Puppet making tutorial 1 – A lizard

Puppet making tutorial 1 – A lizard

I’m sharing a new project here that I hope you will enjoy.

As a lot of you right now, my daily life looks very different from two months ago. Like almost everyone in the world I had to adapt to a new (and temporary) way of living. I cannot tattoo and the puppet performance from Slow Blink Collective that I’m part of and that we were going to perform in late March had to be postponed.

I found myself with all this time on my hands and it has not been easy to manage it. But I have been working on a couple different things including this project. Inspired by the class idea that I would have been teaching in person and by the knowledge that all this stay home situation is very difficult for the kids and parents.

This last spring I was going to be teaching a puppet making class at an elementary school here in Portland, OR. I was invited by Latino Network to work as an instructor in their Studio Latino program in partnership with SUN after school program. I was very excited about the idea and the program coordinators too, since it was going to be a new class. COVID19 arrived and you know the rest, school and almost everything else was cancelled.

This is the first video tutorial that I have ever made so I have a lot to learn and I welcome positive feedback. If people like it I will make more because I enjoyed making it and also sharing fun activities.

Take care of yourself and your loved ones and stay connected.

New Collaboration with Rise Up Good Witch!

New Collaboration with Rise Up Good Witch!

Through the years Corinna, from Rise Up Good Witch and I have been collaborating. It always turns out in a great thing. She usually tells me an idea or concept and I draw it.

This time she asked me to work with her in a “Love Spell”. She told me the plants she wanted to see and mentioned the phases of the moon, giving me total freedom for the composition. She is using the design for some labels, stickers and other things.

Corinna and Rise Up Good Witch have a Patreon subscription, a podcast, offers tarot readings and herbals and keeps a great Instagram content. Go check her work!

Corinna and I know each other from the time that she was living in Portland in 2009 or 2010 and we were doing yoga together. We have been friends since then and even if she kept moving to different places we stayed in contact. It has been great to see her growing.

Winter Solstice Puppet Show

Winter Solstice Puppet Show

After a year of taking a rest we decided to come back and do a show this Solstice. I have been part of this project for 14 years and I’m happy that we still putting a show out as a gift to our community in the darkest night. Some people left, some new people joined us, show is happening!

Come celebrate with us.

Two shows: 7 pm & 10 pm at PICA 15 NE Hancock St. – 97212 Portland, Oregon

Donations are highly appreciated since rent of space keeps going up every year.

Happy Solstice and stay warm!

Uncensored Celebration benefit for ACLU of Oregon

Uncensored Celebration benefit for ACLU of Oregon

I made a poster for Uncensored Celebration, an art show benefit for the ACLU of Oregon celebrating free expression and social justice. Local artists were call to design a poster around the main fights that ACLU of Oregon is having right now. I decided to focus on immigrants rights and the NO TO MEASURE 1O5 which will be in the ballot next November election and it’s trying to remove Oregon from being a Sanctuary State.

The all process of making the poster was a great experience for me. Attending some meetings at ACLU with other artists and learning about their work. Meeting other artists that want to help with their work to inspire change and work towards social justice. The making of the poster. I’m very happy with it. Sadly I couldn’t use the colors I had on mind so the poster turned a bit saturated.

The exhibition will be host at Lagunitas Community Room on October 4th. Posters will be for sale and artists in attendance. $15 tickets include two drinks and tacos. Please support this event and the work of ACLU. Buy tickets here!

Realicé un póster para Uncensored Celebration, una exhibición de arte para la ACLU de Oregon que celebra la libertad de expresión y la justicia social. Artistas locales fuimos llamados a diseñar un póster sobre las principales peleas que ACLU de Oregon está teniendo en este momento. Decidí centrarme en los derechos de los inmigrantes y el NO A LA MEASURE 1O5, que estará en las elecciones de noviembre y está tratando de eliminar a Oregón de ser un Estado santuario.

Todo el proceso de hacer el póster fue una buena experiencia para mí. El asistir a algunas reuniones en ACLU con otros artistas y aprender sobre su trabajo. Conocer a otros artistas que quieren ayudar con su trabajo para inspirar el cambio y trabajar por la justicia social. La realización del póster. Estoy muy contenta. Tristemente no pude usar los colores que tenía en mente, así que el póster quedo un poco saturado.
La exhibición será en la Sala Comunitaria Lagunitas el 4 de octubre. Los carteles estarán a la venta y los artistas estaremos presentes. Los boletos de $ 15 incluyen dos bebidas y tacos. Por favor apoye este evento y el trabajo de ACLU. ¡Compre boletos aquí!

Strange Dreams 

Strange Dreams 

Friday 30th from 6pm to 10 pm, 721 NW 9th Ave suite 200 (Ecotrust building), Portland OR.  Come have a beer, some tasty snacks, listen to some music and dance if you feel like it. The work of over 20 artist will be on the space.

Strange Dreams brings together a new collective of Portland artists showing work sparked by the confusion, anger, and surrealness of the current political climate. Perhaps you felt like you stepped into a warped reality on Election Day or Inauguration Day. Whatever the case, we are all collectively living in the same strange dream. Come grab a beer, have some tasty food, enjoy some tunes, and make your way through the beautiful space with pieces that reflect the times.

I made this series of inks for Strange Dreams collective show, I’ll have a couple more inks from older collections and tote bags for sale. I decided to donate 30% of the sales on this show to Voz Workers Center

$5-10 suggested donation at the door.

 Each artist will give a portion of their proceeds to an organization of their choice. 

Collection of tools

Collection of tools


“Collection of tools” is a series of illustrations in mixed media (ink & acrylic paint on paper and wood). Inspired on tools that people in the trades have been using to work for years.
Objects of art that can help to create new objects, to create ourselves, to create our stories.

Tool : a device or implement, especially one held in the hand, used to carry out a particular function / that with which one prepares something / a handheld device that aids in accomplishing a task / something (as an instrument or apparatus) used in performing an operation or necessary in the practice of a vocation or profession / a piece of equipment that you use to help you do a job, esp. something that you use with your hands to make or repair something / A tool is also anything that helps you to do something you want to do.


At Salvage Works from  July 21st to August 16th 2016. 2024 N Arguile -97217- Portland. (Open 7 days a week)


“Collección de herramientas” es un serie de ilustraciones realizadas en técnica mixta (tinta y acrilico sobre papel y madera). Inspirada en herramientas que la gente a utilizado por años en el comercio.

Objetos de arte que ayudan a crear nuevos objetos, a crearnos a nosotros mismos a crear nuestras historias.

Herramienta: un dispositivo o instrumento , especialmente uno en la mano , que se utiliza para llevar a cabo una determinada función / aquello con la que se prepara algo / un instrumento de mano que ayuda en el cumplimiento de una tarea / algo ( como un instrumento o aparato ) que se utilizan en la realización de una operación o necesaria para la práctica de una vocación o profesión / una pieza de equipo que se utiliza para ayudar a hacer un trabajo, esp . algo que se utiliza con las manos para hacer o reparar algo / Una herramienta es también cualquier cosa que ayuda a hacer algo que quieras hacer.


En Salvage Works desde el 21 de Julio hasta el 16 de Agosto del 2016. N Arguile 2024, 97217, Portland, Or. (Abierto 7 días a la semana).


A shadow of a forest

A shadow of a forest

7 pm on Wednesday October the 14th at Mazamas Mountaineering Center,

527 SE 43rd Ave, Portland. FREE and all ages.


“A  shadow of a forest”,  shadow puppetry by me (Virginia Marting) & Tim Brock – Improvised music by Lisa Schomberg.

Tim and I invite you for a walk through the forest. In the shadows you will find the value of Mount Hood and its nature confronted with the commercial logging.

 This small shadow puppet show is part of Environmental Impact Statement program presenting Sound Management:  an evening of performance, participatory installations, presentations, and visual work.

Other artist that night: Jodie Cavalier, Jodi Darby/ Gabe Flores, Heather Treadway, Lisa Schonberg/Secret Drum Band, Daniela Molnar, Ryan Pierce, Leif J. Lee, Kim Zitzow.


“La sombra de un bosque”, espectáculo de sombras realizado con Tim Brock. Improvisación musical de Lisa Schomberb.

Tim y yo los invitamos a caminar por el bosque. En las sombras encontrarán el valor de Mount Hood y su naturaleza confrontando la tala comercial.

Este pequeño espectáculo de sombras es parte de la progamación de Enviromental Impact Statment, presentando Sound Management: una noche de performances, instalaciones participativas, presentaciones y trabajos visuales.

Otros artistas esa noche: Jodie Cavalier, Jodi Darby/ Gabe Flores, Heather Treadway, Lisa Schonberg/Secret Drum Band, Daniela Molnar, Ryan Pierce, Leif J. Lee, Kim Zitzow.

The Grey Sun – paintings – February 2014 at Coffee House Five

The Grey Sun – paintings – February 2014 at Coffee House Five

The Grey Sun is a collection of paintings that I made from November to now. They are inspired by the cold and the winter, I worked with black, white and grey mainly, letting some greens and blues appear in some of the images. Some bare trees and a lot of stars. The sun is a star and the winter is grey. This stars keep appearing in the space, repeating themselves .
Acrylic paint on canvas and plywood.

I’m showing them for the month of February at Coffee House 5 on the corner of N Killingsworth and Albina (across the street from PCC). The place is open 7 days a week till 8 pm (6pm on Sundays).
Pieces are for sale and have a price but you can make me a different offer if you really want one!

Let it fall, let it cool – paintings

Let it fall, let it cool – paintings


To create this work I’ve been inspired by the season, by the fall by the cold by the coming winter.

I played with the idea that I can go or be small or i can go or be big.

November 21st to December 17th  2013 – Posies Cafe  

8208 N. Denver Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97217 (open Mon – Fri: 6:30 am – 6:00 pm & Sat – Sun: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm)