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!


Thursday, November 22, 2012


27 September 2012 Journal Page
I try to acknowledge the many things that I am thankful for year round, not just on one day of the year.

I'm grateful for my husband. David is always there for me when I need him. His hand in mine means the world to me. It's also nice having a fellow biblio and cinephile around the house. I couldn't ask for a better partner and friend.

I'm grateful for our son. Tristan has a heart of gold and is always ready to help whenever I need it. His big hugs and kind words always fill my heart. I love my boy even when he's playing video games (Lego Batman 2 DC Superheroes) in my ear as I try to write this post.

I'm grateful for my family and friends. Even though my heart is broken and I'm having a hard day today, I'm thankful that I had one of the best Daddies in the world. I miss him every day and there's not a day that goes by without me wanting to pick up the phone and call him (or that I think the phone is going to ring and he'll be on the other end.) I'm thankful that my Mom is here and that we all have each other to lean on (even when we're miles apart.) I love you, Mom! I'm grateful for my little sister, Erin and her precious son, Jack. "I love you guys!"

I'm grateful for all of my students (each and every one of you both in person as well as online), many of whom I am happy to call my friends. I really don't know where I'd be without you guys. I am extremely thankful to be able to have a job that I love and adore. My students are the ones to thank for that (as well as the venues where I teach!) Words can't express the amount of gratitude that I have for you. Thank you. I sincerely mean it.

I am grateful to have found an art form in which I can pour my heart out into as much as I need to. I'm thankful that I have two hands, the gift of sight and the capability to cut, paste and write into my little books that nourish my heart, fill my soul and keep me sane.

I'm grateful to YOU for taking the time to read this long post. Whoever you are, wherever you are, I hope that you have a wonderful day full of things that nourish and fill your heart, mind and soul. 

"Silent gratitude isn't very much to anyone." Gertrude Stein


Kathy, PaperPumpkin said...

I was really, actually thinking early this morning that I was grateful for you, Kelly. I would not be journaling and blogging like I am, and loving it, if you had not inspired me three years ago. Peace and love to you, Kelly. Kathy

Seth said...

Wishing you the very best Thanksgiving Kelly. Having been there myself, I know how hard the first one is. Thinking of you!

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for you Kelly. You have taught me so much - and not just journaling. I truly love the times I have taken classes from you. Your insight into art and life has helped me more than you know. And your daily blog is something I look forward to reading. I always find something that rings true with me.

And I am glad I got the opportunity, brief as it was, to meet your dad. You are truly blessed and I know he continues to inspire you and encourage you and laugh with you.

~Rachel from Colorado

Cheryl said...

I just received one of your journals in the mail from our dear friend Sharon Bennett. I am thankful to have you both in my heart. Even though I've never met you I just know we'd hit it off as kindred spirits. I do so enjoy your journal pages and everything you write. You constantly remind me how simple journaling can be or it can be as complex as I dare make it. I am thankful to know you are in the art world and I am a part of that world.

Barbara Smith said...

I am always so thankful for you and for all you have so selflessly shared and taught me about this wonderful art form that we both love. You will forever be my friend...thank you.
Peace & Love,

Kelly Kilmer said...

Many hugs, much love and big, big thanks for all of your kind words and thoughts.

Kathy, I'm so happy that you are journaling and blogging. Thank YOU for sharing everything that you do on your blog! :)

Thank you, Seth. It was a hard day.

Rachel, :) Thank you so much. I'm so glad that you got to meet my Dad. :) Big hugs and thanks.

Cheryl, Isn't Sharon the best? She's such a big hearted soul. Thank YOU for being and doing all that you do in the art world. :)

Barb, Big, big hugs and many, many thanks for all of it. :) Right back atcha!

Diane Chen said...

Catching up on Facebook today...
I too am thankful for having taken your classes. You got me started on my journey of mixed media and collage; thank you so much!
xoxo, Diane

Monica Buys said...

Hi Kelly,
What a beautiful and inspiring post. Your work is lovely. :)