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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!


Friday, May 08, 2009

May 1, 2009 journal pages

I thought I'd open up the blog to any questions anyone may have about my journals, my process, classes,-whatever. ;)

If you want to leave a question in the comments section of this post, I'll answer them in a blog post.

One thing that I want to stress about art journaling, it's not all about making pretty pictures. It's not all about spending a ton of time on a page. It's about opening up yourself and expressing in the here and now what you need to express. I did a page today in 10 minutes-it's all the time I had before I needed to pick my son up from school and I started and finished the page in that short period of time. Don't compare. Don't judge. Don't worry about what your pages look like. Don't you dare give a rat's ass about what someone ELSE is doing in THEIR journal. You worry about YOUR journal. Just MAKE. Sit and play with your journal pages. When you're done, turn the page. Don't even look at it now. You can go back and look later on. I don't spend a lot of time worrying or even thinking 'is this page perfect?'. Hell no. The question is 'does this say and express what I want it to?' That's what you're striving for. Total expression. NOT perfection ;)

Via What You Love's blog-which I absolutely LOVE, adore and treasure and insist that you run over there and come back...

You must drop what you are doing and go look at the work of these two artists-

Jessie Chorley

Alice Gabb

Go. Now. I'll still be here. Just make sure you wipe the drool off of your chin before you return.


Sarah said...

Hi Kelly,
I like to have lots of pages-some prepared, some half way through, some finished etc. I don't always have a clear idea of what I am doing, what I want to express but just enjoy the process of creating and as you say playing. Some pages never get finished but what I really love is when I go back to pages and add bits and pieces. They suddenly seem to lend themselves to an idea I have been mulling over.
I use my journal in different ways too-sometimes more as a sketch book and preparatory place for other work and sometimes more expressively of my ideas, feelings and observations. I am quite new to the idea of art journalling and what I love about it the most is its ability to be used as a tool, a place to get out all the things which do not quite fit anywhere else. I am rambling now and actually I am supposed to be working so better get on!
Can't wait to get started on my prompts!

Mindy said...

When you use photos in your journal do you print them on regular paper or photo paper?

lynda said...

I love your journal and the colorfulness.

Kelly Kilmer said...

Hi Mindy-
Sometimes I use real photos. Sometimes I use photos printed out on copy paper. I like a heavy weight 24 lb or so, bright white paper. Other times I use photos printed out onto photo paper from my portable photo printer. It depends on what I have on hand and what image I grab.
I hope this helps!

Anuan said...

Hello Kelly,
I am really loving your work and hope to take one of your classes when I have more time on my hands. I have started preparing by collecting paper images I like, and 4 pens in my collection so far. whooohooo!
But do I wait for the prompts then go out and look for the images or should I just keep on collecting?

Sandy said...

This is a great page and if this is a current photo of Tristian he has grown so much. :) I love your journals and plan to head to my desk in a little bit to work on mine tonight.

Kelly Kilmer said...

Hi Anuan-

I put the prompts on the site in advance. My goal with the class is for you to use what is on hand. I don't want you to spend a ton of time picking the perfect image. The prompts are set up so you can do them quickly and not spend hours on them. (Though some students do like spending a lot of time on them-lol). I put up all of the painting prompts in advance. I put up the whole day's prompt-painting, collage and journaling usually a day or 2 in advance and longer if it is the weekend or I have to go away to travel and teach. The painting prompts consist of different ways to paint and layer colors, different ways to apply the paint, etc... The collage prompts are design ideas-different ways to lay out papers and focal images on the page. The journal prompts are a vast array of subjects and things that most can relate to-it could be anything simple from who is in the room with you right now to something more complex. NONE of the prompts relate to a specific day or date. For example, I don't set up a Christmas prompt on Dec 25th-it would be an anything prompt. I hope that makes sense. I have geared the class towards all levels and so that people can jump in using the materials and supplies they have on hand (4 pens is enough). If you have access to personal photos, color copied images, magazine images, junk mail, etc... then you have the stuff you need already. ;)

If you have any questions, please email me.

Kelly Kilmer said...

Sandy, would you believe it's a photo I took last week. He's getting soooooooo big. He's going to be taller then me soon!

Zom said...

What is the plastic you have used on your page? Did you tape it over a regular page?

Kelly Kilmer said...

The polka dots-It was a plastic bag that something I ordered came in. I cut it down and stapled it to the page.

Zom said...

That is so cool.

Mindy said...

Do you ever do classes in Northern California?

Kelly Kilmer said...

Hi Mindy,
Yes! I'm actively looking for new stores to teach at now. I just found out today my favorite store in No CA, Stampers Warehouse in Danville is closing this week. I'm very sad about it...

Mindy said...

Danville is even a stretch for me. I live in Sacramento, so if you can ever get up this way I would love to take a class from you! I'm currently getting ready to move (locally), but as soon as I get settled I'll be signing up for your prompt a day. Can't wait!

Kelly Kilmer said...

Mindy, I'm looking for new stores so if there are any in your area you may be able to recommend, I'd love to hear!! THANKS!

Mindy said...

There is a store in Elk Grove (south of Sacramento) called Stampers Corner. I have never been there, but Tim Holtz is going to be there next month, so apparently they do bring people in for classes. http://stamperscorner.net/

Kelly Kilmer said...

Hi Mindy,

Thanks! I saw them when I was looking up stores in No CA. I may look into them. I've never been there before ;)
Thanks-I appreciate it!!!!

Phinny said...

Amen! Love what you said about the process and total expression. Hear, hear! Say it loud and say it proud.

Just wanted to say that what you wrote resonated with me big time. I was nodding my head and saying "Yes!" in my head. I even e-mailed it to a g/f because it's just so real and so true. Thanks very, very much for writing those words.