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

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

11 July 2014 Journal Page



Busy week ahead. I had a great time teaching at Make Art in L.A. and The Art Bar this past weekend. I have two classes scheduled this coming weekend (Banana Rose in Westlake Village on Saturday and Book Arts LA on Sunday.) I'll have an in depth look at my coming October schedule this week. 

I'm also going to try to get more photos of my studio (aka my section of the living room) taken. For those of who've asked, I'm still working on my list of books to sell. I'm half way done with the list. I was hoping to get them out before the inspection on Friday but that's not going to happen.

Blog Love:
Tristan's Latest Video, Guardians of the Galaxy meet Star Wars here 
Helene Schjerfbeck
How long will it take to read that book?
Andrea Joseph's published sketchbook 
Travel Journal Part II  
Blank Page and Vulnerability
10 First Date Questions that can be used as journal prompts (via Susannah Conway)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

7 July 2014 Journal Page


Trekking to The Art Bar in Santa Ana today for one of my favorite classes (okay, I'm partial. I know that I say that about all of them but I can't help it. I love teaching!)

 

Last night, David and I saw a gorgeous film, The Color of Pomegranates (it's long been one of his favorites and I've added it to my list now, too) at LACMA last night. I can't stop thinking about the film. Having the chance to see such a wide variety of films on the big screen is one of my favorite things about living in Los Angeles. 
 

I can't wait for them to finish building THIS. If you're in or going to be near Los Angeles, you may want to grab a ticket to see the Hollywood Costume Exhibit. It's big on my To Do List.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

7 July 2014 Journal Page


I have several bags full of pens and markers and a huge bag of acrylic paint. I'll be heading off to teach at Make Art in L.A. Hope that you're also looking forward to your day!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Classes in Los Angeles at the BookArtsLA Center!

I am very excited to announce that I will be teaching at the Book Arts Los Angeles Center (at the location where Stampin From the Heart used to be.) I taught in the new space last month and it is gorgeous. There is plenty of space to work and an amazing amount of light in the studio. PLUS lots of FREE parking in the back. I am very happy to be teaching there.

BookArtsLA
11720 Washington Place
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Each class is four hours in length. 

Class time is Noon to 4 p.m.

The class fee is $85 per person (per class) which 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 as:

  • 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!

My upcoming classes there are as follows:

Sunday, September  28th  Journey Into the Self





 
Sunday, October 19th Painting with Paper: Advanced Collage for Everyone





 


Sunday, November 2nd Deep Within: Journal Bundles 





 
Sunday, December 14th Moments of Me





 
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Please note if these buttons don't work or if you have questions, please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net.

Please note that I am handling all of the sign-ups (not BALA.)

Space is limited.  


Sunday, September  28th   Journey Into the Self

In this four hour journey, you will create a bound book with pages attached that fold up, out and down. You will then dive in and learn new techniques for collage, art journaling, mixed media and self expression. Explore painting with paper; layering your letters and images; color secrets and much, much more. I guarantee that you will love working in this journal as much as I did!

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.)

 

Sunday, October 19th Painting with Paper: Advanced Collage for Everyone


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.)
 





Sunday, November 2nd Deep Within: Journal Bundles

Rarely do we think of art making as a gift to ourselves. In this special four hour workshop, we will transform old books, found ephemera, and much, much more into our own precious journal bundles. Revamp and revitalize materials to create your own self expressive pieces of art.


Supply list:
a small selection of favorite ribbon (you will need one piece at least 3' long) or string pieces, 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.) 
 
Please bring an x-acto knife and cutting mat ONLY if you have one.


Sunday, December 14th Moments of Me  

Spend four hours creating a uniquely constructed journal made entirely by your own hands. After we make the journal, we will spend the rest of the class learning a myriad of new ideas for self expression and creativity upon its pages. Learn new ideas for art journaling, collage, composition, design and much, much more. I absolutely loved working in this journal and I guarantee that you will, too!

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!



Thursday, September 18, 2014

Where I Create: aka my Corner of the Living Room


Yesterday I posted part of my studio space. If you open the front door, this is where you'll find me sitting. I didn't clean anything up for this photo. Almost everything that you see here (except for the plastic bin of stuff that needs to be put away) can fit into my journal bag. I'm still cleaning and reorganizing before the dreaded apartment inspection next week. I hope to share some more photos with you after that happens. I'll show you how and where I store some of my other supplies (especially for teaching.)

I totally forgot when I posted yesterday that Seth (a.k.a. The Altered Page) had asked folks for shots of where they create. He's got some great links posted. I love studio shots.  

Housekeeping:

Two classes this weekend My Little Book of Lettering (think paint, pens and more in this extremely rare and one time only class) on La Brea in Los Angeles at Make Art in L.A. and Discovering My Truth (think bookbinding, collage, fold out pages, luscious layers of paper, tape, pens, stamps, stencils and YOU) is Sunday at the Art Bar in Santa Ana.

Through 9/22, I am taking pre-orders for my Layers of Me (a deck of art journal cards) and Pieces of Me (my artist's journal), both self published endeavors. I will not be ordering more than a very small handful (if that) of what people are pre-ordering so if you are interested, please order on or before 9/22. Also, after 9/22, the prices go up. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My Studio Area


I teased the other day that I would post about my new shelves once I put them up (with the help of David for the top one!) I bought shelving brackets at Home Depot. The three sets of shelving brackets and all of the screws cost about $12. I had thought of getting wood cut to use as the shelf part (since I couldn't find anything already cut to fit the awkward space) when the idea of using old hardcover book covers as shelves came into my mind. A quick trip to pinterest shows that I'm not the first one to think of it but I was happy to discover that they work!

This is my "studio" area (a.k.a., my corner of the living room of our tiny apartment.) This is what you see as soon as you walk into my home.

From left to right:

Hanging on the wall in the small wooden boxes are a handful of some of the small toys and figures that I've collected over the years. There is also artwork from Tristan (hand "flowers") from when he was very little.

My stamp cabinet full of most (but not all) of my rubber stamps. In the containers at the bottom are my alphabet and number rubber  stamp sets. I want to get two more long, black jewelry boxes (good for storing alphabet sets) for this shelf. On the top of the cabinet are some of my old tax receipts. On the bottom shelves are books about journaling and garden/flower books to cut up (you can't see them in this photo but there are two more shelves below where these books are stashed.)

In the space between the stamp cabinet and the bookshelf are the three new shelves. On the top shelf is my deco (decorative plastic) tape. I downsized and just put a whole bunch of new tape into my class bags. (My students will be VERY happy!) The next shelf holds some tins with rubber stamps, more tape and ink pads. The bottom shelf holds my Ana├»s Nin diary books (except volume one which is on a shelf next to my bed. I forgot to put it back on the shelf.) I want to collect her journals in hardcover (I have two already) and I may get rid of the paperbacks when I have all of them. They're not in the best condition but I have fond memories of picking them up at the Bodhi Tree in Los Angeles many, many moons ago (especially since that bookstore is now gone.) 

Below the shelves (out of sight in the photo) from bottom to top is an old sewing machine case full of collage ephemera, a box full of Juliana Coles' artwork (I rotate her artwork and have some out, some away) and instructional books from her classes, a bag full of folded handmade/decorative papers (for classes and for me) and a stuffed animal. Any time I buy handmade/decorative paper, I fold the paper into quarters. I'll cut off a section to use now and then fold up the rest and put it away for later. It works great for me (you can see the basket of paper in the photos. The stuffed bear is sitting on top of it.)

The bookcase holds some of my book collection. I tend to put my favorite books in this case as much as possible (but it still doesn't hold all of them.) The top shelf holds some of my James Jean, Corita Kent, Mary Blair, Frida Kahlo and books on Surrealism. The next shelf holds a lot of unusual and independently published books, my Lynda Barry collection, Dave McKean travel sketchbooks, etc... The third shelf holds my Barron Storey books, etc... I love my books!

I love looking at other people's studios and seeing where they create. I hope to share more with you when I can!

Some of my Favorite Artists' Studios:
Barron Storey
Frida Kahlo
Corita Kent
Mary Blair
Vincent Van Gogh
Andre Breton
Juliana Coles