Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Another APAD teaser and journaling on the go...

Here are some 'teaser' pages for my July, A Prompt A Day class. Yes, these are new techniques that I haven't taught in previous months. Yes, I teach new techniques each and every month-no repeats! You can find out more information by clicking here. There is still space in the workshop which starts tonight, June 30th after 8 p.m. PST!
Some of you know that I love the little $2 Iris photo boxes that a friend turned me onto a few months ago. Well, another friend, Jeane, let me know that The Container Store has the boxes in stock for $2 each. They are just the right size for paper scraps. They also fit a glue stick and some pens. ALL YOU NEED FOR JOURNALING ON THE GO!!!! Last year when I went to Comic Con, all I brought was an old small wet ones container with a flip lid. It fit my "swatches" books I was working on, a plethora of paper scraps, a glue stick and some favorite pens. It was awesome! I was able to work on pages while I was in line waiting, while I was at breakfast or dinner. I didn't do just one page either over several days, I did SEVERAL pages on the go.
So, if you're looking to do some art this summer while you're on the go, at the beach, in a coffee shop, on your lunch break from work, a passenger in a car, flying in a plane, on the bus on the way to work, etc... think SMALL. You have no excuses! You don't need the kitchen sink to art journal! Just IDEAS, a journal, a favorite pen, glue stick and some scraps. If I can do it, you can do it.


Go here for more Barron Storey. Thanks, Seth.


I'd appreciate it if you could keep my Dad in your thoughts...good thoughts and much love are appreciated. *thanks*

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

more recent pages...and Barron Storey

Make sure you run on over to The Altered Page and check out his post on Barron Storey's exhibit in NYC. It is AMAZING. THANK YOU, Seth!

I've blogged about Barron many times. You can see some pictures here and here. Yeah, I'm a dorky fan girl but I'll proudly admit it. I pick up books and publications with his work in them. His books are in my top 10 favorites-EVER. They are treasures that should be on every artist's shelves.

You can still get copies of Life After Black at cover price. Do NOT buy it on amazon. They want an insane amount of $ for it. Go here. Those of you in NY, can pick it up at the gallery.

Carl also has voiced plans to reprint Storey's Marat/Sade Journals.

You can find Storey's work in Sandman: Endless Nights.

I'm very excited about Art Revolution, which comes out at the end of July. It features Storey's work among many others. It is very high on my want wish list.

In the meantime, you can still get copies of various Storey publications through Vanguard. I would strongly recommend picking up copies of The Edge and Watch 1996.

For those of you in L.A.,

July 9–August 15 2009
Barron Storey
Linda LaBella
Robin Gaynes-Bachman
Opening Reception Thursday, July 9, 5-7 pm

Bert Green Fine Art is located at 102 West 5th Street (at Main Street), Los Angeles CA 90013. Telephone 213-624-6212. Hours are Tuesday throught Saturday 12–6 pm.

Barron's website here and blog here.

If you like Barron Storey you should also check out David Mack, Dave McKean, Bill Koeb, Kent Williams, Greg Spalenka, John Copeland, Bill Sienkiewicz, James Jean, David Choe and David Choong Lee to name a few.
Many were students of Storey, as was the wonderful and talented, Juliana Coles.

Bill Koeb (whose work I also adore) has signed copies of his Rememory book here on etsy.

Finally, I'm not a stalker. I just know what I like and I like damn good art! I also like to know WHO CREATED the art that I like. It's maddening to me that so many people don't know artist names and who created art that they enjoy. C'mon folks, get off your keisters and learn about your favorite artists. ;)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

June 19 journal pages

I also wanted to mention some books that I saw at the bookstore yesterday. Now, any time I've mentioned a book on this blog, it doesn't mean that I ran out and bought it. It doesn't mean I'm endorsing it. It doesn't mean I will ever even buy it. All it means is that I'm pointing out new books for your information. Don't forget your local library and the use of inter-library loan.

Crafter's Devotional: 365 Days of Tips Tricks and Techniques for Unlocking Your Creative Spirit-interesting book with some good ideas. The downside is lots of oart that I have seen published elsewhere already.

Casa No Name Deborah Tuberville-this one is on my "I have to go back and look at it again list"

Paul Smith: You Can Find Inspiration in Everything *-I'm glad they re-released this in an affordable version. It's been out of print and extremely expensive.

Re-Bound: Creating Handmade Books from Recycled and Repurposed Materials -
Jeannine Stein

Jeannine was one of my students a few years ago. I'm very excited to see this book!! Congrats, Jeannine. It looks top notch and I love the diversity in the book. Soo many neat ideas in this one. If you love bookbinding, make sure you check out this book! I have quite a few friends in this one including Andrew, Judi and several others. You guys did a fab job-kudos!!! Damn good looking book!

I wasn't going to order one of these, but the lure and the soft whisperings of the paper...the voices in my head made me do it! ;) Seriously, check out The Found Paper Journal here. I found it via Book By Its Cover. It arrived before I could blink!

Monday, June 22, 2009

June 16, 2009 journal pages

I've been reading Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything the last couple of days. Fascinating and quite an interesting read! Who knew science could be written in such an 'every man' kind of way. Two thumbs up! I may have Tristan read this...or at least maybe read it with him.

Quiet weekend at home. I spent most of it working. If I wasn't working on a Prompt A Day for July, then I was making up collage grabbags (sorry, all gone).I did manage to eek out a few journal pages, but not as many as I would have liked to have done.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Musings on Keeping a Journal

I don't think that anyone who ever sits down and starts working in their journal expects to mold and create a masterpiece right then and there on the page. It doesn't work that way with a journal page.

First off, it's not a masterpiece you're making. It's a journal page. It's your place to express yourself. It's your place to try new things. It's your place to learn who you are, to document your life and to simply, be you.

It doesn't happen over night either. We sit down and work and learn. We learn what works best for us. We learn what we like and what we don't like. We learn how to push and pull. We grow. We grow older. We learn more. We've experienced more. We wear our scars like badges.

I often wonder what goes through the head of someone who is new to keeping a journal. I love when they get it. I love when they realize it's all about learning, playing, exploring, and trying new things. I love when they get it's all about taking an idea and making it their own. I love when they find their own voice. I love when they don't give a shit about what someone else thinks of their pages, that the only thing that matters is what THEY think.

At the same time, I wonder what's going through the head of someone who's been doing this for years. I love when someone asks me what do you have going on that you could make so many pages about? Oh, I dunno, a little something called life. I love how it's still new even though I've been doing this since I was a kid. I love how I still get excited when I go to work on a page.

My students ask how do you start? Do you have a theme? Where do your ideas come from? How do you do it every day?

I like working in my journal. I don't sit down with a theme or pre-conceived idea. I can't work that way. I start by showing up. (Yeah, thanks Woody, we know). Some days, I paint the pages. Some days, I collage. Some days, I write. It all depends on my mood. I always start by starting. I open the book up to the page that's next in the book and go from there. I don't worry. I don't judge. It should never be about what's a good page and what's a bad page. That's not what it's about. It's about the making. It's about the creating. It's about the expressing. It's about you being you and getting you out onto that page.

It's not about you being published. It's not about you being in a book. It's not about people knowing your name. It's not about you being on a tv show. It's never ever, nor should it ever be about any of those things. It's about you and your book. It's about you being real. It's about you keeping it real.

It's not about what you did today. It's not about what you did yesterday. It's not about what you did 30 years ago. It's about now. It's the minute you open up your book and you start, by starting, by working on the page. It's about what happens in that moment. It's about working on that page, being in that moment and unraveling on that page. Then it's about asking yourself. Am I done with this page? Have I 'said' all that I needed to say? Then turn the page and work on the next one.

That's what it's about.

Happy Father's Day to my Dad, to David, to my Father in Law, and to all of you wonderful Dads out there!!!!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

June 11 and 12th journal pages

A shout out to Tristan! School is DONE for the summer and I am mighty proud of my boy.He made Honor Roll and also received a Gold Certificate for Outstanding Achievement that's signed by the President. I think he was more excited to win the Chrome Darth Vader mini figure at a contest later that night at the Lego Store. Yup. Priorities when you're 12.His "Panther Paw" cracks me up. He comes right out and says he wants to work for Comic Con International. I think his teacher re-wrote some things as he would never say anything like how it's worded on the panther paw. He also pointed out he never said THE Comic Con 'cause no one calls it that. These kids at the Lego store all want one thing. A Chrome Darth Vader.FYI, A certain movie theatre chain has free kids movies during the summer on certain days and times. They're across the U.S. and you can click here for a listing.

Meltdown Comics in L.A. is having a Summer Arts Program for kids ages 10 to 15 that starts THIS Wednesday. You can find out more information by clicking here. We're VERY excited about the program!! If you know of any kids who may be interested, please help spread the word. We want it to be a huge hit in L.A. There's nothing like it in our area. Kids need art and this is affordable!!! Plus, it looks FUN.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Prompt A Day: Online Mixed Media Art Journaling classes

(Above are six months worth of my APAD journals from January through June. All FULL, finished books).

Registration now open for July


-WHAT YOU GET-Painting, Collage and Journal prompts DAILY. 93 prompts for the month of July!!!!!!

-COST-$25 per month, more info below

-SUPPLIES-Use what you have on hand, do not buy anything!

-WHO IS THE CLASS OPEN TO? Anyone and everyone!


-WHEN DOES IT END? July 31st


-I’VE BEEN KEEPING A JOURNAL FOR YEARS WILL I LEARN ANYTHING NEW? YES, I also am working from my own prompts and it is a wonderful kick in the pants!!!! It’s surreal as an instructor to be working from your own prompts and ideas, but I am loving it and I now have six journals from 2009 solely from my work in this class.

-I CAN’T DO THIS EVERY DAY, DO I HAVE TO KEEP UP? NO. The prompts are designed so you can work at your own pace. You can download the info from the site at your own convenience. The prompts are set up, too, so they don’t take a ton of time and yet you ARE learning something-lots, in fact. I am a FIRM believer in 15 minutes of art a day! It keeps ya sane!

-DO MEMBERS SHARE THEIR WORK? YES, but you do not have to if you don’t want to. Many members upload photos of their journals to the site. It is a wonderful way to see other people’s pages, work and their take on the prompts. Which translates into even MORE ideas!

-DO YOU GIVE FEEDBACK? I give encouragement, feedback, ideas, and more. I never criticize. I never judge. I LOVE seeing what my students make from the prompts. It is the BEST part of the job. My students are AMAZING. I am on the site daily checking in, answering questions and looking at your work.

-I heard there were freebies in the class every month? Yes, I’ve added a monthly collage sheet. I also give away a journal or collage grabbag to one student each month. I also post in addition to the prompts ideas, advice, shopping information, answer any questions and much, much more.

-HOW DO I SIGN UP? Click the paypal button at the bottom of this blog post OR to the top right hand side of this page under A PROMPT A DAY.

-WHAT ARE YOUR CREDENTIALS AS A TEACHER?-I have been teaching mixed media art for almost 12 years now. I have taught all over the U.S. as well as in Canada and Mexico. I have taught at several of the major art retreats. My work has been published in several books and magazines. I teach every weekend, if not in Southern California, then elsewhere. I have over 300 classes to choose from. I have a lot of students who have been taking my classes on a monthly basis for many years. I love what I do and I am thankful that I have the best job in the world!

For $25 each month, you will receive “a prompt a day”. I've set up a special site just for the group! Starting July 1st through July 31st, I will post (to the site, open to students only) a prompt of the day. The prompt is actually three prompts:




The prompts are not just slap paint down, glue a piece of paper down and write something! Nope! That's not how I operate. Each prompt is different and unique. Each technique can be applied to ANY form of mixed media art. For the painting prompt, I offer a variety of ways to layer and apply acrylic paint to the page (trust me, there are thousands of different looks one can achieve with paint). For the collage prompt, I offer a myriad of composition and design techniques on how to use background paper and focal images to bring together a coherent page. For the journaling prompt, I offer a nudge, a guide, a thought of something that affects each and every one of us and a little kick in the pants to write it out and get it onto the page.

The prompts are easy and fun. Some more of a challenge then others. My goal in this class is to get you working, thinking, and stepping outside of your comfort zone. My goal is for you to open your journal, paint, play and express yourself.

Each prompt will contain detailed instructions on how to make at least ONE completed journal page a day. I will also demonstrate how I followed the prompt by showing pictures of my own page a day along with the prompt. These prompts can be used not only for art journaling but also for other mixed media art: canvas, altered books, ATCs, boxes, books, etc... It's actually THREE prompts a day rolled into ONE journal page. So for the month of July, you are receiving 93 prompts. June's handout was 60 pages long.

Each paid student (for that month) will receive a file of the whole month's worth of class documents (photos and instructions). This file will be posted on the group's site before the end of the month. I can also email it to you if there are problems.

The idea of this project is to inspire you to create something daily! It's like taking a class with me but receiving a prompt a day!

You don't need a lot to do this. If you've been following my blog, you have an idea of the work that I do. If you've taken a class with me, you know my style! I like to give my students an idea to make a page and then I love seeing how everyone translates that idea to make it their own!

This is a new venture for both my regular students and brand new students!! It's open to everyone from beginner to advanced.

Basic supplies are:
A Journal or paper
PVA bookbinding adhesive OR Gel Medium (I like Soft Gel Gloss) or even a glue stick (I like coccoina, avery, scotch-anything labeled permanent). In my journal, at home, a glue stick is my adhesive of choice!
Acrylics-my basic colors are Hansa Yellow Medium (or Azo yellow medium), Quinacridone Magenta, Phthalo Blue, Titanium White, Paynes Grey, Titan Buff and Burnt Sienna-with these colors you can make any color (I like Nova Color but whatever your favorite brand is, will do.)
Gloss or polymer Medium (mix 50/50 with your paints to "extend" them and make them last longer. Do not buy what they label extender as that extends the drying time)
1" chip or bristle brushes
a few favorite pens-mine are: Sakura gelly roll glaze, Sakura Souffle, Latte and sweets pens, Zig Vellum and Writer pens, Faber Castell Pitt Pens (brush stroke, black), Sharpie Poster Paint pens (water based), Micron pens, uniball signo...you do not need all of these! Just a pen that will write on paint and paper!
water container
waxed paper
paper towels or old rags
metal ruler
Paper ephemera-collage papers for background and focal, images

Also, please note, I do not want you to have to go buy anything for the class. Use what you have. If you do not have these specific colors of paint, use what is in front of you: Yellow, Red, Blue, etc.. You will get a different look but I really want to stress using what you already own and what's in your studio (or closet, or art bag or wherever you work from!)

I am a firm believer in using the art journal as a tool. It's a place where not only you can express yourself, but you can also form your ideas for various projects and let them develop onto the page. 99.9% of my artwork is done in art journal form.

You will be able to upload your own photos of the pages that YOU create from the prompts. There is a discussion forum where you can ask questions and talk to other group members. It is an interactive site where you choose to actively participate or to remain quiet. It is a nurturing site and an extremely SAFE group. Members are thoughtful and kind and gracious with comments. We are looking to learn and share here, not to judge. All levels are welcome from beginner to advanced.

You do not have to do exercises on a daily basis either. You can log in and do the exercises at your own leisure. It's also your choice if you lurk on the site or actively participate.

I am always available to answer your questions and to help!

The prompts and ideas I give lend themselves to a variety of media: canvas, atcs, art journal pages, artist books, cards, altered art and MORE.

This is all NEW material. Even if you've taken every single one of my 300+ mixed media classes, this is something new. You will get new ideas and techniques!

I do not show the journal pages from the online class on this blog. The material you are getting in the class is fresh and new. Exclusive to students.

Each month has NEW and DIFFERENT techniques then the previous ones. The classes are geared towards ALL levels of experience: Beginner to Advanced. Use the prompts to inspire you to make art daily in some form OR work at your own pace and make art when you can.

The prompts are not at all related to the month posted. They stand on their own.

Interested? Use the button below! Questions? Drop me an email at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

Sign ups start NOW. July's A Prompt A Day Class starts July 1st. I do not pro-rate classes. They are on a month by month basis only beginning the first of each month (at $25 a month). You can sign up for the month of July any time before the end of July (please note: if you sign up late in July and you want to start a new month, please note that with your payment and I will not log you in for July but for the month you request). Please note that at 8 p.m. PST on the last day of the month is when the class ends. At that time, I will remove all members who are not staying on to the next month and then remove the month's prompts. I will then add new members and add the new prompts for the new month. (So, on the 31st of July, I will remove all of the July prompts and the members who are not staying on and replace them with the new July prompts and members. Members staying on will just remain on the board.)

Remember, at the end of the month you will receive a file (posted on the group site before the end of the month for you to print out and save) of the whole month's prompts, techniques and photos of my samples to print out and save (please play nice and do not share. Please only use for personal use. :) Thanks.)

Please note-

The prompts and forum I've set are up posted to a ning group I've created. Ning supports Internet Explorer 6 & 7, Firefox 1.0, 2.0 & 3.0 and Apple Safari. If you're using a different browser, it might not be compatible. Please email me if you have ANY questions.

You need to make sure that cookies and JavaScript are enabled on your browser.

If you have questions on how to enable javascript, or if you have questions or problems regarding the ning network, please click here for a mini tutorial via ning's site. Here's a tutorial on how to enable cookies. It's easier then it sounds, trust me!!!!

No refunds after July 1st for the month of July. Thanks.

Once you've signed up, I will personally send you an invitation to join the group. You have to sign into the group (using your own information: email address and create a password, etc..).

The extra bonuses-

FREE collage sheet (available on the site for you to download, save and use for personal use only) each month!!!

There will be a FREE give a way. ONE lucky person per month will receive either a handmade journal made by me OR one of my collage packs (these are of my choosing). The value of the journal is $40. The value of the collage pack is $45. The winner is chosen on the last day of the month. ONE winner per month. Winner randomly selected.

Please note if you are signing up for July or another month-Thanks! Note: January, February, March, April, May and June Prompts are available as a PDF or word file for $25 per month, as well.