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 almost twenty 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

Friday, April 20, 2018

Just Announced: June 8-10th Workshops in Fremont, CA



I am teaching four new workshops at Maria's studio in Fremont, CA June 8-10th (classes are open to all.) I am very excited about the new ideas that these workshops will generate over the weekend as I have been planning these workshops for quite some time now. 









Fremont June 8-10th Weekend of Creativity















The Palette Book

Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

followed by
Lust for Life: Art and Transformation
3 to 7 p.m.

Conversations: A Visual Travelogue
Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
A Journal Bundle
Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: After the last class each day, you are welcome to stay and work in your journal. We often go out to dinner (and bring it back) and spend a couple of hours after class in each other's company while we talk and work in our journals. I will also have a small amount of goodies for sale. We may be adding something after Sunday's workshop (it's still up in the air.)
 
These fresh, new workshops teach a variety of NEW ideas involving collage, creative processing, self expression, composition, design, layering, painting and much, much more.
  
My workshops are always process-based learning while creating something completely unique to you.

Please note there is a small supply list.


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.


The class fee 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 are: 

  • 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.








Fremont June 8-10th Weekend of Creativity







Friday, June 8th
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.








The Palette Journal

This is a workshop in letting go and giving yourself permission to do so. I've been on a quest to save wasted paint for quite some time now. How can we take our love of acrylics, color, collage and our palettes and transform them into something new?

What if you combined your passion for paint and paper and turn our palette into a working journal?

We'll create a user friendly, simple journal made from scratch. We'll then work quickly and start to prep our pages. Learn how to let go on the page as you transform this one of a kind creation into something unique and completely your own.


Supply list: an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), bone folder, cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, permanent black ink pad (only if you have one), a container for your paint water,  1 to 2" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few, smaller, detailed brushes, 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.)


followed by 

3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 






Lust for Life: Art and Transformation

This workshop is about transformation. How do we push ourselves out of our comfort zone to become better artists? How do we learn to see, glean ideas and create pages that are uniquely our own?

You will learn new layering, composition, design, how to push past creative block, lettering, color theory and more. I will reach deep into my current art toolbox of tips, tricks and techniques. There's no holding back in this workshop.

Supply list: your journal, an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, permanent black ink pad (only if you have one), a container for your paint water,  1 to 2" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few, smaller, detailed brushes, 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, June 9th
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.






 Conversations: A Visual Travelogue

We'll begin this workshop by creating a simple no-stitch journal (you get to choose the size!) After assembling your book, we'll dive head first into layers of paint, paper and pen. This little book will capture your heart and creative spirit.

You'll have the pages full in no time (there's a good chance that you may finish the collage and painting part in the workshop depending upon the size book you choose to make.) (Please note that the pages above are a work in progress as I plan on finishing it while on the road traveling East in search of Van Gogh.)

What I love most about this book is how travel friendly it is. You'll be bringing it to the coffee shop, on road trips and beyond. It's a new friend that you won't want to leave your side.



Sunday, June 10th
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.




A Journal Bundle: Altered Books Revised and Revisited

Every journal that I make, I try to make in a way that is different than the ones I've made before. I love altering books and transforming them into something new. In this unique and personal art journal workshop, we'll take one of my favorite structures to create a unique journal made from found books. Learn color, composition, layering and more as you create truly original pages unlike any other. 


Supply list: an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, permanent black ink pad (only if you have one), a container for your paint water,  1 to 2" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few, smaller, detailed brushes, 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.)

I hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

2018 Workshops: CA, MD, NYC, MA, WI, NM, CO, AZ and more TBA 2019: FRANCE!



Here is my current list of classes for 2018. Please check back often as I will update this list often.

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 a wide range of ages from individuals to small groups to large gatherings. I have held classes at stores, museums, backyards, garages, studios, public and private schools as well as 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.


Thank YOU for your interest!

*Please note that I can also send gift certificates for workshops via email. Why not give the gift of creativity?*


June 11-18th La Cascade Durfort, France

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Let's GOGH! Dear Vincent, My Art Pilgrimage 2018 Fundraiser: Collage Sheets, Self Published Books, Postcards and More While on the Road

(work in progress will be finished while on the road as part of my Dear Vincent Series) 


"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." Van Gogh



I have a confession, I've developed a bit of what could only be called a passion for the artist Vincent Van Gogh's work. It inspires and calls to me like no other has before. My dream is to see as many of Vincent's paintings as possible in a lifetime. You can help to make that possible and receive something in the mail in the meantime.
 
This weekend, I will be hitting the road for three weeks trekking thousands of miles from Los Angeles to the East Coast (and back.) I'm driving to teach workshops at:


Hanover, MA (please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net for more info)

I'm planning on taking you with me on my adventures. I can't pack you up and put you in my suitcase but I can share my travels with you via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and here, on my blog. I can also share some things with you while I'm on the road including postcards from the places I visit. When I'm home after my travels, I can share some other things such as collage sheets, and collage packs.

I am not offering original art for sale this time around (if you're really interested, you can drop me an email as I do take commissions) as I would really like to spend some time while I am on the road working on my three journals that I am calling: Dear Vincent: A Travelogue (that will become one journal...more to come on this later.) These will later be printed, assembled and bound into a very special journal that I have been planning for quite some time now.

Many of you know that my husband has been having health problems and is still under doctor's care. Thankfully, he seems to be on the road to recovery but still has been having problems and is not where he is supposed to be health wise yet. We're still struggling to get back on our feet. I'm the sole provider for our family and I have been spending most of my time trying to play catch up. 

This has been a longtime dream of mine, to drive to teach across the country teaching and to be able to stop at places of interest (art museums, used bookstores, film locations, etc... along the way. Would you like to help me get there (and get home?) 

Please note that the following items are limited and that I may stop taking orders any time at my discretion.  

PRE-ORDERS: 
SET OF 8 PROFESSIONALLY PRINTED COLLAGE SHEETS 


A set of 8 full color, high quality professionally printed 8 1/2 x 11" ready for you to use collage sheets. Please note that this is a pre-order and you will receive them in the mail late May.
I usually sell these for $5 per sheet but I'm offering them as a set of 8 only with a special price of $25 plus $5 shipping:
 








Overseas? Please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net and I can get you a shipping quote.


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Postcards from the Road
(These were very popular and well received last year.)

As you can see from the above photo, I like to collect postcards of the art that I have seen. This is my front door full of art that I have seen in my travels. I have more postcards like these in other areas of my home and they are a constant source of inspiration and memory for me when I see them.

While I'm on the road, I plan on continuing my quest to see as many Van Gogh paintings as possible by visiting as many of these museums as possible in three weeks: Barnes Foundation PA, PA Museum of Art, Kreeger Museum D.C., Phillips Collection D.C., The Met NYC, Toledo Museum of Art OH, St Louis Art Museum MO and the Wadsworth Antheum in CT. I'm still in the planning stages of where I am going but these are my Must See Destinations for this trip and one of the main reasons why I am driving and not flying. 

I will select postcards from my favorite pieces that I've seen and send them to you along with a personal handwritten note (it will be more than, I wish you were here!) I will purchase, write and mail them while ON the road. 

The cost includes a postcard selected and purchased by me at the museum and U.S. shipping. (Please note that I will send them outside of the U.S. for additional postage fee of $1 per postcard.).

One Handwritten Postcard from the Road:
$5





Three Handwritten Postcards from the Road:
$15 






A Handwritten Postcard from Every Museum that I Visit (including, if dreams really do come true, the Johnny Cash Museum!) from the Road (This could be as many as 8 museums!):
$35 





 



An Artist's Study (Extremely Limited Self Published Book) Available NOW