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 over seventeen years now. 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, August 28, 2015

What I'm Reading


It's hot in Los Angeles. The kind of hot that's too hot to move about or do much in. Here's where you'll find me this weekend, making art, tucked into some good books (Virginia Woolf's A Writer's Diary and Anais Nin's Mirages) and watching films. 

I'm about to go into Dark Shadows withdrawals as David and I finally finished watching the Decades Series that had a short binge of the series. They ended it mid story arc! If anyone ever wants to sell or trade the box set, please think of me...For now, I'll read my books and cross my fingers that they air the show again from where they left off.

Stay cool this weekend wherever you are.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Classes at The Occasional Artist in Glendale, AZ November 13-15th, 2015


 I am very happy to announce that I will be returning to Arizona to teach four NEW workshops at The Occasional Artist in Glendale. This is a new store for me and I'm VERY excited about teaching there. 

Interested in signing up? Please contact The Occasional Artist at 623-847-2215.  

623-847-2215
623-847-2215
Questions? Please email Kelly for more info! EGorey99@sbcglobal.net
The samples are in the store now!
 



I will be offering fresh, new workshops teaching a variety of NEW bookbinding, collage, creative processing, self expression, composition, design, layering and much, much more. 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. There is a small supply list below each class description.

The Schedule is

Friday, November 13th 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
A Journey in Black and White
followed by An Open Heart Journal 2-6 p.m.

Saturday, November 14th 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visual Poetry

Sunday, November 15th
Here in My Head 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Friday, November 13th
A Journey in Black and White 9-1

Want to spend four hours exploring the use of black and white with a hint of color? In this workshop, you will bind a simple (but intriguing) hand stitched journal. We'll then start to work magic on the pages piecing together black and white images and backgrounds to create visually stunning pages. We'll bring pops of color into the mix using pens, markers, stencils, rubber stamps and more. 
Please start to gather black and white papers together to use in this class. Don't worry about what you are going to do with them, just accumulate and bring them with you. 
Supply list: scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera (ESPECIALLY black and white ephemera, please think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad,  1" brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks, an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

  
followed by 

An Open Heart Journal 2 to 6 p.m.

This journal was a game changer for me and it could be the same for you. Working in different sizes has always pushed me to think outside of the box. I always try to do the same with my classes and in this class you will be pushed out of your comfort zone but I  guarantee you will love every minute. We'll start by binding the journal with a cool looking stitch. Then, we'll dive in on the pages creating rich layers by combining collage with some of my favorite tools.
 
Prepare to think large in this class and start to gather your large ephemera that you've been hoarding. Don't worry what you're going to do with it, just bring it with you.
Supply list: scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera (you may want to bring all of your LARGE ephemera that you've been saving though any size papers will work, too! Please think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black inkpad,  1" brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks, an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.) 
 
  


Saturday, November 14th
Visual Poetry 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In this unique all day workshop, you will create a lavishly layered book full of color, paper, text, paint, stencils and everything with which we can get our hands dirty with. We'll combine all new layers of collage, color, text and images onto the pages. We’ll learn how to push, pull and rework the pages, digging deep and discovering new visual delights on each and every page. This is the class you have been waiting for.
 
Supply list:  scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (please think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one),  1" brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.) Feel free to bring a small handful of your favorite colors of acrylics, paint pens and markers if you'd like though I will have several for you to use.
 

Sunday, November 15th
Here in My Head 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Construct an very unique journal with pages full of layers of colorful paper, deep musings and luscious layers that flip and fold out. (See the pictures below.) You'll then learn how to fill the pages with imagery, color, text, patterns and more that speak to you. You'll love this fun class!
 
Supply list: 1 yard of ribbon, scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera (please think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad,  1" brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks, 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! 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

9 March 2015 Journal Page


The above page is one of my favorites. It's simple but it says (visually) what I wanted it to say. Simple pages that mean so much.

I'm teaching my last class at Banana Rose in Westlake Village this Saturday. It's called Found: Moments of Me. You can sign up by calling  818-706-ROSE (7673). You can look at the entire journal here. This is the perfect journal to end the summer with, simple but satisfying. Please come help me to say thanks and goodbye to the little store on the lake...

Monday, August 24, 2015

Jet Pens: New Tape!


As part of their sponsorship program, JetPens sent me a $25 gift certificate to play with.

It's no secret that I absolutely LOVE Washi tape. I've been using it since 2006? 2007? or so and have been obsessed with it ever since. I've had a hard time finding it this summer (it seems that it was the summer of stencils and not the summer of tape.) I was very happy to see that Jetpens has some rolls of Deco Washi Tapes and MT Ex Washi Tapes at very good prices. I'm hoping that Jetpens starts to carry more of it. 

MT is always my favorite paper tape manufacturer. I love how the colors, the patterns and how beautifully they layer. I've never had any problem with their tape sticking (unlike some other brands of faux washi tape.)

I also ordered the Vivid Green Sakura Photo Pen Candy Gel Pens that I love. You can read my review of those here.

Thanks, JetPens!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Making Sense


Tired of looking at the mess and the piles that have been here since my summer travels. I'll be tackling corners of my art area (aka my living room) for the next few days. 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Books In Search of a Good Home


I've finally done it! I started a new blog where I am selling some of my books. You can find out more here. I'll be updating it on a regular basis. I'll post here when I do (but you can also subscribe via email. I'll only post when there are new books, no more than once a week.) It's called Books In Search of a Good Home. Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 21, 2015

What I'm Reading


Books. They feed me in so many ways. It is difficult to resist their siren call (books before art supplies and almost anything else in this family!) 

The mailman brought me the latest issue of Womankind magazine (ooh, lots of Halloween in this issue) as well as a used (and inexpensive, yay!) copy of The Haunted Self (which has been a high priority book for the last couple of years for me.) Another scrumptious book to add to the shelf of surrealist books that I have collected. I'm really glad that I was able to find it at a decent price as the last time I saw it, it was $95.

I passed on a copy of Frida Kahlo and Her Worlds. My shelf is bursting with books on Kahlo (after seeing the old photo, I may have to take a new photo soon as there have been quite a few additions.) I need to flip through my other Frida books and double check the artwork as it seems there were a handful of pieces that I haven't seen before (but, I could be very wrong!) I sat in the bookstore repeatedly flipping through the book and trying to find reviews of it online. I'm trying not to regret passing it up as I may pick it up in a future visit (if it's still there.) I need room on my shelves to eventually buy Frida Kahlo: Photographs of Myself and Others (I have all of the other photo books of Frida and originally thought that this wasn't a must have but after doing some research, I decided that it is.)

One book that I couldn't pass up last night was Van Gogh: The Life. We were at Alias Books East in Atwater Village and I was delighted to see an affordable hardcover copy of it in pristine condition. When I flip over an artist, I go all out. Van Gogh is definitely high on my list of most favorite artists (as is Frida.) For the price, condition and hardcover format, I couldn't pass it up. I'm really looking forward to reading it. Now if I could only talk myself out of wanting (yet another copy of) Van Gogh's Letters. I guess I'll have to stop giving my husband crap over having multiple copies (different editions) of some of his favorite books (though I'll never stop teasing him for practically ripping a copy of one those titles out of my hands in 1996.)

What are you reading?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

9 March 2015 Journal Page


Time. Always trying to play catch up, keep up or figuring out how to hold onto it. Never enough. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

8 March 2015 Journals


"My art is a form of restoration in terms of my feelings to myself and to others." -Louise Bourgeois
It's interesting posting journal pages from March when my current work, while it definitely has my voice, looks and feels so different. I was talking to someone online recently and I can't stress enough, date your pages. If you don't to date the actual pages, date the inside cover when you start and finish the journal. It's always fascinating to me to see the changes in one's work. I wish I had done it with my early work.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Fremont, CA Workshops October 2nd-4th, 2015

 

I am very happy to announce that I will be teaching four all NEW workshops at Maria's studio in Fremont, CA May October 2nd-4th, 2015 (classes are open to the public.)


I will be offering fresh, new workshops teaching a variety of NEW bookbinding, collage, creative processing, self expression, composition, design, layering, painting and much, much more.


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.

Please note there is a small 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.


If you have any problems with the paypal buttons (they can be finicky sometimes, please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net) 







Kelly's Fremont Oct 2nd-4th classes




The Schedule is:


Friday, October 2nd
10-2
My Imperfect Heart
Followed by:
3-7
The Journal Experience: A Master Class
Saturday, October 3rd 
10-6 
Inner Voice: A Conversation in Art Journaling 
 
Sunday, October 4th
10-2 
Painted Connections




* MY IMPERFECT HEART
Friday, October 2nd 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


 


My Imperfect Heart

So often we are after messy, layered, honest and rich pieces of art. That's what this class is about, putting ourselves together on the pages, revealing tiny bits of ourselves, piecing ourselves together with layers of tape, paint and paper. Prepare to get messy as you learn a variety of new mixed media techniques. This book can be a deeply personal journey or a book of luscious, playful layers. There is something for everyone in this class.
  Supply list: an apron, scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one),  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), 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.)

* THE JOURNAL EXPERIENCE: A MASTER CLASS
Friday, October 2nd 3-7 p.m. 



The Journal Experience: A Master Class

Journaling doesn't have to be about special events nor does it have to be limited to what you ate for breakfast. In this four hour workshop, we'll focus on the everyday, simple moments that add up to an individual lifetime of experiences and thoughts. You'll learn how to revel in the daily moments and turn them into art journal pages. Be prepared to get messy, be pushed out of your box, laugh, learn (a lot) and have some fun.

  Supply list: a journal (or I will have paper for you), an apron, scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one),  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), 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.)


* INNER VOICE: A CONVERSATION IN ART JOURNALING

Saturday, October 3rd 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 

Inner Voice: A Conversation in Art Journaling 


(You are also invited to stay after class, dinner (on your own dime) and play time.)
 
In this special eight hour long workshop, not only will you construct a new and unusual journal with pages that flip, fold and pull out in ways you never thought possible, but you will dive deep onto the pages. You will combine layers of paper, paint and more to form your own artistic voice on the page. Learn how to push, pull and coax ideas on the page. Learn how to express yourself with layers of paper, paint, pens, stencils and much, much more. You will have a conversation in color, pattern, shape, design, text, texture and more using mixed mixed techniques on the pages of your new journal.

Supply list: an apron, scissors, a bottle of tacky glue, a selection of favorite collage ephemera
(think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one),  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), 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.)


* PAINTED CONNECTIONS
Sunday, October 4th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Painted Connections

Create a unique landscape journal with pages that fold out and reveal luscious layers of texture, color, pattern and expression. Learn how to bring together paper and paint on the pages, creating unusual, lush, rich and inviting personal pieces.


Like all of my classes, you will learn ideas that can be translated to ANY art form. We will focus on composition, design, color theory, self expression and much, much more. This is more than just a journaling class, it's an experience.



Supply list: an apron, a yard of your favorite ribbon, a bottle of tacky glue, scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one),  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), 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!