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, May 05, 2015

What I'm Reading


Today was a great book day! My (ex-library) copy of  Private Pages: Diaries of American Women 1830s-1970s arrived in the mail (thanks, Laura, for the recommendation!) 

I also was happily surprised to see that one of my local bookshops already had out their copies of The Sketchbook Project: World Tour. I flipped through it several times and knew that it had to go home with me. I've looked at it several times since I bought it. It's really neat that it's organized by continent. My only complaint is that there isn't an index. If you're interested in the book, definitely check out their website as you may want to join in on the fun. I'd definitely buy a second volume of this. 

There are two new Frida Kahlo books:



 
I'm headed to NYC next month and visiting the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Botanical Gardens is high on my To Do List. Frida Kahlo's Garden will be out later this month and it's on my wishlist.


Two books that I didn't buy today but added to my wishlist are:


Eventually Everything Connects is a very, very cool book that mentions two of my favorite artists, Mary Blair AND Corita Kent. It explores creative connections. It's definitely not for everyone but I absolutely loved it. David and I were having fun folding the book out and enjoying it in the store.


 
Artists Homes and Studios is exactly what the title says. Each artist has two pages in the book. I flipped through it several times and knew that I had to add it to the wishlist. I found this blog that has quite a few tiny sample pages from it.

What are you reading?

Monday, May 04, 2015

And the Winners Are...


(Yes, that's my hand holding my opened book as well as the print that those of you who pre-ordered Visual Poetry will receive. Heading into the printer to have my art turned into book form.)

First, a very big thanks to everyone who purchased or passed along information about my latest publication. It is VERY much appreciated. 

Please note that the books (and deck of cards) are almost sold out. So, if you want one, you may want to order now because I do not have plans for additional printings. The deadline is TODAY (MONDAY) AT NOON PDT.

CONTEST WINNERS

I originally had planned to give away five pdf files and five online classes. Well, I changed my mind. Instead, I'm going to let the winners pick what they want. If you're listed below (from numbers 1-10) you can select either one of my self published offerings in PDF form or any ONE of my online classes. 

I've drawn the contest winners and they are:

1. changelingthings 
2. Kristal N.
3. Kim C.
4. Karen C.
5. Glenn H.
6. Meryl R.
7. Patricia H.
8. aguasulisart
9. Carol L.
10. Becca K.

and the winner of the journal is...
11. Kelly L.!

I've emailed the names above. If you haven't received an email from me, PLEASE check your spam folder. If it's still not there, please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

Again, a very BIG thanks!!!

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Deep Within: Journal Bundles at The Ink Pad in NYC June 24th

 
 
 
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!

Deep Within: Journal Bundles
7 - 10 p.m.
 
Rarely do we think of art making as a gift to ourselves. In this special 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.) 



 I hope to see you there!

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Free Comic Book Day 2015


Hard to believe that we were home from Free Comic Book Day an hour after it started! We had a blast at our favorite comic shop, Golden Apple Comics. This was the first year that there weren't a ton of comics on our list and we managed to get everything that we wanted at one shop. Tristan was happy because he got a ton of free movie swag (t-shirts, a thermos, sunglasses and Avengers themed bottles of Nesquik.) I was happy because I got all of the comics on my list! Golden Apple had a deal if you donated money to the Hero Initiative (a program that supports comic book creators), you could pick another comic, so I chose Dr Who. Golden Apple is also having a sale so I grabbed a new comic book box, regular size bags and trade paperbacks of Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman (I love these comics) and Wayward (I read the first issue and it piqued my interest.) 

I'm going to prep for my Scrampers class tomorrow and then start reading my pile. Happy Free Comic Book Day, Folks! 

UPDATE: I read all of the above comics and my favorites were:
Comics Festival
Super Mutant Magic Academy 

Avengers (Ms Marvel!!!!)



Did you visit your local comic shop today? If so, what did you pick up?

Friday, May 01, 2015

July 15th Classes at Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps in Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

I'm SUPER excited to announce that I will be returning to teach at Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Wednesday, July 15th! The samples are below and will be in the store in mid May. If you have any questions, please email me. To sign up, you can contact the store. I hope to see YOU there!

I will be teaching two classes:

10-12
The Painted Book: An Exploration in Layers

followed by
1-5
Moments of Me  

 
 
The Painted Book: An Exploration in Layers

By popular demand, I'm teaching a brand new mixed media class. Roll up your sleeves, don your aprons and prepare to get messy! We'll explore a variety of mediums including watercolor, gouache, and much, much more. Create richly painted pages which you will assemble into a canvas covered book. Learn new ways of exploring color and layering in this unique workshop.

Supply list: Apron, tacky glue, scissors, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, and 1" brush to paint and glue (I like chip or bristle brushes).


 
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 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,
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!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Jet Pens: New Pens!


As part of their sponsorship program, JetPens sent me a $25 gift certificate to play with. I knew what I wanted immediately. Here's what I ordered:


Platinum Carbon Desk Fountain Pen - Super Fine + 1 Carbon Ink Cartridge
Platinum Carbon Pen Ink Cartridge - Pack of 4 - Black
Sakura Pigma Professional Brush Pen - Bold - Black
Sakura Pigma Professional Brush Pen - Fine - Black
Kuretake Disposable Pocket Brush Pen - Ex

I've played with all of the above pens and hands down, my favorite is the Platinum Carbon Desk Fountain Pen - Super Fine. It almost reminds me of my beloved .35 Rapidosketch but in fountain pen form. It's smooth as it glides across paper, magazine pages, (dried) painted pages, and even washi tape! I'll be playing with this one for awhile. The cartridges are inexpensive and easy to pop in. It's definitely a keeper and my favorite new (to me) pen.

I also liked both of the

The Kuretake Disposable Pocket Brush Pen - Extra Fine is also nice. I like the extra fine tip. Like the pens above, it writes great on dried paint but not so well on tape. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Contest Time! Here's How to Win One of My Journals (or a seat in one of my online classes or...)


CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS FOR ENTERING. I WILL ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS ON MONDAY! 

 I'm going to have a contest where I'll be giving away ELEVEN prizes including one of my journals!  

If you've bought *any* of my latest publications on or before April 22nd, you're already entered. If you want additional chances to win, please read on!

What do you need to do?

For every one tweet, facebook post, instagram repost or blog mention of my post from 4/22 (see link here) on taking pre-orders for my Visual Poetry publication, post a comment on today's blog post (from 4/29.)

What should the comment look like?

Let's say, you posted it to facebook as well as your blog. Well, you'd be able to leave two comments.
Comment one could be, "I posted to facebook. -Jane (don't forget your email)" 
Comment two could be, "I posted to my blog. -Jane (don't forget your email)"
Remember, please make sure that you leave a way for me to contact you.
 Leave a separate comment for each thing that you do (this means that you will have multiple chances to win! You can only enter once though via each method of social media. Meaning, you can't tweet it, facebook it, instagram repost or blog post it more than once.) 

What do you win?
You could win any of the eleven prizes mentioned below:
  1. I'm giving away five PDF files of any of my publications (If you win, you get to choose one pdf file.)
  2. I'm also giving away an additional five seats in *any* one of my online classes (If you win, you get to choose one class.)
  3. Grand prize is one of my journals (hand bound and made by me with a page or two collaged and ready for you to add to! Journal will be of my choosing but I will take requests for specific size and color, if possible.)

Can you win multiple times? 
Yes!

Can you give your winning ticket away to a friend?
Yes!

CONTEST IS CLOSED. I WILL ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS ON MONDAY!
Again, the link to my pre-order page is HERE. I'm taking pre-orders through NOON PDT 4/30/2015 for Visual Poetry (my latest published books) as well as reprinting Layers of Me: A Lesson in Unraveling (my deck of cards) and Pieces of Me: An Artist's Book (my first self published book.) 

UPDATE: 4/30/2015 1 PM I dropped the books off at the printer! Fingers crossed that they'll be ready by Tuesday! After that, I'll be folding, binding, wrapping and packing them.


Good luck and thanks in advance!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Saturday, June 27th Classes at The Great American Stamp store Westport, CT

 
I'm VERY excited to announce that I will be teaching at The Great American Stamp Store on Saturday, June 27th to teach two NEW classes! I haven't taught in Connecticut for quite some time now and I'm really looking forward to it. The samples are below and will be in the store by early May. If you have any questions, please email me. To sign up, you can contact the store. I hope to see YOU there!
 
Saturday June 27th
Here In My Head: Visual Art Journaling
followed by
Pieces of Me: Self Expression with Collage



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!

 
Here in My Head: Visual Art Journaling
 
Construct an very unique journal with pages full of layers of colorful paper, deep musings and luscious layers that flip and fold out. 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, 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, 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.)
 
followed by:


 
Pieces of Me: Self Expression with Collage

What do you get when you combine paper, pens, stencils, stickers, and stamps with new techniques in composition, design, color and means of self expression together on the page? You get truly unique and personal pages of art. Learn techniques that are applicable to ANY art form. Yes, we'll be "painting with paper" (collage) but learning art techniques that can be used and adapted to whatever art you want to work on. You will learn several new techniques in using collage as a means of self expression.

Supply list: Journal (or I will provide paper for you to work on), scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler,  roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad,  1" brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes) OR a few of your favorite glue sticks, 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!

Classes at Kept Creations Whitman, MA Friday, June 26th



 

Friday, June 26th:
Visual Poetry 11:30-6
followed by
The Painted Book: An Exploration in Layers 6:30-8:30



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!



Visual PoetryIn this unique all day (six hour) 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, 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.
  
Followed by:

 

The Painted Book: An Exploration in Layers


By popular demand, I'm teaching a brand new mixed media class. Roll up your sleeves, don your aprons and prepare to get messy! We'll explore a variety of mediums. Create richly painted pages which you will assemble into a canvas covered book. Learn new ways of exploring color and layering in this unique workshop.



Supply list: Apron, tacky glue, scissors, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, and 1 to 2" brush to paint and glue (I like chip or bristle brushes).
 
I hope to see you there!