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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Book review: Intuitive Painting Workshop


Do you wish you had more time to paint, to learn new techniques, and to just GROW?  Alena Hennessy feels your frustration, and she has provided the means.  Alena is the teacher of a popular online course called A Year of Painting, and now she has made it possible for you to keep up your motivation through her fabulous new book, Intuitive Painting Workshop, published by North Light Books.

The book is jam-packed with beautiful and inspiring pieces painted by both Alena and by her many many students, so you will be exposed to different styles and color palettes just as you would be in a classroom.  Each month features a lesson, with enough step-by-step instructions that you won't ever feel lost, but with enough freedom that you also won't ever feel constrained.  And even the instructional photos are beautiful!  It's such a treat to browse through this book and be struck on every page by how gorgeous the world of color, light, and line can be.

Even though I'm a little late in starting, I think I'm going to work through Alena's book this year.  The piece for January is supposed to include a word or phrase for an intention for the new year.  I think my word for the year needs to literally be the word "intentional."  With the nerve and muscular problems that I've been having that have slowed down my rate of production, I really need to make every piece I create count, at least for me.  Not expecting masterpieces here, just pieces that I enjoy making and hopefully enjoy looking at!


Monday, February 01, 2016

Book review: Acrylic Color Explorations


Yeah, yeah...I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but really!!  Have you ever seen anything more cheerful than the cover of Chris Cozen's Acrylic Color Explorations?  Published by North Light Books, Chris's book is completely captivating and full of color information that is presented in an easy-to-apply way.  

Sure, you already know the color wheel, but did you know that you can create color wheels and charts that evoke different moods?  These are based upon shade, tints, or tones of alternative "primary" colors.  By following along with Chris's demonstrations and exercises, you will learn how to  guarantee that the colors you pick will work together.  I'm extremely excited by this book and her concepts, because I work almost exclusively with acrylics in my fabric and paper pieces, and I know from sad personal experience that not every blue and yellow is going to give you a beautiful green!

An exuberant piece by Chris Cozen

You'll probably want to work through this book several times  Not only are the exercises helpful, but there are just so many variations you can try with each one.  In addition, informative profiles with painters are included which you will want to read through and absorb.   

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Book review: The Little Guide to Mastering Your Sewing Machine


This book is totally adorable!  Have you been wanting to once and for all become one with your sewing machine?  Are you tired of being intimidated?  Well, Sylvie Blondeau has the remedy for your fears in her new book, The Little Guide to Mastering Your Sewing Machine: All the Sewing Basics, Plus 15 Step-by-Step Projectspublished by Schiffer Publishing.

Spiral bound at the top and with a fold-out easel style bottom, this cheerful and informative book will sit right alongside you while you learn to use your machine with confidence.  Not only will it teach you the parts and how to set it up, but also how to sew straight, master different stitches, and even sew in a zipper...painlessly!  But that's not all...

Flip the book over, and there are 15 sweet projects to guide you through using all your new skills.  Because everyone knows, if you don't use new techniques pretty quickly, you don't truly own them.  The projects include a reversible hat, cushions, curtains, a tote bag, a baby quilt, a table runner, and more!

So pull it out of storage, dust it off, and prepare to be amazed just how easy it is to do your own basic sewing by machine!


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Recent mixed media jewelry pieces

Metal Mesh Ribbon Necklace


For those of you who love to make wearables, I've got some jewelry tutorials to catch you up on!  The links will take you directly to the tutorials over on Beading Arts.  For older pieces, make sure you check out the Tab at the top of this page marked Wearable Art.



Cloth + Sparkle Bracelet

Cloth + Sparkle bracelet

Chocolate bag bracelet

Shibori wild rose necklace

Metal mesh ribbon necklace

Shamballa ribbon bracelet

Purple pleated silk shibori bracelet

Copper + turquoise necklace

All Buttoned Up pin


Copyright 2016 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Spring Returns to the Land - a landscape crazy quilt block

Spring Returns to the Land
10x8"
Cyndi Lavin, 2016

A two-part tutorial for this quilt can be found on Beading Arts!

Copyright 2016 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

Welcome (back) to Mixed Media Artist!


Hi, I'm Cyndi, and I've been writing and updating Mixed Media Artist since 2005.  If you're a new visitor, welcome! Come travel with me through a mixed media art wonderland, where no materials are considered too strange to use in making something!  My constant cry as a young child was, “Please Mommy! Don’t throw that out. I can make something out of that!” No surprise that years later, it became the cry of my daughter as well (pictured above). It’s wonderful having a kindred spirit to share with. I hope that you each have someone in your life to share your passions with, and I hope that you’ll come and share them with me as well.

A few years ago, I had to cut back and consolidate a bit in my writing, so Mixed Media Artist has become more or less of an archive site, filled with tutorials on image transfers, fabric and paper painting, art quilts, collage, digital work, book arts, and wearables.  You will find links to all of these up in the tabs at the top of the page.  Every new post that I add to the site, however infrequently, will be indexed in one of those round-ups. Please visit me at Beading Arts for more frequent updates and my latest work and tutorials.

Copyright 2016 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. None of the tutorials or information on this site is to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. It may be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including the copyright notice, remains intact.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Time off

Rising Mist, my last quilt
You're probably wondering why there haven't been any new projects here for awhile.  Well, the problem is that I've got a pinched nerve in my neck, which is not only painful, but is also interfering with my shoulder and left hand through the nerve pathway.  I had to make a decision which blog to concentrate on, and Beading Arts won.  I'm sorry, but I had to hold on to my first love and let most everything else go.

I am doing physical therapy and am working hard to heal, but it takes time.  It's also problematic, as many of you can probably relate, because I have the tendency to hunch over my work which makes it even worse.  I'm not sure how successful I'll be in training myself to stop, but I'm working on it!

Meanwhile, make wonderful things, and please do visit me on Beading Arts.  When I'm able to start quilting and collaging again, I'll also start posting here again.

Love you all!

Monday, July 28, 2014

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