Sunday, November 19, 2017

is it possible?

i have to admit i have not posted in my blog lately on purpose....a conscious effort to NOT blog...
i post on facebook.....i make YouTube videos....i even post some things on instagram...are people saying 'Geez...it is that LorriMarie.....again!'?
do i really have something new to say?  something new to show you?  am i boring you to death? have you had enough of me?
these are the questions that i ask myself....and then....
i get so excited to show what 'newness' i am playing with....new techniques i want to share!
what if you are not on facebook?  how will you find my channel on YouTube?
i am a full time artist....i create, i teach, i share....
so....with that being said...here are three of the newest videos i have posted on YouTube...
1-a completed altered book
2-how to make fun dandelion puff paintings
3-a 2 page spread that i created in my new altered book with fabric and gesso...
so....if you have HAD enough of me....sign off....if i still have your attention...thank you for the support and i hope you are being inspired!
go create, go play, go have fun......see you on the table!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2iQZuD4ukQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMy1RWB20Sc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8KMmtOjJwc

Thursday, November 9, 2017

as many of you know.....i teach mixed media...i love to teach mixed media...it keeps me creative and inspired.
since i have been in 'show biz'...ha ha...making YouTube videos....i try to coordinate my classes with my videos....it is good for me and it also helps the students....they know what to expect in class, what supplies to bring, and...after class, they can revisit the video for little reminders.
one really amazing benefits i have found for the class to preview our 'lesson plan' is that they see how i do it and come into class a bit more prepared to use their own 'voice'...who knew!  i love it!
so here is the latest 'altered book' video where i am playing with watercolor paints, inks, alcohol and a 'double pocket' technique....way fun!
enjoy....and if you have not subscribed, please hit the little red 'subscribe' button so you will be notified when a new video is hot off the presses!
see you on the table!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKJ9O2gOY3g

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

gotta love pajama day!

so....when was your last pajama day?
well....my world comes to a screeching halt every once in a while and i just have to stay in my jammies and play...unapologetically...in my studio...and today was one of those days!
i cancelled all my obligations and just played!
i am creating a 'one of a kind' journal for my granddaughter's birthday.....
i am creating new techniques for the upcoming altered book class...
i am creating a video on the completed altered book....
sometimes my 'physical body' has a hard time keeping up with my 'creative spirit'...no complaints...no complaint!
so...if you have the time....watch the video on the completed altered book....oh...don't worry...there is another one all ready started!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMy1RWB20Sc

Sunday, November 5, 2017

what were you doing at 'dark o'clock'?

sometimes art is so exciting that i just can't sleep....can anyone relate to that?
i am trying to create one YouTube video a week....and this week i have finished one of my altered books!  a bitter sweet thing in my 'book'!  but...alas...there is another book 'under construction' so i can keep creating....gotta love the expression of art...i do not know what i would do without it!!!  (oh yes i know....i would be one cranky girl)
sooo....here is the latest 2-page spread....
i don't think i said 'underpants' too many times for the advertisers to support my video...we shall see....i might be 'red flagged' already....
see you on the table!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzY8Rx5MzIM

Thursday, November 2, 2017

i may have said 'underpants' one too many times!

ha ha...now this is a funny story!  
as most of you know....i have been trying to get my 'views' on YouTube up to 10,000 so that i could become monetized....yep...make money on YouTube...
while i was in arizona visiting my eldest son...my channel tipped the scales and i achieved....'monetization'.....(said with a dracula voice for dramatic effect)...
oh boy.....i did it!
so this past week i posted my most recent video....
and....low and behold...today i noticed that it has been denied 'monetization'...what the heck....something was found...by their robots...that has been deemed 'offensive'....so....i watched the video again....hmmmmm...i did not accidentally swear....i was wearing all my clothes...what the heck...
aha!!!!!
i used the word 'underpants' to describe the under layer on the art piece....i guess i said it too many times...
well....lesson learned...
i have posted the video again....in hopes of flying in under the radar....but we shall see...
it is kind of funny....i think i may be flagged as porn....
'artporn'...gotta love it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ7bx1R8wbs

Upcoming Classes! Hope you can come and Play with Us!

so....it is that time again...saying goodbye to the last 6 weeks of playtime with a wonderful group of artists!  we create together, we learn together...we laugh and cry together....there is a sense of community that just happens with a group of creative minds unite!
so....i am taking signups for the next 6 weeks sessions...if you are close and you enjoy mixed media techniques...please...come join us...i encourage everyone to leave their perfection at the door and just enjoy the artistic challenges that present themselves...we ALWAYS create something amazing!
‘Letting Go’ 
6 weeks of Mixed Media Classes with LorriMarie Jenkins 
Wednesdays 11-1:30 or 
Thursdays 6:30-9 Beginning
 November 16th through December  28th (skipping Thanksgivng week)
Wednesday November 15th through December 27th (skipping Thanksgiving week)
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 .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
https://www.youtube.com/user/lorrimarie2002
Altered Book Class
November 12th through December 17th 
Sundays 10-12:30 

Class fee...$125 ($20 deposit is required to save your spot) (limited space)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Back in the Saddle.....

i got home last night after a delightful visit with family in arizona....
my dad, my former mother-in-law, my eldest son and his family....it was the best visit ever!  i got to spend a few hours with my son....we admired street art, visited his brewery, ate lunch at a  gourmet taco eatery and visited over a great cup of coffee while listening to music in the garden of a cafe.....wow....what a delight...
i spent time with my granddaughters....if they wanted to play a game...i did  too....if they wanted to create art...i did too...if they wanted to make trailers on the computer....i dressed up in costume and did it too!  yep...so much fun!
so...back home today and getting ready for class tomorrow....i wanted to make a quick video on the technique we are using...a bit late in the evening but....i got it done...
a bit of this and a bit of that....i do love mixed media!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKOhsMr2xwo

Monday, October 23, 2017

Altered Book Art at Dark O'Clock

rob and i start our days at 4 a.m....we do a workout for 30 minutes....yoga one day....cardio the next....then he heads off to work...and head off to the studio...quiet, dark...private time.  i love that time in my creative space.
this morning i made a video....the action part anyway....then, in the afternoon, when the sun was bright, i did the intro...
i created another page in my altered book....i LOVE my altered books...they allow me to try new techniques on a small scale...a 'study' so to speak...
so....i found a fun focal point in a hiFructose magazine....cut it in half...glued it down....well....another youTube video hits the presses!
see you on the table!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDkSBK-0VOQ

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mixing it up with Acrylic paint and Alcohol!

what a delicious day i have had!  i woke up at 2 a.m....i wish that was unusual....nope...played in the studio for about 4 hours and then took a nap...waking up motivated to make another You Tube video on my altered book.....oh i do love my altered books....such a great way to try new techniques and have everything right there in one...very stressed....fat book!
it is very unusual for me to have a day that i can just play all day...well....i do teach tonight...allowing the 'playtime' to stretch into the evening...but i have really enjoyed today!  i savored every snuggly moment with my puppy....i did my video editing in bed under the cozy blankets with him...ahhhhh...the life of an artist...right?
anyway.....i am very pleased with the video....a new technique for me to pack into my ever growing mixed media 'technique' inventory to share!
i do hope you have a chance to watch the video...send me feedback...and if you are making some of this fun art with me...please send me photos!
and....
see you on the table!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlexiDH_vug

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

gearing up for the next mixed media classes....

yep....life is more fun when creating something!
i am winding up the 6 week session of 'Letting Go' mixed media class....i am going to take a week off and then i am starting up the next 6 weeks......i never know exactly what i am going to teach to these amazingly talented artists....but...we do something new every week....how fun is that?!
so....i remain grateful for my students....the studio i teach in...my creativity...and the support of my family...and you!  now that makes me smile!
go create, go play, got have fun!
‘Letting Go’ 
6 weeks of Mixed Media Classes with LorriMarie Jenkins 
Wednesdays 11-1:30 or 
Thursdays 6:30-9 Beginning
 November 16th through December  28st (skipping Thanksgivng)
Wednesday November 15th through December 20th 
940 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 .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
https://www.youtube.com/user/lorrimarie2002
Altered Book Class
November 12th through December 17th 
Sundays 10-12:30 

Class fee...$125 ($20 deposit is required to save your spot) (limited space)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Resin....easier than you think!

before we get started with the fun stuff....i would just like to send some positive energy to those victims of the california fires...devastating...we were on high alert for evacuation but it never got that close to us....i pray for all the people, and animals that have suffered a loss....very sad indeed....

well....how could there even be a segway into art?  i don't know...

i was introduced to resin by a dear friend of mine and i love its thick, shiny surface!  it was a bit scary at first...but so easy..messy, but easy!
so put on some gloves and pour some resin with me!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFVGJLYbr68

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

it is not as bad as i think.....

so....i had mentioned in a past blog that i was obsessing over a 'thumbs down'...that is right....over 7,000 views...and one 'thumbs down' was what i was concentrating on?  really?  well....i got over it...haven't given it a thought since the day i wrote the blog....or shortly there after....
so....today i got an adorable email from one of my subscribers....she was apologizing for hitting the 'thumbs down' button by mistake....and then she could not figure out how to fix it....now THAT is adorable! poor thing...she felt so bad...
sweet, right?
moral of the story?
it is not always as bad as i think it is....usually it is much better!
thank you everyone for coming along on my process...
LM

Monday, October 9, 2017

such a handy tool!!!

i am half way through an altered book class that i teach on sundays with 5 amazing women...each bringing their own style to the table...i love to punch holes and add eyelets to my altered book pages for ribbons, strings, charms....etc.
i promised to show Cynthia how to use the almighty 'Crop-A-Dile II' this past sunday....and as usual...we got so entrenched in our creativity that.....i forgot...
so here is a video ( a short tutorial) on how to punch holes and install eyelets...the E-Z way!
see you on the table!
https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=WdPLogHUfzw

Friday, October 6, 2017

Foiled Again? Nope....not this time!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIdRWBaW7Ao&t=2s
I have tried many times (unsuccessfully, might i add)...to use foil and baubles to emboss...i have torn many a book cover off in dissatisfaction....until now!!!!  
i got my sticky fingers on some heating duct tape and voila!  i am having a blast!
i will be teaching this technique in my mixed media classes (Letting Go...properly named, might i add)...next week.....i am so excited i can hardly wait!  
so...check it out!
see you on the table!



Friday, September 29, 2017

Mailable Art Envelope and more!

i have spent the last couple of days at Femmage in Benicia.  It is so fun to hang out at that fun shoppe...and i have the art studio at my finger tips!
i made a video yesterday...i pride myself in 'one take' and that is good....but oh my goodness....the video was soooo shaky from me being over zealous with smooshing the gesso around that i had to make another one....my first 'second take'...oh well....
so...behind the camera for the second take...enjoy watching it...and pay close attention to what happens in the first part.....i am not shooting another one...just giggle along with me and....see you on the table!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JGqd3n81Yk&t=9s