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

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Bringing Home the Goods Portland Style


On the way home from teaching at Art and Soul Portland 2018. I had a grand time! It's an environment where ideas and creativity thrive. I was really happy to be there!! 

Thanks to everyone who attended my workshops and to everyone who made it all possible. I hope to see you at Art and Soul Colorado Springs in June where we get to do it all over again!


I plan  on a whole separate blog post of all of the mural shots I took.


Gifties from my Mom on the right: sloth purse and cat ring from Frock, Little monster figure (will insert artist and gallery asap), shampoo bar and hand cream.

Goodies I bought on the left from Collage: handmade paper, four rolls of tape and pen on the left. Pen on the right from Blick. I will share more info on the pens once I've had more time to experiment.


Books I bought from Powell's. They didn't have any of the art or film books I was looking for. I did find some Siri Hustvedt books which I couldn't pass up as they were signed. (Yay for trade credit and gift certificates!) The little heart cards I gave out for Valentine's week to my students with little thank you notes written on them. 

Mom and I are in Fremont until tomorrow staying with a friend. On Tuesday, my sister, brother in law and their two kids come to visit. I'll try to share some of our adventures that Mom and I had to and from Portland as much as possible.



Monday, February 12, 2018

Available for Pre-Orders: My New Self Published Book, An Artist's Study








I have been wanting to offer another self-published book for well over a year now and my latest offering, An Artist's Study, is several years in the making. This full color, double sided 22 page, hand-bound journal is all me in the form of color, collage, paint, text and love. It is part diary part visual dialogue part travel journal. It truly is one of my most personal and favorite journals to date. I am taking pre-orders now:


Pre-order price US$25 plus shipping

I am excited to say that this is my FIFTH self published venture!

An Artist's Study self published book will be assembled and hand sewn by me. Each book will be folded and bound the artist. They will also be signed. 
Pre-order the book BEFORE February 28th at a special discounted price as a hard copy (printed on 120 lb matte cardstock and hand bound by me) and receive a special surprise gift that is unique and limited to pre-orders for this publication only! 

FOR US CUSTOMERS:

Please remember that this is a PRE-ORDER for a hard copy!

The books will ship on or before March April 1st (no jokes! They will probably ship far before that date.)


US$25 sale price plus shipping

Overseas Customers:
Please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net if you are interested in ordering a hard copy.
PDF File ONLY:
(A link will be sent to you on or before March 1st. If you are in my latest workshop, An Artist's Study, you already have the pdf.) 

PDF only: US$15

The pages are 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" (closed.) This 22 page book is small and looks delicate but it is raw and honest. It is one of my most favorite works to date.

The books will be hand bound by me.

Want to order a copy as a gift? Please note it in the order or send me an email. I will gift wrap at no extra charge!
 
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.


 
Feedback on my Previous Offerings:
 

"I didn't think I could love the paper versions as much as the PDF, but they are so BEAUTIFUL!!!! What a great job, Kelly--the size, the paper, the colors totally do your amazing work justice--as soon as I finish cooking I'm going to sit down and disappear. Thank you! Even the package is better than perfect!"-MM


 "Hi Kelly! It is quite stunning, girl! I am SO proud of you!"-RC


"Amazing! I just opened it. The way you put images together takes my breath away. I love it! Of course I'm going to look over it more, but just wanted to email you right away! The book is awesome. Congratulations!"-J "I received the book yesterday in the mail, it is so lovely . . . thank you for sharing these beautiful pieces of yourself with others. The timing of this sweet book was perfect and I look forward to sinking into your images and words in the coming days. The printing of this book is exquisite and the colors are fabulous. Thank you for this work of art."-KB 

"Kelly! Happy Thanksgiving. Your book came yesterday; I am still reeling from all the beautiful artwork and big and small flourishes. I loved the stamps and the tape and the rubber stamping, every little detail whimsical and important (how you!!) and each page so filled with details, personal depth, etc. I hope this is the first of a series. Thank you for this intimate and inspiring sharing of your beautiful self."-CM

"Yesterday your booklet arrived. Happy dance! It is as lovely as I imagined it to be. I really love your pages - small wonder I always come back to your classes. Thank you for sharing this; it is a huge difference to just seeing the pages on the Internet."-AB 

"was neatening one of my many stacks of papers just now and came across Kelly T.M. Kilmer 's fabulous book she recently published! I put it there so i wouldn't forget to mention it or thank her- ah well. Anyways, she recently published a small journal that is a collection of her art journal pages. it is small and intimate. the printing is like a very expensive magazine. The imagery is so clear I found myself- often- touching the pages to feel their textures- its so real! Its put together beautifully and handstitched. if you don't have one yet, make sure to contact Kelly- it is the perfect gift for your favorite journaler. Truly genuine and honest work! I loved it! Way to go Kelly! You did an incredible job!" -JC 

 "Love your little book. Super cool and great colors."-TS

"Hello, Kelly! Your book came in the mail yesterday to my office address. My coworker said "there are such pretty stamps on that envelope." Why, yes, I thought, of course there are! I can not fully express how much I was touched by every page you created. Such depth in your words, and tender reflection in the combination of images and colors. I am always inspired by your work and encouraged by what you write. Thank you, so much, for sharing your heart and art."-CB

 "
Got my book in the mail yesterday and you did a wonderful job on it! Your work is so fresh, honest and open and this was a real treat to receive. Keep up the journaling as it inspires others to journal too."-D  

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Just Announced: March 9-11th at Everything Scrapbook and Stamps in Lake Worth, FL



My workshops aim to 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 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 there is a small supply list.

Beginners to advanced are welcome in ALL of the classes.

Interested in signing up? Please contact Everything Scrapbook and Stamps. Questions? Please email Kelly for more info! EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

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!





  



How do we create pages that reveal our own stories? How do we find our own voices in an unending sea of noise? How do we create unique, personal art from the heart?

In this workshop, you will begin by constructing your own art journal. After selecting a hardcover book (provided) that resonates with you, we will stitch our pages into the book. Once the book is assembled (this will not take long) you will then begin to work upon the pages learning new techniques in self expression through collage, layering, painting, journaling and much, much more. You will create pages that are rich, deeply expressive and unique to you. You will walk out with a new book, several pages completed, an abundance of new ideas and the eagerness to create many more pages.

Like all of my classes, the techniques that you learn can be applied to a multitude of art forms.

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 (if you have one), a container for your paint water,  1" 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.)





Sometimes we find ourselves in a rut with our color palette. Learn how to push past the same old same old and expand your use of color. 

Explore a wide variety of color possibilities! Learn how to go beyond the tube and get the look that you want in your artwork.

We will be doing collage work as well as exploring a multitude of mixed media ideas in this workshop. Prepare to get messy and be pushed (and push back) in this expressive and new workshop.

Please note that the ideas we are exploring also translate to other art mediums and fields.

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, any favorite mark making tools (I will have some to share) a container for your paint water,  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few, smaller, detailed brushes, a small container to clean your brushes (an old jar, etc...), 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

 



Art journaling is about discovery and self expression. Your journal is your safe place to explore, express and experiment. It's your place to get lost as you repeatedly find yourself between the layers of paper, paint and pen. 

In this unique workshop, you will learn new ways to approach your pages using paper, paint and pen. Learn how to push yourself out of your creative comfort zone. You will create cohesive pages that are completely unique to you.

Here are just some of the things that this class will cover:

-Techniques to layer paint and paper.

-Ways of putting colors together (there is no such thing as mud!)

-Ideas for adding line, shape and text.

-Journaling to express and experiment. 

-Lettering tips and tricks.

-Self Expression

-Creative Courage

-How to push past creative block.

-Where to find and glean ideas that you can translate to journal pages.

-How to find images and papers to suit your tastes.

and much, much more.

I am known for not traveling light. That means I will be bringing my favorite art supplies to share with you: acrylics, gel medium, stencils, pens, markers, rubber stamps, ink pads and some collage material.

Supply list: a small flat detail paint brush, a full pack of regular baby wipes, an apron, a jar for paint water, scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (please think about reading this when choosing your images), 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 and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) along with a couple of smaller more detailed paint 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.)


 

Bring your journal to class and be prepared to get messy and walk out inspired! 

In this workshop, you will learn how to brainstorm ideas for creating pattern, texture, line and shape on our pages. Learn how to take stencils, stamps and designs by others and combine them with your own unique marks (made by your own design and with brushes, pens, markers and a variety of different tools and toys.) We will also explore pushing these pre-made tools to the side and making our own one of a kind marks on our pages. 

Begin the class by making playful journal pages layered with paper, paint and more. Learn how to free up anything that may be blocking your creativity by making your own marks on your pages. Create pages that are truly your own.

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, any favorite mark making tools (I will have some to share) a container for your paint water,  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few, smaller, detailed brushes, a small container to clean your brushes (an old jar, etc...), 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.)


SUNDAY 



In this special workshop, work quick and fast, without judgment, the idea being to keep your inner critic silent. You will create a series of pages that are unique to you while learning a variety of new layering techniques involving collage, acrylics, markers, stencils, stamps and more.

After we spend some time creating this way, we will step back and think about our pages. Learn to look and process your pages with new eyes. We'll then rework our pages into all new original journal pages.

Supply list: a journal or paper to work on, an apron, scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images),  cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels or an old rag, permanent black ink pad (only if you have one), a container for your paint water, 1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) along with a few of your favorite smaller detail 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 paint and glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

I hope to see you there!