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

Friday, December 21, 2018

Just Announced: Workshops at the Queen's Ink in Savage, MD April 26-28th, 2019

 


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 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.

Beginners to advanced are welcome in ALL of the classes.
Interested in signing up? Please contact The Queen's Ink or go here to sign up. Questions? Please email Kelly for more info! EGorey99@sbcglobal.net
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.
 
Friday, April 26th, 2018:
The Palette Book


The Palette Journal

This is a workshop in letting go and giving yourself permission to do so. I've been on a quest to save wasted paint for quite some time now. How can we take our love of acrylics, color, collage and our palettes and transform them into something new?

What if you combined your passion for paint and paper and turned your palette into a working journal?

You will create a user friendly, simple journal made from scratch. We'll then work quickly and start to prep your pages. Learn how to let go on the page as you transform this one of a kind creation into something unique and completely your own.

Supply list: your journal (YES, we are making a journal in class but PLEASE bring your journal to work back and forth between the two books. Trust me when I say that there is a method to my madness), palette knife and/or mini 01 catalyst tool (if you have one), an apron, bone folder, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), permanent black ink pad (only if you have one), cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, a container for your paint water,  your favorite brushes to paint and glue with,  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.)

FOLLOWED BY

Friday PM Workshop:

Lust for Life: Art and Transformation


Lust for Life: Art and Transformation

This workshop is about transformation. How do we push ourselves out of our comfort zone to become better artists? How do we learn to see, glean ideas and create pages that are uniquely our own?

You will learn new layering, composition, design, how to push past creative block, lettering, color theory and more. I will reach deep into my current art toolbox of tips, tricks and techniques. There's no holding back in this workshop.

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, permanent black ink pad (only if you have one), a container for your paint water, your favorite brushes to paint and glue with,  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.)


Saturday, April 27th:
Soliloquy in Art Journal Form

 

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. 

We will also discuss additional journal forms and formats. You'll leave the workshop inspired and in love with this journal as much as I am!

Supply list: an apron, bone folder, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), a permanent black ink pad (if you have one), cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, a container for your paint water, your favorite brushes to paint and glue with, 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.)

FOLLOWED BY

PM Workshop:

Finger Painting for Grown-ups (aka Don't Toss Those Dried Up Paint Markers Yet)

 

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. How do we rejuvenate paint markers that won't write anymore? We paint with them! Yes, PAINT! 

This isn't just basic finger painting for adults using paint markers. I've been OBSESSED with using my paint markers lately to do more than just write, draw, color and make marks with. Come to class and I'll share with you all of the ways in which, you too, can make pages as luscious as the above sample photos are (if I do say so myself!) IF YOU HAVE THEM and they're gathering dust bunnies, please bring water based paint markers (Sharpie, Posca, Molotow, Montana, Liquitex) that won't write but have gobs of paint still left in them. Bring water based paint marker refills (Molotow and Montana) that you haven't used in ages and I'll share how to use them (instead of leaving them to dry up or tossing them.) 

We will also be using acrylic paints in this workshop as well. It's a true mixed media experience!
Journey deep into a realm of luscious color, exploratory layers and expressive journal pages. BYO journal 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 and refills 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 and refills (see above comment), IF You have a 01 Mini Catalyst Tool please bring it to class (I will have some to share), some folks are squeamish about painting with their fingers (please consider wearing finger cots or gloves. I will have my favorite barrier cream for your hands available.) 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.)

Sunday, April 28th
Conversations: A Visual Travelogue





Conversations: A Visual Travelogue

We'll begin this workshop by creating a simple no-stitch journal (in multiple sizes!) After assembling your book, we'll dive head first into layers of paint, paper and pen. This little book will capture your heart and creative spirit.

You'll have the pages full in no time (there's even a good chance that you may finish the collage, painting and some of the layering parts of the entire book in the workshop depending upon the size book you choose to make.) I'm addicted to making these books. I've made and finished the smaller books in less than a week!

What I love most about this book is how travel friendly it is. You'll be bringing it to the coffee shop, on road trips and beyond. It's a new friend that you won't want to leave your side. We will also discuss other ideas and additional formats for the creation of the book.
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, bone folder, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, a container for your paint water, your favorite brushes to paint with (I like a couple of small detail brushes and then a flat brush), 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.)

 
 

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