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!


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Art Unraveled!

Tristan and I just arrived in Phoenix about two hours ago. We're all settled in at the hotel. I'm too tired to figure out the internet connection so I'm checking in on my blog from my phone. I hope to have a blog post with some fun links soon. I also have a review of some new Jetpens products coming up soon.

Below is a photo of a yearly tradition. Ever since Tristan was a little boy and coming with me to Art Unraveled (I've been teaching every year here since the first AU), I've pushed him on the cart up and down the halls. He's taller than me now but it still doesn't stop him from asking me!

Looking forward to teaching in the morning!

A quick reminder that I'm scheduled to teach in Fort Collins, CO at Scrap2It. If you've been putting off signing up, please don't wait much longer. I hope to see you there!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Oh How Much....

I miss this little munchkin!

Home for tonight. Heading to Art Unraveled early Tuesday afternoon. Looking forward to it!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

What a Great Weekend!

A huge, heartfelt thanks to my students and the Gang at The Ink Pad in New York City. I had such a wonderful weekend teaching. Special thanks to my students who were compassionate, patient and thoughtful. The past few weeks have been difficult but as I've said before, I'm trying to focus on the gift of love that my Dad left behind. Yes, I am deeply aching but moments like I had this weekend and the kindness of strangers who became friends mean the world and helped to put a smile on my face and laughter in my heart. Thank *you* for such a good two weeks of teaching (in both MA and NY.) The creativity pot was running over! 
Tristan and I are heading home to L.A. tomorrow. We'll be home for less than fifteen hours before we turn around and head for Art Unraveled. We're both looking forward to it.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Someone is Having Fun!

6 July 2012 Journal Page

I'm having a great time teaching at The Ink Pad! I apologize for not having photos from today. Tristan, my Mom and Jack had to drive to visit David's Dad today so I lent them my phone with gps. I promise that I'll take some photos tomorrow! I LOVE teaching here!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Guess Where I Went Today?!?!

Had a great time in New York City today! First stop was The Ink Pad where I loaded up on new toys. You can see all of my treasures above. The store is amazing (as always.) They have a wide range of stamps, pens, tape, and MORE! Definitely something for everybody! I can't wait to play!!!

We also walked around to some of our favorite stores like The Strand, Forbidden Planet and Toy Tokyo. It was fun exploring the city and taking photos. I uploaded a whole bunch to my instagram page (Kelly T.M. Kilmer).

I am super excited about teaching there this weekend!!!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

5 July 2012 Journal Page

"The idea that you’d have to say ‘goodbye’ to all this—even though it’s infuriating and maddening and frightening and horrible, some of the time—is even more infuriating and maddening and horrible: How do you spend this time without perpetually being so broken-hearted about saying the eventual goodbye? I usually say, in the end, okay, it’s love and it’s work—what else could there possibly be?" Maira Kalman

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

4 July 2012 Journal Page

I'm really, REALLY looking forward to teaching in New York City this weekend. Teaching, making art and focusing on my family and friends is what's keeping me sane. I am VERY excited to be trekking to and teaching at The Ink Pad Saturday and Sunday. I promise a very good time chock full of art, techniques, inspiration and laughter! I can't wait!!!! I hope to see YOU there!

Monday, July 23, 2012

To Journal or Not to Journal...

One of the biggest things that I hear when I teach is that folks don't like their handwriting. We've been finding and setting aside mementos and treasures like this for the past month. Things like this that can't and won't ever be replaced. Something totally unique to you, your handwriting and your personal touch. Something to think about...

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Bringing Home the Goods

The new toys that I bought this weekend at Ink About It. Stamps, papers, glue dots (for classes) and more! Fun stuff!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

A Great WeekendWeekend

A very BIG thank you to my students and the Ink About It staff for a most wonderful weekend. I loved every minute of it. As usual, the only disappointment is that it went by far too fast. I hope that everyone enjoys working on their projects. Hope to see you all again in late December! I'll show you the goodies that I bought tomorrow!

Friday, July 20, 2012

How I Spent My Day...

Having fun at Ink About It in Westford, MA! I hope that my students had as much fun as I did!!! Looking forward to spending tomorrow there! Class starts at 9 a.m.!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

28 June 2012 Journal Page

A busy day with Mom helping to get work done at her house.

All prepped and ready for classes tomorrow. Yay!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

27 June 2012 Journal Page

The above page is a tribute to my Dad and it makes me smile every time I look at it. I crack up, too. I never thought that I would actually use this label on a page, until now.

Years ago at the first Art Unraveled in Phoenix, my Dad took Tristan and I to a little Italian restaurant after I finished teaching. For years, my Dad always said that I did "craft shows." It would make me crazy. It's not that there is anything wrong with a craft show but that he didn't understand that I was an unconventional art teacher. I traveled very gypsy-like teaching art classes around the country. My job was an odd one and not one that was 9-5 but more 24/7. Since I started teaching I've lived, slept, ate and breathed it. 

So, we're sitting in this restaurant and I start peeling the label off of the beer that he had been drinking. He asked, "What are you going to do with that?" I told him I was going to make a collage. I swear that I saw the light bulb go off over his head. "So, you could make a collage of all of the different beers that I drink?", he asked. I laughed and thought if that was the only way he could relate then yes, I could definitely do that. After that he started telling people that his daughter was a "mixed media artist" who made books and collages. 

At one point, I was doing things with bottle caps and I asked if he could ask his local bartender buddy to save some caps for me. Well, the next thing I know, Dad drove across country (that's another story) and brought not one but TWO FULL, HUMONGOUS garbage bags of bottle caps. It was hysterical. I ended up giving away the bags but I appreciated the effort and that he wanted to help me. 

I'm looking forward to teaching this weekend at Ink About It in Westford, MA as well as next week at the Ink Pad in New York City. More info is here and you can find the samples in the store. I hope to see YOU there! (Don't forget upcoming classes in AZ at Art Unraveled and Scrap 2 It in Fort Collins, CO.)

Also, my latest online workshop, Finding My Way is in full swing. It's a work at your own pace workshop. It was a book that I LOVED working in. It's collage, journal prompts and templates as well as instructions on how to alter a book and create your own art journal using it. You can find more info here. 

I spent today playing with my nephew, hanging out at my sister's house. It was a day that was good for the soul. My little nephew is a cutie! He always makes me laugh and smile. He's good medicine now for all of us. His "Auntie Telly" adores him.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

On the Ground at Last!

Tristan and I are on the East Coast. Yay! I promise that I'll have a better blog post tomorrow. In the meantime, here's another photo from San Diego Comic-Con that I love!

Monday, July 16, 2012

San Diego Comic Con 2012 in pictures (with a few words)

In the Petco Parking Lot Overlooking the tents for Hall H
The Two of Us Happy to be Attending!
Adventure Time!
Photo Happy
Neal Adams
Eddie Campbell
Jill Thompson
Tom Morello
Night Bridge!

In Line for Hall H (thought we had no hope as the line snaked through the tents (as seen above), across the street, down the street, around the lawn and wayyy back to where we were along the waterfront almost near the Hilton (little did we know that we hadn't seen ANYTHING yet). Luckily, we did get in and even met some friends along the way!
Tim Burton

Sam Raimi
Jackie Chan (sooo many people didn't know that he was there! Sorry for the crappy pictures but he wouldn't stand still. We were SO excited to see him. We even overheard Matt Groening say the next day, "JACKIE CHAN WAS THERE?")

Love BBC's Sherlock series (was so happy to see Martin Freeman on Saturday!)

Cute Cosplay!
Sergio Aragones
Dave McKean

Gilbert Shelton
Eddie Campbell! I was quite happy to see Eddie again and to have him sign my copy of Alec: The Years Have Pants. He's always one of my favorite artists to see and I was quite happy to see him at the Top Shelf Booth as it has been a couple of years since his last trip to SDCC.
Brecht Evens Signs at the Drawn and Quarterly Booth for Matt Groening as Tom Devlin looks on (fingers crossed that a certain comic comes to fruition via D and Q as they know how to do things RIGHT!)
Brecht Evens hands Matt Groening his copy of "The Making Of" (a MUST HAVE!)
Brecht Evens (this man is amazing. Seriously. Follow his blog. Buy his books. Now. Trust me. (Brecht, I hope that you made it home in time to catch some of your 10 day party!)
Hey the Tick and Arthur!
Roger Langridge

Frankenweenie prop sets (these were AMAZING. I hope that they come out with a line of toys for it with tiny sets. Check out the bottles of paint and Elmer's glue in the back cabinet!)
Jay and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) at the Batman Cars

The Biggest Goddamn Line That I Have EVER Stood In. Seriously. We think that the line may have been over a mile long and I'm not kidding. It's to get into Hall H.
More of Hall H line (see how far we are?!) We really learned WHY it should definitely be called HELL HALL.

The People in Line Behind Us (the line snaked into this area.)
SUCCESS! We didn't think that we were going to get in. We were some of the last few who made it into the Hall before the panels started. We stayed in these seats from 11:30 a.m. until after 7 p.m. (except to stand in another line to go to the bathroom and to check out the line for the food. Think food prices in the convention center are nuts? Try Hall H as they know that you are TRAPPED and unless you bring food, be prepared to shell out big bucks.) We moved closer to the front after Iron Man to see Kevin Smith.

Quentin Tarantino!

The Great Guillermo Del Toro (Visiting Bleak House is High On My Wish List of Things That Will Probably Never Happen But After The Line From Hell, I Won't Give Up Hope.) I can't wait to see Pacific Rim!
Zack Snyder!
Peter Jackson! (Love this Man!)

Edgar Wright Teased Us With Test Footage from Ant-Man

Jon Favreau (Never Gets Old Seeing Him!)

Robert Downey, Jr for Iron Man 3 made one HELL of an entrance (check it out here!) We were at the panel for the first Iron Man so it was super awesome to be there for the latest film!

Kevin Smith Takes Over Hall H
Last Day of SDCC 2012! In Line to Get Into the Exhibit Hall
Seeing This NEVER Gets Old Either!
The Many "Faces" of Iron Man in Movies
Art Baltazar and Franco at the DC Booth. We stopped by their booth earlier and not only are they both extremely talented but they are super nice. Run, don't walk, and pick up their books!

Trevor Von Eeden was wonderful to meet. He was very kind and sketched "Black Lightning" for us in our sketchbook! Sweet!
Emi Lenox of Emitown Fame! (She graciously went out of her way to meet me at the Image Booth. Yay!)
The Madness of The Exhibit Hall on a Sunday Afternoon
The Last Sketch of SDCC 2012 was at Top Shelf  of Owly by Andy Runton. Andy's the best! He is always so nice to Tristan.
Some Highlights:

Seeing Eddie Campbell (especially at the Sunday Press Booth.)

Watching Brecht Evens paint.

Andy Runton remembering Tristan (and us! His first words were, "Hey guys! Eddie's here!")

Standing in line next to several big name creators as they had their favorite artists sign or sketch in their books. 

Seeing several new books to put on my wish list (like this one.

Discovering what's on the other side of the convention center (a little park!) (It's a positive way of looking at the Line From Hell on Saturday! My feet didn't like it but I was so happy that the sun stayed away for quite a while so we didn't get burned.)

Dinner at night on the patio of the Fox Grill. The food was eh but the view was cool!

Walking around the Gaslamp district early in the morning when it's quiet (I don't like the craziness of the crowds at night.)

Running into Kevin Smith at the Batman car exhibit (Jay was there, too!)

Robert Downey, Jr's entrance into Hall H. 

The surprise panel for The Campaign. I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. 

Taking my shoes off at the end of the day and being able to put my feet up!

My own bed after a few days of lumpy mattress hell!

My Boy's excitement and happiness to be there.

A small reprieve from an extremely sad month. There were several times that I went to call my Dad to tell him what had happened or let him know how we were doing and my heart broke when I remembered that he's gone and that I couldn't make the call (he called every day and his daily phone calls are missed by quite a few of us.) I had a little meltdown in the car on Friday afternoon but David has been so sweet and loving that after a look in the mirror and seeing a puffy red nose, I decided me sobbing in the car wasn't fair to him as time at Con is short and sweet so I wiped away the tears, took his hand and walked back into the convention center. It was nice to have a very happy five days that kept me busy and constantly on the go. I can't wait until SDCC 2013! For now, I'm resting my feet, my back and I'll be trekking weekly to my local comic shops until then.

UPDATE: JULY 18, 2012:
David's version of SDCC 2012 is here complete with SDCC experienced through his eyes and different photos!