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, May 29, 2017

Art Pilgrimage 2017 Pages in Progress

By special request, I've also added an option of buying one sided finished pages here. These cards are a study in letting go as I try to push my work in a different direction. I never sell finished, original pages like this (except as limited edition prints or self published books) so it's a rare opportunity to own an original. There are some other goodies available as well (including wood panel pieces, prints and handwritten postcards from the various places I visit while on the road.) I've been pouring my heart out onto these pages and I'm really happy with the direction that they're going in. I am eager to see what the fully finished ones will look like. 

You can take the journey with me by following me on Instagram, Twitter , Facebook or looking for the hashtag#ArtpilgrimageKK2017

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Just Added: June 24th The Collage Cafe Evanston IL Authenticity Finding Your Voice Through Art Journaling

I have been trying to get to the Chicago area for years. 2017 is finally the year that it is happening thanks to Lindy at The Collage Cafe. 

DATE: Saturday June 24th

TIME: Noon - 6pm; We ask that you arrive no later than 11:30am so you can settle in, eat lunch, and feel relaxed when we begin at noon

PLACE: The Collage Cafe, 1129 Florence Ave, Evanston IL 60202 *** please note, this is our new location ***

PARKING: Plenty of neighborhood parking on Greenleaf, Florence, and Crain (no meters)

The Workshop:

This workshop teaches a variety of NEW ideas in 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) acrylic paints and mediums, collage material, rubber stamps, stencils, pens, markers, tape and more.

Authenticity: Finding Your Voice Through Art Journaling 

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:

-Making a Journal from scratch 

-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 full pack of regular baby wipes, an apron, 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), container to hold your paint water, 1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) and  few 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 glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

I look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, May 26, 2017


Making art for others has always been a bit difficult for me. I'm trying to change it up a bit and am hoping that making art that will find their way into the homes of others will help push me a bit.

Spending the weekend working on my art journal pages (they are in books now but will be torn out later to send as individual journal pages.) I am excited about the possibility and eager to explore some new palettes. Above is an early work in progress shot.

If anyone watched any of the Wonder Woman premiere footage and thought that you may have seen me, you did. David and I won tickets through Golden Apple Comics to sit in the bleachers and attend the premiere. We were lucky that we dressed up and were picked to get tickets to the bleachers. We were also VERY lucky to have been in the front row of the bleachers. I posted several photos on Instagram.

For the little girl whose first (and only store bought) Halloween costume was Wonder Woman at age 3 in 1977, this was a dream come true. I'm still over the moon about the surreal experience. Loved the film and am looking forward to seeing it again when it is officially released. 

Here is Gal signing for me:

Now, back to work for me this weekend.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Art Pilgrimage 2017 Fundraiser: Original Art, Prints, Journal Pages as Mail Art, Postcards and More

"I don't paint out of responsibility. I paint out of need." Jim Dine

In early June, 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:
The Queen's Ink in Savage Maryland

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 original art, prints, journal pages as mail art, as well as postcards from the places I visit. 

Many of you know that my husband has been having health problems for the past year and a half 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 from not being able to teach as much as I had wanted to last year. 

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. 

Arms Wide Open
Original Art on Wooden Panel
Acrylics, Collage ephemera, Mixed Media
10 x 10"
Original Piece available (only one):
(price includes U.S. shipping)

Arms Wide Open
Limited Edition (signed and numbered) 10 x 10" Prints also available. Price includes U.S. shipping. Overseas customers, please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net


The Stories We Tell
Original- SOLD! Thank you!

The Stories We Tell
Limited Edition (signed and numbered) 6 x 8" Prints also available:
Price includes U.S. shipping. Overseas customers, please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net


Find Your Eyes
Original Art on Wooden Panel
Acrylics, Collage ephemera, Mixed Media
6 x 8"
Original Piece available (only one):
(price includes U.S. shipping)

Find Your Eyes
Limited Edition (signed and numbered) 6 x 8" Prints also available:
Price includes U.S. shipping. Overseas customers, please email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net


Original Journal Pages as Mail Art from the Road
Approximately 5 1/2 x 7"

I rarely, if ever, sell finished work. My journals that I sell are work in progress books for YOU to finish so this is something very special and very rare. You will receive an original, one of a kind, double sided page (front and back) from my journal (in the form of mail art.) The page that you will receive will be art as you see it (fully finished) on my blog. Not a copy. Not a print. An original, handmade, one of a kind piece of finished (NOT work in progress) artwork. What I mean by that is, expect a fully layered (collage, paint, mixed media and journaling) finished art journal page. I have been working on these pages in advance and will finish them while on the road. Each day while on the road, I will take the time to add something personal from my daily experiences to your journal page (that means journaling, doodling, drawing, embellishing, noting date and location of where I am, etc...)

These are extremely limited and once they're gone, they're gone. Catch an original journal page from me while you can.

Please note: I will mail these ANYWHERE in the world. Even Antarctica.

$60 (finished front and back journal page) includes postage 


By request, I've added a ONE sided journal page option (Please note that this is NOT a finished front AND back but a fully finished ONE sided journal page, front only.)

$30 (finished front journal page) includes postage 


Postcards from the Road

While I'm on the road, I plan on visiting a handful of art galleries (including but not limited to MFA Boston (for Matisse in the Studio), Brooklyn Museum (for Georgia O'Keeffe Living Modern), Van Gogh, Matisse and more at the National Gallery in D.C. as well as the Art Institute of Chicago. 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. 

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. I will send them outside of the U.S. for additional postage (Postage overseas would be an additional $1 per postcard.).

One Handwritten Postcard from the Road:

Three Handwritten Postcards from the Road:

Five Handwritten Postcards from the Road:

Thank you so much for your support!