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, October 24, 2014

40 Revolutions Around the Sun


I'm writing this at the age of 39. By the time you read it, I'll be 40. Funny how time works. One minute you're a little kid swinging and bopping from one thing to another. The next you're an adult who still feels like that little kid but with a lot more responsibilities and long To Do Lists that usually don't include things like swinging on a swing set.

 “I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind's door at 4 a.m. of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends.”-Joan Didion

Thinking of birthdays makes me think of things that I enjoy. Here's a little goofy list of people, places and things that make my heart go all a flutter.

 

My Boys (they both know how to put a smile on my face)


Books (in piles, on shelves, in my hands, they're all good...)

 

Trees (Muir Woods, I miss you...)


Monkeys

Film (Wings of Desire, I love you so. "When the child was a child, it was the time of these questions. Why am I me, and why not you? Why am I here, and why not there? When did time begin, and where does space end? Isn't life under the sun just a dream? Isn't what I see, hear, and smell just the mirage of a world before the world? Does evil actually exist, and are there people who are really evil? How can it be that I, who am I, wasn't before I was, and that sometime I, the one I am, no longer will be the one I am?"

 

Random weird shit that makes me laugh when I see it. (if you know me, you know that I love to quote random lines from film, tv, books, old time radio and more...)


Snow, rain. I miss the change in the seasons

 

Art Supplies (give me my most basic supplies and my journal and I am the happiest person on the planet. Contrary to popular belief I really don't need much and I will buy books over art supplies.)

 

Unsweetened, black iced tea (every damn day.)

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Old Time Radio (Richard Diamond, Private Detective and Gunsmoke are two of my favorites. I'll have a list of my favorite OTR shows up soon. I've been working on it.) When I work, you'll find me with ear buds in usually listening to OTR.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Classes at Kept Creations in Whitman, MA Saturday, December 27th!


 
 
Saturday, December 27th:
10 to Noon 
followed by:
1-5

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. You will explore unique techniques involving composition, design, color theory, self expression and much, much, more in each of my classes. You'll also have a whole lot of fun doing so!


This is a class that I have been wanting to teach for some time now. I've developed a class that's fit for beginner to advanced students who are eager to push the envelope with their collage work.
 
You will spend the class time focusing on creating an expressive series of collaged pages that are full of rich layers. Learn how to step back and push your pages to a deeper level. There is something for everyone in this class.
 
We will be learning new collage techniques while focusing on painting with paper, layering with pens/markers, tape, stencils, rubber stamps, text and much, much more. Learn new and unique tips, tricks and techniques for collage work that can be applied to a wide variety of art forms.
 
Supply list: Journal to work on (or I will have paper for you to use), scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black inkpad,  1" brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes) OR 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:

Cultivating You: A Journal Process

Get ready to dive into this class by creating a truly unique book form using a variety of handmade and decorative papers selected by you (and provided by me.) A variety of new techniques will be demonstrated, discussed and built upon during the workshop. Walk out with several pages started and full of new ideas that will keep you working on this journal days later!  

Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, 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.)




 I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Trusting Yourself and the Process


"Art is never finished, only abandoned." - Leonardo da Vinci

One of the most frequent questions that I hear as an art teacher and artist is, "How do you know when to stop?" or "How do you know when you are finished?"
 
For some folks, it is never ending. Think of George Lucas and how often he goes back and reworks his Star Wars films

Kafka's The Trial and The Castle, Mark Twain's The Mysterious Stranger and Tolkien's The Silmarillion are literary examples of works that were constantly revised. James Joyce also rewrote his own work and Picasso never "finished" Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.

Look at the vast number of unfinished symphonies out there. 

For some folks, it takes years. Some artists that I know like to walk away from work and go back to it when it calls to them.  Sometimes it is hours, days, weeks or even many years.

For me, I like to finish one piece before I go onto the next one. I have a hard time focusing on more than one piece of art at a time. I like to step back and ask myself the question, "Have I said everything that I need to say on this page?" I look for a sense of balance and harmony on my pages (in color, line, pattern, shape, etc...) It's intuitive for me but that is only because I have been making art for many, many years. That said, I have been known to make color copies of artwork or even revise the piece completely the next day. I recently revised an entire journal but that's a rare thing for me and it was one where there was no attachment and very little personal journaling.

The more you create, the more you will know what works best for you. It's all about finding your voice, your style, your work patterns. Don't worry about if a piece is finished. Work. Make. Create. Keep pushing. Stop when you feel that you are finished. Go back if you need to. 

Tips:

1. Make color copies of your art and rework those. 
2. Date your artwork. You can look back and see how much your work has changed (the more you work, the more your work will evolve.)
3. Don't judge your work right away. Make multiple pieces and then go back and ask yourself what you like or don't like about a piece. Think about how you could have done it differently. Use those ideas on a new piece. 
4. Make multiple copies of your collage materials (for example, five copies of the same focal image, and use the same background ephemera.) Explore how many different ways you can create using the exact same materials.

What advice do you have? How do you know when you are finished with a piece?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Derwent's Graphik Line Painters

Set of 20

Note how in these pictures, I tried the Graphik Paint Liners on both uncoated white paper, black washi tape and handmade paper. 
 

Graphik Line Painters, you had me at the words paint, opaque, permanent, water based and solvent free. My order from Dick Blick arrived Saturday night and I haven't been able to put them down since. 

They are a very nice compliment to water based Sharpies, Molotow and Montana paint markers. I love the extra fine tip size. The marker also feels good in your hand. Shake. Pump. Shake. You're good to go. Make sure you store them flat and cap them immediately after use as you don't want them to dry out. I am loving the colors. I hope that they sell well so that they'll eventually come out with new colors (always thinking ahead here.) I can never get enough of a good fine tip paint marker.

My only beef is that they're not refillable. In this day and age, more pen/marker companies should be coming out with pens that we can refill and change the tips out (kudos to Molotow and Montana for doing so.)

 Black, Pkg of 3
I also bought the Graphik Line Makers. They're a nice, fine tip, water based pigment ink. I honestly don't know if I really "need" them as I have other pens in similar tip sizes and colors that act like these pens do. They are NOT paint markers.

Several of my students on Sunday commented about the packaging. It's fun but honestly, I could care less what the packaging looks like as long as the markers work well. It will probably attract the eye of folks who may not normally pick them up as it is a clever packaging.

Two big thumbs up on the Graphik Line Painters.

A pass on the Graphik Line Makers only because I have too many pens like this already.

If you're in L.A., you can get them at Blue Rooster in Los Feliz (they also have free shipping over $25 in the U.S.)

If you order them online at Blick, be prepared to wait several weeks as shipping is soooo slow (as of this posting 10/20/2014, none of my local Blick stores have them in stock yet.)

More Info:
The pictures in this post are what made me jump in and buy them.
Derwent Graphik Line Painters 
Graphik Line Makers
My Favorite Pens
My Bare Bones List of Favorite Pens 
My Favorite Supplies




Sunday, October 19, 2014

Well, That was Fun!


A Very Big Thanks to my students at Banana Rose (Westlake Village) and Book Arts L.A. (Los Angeles) for a really fun weekend. I taught two different collage classes and loved watching the students thought processes as they worked on their pages. Thanks again for a great weekend. I hope that everyone is as creatively stimulated as I am! Where are my scissors?!

(Before I am inundated with questions, the funky shaped box holds Derwent's new Graphik Line Painters. I will have a review of them soon. Blick online carries them. Locally in L.A., Blue Rooster Supplies in Los Feliz has them. Just know if you order from Blick, shipping is soooo slow (as in many weeks!!!) I was impatient waiting for mine.)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

12 August 2014 Journal Page


I'm not posting this because I think I'm a great teacher. I'm posting this because it is my most favorite part about teaching: watching students process and unfold upon the page pouring so much of themselves into their work. Nothing beats seeing that lightbulb go off over someone's head. I get anoyed when folks say that you shouldn't think when you create. I believe that thinking is a necessary step (art is problem solving and possibility.) Stressing is what you shouldn't do. 

"I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit."-John Steinbeck