Tuesday, February 21, 2017



well....i got our first project completed today! our mixed media class 'Letting Go' has a few openings....we have a wednesday class, 11-1:30 and a thursday evening class, 6-9:30...our studio is at Femmage... 946 Tyler St, Benicia, CA 94510. This piece was done with watercolors and several collage layering techniques...then i tore it all up and glued it back together in a matted frame...i will be making another with brighter colors...a take 2, so to speak!

Let me know if you are interested in joining us!!!!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

oh yeah...digital artwork too!

i have been so busy playing with my mixed media classes that i have not had much time to play with digital artwork...but this wonderful magazine showed up Saturday to remind me how much fun i have with photoshop...just not enough time in the days sometimes!  If you get your hands on this magazine, read the article that goes with this piece...'Time Heals'...it tells my story of an event in my life that changed me forever....I am a more compassionate woman because of it....


Saturday, February 18, 2017

another rainy day here in vallejo california...sooooo...let's make a faces!!!

woo hoo gang!

what a day!!! lots of rain...lots of fun in the studio..
i am playing with paper clay right now...this is so fun!  of course it will take about a million years to dry in this weather...but there is always a low heat oven to the rescue!
i have 2 weeks off from class and i want to have some fun 'new' projects for the amazing artists that take my class....soooooo....paper clay dolls....i am kind of afraid to paint this guy cuz he looks so cool as is...i plan to give him some arms and legs too...i will keep you posted!!!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Last Night at class

What a great time i have had with my 'Letting Go' mixed media classes this past 6 weeks! look at these happy faces!!!
 we have been working on 24 paged books....and they turned out amazing!  but what is most exciting to me is to witness the personal growth that these women explore through creativity!  these photos are mostly from the thursday night class, sorry wednesday class....was focused on the binding of the books i guess....
and as usual....the teacher remains the student....







Monday, February 13, 2017

our last class!

there are 24 of us playing together for the past five weeks....our final class, playdate is this week.  i am both excited and sad to see this class end. it has been an amazing experience for me.  we have created some incredible books together.  we will be binding our 24 page books with a coptic binding....but first!  we have to finish the last 4 pages....oh no....time is short in class....it goes so fast....and we want to bind our books!  what shall we do?!   aha!  i am going to give them a project technique that will take them 1 minute per page...impossible you say?  now, this is exciting!  their pages are already prepped and ready to go...so...
paint, stencils, rubbing alcohol and paper towel....and 1 minute!
they will add their own focal points at a later time....how fun is this!!!!!!!
stay tuned.....

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Learning as I go!

since i am a learn as you go kind of girl...i am learning, making mistakes, learning some more and making more mistakes....that is okay....i am doing it!
i got my video on you tube and i am encouraging people to subscribe....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6q92wFe8KU
my next adventure is to create a video on a 'Traveling Collage' a great way to create art while...yes...travelling!  ha!
have a great sunday...and thanks so much for stopping by!
AND if you are in the area....stop by this fun Playhouse/Theatre and check out some fun artwork....they chose some of my artwork to be in their play!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Mixed Media Book Class

A Rough Draft of a Video of the classes Book Project!

https://www.facebook.com/lorri.m.jenkins/posts/10209690379950510?notif_t=like&notif_id=1486735799612270yep....i said i was going to do it and i have!  i have purchased an adorable video camera and yesterday, after much clumsiness....i downloaded a video!  a bit rough....but that is okay...baby steps!  please enjoy walking through this book that i have created with my mixed media classes in Benicia, California!  Amazing artist women coming together and playing!  the video is too large to load onto my blogger so i sent a link....PLEASE  let me know if it is working for you!!!
thanks a million for the support in my 'sometimes' blog posting!!!

Friday, February 10, 2017

B8

B8 Theatre in Concord California, is exhibiting some of my artwork in there current play....the reception is taking place after their show on Sunday, February 19th....Thank you Grace Teo for helping me with this amazing project! I have a couple pieces 'sold' too!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Using the Gelli Plates for Class

As many of you know....i teach mixed media in Benicia, Ca.  we are creating books in this 6 week session of class...we are on our 5th week of learning a new texture background each week...so much fun!  this week we are playing with mini gelli plates...next week we will be binding our books!  

Friday, February 3, 2017

I am not a political one....but geez!

anyone that knows me, knows that i do not spout my political beliefs...i do not watch the news, i do not read the newspapers and i am very careful with whom i share my political beliefs...but geez...
in my own way....in my quiet, peaceful voice, i do have some very strong, core beliefs....i do have something to say!
this piece could not wait to be created!
"Divided We Fall'
that is all i am going to say about that....
have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Good Morning World!
Another attempt at my Blogging!
I am trying to figure out how to make a video and post it on You Tube.  I have a class session picked out to build the tutorial around....'A Traveling Collage Technique'...then there is the networking!  Painful stuff for this artist...
but for today...i am staying positive!
thanks for stopping by and i hope to make Thursday my Blog Day!


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Yay Me!!

I am published in the newest Somerset 'Gallery'.  Cant wait to get my hands on it!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Back in Class!

After not teaching mixed media classes for about a year....i was slipping through the cracks and not playing with messy glues, papers and paints at all....oh how i missed that Mod Podge!
Sooooo...after finding the perfect space to teach....i invited 12 students to join me for six weeks of fun mixed media techniques.  We are using an old book for the weekly substrates and it has turned out to be an amazing way to document the class!  i love it!
i am grateful for my students for they are truly my teachers and they have led me back to the passion of mixed media artwork.
this is class #3's project....fun, right?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


good morning bloggers...
as usual...it has been eons since i wrote in my blog!
my son is setting up a website for me, lorrimarie.com, and i need to keep this current for the blog....good luck, right?
well....i am represented in the newest 'Gallery' magazine with some of my handcrafted books....it should hit the newsstands June 1st!  so exciting!
AND...i have been playing with digital artwork...I will have a piece published in the September issue of 'Gallery' too!  This is the one they chose for publication...'Racing Roosters'...a very fun piece...yes, it is already SOLD but I am tickled it is being published...it is the very first piece I made with Adobe Photoshop!