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

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Just Announced: January 25-27th, 2019 Fremont, CA




It's the most wonderful time of the year! January is all about new beginnings! What better way to start the new year: with creativity and inspiration! Come stretch your artist's muscles.






January 2019 Fremont Workshops






January 25th-27th I'll be returning to Maria's magical home studio nestled at the base of the rolling hills of Fremont, California. It's a studio that encourages creativity, inspiration, idea generating, growth and lots of laughter. I'd love to have you join us.

Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Get into the Groove: Art Journaling Style!

followed by
3 to 7 p.m.
Palette Pages: Exercises in Creative Play

Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Inner Dialogue: The Art of Visual Expression

Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Beyond the Brush: Painting with Palette Knives and more


PLEASE NOTE: After the last class Friday and Saturday, you are welcome to stay and work in your journal. We often go out to dinner (and bring it back) and spend a couple of hours after class in each other's company while we talk and work in our journals. I will also have a small amount of goodies for sale.  


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. (For long time regulars, please make sure to read the updated supply list below each class description.)


Beginners to advanced are welcome in ALL of the classes.

Interested in signing up? Questions? Please email Kelly for more info! EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

Payments for the Fremont, CA workshop must be made in advance. Due to the fact that the teacher is traveling from Los Angeles and must prep for the workshops in advance, there are no cancellations allowed. No refunds.

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.







January 2019 Fremont Workshops





Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 



Get into the Groove: Art Journaling Style!


How do artists discover new things if we only stick with what we know? How do we work past creative block? How do we open ourselves up to creative chance and opportunity?



We PLAY!

Pack your journal and a few favorite art supplies and get ready to expand upon what you know. Explore new techniques in collage, mixed media painting, layering, journaling and more. Push past creative block and learn to get into the groove: art journaling style!

Have your favorite adhesive packed and get ready to CREATE.
 

Supply list: Your Journal, a small bag to hold your paper scraps (think a small brown lunch bag, or the small handled paper bags they give out at Starbucks), an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), baby wipes, cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, a container for your paint water, your favorite paint brushes, a water brush pen (OR an extra fine, detail paint brush *ONLY* IF you have one),  a few of your favorite LARGE 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
3 to 7 p.m.






Palette Pages: Exercises in Creative Play


For the past year, I’ve been handing out a piece of scrap paper in my workshops encouraging folks to use it as a palette. A lot of the time, I’ll see folks throw it away after the workshop ends. No more!



Bring your journal to class and we’ll be working back and forth between our palette pages and our journals. Create rich, luscious, expressive layers of color and texture. Discover how to be playful with mark making and layering. Build upon what you know as you create pages and pages of one of a kind expressive journal pages.

(Yes! There are collage exercises though the samples shown don’t have collage on them.)
 


Supply list: Your Journal, a small bag to hold your paper scraps (think a small brown lunch bag, or the small handled paper bags they give out at Starbucks), an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), baby wipes, cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, a container for your paint water, your favorite paint brushes, a water brush pen (OR an extra fine, detail paint brush *ONLY* IF you have one),  a few of your favorite LARGE 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 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 



Inner Dialogue: The Art of Visual Expression


Want to create magic on your journal pages?

For most artists, paper, paint, mark making and journaling represent doorways to new experiences and insights. Most artists that I know are always trying to discover and learn something new. We’re eager for new ideas, new techniques, anything that will get us in the studio and working.

I want to start a fire in you! I want journaling to be rich, magical, expressive and unlike any other form of creating that you can do. How do we do that? By working, brainstorming and taking risks.

In this day long workshop, we’ll create a one of a kind hardcover journal (with a hidden paper pocket) that will call to you whenever you are ready to reach for the scissors or paintbrush.

Discover new ideas and possibilities in art making that are already nestled deep within you. Expand, explore and experiment and bring your inner artist out and onto your pages.



Supply list: a small bag to hold your paper scraps (think a small brown lunch bag, or the small handled paper bags they give out at Starbucks), an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), baby wipes, cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, a container for your paint water, your favorite paint brushes, a water brush pen (OR an extra fine, detail paint brush *ONLY* IF you have one),  a few of your favorite LARGE 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 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Beyond the Brush: Painting with Palette Knives and more


We all have our favorite tools. After all, what artist doesn’t love a good paintbrush? What about other art tools like palette knives, catalyst tools and even household items?



I’ve fallen head over heels painting with tools that aren’t brushes. After this workshop, you will, too!

Moving beyond the brush opens us up to new possibilities and discoveries in how we create layers on our pages. Learn how to create new colors on your rich, luscious, unique pages. Gain confidence in exploring new ideas and take the plunge into a world of color.  Learn that creative mistakes are only new possibilities. Bring your journal, some waxed paper and be ready to set off on a whole new adventure in creative painting.
 



Supply list: Your Journal, a small bag to hold your paper scraps (think a small brown lunch bag, or the small handled paper bags they give out at Starbucks), an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), baby wipes, cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, a container for your paint water, your favorite paint brushes, a water brush pen (OR an extra fine, detail paint brush *ONLY* IF you have one),  a few of your favorite LARGE 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.) 






January 2019 Fremont Workshops






 
I hope to see you there!



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