 21, 2019

Postcards from France





I’ve brought home some treasures from the Banks of the Seine, the streets of Paris and the fields of Southern France! 

I want to offer you a chance to purchase my vintage French offerings.

Before I set off on my European adventure, I decided that I would seek one specific treasure in my travels: vintage handwritten postcards in beautiful French script. 

It took me a week to find what I was searching for in the south of France. I was teaching at La Cascade in Durfort. Our group wanted to find treasures to bring back home. Our host, Nese, helped to send us in the direction of the markets. We found our way to a field, our first brocante! We wandered past tables and wares, what could have almost passed for an ordinary American flea market at first glance. Then, I saw them. A large box of postcards. I tried not to lose my cool. I didn't look at the front of the postcards at all. All I wanted was I had been dreaming about, French handwriting, the script on the back. I made piles and bought as much as I could afford. I may have walked out of the field clutching the papers close to my heart. 

The next two batches were found in Paris. David and I wandered up and down the banks of the Seine. Most of the vendors were closed in the middle of the week under a blazing summer sun but a few were open and had wonderful old books, calendars, papers and trinkets. My eyes were wide open searching. There! A woman was selling them in one stall. I carefully picked my favorites (again, looking for the most delicious script I could find.) 

A couple of days later, David and I were wandering the streets and stumbled upon a cinema poster shop. Being film fans, the posters in the window called to us. We walked in and there they were, two boxes on a table. More treasures awaiting us.

I packed my wares carefully in brown waxed paper and then in a plastic sleeve to protect them. I put them in my carry-on and trekked all from the South of France to Berlin to Amsterdam, to Paris, then London and across the Atlantic to New York before finally arriving home in Los Angeles. Now, I'm offering them to you.

If you've ordered my self published books or cards, you know the high quality of these sheets. I love my local printshop! 

Here's how you can pre-order** your own high quality copies and/or high resolution scans:

Set One:

 

Set One contains five 8 1/2 x 11" high quality collage sheets of twenty vintage French postcards (backs/writing only)

Set One
**PRE-ORDER SALE**
High quality laser color copies (+ print at home PDF) $25 plus $5 shipping:







 


Set One 
**PRE-ORDER SALE**
Print At Home PDF FILE ONLY $15:







 
Set Two:


Set Two contains five 8 1/2 x 11" high quality collage sheets of twenty vintage French postcards (backs/writing only)

Set Two
**PRE-ORDER SALE**
High quality laser color copies (+ print at home PDF) $25 plus $5 shipping:







 


Set Two 
**PRE-ORDER SALE**
Print At Home PDF FILE ONLY $15:







 

WANT BOTH? FORTY vintage French postcards!
 
Order both sets A and B ( the above TEN SHEETS/40 vintage French postcards in either print at home or a print at home PDF FILE), you will also receive a bonus sheet of 4 additional French postcards:


One 8 1/2 x 11" set of four of my favorite handwritten French postcards.

PLUS, ONE BONUS VERY SPECIAL SURPRISE OFFERING: FROM 1792! (several pages and not shown above, after all, it wouldn't be a surprise then!)

BOTH SETS 
**PRE-ORDER SALE** 
High quality laser color copies (+ print at home PDF + free bonus offerings) $40 plus $5 shipping:







 


BOTH SETS
**PRE-ORDER SALE** 
Print At Home PDF FILE ONLY+ free print at home PDF bonus offerings $25:







 

Questions? Please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net




Please note that these are US shipping prices. For those of you outside of the US who are interested, please drop me an email and I will find out the price of postage for your country. 

  
Remember, these collage sheets are full color, high quality, 8 1/2 x 11". You'll also receive a link to a PDF file of these sheets so you can download them and have them forever.


**PRE-ORDERS through November 30th**
I will drop the final order off at the printer on December 1st.
I will ship physical copies on or before December 12th via USPS first class mail. If you order the PDF file, it will be sent via email on or before December 12th (I'm having the postcards professionally scanned.)

Merci beacoup!

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Following the Petals...a Page by Page Look at my European Journal

  
Pour a cup of tea and let's take a journey together...

  
The red line, a nod to Vincent.

  
A visit with Henri.


"Une. deux. Trois."


"The Awful Tower."

 
  

Pink petals in Auvers sur Oise as well as Montmartre. They always led to Vincent...
 
 

Our third floor apartment with a winding staircase in Place de Clichy.
  
 
 


  
 

"POPPIES!" on the road to the Book Village
  
 
 

"Pearls on a string."


La Belle Angele 

A flip through peek here:


David and I spent three weeks in Europe, traveling through France as well as visiting London, parts of Germany and Amsterdam. Each page, image, color palette, mark and word represent specific memories of our journey. They are glimpses into very special moments that occurred during our time there. I have no doubt that some of the same memories (as well as others) spill over into my present and future journals.

I am still sharing photos from our journey. You can find what I've shared so far here.

We are also planning on returning. Somehow... There are more discoveries and adventures waiting... 

Anyone interested in following pink petals with me?

Friday, November 08, 2019

NEW DATE: Saturday, November 23th Mar Vista Little Pieces: Explorations in Creative Play: A Process Workshop in Idea Generating

 

Little Pieces: Explorations in Creative Play: A Process Workshop in Idea Generating


Saturday, November 23th 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Designing Letters Studio in Mar Vista, CA






 



Workshops are open to the public.
 
This fresh, new workshop teaches a variety of NEW ideas involving collage, creative processing, self expression, composition, design, layering, painting and much, much more.

My workshops are always about inspiring creativity, generating ideas and learning how to see. The ideas can be translated into a variety of art forms. Use your art journal "as is" or for a springboard of inspiration for other art forms and living a creative life!
Please note there is a small supply list.
 
More details will be sent upon registration.
 
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.






 




Little Pieces: Explorations in Creative Play: A Process Workshop in Idea Generating
 
Corita Kent once said “Consider everything an experiment.” I've taken her words to heart and translated them into an idea generating exploration in creative play!

I've been eager to teach a process based workshop that explores the idea of creative play. This workshop will keep your hands moving, ideas generating and paint flowing.

Begin by making a series of different books (little pieces) constructed of the odds and ends of my favorite kinds of papers. We will then spend the workshop working back and forth between the different books, filling the pages with fresh ideas. Your hands won't stop moving as you explore new ideas in collage, painting, mark making and more. Our goal isn't to finish anything but to gather, generate and experiment.

These little pieces serve as larger inspiration for our journals, paintings and more. They are little treasures that help ignite, spark and feed our creativity.

This is unlike any workshop you've ever taken with me. Prepare to be nourished, inspired and eager to continue the process of making. You'll want your apron. We're gonna get messy.

Supply list:
an apron, baby wipes, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), metal ruler, bone folder, 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.)







 



Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Kröller-Müller Museum Otterlo, Netherlands June 2019



  
Bonjour, Hitch!


I was the first one inside of the museum. David stayed in the car with the bags (as both bags didn't fit into the trunk.) We had limited time and I had a lot to see. I apologize for the blurry photos. I like to document what I'm seeing and sometimes I take quick photos so I can refer back to what I saw later on in one of my books. This post is for you but it's also a reference guide for me...
One of the many things that I appreciated about the Kröller-Müller, was that, unlike the Van Gogh Museum, there was plenty breathing room. I had the Van Gogh gallery to myself for at least ten minutes before a single additional person entered. Time alone with Vincent is rare and always very much appreciated.
This is the second largest collection of Van Gogh work in the world. It is a true gem. I adored this museum and would love to return and explore more of it.


 

 


 

 

 









I only had an hour inside of the museum as we still had a six hour trek to Paris and we were trying to squeeze as much in as possible. David gave up going to the Parisian Sunday Book Mart and I'll be forever grateful because who knows, when and if, we will ever get back to the Netherlands (I'd sure as heck like to return!)
 
Previous Adventures Found Here:
 
  



Durfort, France
Durfort, France Part Une






Auvers sur Oise, France
Auvers sur Oise, France Part Une
Auvers sur Oise, France Part Deux
Auvers sur Oise, France Part Trois
Auvers sur Oise, France Part Quatre aka the Flowers of Auvers

London, U.K.
London June 7th and 8th
Vincent at the National Gallery London
The EY Exhibit Van Gogh and Britain