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, August 30, 2010

Frenzy Stamper, Scottsdale, AZ November 12-14th

I'm very excited to announce that I will be returning to Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale, AZ November 12-14th teaching FIVE brand NEW classes! The samples are in the store. I have snippets of them below for you to see. If you have any questions, please email me. To sign up, please contact Debbie.
Friday

10 to 4 pm
(hour lunch break included)

Love Story

Your journal should be all about YOU. It should tell YOUR story. In this workshop, you will create a uniquely sewn journal upon whose pages your story will be told in color, text and imagery. Learn a multitude of collage layering techniques, journal prompts, pen work and more. You will love this journal that is completely and totally all about you and your life.


Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 3 1" brushes to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks, bottle of tacky glue




followed by from

430 to 630 pm

Made By Hand: The Fundamentals of Collage

In this two hour workshop, you will learn some of my favorite quick and easy composition and design techniques. Learn how to bring together background papers and focal images in various ways, creating unique and expressive pages. These are fundamental techniques that can be applied to a multitude of media.

Please bring your journal to class if you have one, or the instructor will be supplying paper for you to work on.


Supply list: journal (see above) Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 3 1" brushes to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) OR a few of your favorite glue sticks

Saturday

10 to 4 pm
(hour lunch break included)

Unfold

Combine layers of paper, transparencies, tape, rubberstamps, journaling and your own vision into this one of a kind book. We will start by assembling a book from scratch using a fun stitch which you will love. Unfold upon the pages as you create layered and complex (yet fun) pages. This was one of my favorite books to work in. I guarantee that you will love it, too!


Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 3 1" brushes to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks, bottle of tacky glue



followed by from
430 to 630 pm

Pen Work

This isn’t my pen class, more of a part two, a further way to explore layering with pens on the page. In this class, we will take our pen work to the next level. We will dive right in experimenting with writing ideas and techniques on quickly collaged pages. This class will not only teach you ways to use your pens, but also you will be working hands on with collage, as well. This is not a calligraphy class. Think more along the lines of guided hands on experimentation. You will learn to love your handwriting and to take it to a whole ‘nother level! (Note: My “Everything You Wanted to Know About Pens and More” class is not a prerequisite.)


Please bring your journal to class if you have one, or the instructor will be supplying paper for you to work on.


Supply list: journal (see above) Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 3 1" brushes to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) OR a few of your favorite glue sticks

Sunday

10 to 4 pm
(hour lunch break included)

Fragments

Upon the pages of this beautifully hand bound book, you will explore and experiment hands on! Learn a plethora of composition and design techniques as you layer paper, images and your own unique words. Learn how to take every day moments and turn them into extraordinary pages. You will love the size and shape of this journal, whose pages will welcome your words, layers and individuality.


Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 3 1" brushes to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks, bottle of tacky glue




I hope to see you there!

Remembering Aunt Joni

It's been 3 years since my Aunt died. I couldn't let the day pass without remembering her. She died much too young and left too much behind. We miss her daily.

More here

here
here
here (lots of photos)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The summer of too many stamps


Well, really, one can never have too many stamps. It cracked me up to take this picture. As I unpacked, a little voice went through my head, "Rubber stamps are dead. No one buys them anymore." Uh huh. Would you believe that I was told that once by a store owner? They are not dead. Buy them, but don't reorder the same stamps from the same company every time. Order new stamps from new companies, and someone will scoop them up.

The only thing I'm left to ponder is to where to find the space for them. Yes, some of them will be trekking with me to classes!
I prefer to buy wood mounted stamps. It's just me. That being said, if the only way I can buy a stamp is for it to be unmounted or polymer only, then I'll buy it.
Blog Love:
Long Lost Relatives
I need to start a list like this!
Letters + Words Exhibition
Drawing Cupcakes
I would have loved these as a kid!
Ribbonrie
Oooh la la!
Lots of yumminess to make and savor

Saturday, August 28, 2010

22 August 2010 journal page

I am crazy busy trying to get back into the swing of things. Piles of stuff everywhere after our trips to CO, Comic Con, AZ and MA. Mom is coming next weekend. I'm trying to handle my To Do list like I do my journal pages: do as much as I can in little increments. So, I work on my To Do NOW list and then when I have little extra moments in the day, I fill in the gaps with my odd jobs that need to get done. I also push myself to do a page a day even when life gets ultra busy. Journaling is my sanity and one of the must do things that keeps me grounded, sane and happy.

Blog Love:


Tipping my hat to Director Satoshi Kon, who died on August 24th at the age of 46 of pancreatic cancer. Here is a link to an English translation of his last blog post. If you haven't seen his films, you need to.

Yasuko Ishimori
Judy's very cute post on my 2 day class in Whitman, MA.
Disorder, you are not alone with that one at the moment! Unpacking, cleaning, etc... here.
Book Booths
Sophie Adde
Alex Castro Ferreira, a new favorite blog
A dose of inspiration for everyone!
Brian has a new blog!
Bill Koeb's wise words
The classics get a makeover
Shopping in Tokyo
Three Line Novels
I would love one of these. Nostalgic, yes. If it has a long cord, it's even better!
If you're in So CA, Stampin' From The Heart is having a sale that runs through Sept 5th. Get 20% off any purchase over $20.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Kelly's workshops at Art On A Lark Hillsboro, OR Sept 11th and 12th

We interrupt this blog post to bring you a very important message, I'm trekking to Oregon VERY soon!!! I'm so excited! I will be back at Art On A Lark in Hillsboro, OR the weekend of September 11th and 12th. The samples are in the store now and they are taking sign ups! The store is stocked with fabulous new goodies that we will be playing with in my classes.

To sign up, please contact the store. Questions? Please email me!

I will be teaching FOUR popular and fun classes:


Saturday, September 11th:

Kawaii Book

Kawaii has a couple of different meanings in Japanese, but precious is one of the definitions that stands out. It is also used to define many of the various kinds of decorative designer packing tape. In this class, you will get to dig deep into my collection of decorative tape. You will create a one of a kind book with a fun stitch! You will then dive right in learning new and unusual mixed media and collage techniques. We will be incorporating TAPE onto the pages as we go. If you’ve never used decorative tape before, this is the class for you! If you have a passion and a love for deco tapes, then this is also the class for you! If you're itching to create a fun new journal from scratch, this definitely is the class for you!! All are welcome! IF you have your own personal tape that you have been itching to use, please bring some to class. But please note, that the teacher does NOT travel lightly and has several huge bags filled with goodies for you to use and enjoy in class.


Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 3 1" brushes to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes)


followed by:

Addicted to tape!


Love collage? Have you been caught buying up rolls of tape and you’re not sure of everything that you can do with them? In a bit of a sticky situation? Looking for some new ideas of what you can do with one of the hottest art supplies around? Look no further! In this class we will explore a myriad of techniques, tips, tricks and ideas that you can do with decorative tape. Learn how to layer fun and colorful backgrounds using what some call stickers, but what most call tape! We will explore masking tape (not the old stuff, but the fun colorful stuff available in many different designs and colors), decorative tape, and more! Walk out of class with your head spinning with ideas, and a smile on your face.


Optional-You can bring your journal to class to work in, or the teacher will be supplying paper for you to work on.


Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes)



Sunday, September 12th:

Spirit Journal

In this workshop, you will create a layered canvas covered, hand bound artist’s book. You will be making a journal from scratch using a quick and easy sewing method. Also create special pockets for your hidden, favorite treasures. Learn new mixed media techniques for the pages utilizing background and collage techniques. Work hands on to create your own unique artist’s book! This was one of my favorite classes many years ago that I’ve revised, revamped and brought back FRESH and new! It was well loved then and I guarantee you’ll love this new, updated 2010 version!

Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 3 1" brushes to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes)




followed by, the Mother of all Pen classes:

Everything you wanted to know about pens(!) and more...

Are you a closet member of PAA (you know, pen addicts anonymous)? Do you hoard pens? Do you want to learn different things that you can do with your pens? Are you stuck in a rut using the same black gelly roll glaze pen again and again? Are you curious about which pens you absolutely need? Wondering what works with your mixed media projects and what doesn't? Look no further. Most of you know, I don't travel light to my classes. In this class, I will be bringing ALL of my pens for you to play, learn and explore HANDS ON. We will not only work with the pens and learn what works, but we will be creating mixed media collage pages ("and more"). We will be using the pens on our newly created collaged pages. You will explore different writing techniques as well (think Urban Calligraphy style!)-yet, this is not a calligraphy class! YES, we will learn everything about pens (and more). YES, you will explore and play with different writing styles and techniques on your newly created pages. YES, you will walk out with a pile of completed pages and tons of ideas. YES, you will be inspired. YES, you WILL have fun!

Optional-You can bring your journal to class to work in, or the teacher will be supplying paper for you to work on.


Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes)

I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

11 August journal page

Funny. Tristan and I finished this page together (that's his drawing on the bottom left) while on a plane two weeks ago coming here. Now we're on a plane going back home to David. I loved this image so much that I really didn't want to do much to the page. It cracked me up between her colored tongue and the beach food, it was a fun summer picture!

Think safe travels to us today!

Blog Love:
Novembermoon, the zine!
Life in Japan (some of it almost sounds like So CA and I can relate! Dust! Bugs!)
I love it when Roseann posts!
Maggy Rozycki Hiltner
Butterfly finger puppet tutorial
She Speaks for the Freaks
Little Madam cushions
Visiting the National Postal Museum

Sunday, August 22, 2010