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

Monday, March 30, 2015

Fremont, CA Workshops May 29-31st

I am very happy to announce that I will be teaching four all NEW workshops at Maria's studio in Fremont, CA May 29-31st, 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. 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)





Fremont Classes






The Schedule is:


Friday, May 29th

10-2 A Gypsy Heart
 

Followed by:

3-7 The Artist's Playground


Saturday, May 30th

10-6 Visual Poetry
 

Sunday, May 31st

10-2 Found: Moments of Me 





Friday, May 29th

10-2

A Gypsy Heart- Construct a rich, lusciously layered portrait of you in journal form by bringing together color, text and images onto the page. You will make visually stunning and authentic pages, all contained in a hardcover book bound by your own hands. You will leave class with several pages completed along with new ideas for the rest of your book.



Supply list: scissors, a 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 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.) 
 

Followed by:




3-7
The Artist's Playground- Learn how to combine your precious bits of ephemera into a truly one of a kind artist's journal. Create a playground of self expression and discovery. You will learn how to step back and see things in your artwork that you haven't noticed before.

I have been working on this class for over two years now and am very eager to share it with you. You will be inspired in this class.

Supply list:  scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera, 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 (I like chip or bristle brushes) OR 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.) 

Saturday, May 30th
10-6


Visual Poetry: 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, 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, May 31st
10-2


Found: Moments of Me: Imagine a book so precious you can hold it in the palm of your hand. We will create a small paper book that you can carry in your purse or pocket on your daily (or far away) travels. You will open up and discover new possibilities of creative expression on your pages by combining paper, tape, stencils, pens and markers with your own musings. I loved working in this little book, you will, too!

Supply list: scissors, a 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 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.)  

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Jet Pens: New Pen Bags




As part of their sponsorship program, JetPens sent me a $25 gift certificate to play with. I always have a hard time narrowing down what I want to try. I'm a sucker for a new bag or two. Here's what I bought for March:

Raymay Tote Pen Case - Black
Cubix Easy Open Mini Pen Case - Red

I wanted a couple of small bags that I could fit my most essential supplies in and grab at a moment's notice. Both bags fit a small handful of pens as well as a couple of rolls of washi tape at the same time. Exactly what I was looking for!

If you're looking for small bags that you can grab and go in an instant, either of these are perfect for the job. The Raymay Tote is cute and slightly larger (in size and price tag) but the simple Cubix Mini works just as well! 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A Closer Look at April 2015 Classes



Here is my list of classes for April 2015.

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 at stores, museums, schools, backyards, garages, studios and 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. 

Please note the small supply list for each class.  

If you're not near where I'll be teaching, but you're interested in taking a class, I do offer a variety of online classes (27 different online workshops as of March 2015.) You can find out more info on the right side of my main blog.


Thank YOU for your interest!

April


 


10th Banana Rose Westlake Village Journey in Black and White

 

12th Scrampers Torrance Journal Bundles


 
19th Book Arts LA Painting with Paper: Advanced Collage for Everyone

 

25th Banana Rose Westlake Village Here in My Head

May   
3rd Scrampers Torrance Journey into the Self
15th Banana Rose Westlake Village Here in My Head
16th Making Place Escondido The Painted Book
17th Book Arts LA An Open Heart
23rd Banana Rose Westlake Village Painted Visions
24th Long Beach Fragile Truths
29-31st Fremont, CA Maria's Studio Four NEW Classes
  
June
19-21st The Queens Ink Savage, MD Classes TBA
 
July

15th Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps TBA
16th Blue Twig Colorado Springs, CO TWO Workshops Pieces of Me followed by The Pages Within
17-19th Masonville Artists Studio Loveland, CO


August
Art Unraveled Phoenix, AZ I'm teaching August 5-8th

October 
9th-11th Art-Xscape Austin, TX Teaching three workshops  
 
I hope to see you there!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Jenny Read




Many moons ago I was flipping through Sabrina Ward Harrison's first book, Spilling Open. I always take note of recommended books especially when mentioned by other artists. Sabrina kept mentioning something called, "Jenny Read." An internet search at the time yielded nothing. I searched about it on and off over the years in my travels and never found it. I recently pulled Sabrina's book off the shelf and made note of it again. I searched on amazon and google and found nothing. I thought about it for a minute and did a google image search. There it was! FINALLY! After fifteen years I finally have a copy in my hands. The full title is actually, "Jenny Read, in Pursuit of Art and Life: The Journals and Letters of a Young Sculptor."

I didn't know anything about the artist when I bought the book and an internet search doesn't bring up very much except for one article that I was able to find. As a collector of artists' journals, I'm looking forward to reading this. It makes me sad that there isn't much known about Jenny Read or her work. I'm hoping that you'll seek her out like I did. 


 
Do you have any favorite books on artists' journals, sketchbooks or diaries?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Remembering My Uncle Joe


 
 My Dad and Uncle Joe
 
 Jackie Smith 38 Marcella St Roxbury MA meets Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr Photo by Joe Runci (My Dad's big Brother)
 
April 22, 1965: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. used a bullhorn to address the crowd at the Patrick T. Campbell Middle School in Roxbury. On segregation he told the crowd, "This is not a battle of white people against black people. It is a struggle between the forces of justice and injustice."  
 
Wide Angle View From Above State Street

My Uncle Joe Runci. His front foyer was filled with photographs. Photographs of his two beloved children (Robin and Jay), Martin Luther King Jr, The Kennedys, actors (like the cast of All in the Family), infamous criminals, snapshots of daily life, on the street photos in and around Boston...all photos that he had taken as a Boston Globe photographer. It's this photo of a raccoon escaping a burning house from June 1983 that always stands out the most for me.

I remember it being my favorite as a little girl. There was a framed grouping of the raccoon on the wall as you walked in the door. There were several action shots of the raccoon attempting to escape the burning house. He made it and I would stare at the photos in awe of what the raccoon's determination and what my Uncle was able to capture at that moment in time.

Racoon Escapes Fire 

Sad to admit, I've never paid much attention to photographers. Sure, there are some that we instantly can recognize their work when we see it. As I was searching through various Boston Globe photographers at the time, I started noticing that each one had a specific style, including my Uncle. He wasn't going for artsy. He was going for real life, in the moment, trying to capture the human experience. His photos mark a specific place and moment in time. When you look at his photos you see that he was there. Right in the middle of it all. He lived his life and captured the world around him vividly with his camera by his side. The photographs buzz with life, history and the human condition. They're alive in your hands. 

Citation: David Berger and family in his home studio, 1962 / Joseph Runci, photographer. David Berger papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

In 1986 I started my first ever fanzine. It was for my favorite band at the time, the Monkees (they were making their twenty year come back.) My Uncle was my first (and only) paying subscriber to a free publication (how in the heck did I think that I could publish a free zine when I didn't have any money is beyond me! I did have a handful of subscribers. I eeked out a small handful of issues and I still thank Uncle Joe to this day.) I always appreciated how he tried to encourage us in whatever we were doing. 

Uncle Joe, me and my sister, Erin

My heart is very heavy. I will miss him. I miss his piles of photos. I miss his stories. Oh God, the stories. Someone needs to take note of all of them on Saturday night since I sadly won't be there. I miss the summer pool parties, BBQ, watching the men play horseshoes, the Jerry Lewis telethon, my Nana knitting, hanging out with my cousins.) I miss this goofy bunch and the yarns they'd spin together:

Cousin Charlie McLean, My Uncle Joe Runci, Cousin George McLean and my Dad, Jack Smith

I'll be holding on tight to the memories and carrying them with me. Always.

 
Aunt Jini, Uncle Joe, Nana (her 80th birthday), my Dad and Aunt Sis

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

19 November 2014 Journal Page


A very BIG thanks to all of you who looked at, passed along links or bought one of my journals the other day. It really is very much appreciated. It is always scary putting your work out there. My focus has always been on the teaching and selling work scares me a bit. Thanks again from the bottom of my heart!

Two more pages left to show in this journal. I hope that you've enjoyed seeing the pages so far. I kept this page simple image wise as I wanted the focus to be on my text and what I *had* to say at that moment. It's not a favorite page and it would definitely be interesting to rework it sometime. I always emphasize that when you're working in journal form, every page doesn't have to be a masterpiece. The most important thing for me is expressing whatever I need to say at that moment in time.

A Bit of Housekeeping:

Classes this coming weekend are:


 
27th Banana Rose Westlake Village The Painted Book
 

28th Making Place Escondido Painting with Paper: Advanced Collage

 

29th Book Arts LA Deep Within: Journal Bundles

I hope to see you there!