Monday, July 17, 2017

Who doesn't like finger painting?

some ceramic tiles were given to us...we didn't use them...
some framed mirrors were given to us....we didn't use them either....
oh...but wait!
alcohol ink will stick to those slick surfaces...right?
yippppeeeee....how about finger painting WITH alcohol  ink....I AM IN!
so here is a quick video...a preview of what we are doing in class this week...
please watch, create, have fun and play!  oh....and subscribe to my You Tube channel if you have  not yet....trying to get 1,000 subscribers....phew!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLi9kPc50WU

Monday, July 10, 2017

who doesn't like stencils-by a self taught artist!

'we can do it'....so....how hard could it be, how long could a stencil project take, right?  well....all day....that is the answer to that!
i started out with a 2 part stencil and ended up toying with a 4 part stencil and spray paint...oh...a background.....ooooh....didn't like the first one so much....#2...much better!  
then how about some triple thick glaze on it....oh no....it crackled....right off!!!  what the heck?!  so.....how bout some resin....she is almost finished but i am thinking one more shiny coat of resin will seal the deal!
here is a video of me stumbling thorugh my experimental day....
was it fun?  You Bet!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Collage Composition

this is a preview of what we will be doing in class this week.....collage composition on a fun background!   please subscribe to my channel if you have not already...thanks for the support!!!!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Mixed Media Class...Letting Go!

I am going to toot my horn one last time for the upcoming class...I have a few openings in both of the classes and looking for someone that wants to play!  is it you?

                                                ‘Letting Go’
6 weeks of Mixed Media Classes with LorriMarie Jenkins
Wednesdays 11-1:30 or
Thursdays 6:30-9 
Beginning July 5th and 6th 946 Tyler Street Benicia, Ca. (Femmage)
I never know exactly what we are going to play with but it is always fun! we will be learning techniques in; background layering, fundamental collage, using textures and yes...we will be playing with a bit of beeswax this time...
This is an invitation to beginning and seasoned artists....I provide a safe place to play and to embrace those ‘happy accidents’ that present themselves while exploring the world of mixed media! You can even come in your pajamas!! I encourage everyone to leave their perfection at the door...
Class fee...$110
 ($20 deposit is required to save your spot) lorrimarie93@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/lorri.m.jenkins

Submitting to Arts Benicia...Mapping as Source

I do love submitting my art to galleries and shows...
the name of this show is 'Mapping as Source'
hmmmmm....so......i altered a book with the title 'Quest of the Missing Map'...serendipitous...no?  i find it funny to think that there might even be a map to follow in my art...i then added....'one page at a time'....ahhhhh.....that is better.  That is how my art..well...my life, really...works.  it unfolds, right in front of me...one page at a time, one day at a time.  my code name?  'Winging It'...charm or challenge?..i happen to like it that way!
the deadline for the submissions is friday night at midnight....results will be July 9th...i will keep you posted!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

we're having a heat wave...a tropical heat wave!

yep...it has been hot!
i spent the weekend in Coos Bay, Oregon with my sister-in-law and family...it was lovely there...warm but not too hot.  came home to some smoking temperatures....but....our house stays nice and cool...thank you insulation!
i get kind of squirrelly when i am away from my art for too long....so....i travel with projects to keep me sane....usually i do not bring enough to play with so the squirrelly-ness comes racing back...quickly....
i commit to 2 hours a day in my studio...it always expands into more...thank goodness!  so...today...i made a video on the 'pop up' technique for the altered books i am playing with...and of course...to guild the lily...i prepared the pages with bubbles using gesso and gelatos...i have not added any ephemera to the pages yet but i will...oh you know i will...and then some doodling!  yipppppeeeee!
if you have not seen the current video...grab a glass of lemonade and relax....take it in....be inspired to play!
thanks for the visit!
https://youtu.be/_1ktnWK10kY

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Wanna make an altered book?

I rarely repeat a class....that is...i rarely teach the same thing twice....but...i have had such a great time with this 'altered book' that i find myself wanting to share the six techniques that i used!  Some people will want to repeat the class to get more experience with those techniques....and some people will want to try their hand...and challenge themselves for the first time altering a book.  Your skill set does not matter in this class...we play, share, laugh and scream together while watching these amazing books take on a new life!
That being said....i am offering a 6 week class in Benicia for $110....what a deal!
let me know if you are interested....
here is a video to show you an example of what kind of fun is in store for you!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6II6nem4RMk&t=44s

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Gearing Up!

so we are coming to the close of another fun filled, 6 week mixed media class...we have been altering an old book....6 new techniques and much, much fun!  this class has been so exciting for me!  i am considering repeating the class, available on Sundays...1-1:30 if the studio space is available at that time....fingers crossed!
we do start another 6 week mixed media class the first week of July.  

                ‘Letting Go’

6 weeks of Mixed Media Classes with LorriMarie Jenkins
Wednesdays 11-1:30 or
Thursdays 6:30-9 Beginning July 5th and 6th 946 Tyler Street Benicia, Ca. (Femmage)
I never know exactly what we are going to play with but it is always fun! we will be learning techniques in; background layering, fundamental collage, using textures and yes...we will be playing with a bit of beeswax this time...
This is an invitation to beginning and seasoned artists....I provide a safe place to play and to embrace those ‘happy accidents’ that present themselves while exploring the world of mixed media! You can even come in your pajamas!! I encourage everyone to leave their perfection at the door...
Class fee...$110 ($20 deposit is required to save your spot) lorrimarie93@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/lorri.m.jenkins 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Another Video.....Somebody is having fun!

Yep....having fun alright!  i am uploading a video as we speak....Part II of the 'screen window' technique.  i adore making these videos and sharing techniques with others. it is actually what i do best...classes, workshops, pop ups, playdates.... 
i need 10,000 views before sponsors will pick me up....i am far from that number!
i guess at this point i could use some feedback....
here is the link to my channel....
https://www.youtube.com/user/lorrimarie2002
if you copy and paste it into your browser my videos will pop up....
1. are you subscribed to my channel?
2. if not,  why not?
3. have you watched all the videos?
4. are the videos fun to watch?
5 have you tried any of the techniques?
6. will you share these videos with other 'makers'?


Friday, May 26, 2017

Altered Book #3

what can i say?  i am having so much fun creating these videos...the house is being sorely ignored....(and my nails are a mess)...but i can live with that!
i spend the day at Femmage yesterday and thought to myself....'hey...why not make a video while i am here minding the store?'....so i did...(thank you Dacia for keeping me company)
i have tried to keep the videos 10 minutes in length...clearly i had 20 minutes of fun in this video...my apologies?  
so....if you are making an altered book with me....i would love to see your progress...your pieces...please...post them on facebook and tag me...or upload them to this blog page....is that even possible? dunno...
if you hit the little red subscribe button you will get updates on my current video
https://www.youtube.com/user/lorrimarie2002
and here is the link to the 'Altered Book #3'
go create...go play...go have fun!
https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=GKrLuWnORP8

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

i learn something new every day!

so...today what did i learn?  i learned how to link up my Blog to my You Tube account!  Thank you Denise!  
i learned that a grilled cheese sandwich is even better when shared with a 3 year old grandson...
and what did i teach today?  well....i published the  second tutorial in the 'Creating an Altered Book' Series.  i am trying to keep the videos to around 10 minutes....i know...for me....after 10 minutes in 'video land'...i start to get itchy and want to go play!
in this video, we are creating the cut out niche in the back of the book....so fun!  
i will not be posting any more videos for a few days...life is going to full of art classes and jig saw puzzles with friends...but i will keep you posted!!!

this is the link to my channel
https://www.youtube.com/user/lorrimarie2002

and this is the link to the newest video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL_jzULCPHk

Altered Book Tutorial

here is the link to my you tube channel....thank you Denise for your gentle guidance!
https://www.youtube.com/user/lorrimarie2002i have to say that i am having way too much fun creating 'how to' tutorials!  i was sitting, having coffee with friends yesterday morning and a question popped into my mind.  'what is my purpose?'...geez, really?  what a heavy way to start the day!  but the answer came so quickly!
my purpose is to spread the joy...wow...what a cliche...gag!  but it is true!  how can i do this...?  that answer  too is an easy one for me...
i teach art...well.....i don't teach art....i offer guidance on how to create art pieces....my job...if you want to call it that...is to allow people to play...providing a space place for them to laugh, cry, and experiment...guess who gets to experience the joy...?  yep...me!
i am so blessed to have a spot to invite others into...i provide some instructions...suggestions really...based on my experience, hope and strength...and step back and watch the magic happen!
yesterday i decided to start a series of videos on how to make an altered book...a bit more challenging than i thought...but i have never stepped away from a challenge...so here is the video...
https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=1-odnZEWkA4
so fun!
i have used so many different techniques in this book and i will make some videos on some of them...
oh....and i have made $.01 on You Tube....wow...rolling it in...ha ha!  the more subscribers and watchers that a person gets, the more money a person makes....hmmmmm....not going to order new shoes yet...ha ha!
to all those that have happened across my videos and watched them....i thank you!  
life is grand...
go out there...have fun...create something!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

not to be discouraged!

I bought a pair of Keen shoes a few years back at a local thrift store....they appeared to be like new...no wear marks at all!  but...they were an ugly beige nubuck leather...oh no....that is not going to work for this girl...so off to the shoe doctor with the intention of having them change the color....'we don't change the color on nubuck leather'...hmmmm....not to discouraged, i say some leather spray paint in red...'aha', i said...'will you just spray paint for me?" (batting eyes frantically)...'nope, not nubuck leather...it won't work', was the response of a professional......hmmmm....not to be discouraged, i bought the leather paint and skipped home to spray my beige Mary Jane's.
Voila...perfect...(take that Mr. Cobbler)
now...years later, those adorable red, Mary Jane's have seen better days....so...not to be discouraged....i bought some new, bright red paint and gave them a go this past weekend.  they are perfect in my book....
There is no place like home....right Dorothy?  especially in comfy, red, Mary Jane's!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Nothing but fun!

I have just published another video on You Tube...i have so much fun creating the videos...
anyway....i have been told by my students that i am 'so serious' on the videos....compared to class anyway...well....they are right!  i have been strictly business...so this time i told a quick little story on the video to give everyone else a little taste of my silliness...it is a start!
the book is complete and might i say....awesome!  i have spent many hours on  the book and have enjoyed every minute...cutting, adding, glueing, painting, and doodling!
i will be creating and posting tutorials on the 'how to's of at least 5 techniques that we are playing with in class.
i am so grateful for my class of playful artists!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_9WNzBIA1w

Monday, May 15, 2017

An Amazing visit with Cher!

I just want to share an incredible experience with you!
Handsome Hubby gave me tickets to see Cher for Christmas....the day finally came...May 12th!  off to Las Vegas we flew....we checked into the Monte Carlo....an older casino...Cher would be performing in the theatre tonight....ooooooh...excitement building!  we took an Uber to 'Downtown Vegas'...the older part....what a delight!  a tonic water in a biker bar...some de-puffer applied to 'one eye'...i could look 'that good' in 3 months for a mere $300...pishaw...not happening!...wandered around and watched the street entertainment...sometimes seeing more than i wanted to...like the homeless guy in a g-string...ew....put that thing away...no one wants to see that!
back to the Monte Carlo to prepare for the big night.....ooooooh...excitement is now building even more!
we walked through the smokey casino...oh....i forgot to tell you the advice that the Uber driver gave us.."If you want to make money....Go to work!"  ha ha....i love that...we did not gamble at all while in Vegas....yay!
anyway....we walked through the smokey casino to the theatre...people were dressed to the nines i can tell you....sparkles everywhere....me?  patched jeans, my cowboy boots and a baggy tunic....adorable as always...tee hee....
we spoke to other people there that were ready to jump out of their skins with excitement....me too!!!!  the show starts at 8:00...well...Cher is THE diva soooo...the show started at 8:30!
OMG!  there she was....big as life....everything i ever expected and more!  opening song and then she visited with us...telling us a bit of a life experience of hers.....then she proudly announced..."I am 71 years old....I have one question for you.....What is YOUR Grandma doing tonight?!"  Spectacular!  
you must know how this story ends....I LOVE CHER!!!!!  her voice is better than ever, she is authentic and powerful...she is talented and true....i loved every single minute....i was wiggly in my seat....i quietly sang every song with her...it was unbelievable!
i dragged my happy happy self out of the theatre and did not speak for as long as possible...not wanting to let go of what i had just felt....total satisfaction!!!
life is grand....go out and have an adventure!!!
thank you Handsome Hubby for making this possible!  you know me.....

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Ready...Set...Go!

next week we will begin our 6 week class....altering a book!  i cannot even tell you how much fun i have had with this project.  i have tried every technique that i will be teaching and my book is 'exploding' (literally) with deliciousness!
we will be playing with acrylic, watercolor...pockets, secret windows, carved out niches, pop-ups...collaging and doodling!  wowza!
i am so ready to play with my ladies!
if you are close by...come join us!  the 6 week class is only $110 and we leave all perfection at the door...embracing where each mixed media piece takes us!
this is the 'pop-up' page...now how fun is that!!!