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!


Monday, October 16, 2017

My Weekend...My Sanity

I've spent the last few days cleaning out and curating my collage ephemera. This is the last of my stash for quite some time as I have nothing left but a small selection (posted about here.) I have touched every piece of collage ephemera that I own and everything that is sitting in envelopes by my side to be posted is the creme de la creme. I am hoping to be able to post grab bags this Wednesday. I will keep you posted.

Above is some of my special stash. David has some tests coming up this week and in order to keep me (somewhat) sane, I've made a bag of collage ephemera for me and I have my journal and glue stick ready:

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If you haven't ordered my printed collage sheet pack and you're interested in doing so, I'm going to be bringing the sheets into the shop to be printed on Wednesday morning. So, you have until this Wednesday at 9 a.m. PDT to order. This is the only time that I will be selling these sheets as a set at this price and I may not have many (if even any) extras. I will have a pdf file (print on your own) available soon and am also taking orders for that at the same link. 

Another bit of housekeeping is that I'm teaching in San Diego this Saturday. It's a workshop that I call, "In the Studio: Developing an Art Practice." It sounds like it might be a beginner's class but, like all of my classes, everyone is welcome. In a nutshell, it's a very special creativity class guaranteed to get the juices flowing.  

Last but not least, I'll be headed to New Mexico in a couple of weeks. I'll be in Santa Fe on November 1st and then teaching a very special weekend long class in Taos November 3rd through the 5th. New Mexico is one of my favorite places on the planet and I am eager to return. I'm also all ears for any recommendations. My Mom and I will be driving via Route 40 most of the way. Thanks.

"To create one's world in any of the arts takes courage." -Georgia O'Keeffe

Saturday, October 14, 2017

My Saturday

Spending my day knee deep (okay, maybe, ankle deep) in paper. Starting to assemble  my grab bags as I clean house. So many treasures... 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Just Announced! November 17th and 18th at Create Space Studio in Phoenix, AZ

I am very excited to announce that I will be teaching at Create Space Studio in the Ahwatukee area of Phoenix, AZ on November 17th and 18th. Cheryl has graciously opened up the doors of her studio space for these very special workshops.

Please note that I will be handling registration and if you have any questions, please drop me an email at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

Please note that the studio is not ADA accessible and that there are stairs. I will help students carry anything that they need carried up and down the stairs. Also, please note that there is plenty of street parking.

The schedule is as follows:

Friday, November 17th:
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Odyssey Journal
2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Juicy Journal Pages

Saturday, November 18th:
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Untold Stories
2:30-5:30 p.m. Tell Your Story: Visual Journal Pages as Narrative

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.

Questions? 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 workshops. 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 workshops at all!

If you have any difficulty with the paypal buttons, please drop me an email at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

Kelly's Phoenix Workshops

Friday, November 17th

The Odyssey Journal
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Who said that you could only make a book using expensive supplies? This is the ultimate class in recycling and creativity! We'll turn trash into a new journal with fun fold out pages.

After we've assembled our book, we'll journey through a plethora of new techniques in painting, collage and art journaling. Think you've seen it all? Eager to get messy and learn something new?

Let's spend some time on our own unique voyage through the world of paint, paper and creative exploration.

Supply list: catalogs with thick pages and anything with thick/heavy paper that you would want to use as a journal (think old mailers, college brochures, nice catalogs and more. I will have some for you to use. Some folks like to bring their own stash to use up.), 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, 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:

Juicy Journal Pages

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 some time spent 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,  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few of your favorite smaller, detail brushes, container for your paint water, 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.)

SaturdayNovember 18th
Untold Stories
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This journal is the ultimate in play. I'm always looking for new ways to revitalize favorite techniques. Think lush layers of paint, paper, tape, stencils, pen work and more all bound into little bundles of creativity.

We'll start the class by creating rich layers of painted pages. We've only just begun as we step back, revisit our pages and start to think about how we can assemble them into books. Before the tearing and the binding begin, we'll go through and collage our pages (yes, I will show you how to collage them so that when you fold and assemble them you will have pages ready for you to work on.)

After we've finished assembling the journals, you'll step back again and learn techniques for on the go or art journaling with minimal supplies.

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, 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:

Tell Your Story: Visual Journal Pages as Narrative

Where do we start when we put pen to paper? How do we translate what is in our heads to our visual art journal pages? How do we combine the visual with the written word?

Learn to combine paper, paint and pen to create visually expressive and unique journal pages. In this class, you will learn a plethora of layering techniques using not only your pens and markers but also paint, paper and more. Think that you know there is to putting your heart onto paper? Think again. I first developed this class to challenge myself and now I'm challenging you. Bring your journal and the supplies listed below (I will have plenty of art supplies to share as I don't travel light) and be prepared to spill out onto the page.

Supply list: a journal, 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, 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.)

I hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

25 November 2016 Journal Pages

After sorting through my collage material, I'm down to two Eagle Creek Pack-it Cube bags. I could go down to just one but since I like to sort my materials by things that I want to use now and things that I want to stash away for later, this is how it will stay for now. I also don't like the collage material to be too overwhelming. Some folks have asked and the only other way that I sort my collage ephemera is by whether I would use it as a focal image or a background. I can't sort by color or theme or whatever as I found out a long time ago that it doesn't work for me. 

All of the above doesn't include the heavy bag of collage ephemera that resides for my classes and lives in the trunk of my car. I like to keep that just for use in classes and rarely do I ever sort through it except to clean it out. 

How do you store your collage materials? What works best for you?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

24 November 2016 Journal Pages

I spent most of today still in destash/clean mode. I'm trying to do something every day along with everything else that's on the To Do List. My friend, Maria gave me some Elfa units so I'm trying to figure out where those should go and what needs to go out or be moved in order to make room for them.

I'm going to be making up some collage/art supply grab bags. I'll post when those are ready (or closer to being ready.) I'm in gathering mode right now.

On the workshop schedule, I have one class left in October (in San Diego.) Next month, I'm trekking to Santa Fe as well as Taos (for the first time! I'm also teaching one class all weekend long. Talk about heavenly!)

Blog Love
While doing some research earlier today on Taos, I found out that actor Dean Stockwell is also a collage artist. A google search will bring up a few of his pieces. There's a great article about him here. He's always been a favorite of mine.

Back to sorting collage material. After I'm done, I may be down to just one bag. We'll see...

Monday, October 09, 2017

Where Artists Gather...

We said goodbye to Maria's wonderful studio in Niles today. She'll be closing the doors in less than a week. It's been a space of creativity, friendship, laughter and good times over the years. 

I've often said that it's not just the space that makes the workshops magical but the people and what each one brings to the table. That's how I feel about teaching in studios, homes, stores, schools and more. Each place offers a chance to connect as well as reconnect.

I started teaching for Maria and our Northern California group at her home. It was a wonderful space filled with people that at first I adored and now consider friends, people that I absolutely love, appreciate and enjoy being with, something that often happens with art classes.

I just wanted to say a very big thank you:
-First to Maria who has made it all possible over the years by opening up her home, studio and heart to so many of us over the years. 
-Thank you to each and every one of you who took a workshop there over the many years that I taught in Niles and Fremont. I love seeing familiar faces as well as meeting new ones. 
-Thank you to David (the soap maker) who needed a studio space of his own and reached out to share a space with Maria.
-Thank you to Han, Rena and the other Niles locals who helped to spread word about the workshops.
-Thank you to Maria's family for all of the help and patience over the years.

It's hard to put the amount of love and gratitude that I have in words. 

I hope to see you at Maria's home in early December for a very special weekend.... 

Love and thanks again,

Friday, October 06, 2017

Prepping for Taos and Santa Fe: What I'm Reading

I'm writing this from Niles, California where I'm teaching this weekend. Starting to research and prep for my New Mexico classes in a couple of weeks. This is my first time teaching in Taos and I'm really excited about it. I've been looking for recommendations about the area especially anything art and scenery related. Really looking forward to returning to Santa Fe, too! 

Here are the books that I brought for inspiration this weekend...

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Now Taking Pre-orders: Collage Sheet Packet (25 sheets!)

For the past few years, I've been gifting anyone who takes my in person classes with collage sheets. I make them for my own use as well as for my students. People have repeatedly asked me to make these available to everyone and I've finally found some time to do it.

If you've ordered my self published books or cards before, you know the high quality of these sheets. I love my local printshop! 

I'm offering 21 high quality 8 1/2 x 11" full color collage sheets. They're not bound. They're single sided sheets on high quality text weight paper ready for you to cut out and use. They'll be assembled and shipped in a clear plastic archival bag (just as I store them at home.)


If you order on or before October 15th, I will include the additional four sheets above (there are two sheets in each of the above two photos) at a special pre-order price. I usually sell my collage sheets online (and in person) for $5 each. 

I'm offering these at a very special pre-order price: 


Plus U.S. Shipping:
$4 postage and handling. 

After October 15th, the price will be $35 plus $5 postage and handling. 

Please note that these are US prices only. For those of you outside of the US who are interested, please drop me an email and I will find out the price of postage for your country. 

That's 25 full color, high quality, 8 1/2 x 11" sheets of OVER 125 images for those of you who pre-order. You'll also receive a link to a PDF file of these sheets so you can download them and have them forever. Please note that the link will be sent out on or before October 30th.

I will be shipping these on or before October 30th via USPS first class mail.



Also available:

DIGITAL DOWNLOAD ONLY (The link to a PDF file of the sheets will be available on or before October 30th) You will receive all 25 sheets as a PDF for $20.

If you have any questions or problems, please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

Thank you for your interest and support.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

20th of November 2016 Journal Page

My next step is to try to figure out how everything's going to fit in the rental car. I have things to give away all weekend long as door prizes. I also have some books to sell (listed here if you'd like me to bring any specific titles, please let me know as I can't bring them all.) Still trying to clean out my little apartment... 

The page above was made when David was still recuperating from surgery and we were waiting for the first round of results after his surgery. It sums up my thoughts and feelings (for me) at the time perfectly. 

Been thinking about art making a lot these past few days and how I use it to process, explore and document my life and the world around me. I have never thought of it as an escape but more so as my sanity. I gravitate towards images, colors, shapes and patterns that reflect what I'm thinking and how I'm feeling.You may work in a different way but this is what works for me. Art is always what we need it to be... 

Friday, September 29, 2017

17th and 18th of November 2016 Journal Pages

“In every human being there is the artist, and whatever his activity, he has an equal chance with any to express the result of his growth and his contact with life. I don't believe any real artist cares whether what he does is 'art' or not. Who, after all, knows what art is?” ― Robert HenriThe Art Spirit

Thursday, September 28, 2017

16 November 2016 Journal Page and lots of news and links

My favorite pages are the ones that I can remember how I felt when I created them. What moved me, what angered me, what made my heart beat fast, what brought me to tears. I loved every minute of working in this little recycled journal (made from a recycled mailer, paper, etc...) and the direction that it pushed me in.

Big thanks to everyone who took the time to comment on yesterday's post or emailed me suggestions. I've added a few blogs to the post.

Been doing a lot of prep work lately. I'm teaching a new class this Sunday in Mar Vista and four brand new classes next weekend in Northern California. I'm also cleaning out and bringing some goodies to my classes in Northern California. We'll be doing giveaways and more during the classes as a way of saying thanks and goodbye to Maria's wonderful studio in Niles. It's been a great gathering place for so many of us for the last few years. Maria is also selling art supplies and more during the month (if you need more info, drop me an email at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net and I'll put you in touch with her.) Just a note, too, that while she is closing her studio, we'll be continuing classes at her home a few minutes down the street. 

I have a big announcement that I'm hoping to post tomorrow. Hint, it has to do with new collage sheets... 

I posted a few videos of recent journals (and upcoming classes) to Instagram (you don't need an account to see these, you should just be able to click on each link):

Two of my most recent completed journals. The first was done July-September. The second was done on my 3 week cross country road trip in June. I wanted the pages to remind me visually of what I experienced driving back and forth across the country (from the worst of things to the best of things, I wanted every emotion and experience represented and documented): insane amounts of fireflies in certain states dancing along the highways, devastating and unbelievable poverty near Niagara Falls (entire neighborhoods were completely empty for blocks), clouds unlike anything I've ever seen, miles of empty, open roads, etc... I wanted to challenge myself visually with documenting the enriching experience. I'll be teaching four workshops from these books next weekend at Maria's studio in Niles, CA and one of the workshops this Sunday in Los Angeles.

This book is extremely special to me. I worked on it while my husband was in and out of the hospital last year. I'll be teaching this book over a rare weekend long workshop in Taos, NM in November. I'm really excited as I have some new ideas to share for this book and I love being able to teach one workshop over an extended period of time.

Here are four of my latest journals from over the last couple of years. I'll be teaching workshops on them  at CraftFusion in Mesa, AZ (a new to me place.) The journals are in the store now. I hope that you'll love these books as much as I do. I love how different each one is and that you can see my style changing as I experiment and play. 

Thanks for looking!