Saturday, February 29, 2020

Books in Search of a Good Home


Coming this Monday night (March 2nd)  at 6 pm PST on my book blog, I will be posting books, magazines and zines. My car needs to be fixed and I have to let some of my treasures go. I hope that you will find some new favorites. Above is just a sampling of what I will be posting. See you Monday!

Friday, February 28, 2020

Palette Pages


A couple of years ago, I was teaching at Pnina Gold's studio in San Diego. I watched while two students grabbed 8 x 10" canvas frames and squeezed out dabs of paint. 

A lightbulb went off! 

This was their palette!


When they finished, I watched them use palette knives to scrape the color in different directions, spreading little dots of acrylic across their canvas.

I got goosebumps. 

They said they got the idea from taking workshops at Art on Third in San Diego. 

I thought about it, wondering what I could do with it and jumped on the idea. 

I live in a one bedroom apartment in Los Angeles. I didn't have room for canvas (nor is it a favorite work surface.) I realized with paper, I could make books, additional pages, postcards and more.

I started handing out different sized sheets of cardstock in classes. I explained that it usually takes me several weeks to layer color, using the palette paper only when needed. It wouldn't be a masterpiece of even a, "work of art" after one painting session.

Some folks understood seeing the possibilities in working this way and would bring them back to classes, adding more layers. Others would throw them away.

I taught a couple of workshops using this as the starter idea.

Here's an example of one that I will keep adding layers to:

The last couple of weeks, I've been using flat wood panels. I LOVE working on wood. I can scrape it down. It's inexpensive and it's easier for me to store than canvas.

I've seen other instructors use old hardcover books, deli paper, etc...

Do you reuse your palette? If so, how?

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Volume Control: Acrylics



It's always interesting to see how much paint people use. Over the years (especially after I began to use the higher quality (higher priced) acrylics), I try to be aware of how much paint I'm squeezing out onto my palette. I also like to add a matte (or gloss) gel medium to them to extend the amount of paint that I'm using (that said, do not add what's actually labeled extender as it will extend the drying time. Also, I do not add medium to inexpensive acrylics. Only paints like Holbein, Sennelier, Utrecht, Golden, etc...)

I prefer to apply the paint thin, building up the layers as opposed to working with thick, wet paint. 

The more work you do, the more you learn how YOU like to work and what works best for you.

How do you work?

 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

2020 Workshops



Welcome! Thanks for checking in. Here is my current list of workshops for 2020. Please check back as I will update this list often.

I'm ALWAYS looking for new teaching venues so if you know of any that may be interested, I'd love to hear. I have taught a wide range of ages from individuals to small groups to large gatherings. I have held classes at stores, museums, backyards, garages, studios, public and private schools as well as private homes. I also am available for teaching home schooling art classes.

My workshops are always process-based learning while creating a unique product. I am well known for not traveling light and bring a large variety of supplies including (but not limited to) collage material, rubber stamps, stencils, pens, markers, tape and more.

 



April

I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

San Diego, March 22nd at Pnina's Studio Transformative Textures: Lessons in Multi-Layered Surfaces


Transformative Textures: Lessons in Multi-Layered Surfaces
Workshop held at Pnina's Studio in San Diego, CA 
Sunday, March 22nd, 2020
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.






 


(Save the date: Next workshop at Pnina's Studio in San Diego is April 19th, 2020!)

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.

More details will be sent upon registration.

Beginners to advanced are welcome in ALL of the classes.

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

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.







 





Transformative Textures: Lessons in Multi-Layered Surfaces


"A work of art is a world in itself reflecting senses and emotions of the artist's world. Just as a flower, by virtue of its existence as a complete organism is both ornamental and self-sufficient as to color, form, and texture, so art, because of its singular existence is more than mere ornament." -Hans Hofmann

What is it about texture that captures our attention and draws us in?

Experience sensual joy as you explore a wide variety of mark making tools and materials (acrylic paints, paint markers, pencils and more.) Gain new experience under guided exercises and free play as you create a multi-layered visual feast of texture, color, shape and more.

Create original pages and leave with your own handmade sample swatch book, an inspirational reference book of textural remnants.

Build confidence as you add to your artist's toolbox of explorations. Find joy in the process of harvesting ideas through hands on experiments, guided and demonstrated techniques and unexpected discoveries in the process.

Delight in the discovery! Prepare to get messy and build up the layers!

Supply list: *your journal with 4 to 6 pages already collaged with one main image and 3 snippets of background elements. You will be sent various examples upon signing up, a very small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), an apron, baby wipes, scissors, metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, a container for your paint water, 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.)








 



I hope to see you there!

Los Angeles: April 18th at Designing Letters: Transformative Textures: Lessons in Multi-Layered Surfaces


Transformative Textures: Lessons in Multi-Layered Surfaces
Workshop held at Designing Letters in Mar Vista, CA
Saturday, April 18th, 2020
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.







 



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.

More details will be sent upon registration.

Beginners to advanced are welcome in ALL of the classes.

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

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.













Transformative Textures: Lessons in Multi-Layered Surfaces

"A work of art is a world in itself reflecting senses and emotions of the artist's world. Just as a flower, by virtue of its existence as a complete organism is both ornamental and self-sufficient as to color, form, and texture, so art, because of its singular existence is more than mere ornament." -Hans Hofmann
What is it about texture that captures our attention and draws us in?

Experience sensual joy as you explore a wide variety of mark making tools and materials (acrylic paints, paint markers, pencils and more.) Gain new experience under guided exercises and free play as you create a multi-layered visual feast of texture, color, shape and more.

Create original pages and leave with your own handmade sample swatch book, an inspirational reference book of textural remnants.

Build confidence as you add to your artist's toolbox of explorations. Find joy in the process of harvesting ideas through hands on experiments, guided and demonstrated techniques and unexpected discoveries in the process.

Delight in the discovery! Prepare to get messy and build up the layers!

Supply list: *your journal with 4 to 6 pages already collaged with one main image and 3 snippets of background elements. You will be sent various examples upon signing up, a very small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), an apron, baby wipes, scissors, metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, a container for your paint water, 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.)

I hope to see you there!







 


Monday, February 24, 2020

Ordering My Favorite Glue Sticks... Coccoina 40 Gram


I'm placing an order for my favorite glue stick, Coccoina on Monday, March 9th at noon. Orders must be received on or before that date.

This is my glue stick of choice that I've been using exclusively for about 16 years now. I've tried it in all formats (wet, in the tin, etc...) and the only one I use and love is what you see above, the 40 gram glue in a stick.

40 grams is the largest glue stick that they have available and the only size that I will buy it in.The glue stick lasts a long time and is an excellent adhesive.

(Gluing tip: I cover the entire back of my paper with the glue. I'll place it where I want it and then using a dry rag or paper towel, I'll gently burnish ("smoosh") the image to the surface (never use a bone folder while an adhesive is still wet.) When not in use, keep the cap on (until it pops!) These glue sticks will last for quite some time when stored in a cool, dry place.

I will have a limited amount of these and once they're gone, it takes a few months to get more in.

Glue sticks are $8 each plus shipping.

Shipping is based on the amount of glue sticks you order (I'm going to keep it as affordable as I can.) If you want more (or less) than what I've listed below, drop me an email at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

If you're local and want to pick up glue sticks from me, drop me an email and I can send you an invoice for just the glue sticks or you can paypal me directly at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

Shipping is U.S. customers only, outside of the U.S., please email me.

please email me at Egorey99@sbcglobal.net if you are interested 


For those in Maryland, you can buy the glue sticks in person at The Queen's Ink in Savage, MD. (Call first.)

For those in Florida, you can buy the glue sticks in person at Everything Scrapbooks and Stamps in Lake Worth, MD. (Call first.)

In Northern California, my friend Maria sells it (she's in the Fremont area and I can hook you up if you want to touch base with her. She has the glue sticks in hand.)

As always, thank you.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Evolution of a Page




  


Until I figured out the shell, I was stuck. I kept reworking the sky. I made the flower shape using a palette knife and layers of acrylic.








My palette for this page. 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

My Online Store

*ONE OF A KIND, NEW JOURNALS 

 


*COLLAGE SHEETS

 








 








 

 








 

*SELF PUBLISHED OFFERINGS-high quality reproductions of my art journals

 







 



















 

2015: Visual Poetry 40 page PDF copy $15







 

2014: Layers of Me A PDF file of all 26 cards (52 sides/pages) $15







 

 

2013: Pieces of Me a 20 page PDF file $10 







 

*BOOKS IN SEARCH OF A GOOD HOME:
Books In Search of a Good Home 


 *40 gram Coccoina Glue Sticks



Online, Work at your Own Pace Workshops