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Monday, May 02, 2016

All Other Ground - a collage, part one

All Other Ground
Cyndi Lavin, 2016
When I started with this collage, I had absolutely no idea where it was going.  Each step seemed to just suggest the next one to me, although at the time I didn't know what the end game was.  Not until it was finished did the idea come to me from the old hymn, "All other ground is sinking sand."

As soon as I thought of that phrase, the point of the collage seemed obvious to me.

I've included information on the colors and shapes I chose, but you should chose what you like best and just use this tutorial for its techniques rather than to make a duplicate.  Make something meaningful to YOU!

Materials & Tools

Watercolor paper, cold press

Golden Acrylics:
Titian buff
Quinacridone violet
Sap green
Dioxazine purple
Quinacridone gold
Burnt sienna
Raw sienna
Carbon black

Walnut Ink spray:
Eucaluyptus
Terra cotta

Mate Medium
Gesso
Water
Rubbing alcohol

Foam brushes
Cutting mat
Box cutter
Clear ruler


1. Glaze paper with Titian buff.  While still wet, add patches of color.  Allow to dry.  Spray with inks (I used a vegetable bag as a stencil).  Allow to dry.  Top with a layer of matte medium and allow to dry completely.



2. Add a light coat of gesso and spritz with water.  Spray with alcohol to create a foamy texture.  Allow to dry completely.



3. Add matte medium to back and allow to dry completely.  Tear up.



4. Paint a piece of watercolor paper with golds, browns, and blacks.  Arrange torn pieces on top and adhere when satisfied.  Add a bit of matte medium to stick them in place and press with an iron to fuse the medium from step 3 to the brown background.



5. Use diluted dark brown or black around each torn piece to blend them in.



6. Cut a window in a piece of scrap paper the size you want and Cut out pieces that are about postcard sized.

Part two, next week!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Faux patchwork quilt block


I shared this tutorial awhile ago on Beading Arts.  It's a two-parter, and the link takes you to part one :-)


Monday, April 25, 2016

Dragonflies dance

Cyndi Lavin, 2015


Black marker, Derwent Inktense pencils, watercolor paper


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Monday, April 18, 2016

Grapes and wine glass

Cyndi Lavin, 2015

Black marker, Derwent Inktense pencils, watercolor paper


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Monday, April 11, 2016

Small tree quilt


Awhile back, I got very interested in stitching trees for my crazy quilt and other quilt blocks.  Kathy Shaw's surface design class made several patterns for trees available for our use, and I chose one of them for this small quilt.

Use tracing paper to draw and pin the
pattern to your block

I stitched the tree onto a block that has been sitting around my studio for literally years.  The fabrics are antiques, which is why the central piece is stained.  It doesn't bother me at all...in fact, I love that it was well loved and used.





I used scroll stitch for the trunk and major branches and stem stitch for the smaller branches.  The "leaves" are antique French sequins and size 11/0 red seed beads.
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Monday, April 04, 2016

Lemons and lavender

Cyndi Lavin, 2015

Black marker, Derwent Inktense pencils, watercolor paper

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter poster

Cyndi Lavin, 2016

Galatians 6:14  But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Watercolor papers, collage, acrylics, digital.

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