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!


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Where I Have Been All Day

Making. Working. Scissors. Paper.
Thinking. Being.
by Mary Oliver
What did you notice?
The dew snail; the low-flying sparrow; the bat, on the wind, in the dark; big-chested geese, in the V of sleekest performance; the soft toad, patient in the hot sand; the sweet-hungry ants; the uproar of mice in the empty house; the tin music of the cricket’s body; the blouse of the goldenrod.
What did you hear?
The thrush greeting the morning; the little bluebirds in their hot box; the salty talk of the wren, then the deep cup of the hour of silence.
What did you admire?
The oaks, letting down their dark and hairy fruit; the carrot, rising in its elongated waist; the onion, sheet after sheet, curved inward to the pale green wand; at the end of summer the brassy dust, the almost liquid beauty of the flowers; then the ferns, scrawned black by the frost.
What astonished you?
The swallows making their dip and turn over the water.
What would you like to see again?
My dog: her energy and exuberance, her willingness,her language beyond all nimbleness of tongue, her recklessness, her loyalty, her sweetness, her sturdy legs, her curled black lip, her snap.
What was most tender?
Queen Anne’s lace, with its parsnip root; the everlasting in its bonnets of wool; the kinks and turns of the tupelo’s body; the tall, blank banks of sand; the clam, clamped down.
What was most wonderful?
The sea, and its wide shoulders; the sea and its triangles; the sea lying back on its long athlete’s spine.
What did you think was happening?
The green breast of the hummingbird; the eye of the pond; the wet face of the lily; the bright, puckered knee of the broken oak; the red tulip of the fox’s mouth; the up-swing, the down-pour, the frayed sleeve of the first snow-
so the gods shake us from our sleep.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Taking Pre-Orders: Layers of Me: A Deck of Cards AND Pieces of Me: An Artist's Book


Due to popular demand, I am offering my Deck of Cards and Artist's Book for sale again! 

I'll be having them reprinted on December 8th. If you are interested, you must place your order on or before December 7th. After that, I cannot guarantee if I will have any extras to sell.

Layers of Me: A Lesson in Unraveling

Late last year I created my first self published book which quickly sold out (more on that below.) Now I'm excited to offer something that I have been wanting to make for a very long time, a unique deck of artist's cards!

You can order a copy in two forms:

1. A printed deck of 26 high quality, full color cards (52 different sides.) I am using a local L.A. printing company whose work I am just over the moon for!

-#1 also includes a pdf file that's ready to be enjoyed now (see below for more info)

-The deck will be shipped on or before December 15th.

Print Copy + pdf is $30/deck. Shipping is additional.



2. A PDF file of all 26 cards (52 sides/pages) that's ready to be enjoyed NOW on your computer, e-reader or even smartphone. Along with that pdf file you will receive a link to a ready to print pdf file for those of you interested in printing out your own copy. 



I am also taking orders for a third printing of my Pieces of Me Artists Book.

(This is what I wrote late last year and it hasn't changed!) I'm excited to announce my first book, Pieces of Me. Yes, after years of wanting to make a book that you can hold in your hands (or read on your e-reader), it's here. It's not a how to or an online class. It's me in journal form. It's a twenty page journal full of raw, honest truths, my truths. These are pages that will not be published on the blog. Above are four sample pages that I hope you enjoy.

You can order a copy in two forms:

1. a physical copy of the artists' book (20 full color, high quality pages, paperback)

-#1 also includes a pdf file that's ready to be read now (see below for more info)

-The book will be shipped on or before December 15th.

Print Copy + pdf is $25. Shipping is additional.




2. A PDF file that's ready to be read NOW on your computer, e-reader or even smartphone. Along with that pdf file you will receive a link to a ready to print pdf file for those of you interested in printing out your own copy. 



This is a pre-order for physical sets of the book and the deck of cards. Your book and deck of cards will be shipped on or before December 15th.

U.S. Shipping: $5

Outside of the U.S. Shipping: $10


If the above paypal buttons do not work for you or you have any questions or concerns, please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

For those of you who order, you will receive an email from me with the information that you need to know within 24 hours. Everything is done by hand by me! If it's not in your inbox, please check your spam box. If it's not there, please send me an email. Thanks!

Thank you for your interest!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

4 September 2014 Journal Page

“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tired into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.”
-Martin Luther King Jr

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Closer Look at November and December Classes

Here's my list of classes that I've booked so far for November and December 2014.

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.

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 (23 different online workshops as of Spring 2014.) You can find out more info on the right side of my main blog.

I hope to see you there!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

1 September 2014 Journal Page

“Every artist is born in a place, within a family, and though she may leave those sources far behind, they remain within her.”

and there's also this one:

“We don't often see our own stories. Good artists are the ones that whisper our own stories back to us.” 

-Tori Amos, Tori Amos: Piece by Piece

Saturday, November 22, 2014

New Book Love

Last night I took a little break from my Big To Do List and trekked with David to Burbank for their, "Holiday in the Park" on Magnolia. It was a lot of fun! We've been to their event Ladies Night Out several times where all of the shops are open late and small vendors line the street. Last night they even had strolling Christmas carolers. 

We popped into one of our favorite bookstores, Dark Delicacies where I was happy to see that they still had a handful of copies of "The Art of the Book of Life" signed by Jorge R. Gutierrez (director and writer), Douglas Langdale (writer.) I love making of film books. They're chock full of art and inspiration. 

We also picked up soda (Americana Root beer for me and Sprockets cream soda for David) at Rocket Fizz (love that place) and wandered up and down the street wandering into new stores to check out their offerings. 

When we're in Burbank, we always pop into our favorite used bookstore, Iliad in North Hollywood. I have been to a lot of bookstores and this one is always my favorite. I (finally) found two Damon Runyon books (I am a huge old time radio fan and The Damon Runyon Theater is a favorite.) I also found an art book that had been in my wishlist for a bit called, "Seeing With the Mind's Eye." I didn't notice it until Dan (the owner) pointed out that the book was signed (and had been owned by) Frank Kelly Freas (Mad Magazine readers will recognize that name. He was a well known science fiction illustrator.) I also bought a couple of flower and photography books to cut up. 

Speaking of collage, issue #1 of FABA arrived yesterday. That was fast. I just blogged about it a couple of days ago. I've only flipped through it but I like what I see so far!

What books and magazines are you reading?

Friday, November 21, 2014

31 August 2014 Journal Page

Busy weekend ahead. I'll be prepping for my class on Sunday at Scrampers in Torrance and selling at the Book Arts LA event Thanksgiving weekend. Working on finishing up my journals for sale. I'll be bringing some to the BALA event on Saturday (11/29) and some I'll have on my blog very, very soon (I'm aiming for the first week in December.)

People often ask where I get my images. I have a post here (this is under my essential supplies post button that is always on the right hand side of this blog) that talks about not only where I get my collage material but also other supplies as well. As far as the flowers, I hit my local used bookstore (or library sale, thrift store, etc...) on a regular basis and head towards the gardening section. Hope this helps those of you who have asked.