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Monday, March 27, 2017

Total Eclipse of the Heart - a tutorial

Total Eclipse of the Heart
Cyndi Lavin, 2017




1. Paint watercolor paper with mixture of black gesso and turquoise acrylic.  Let dry thoroughly.  Spread on watered down white gesso and cover with plastic wrap.  Peel off slowly before completely dry.


2. Working on one half at a time, run a bead of India ink along the center and allow to drip towards the edges.  Use black on the upper half and white on the lower.  The white will mix a bit with the black.  Spray the ink with two coats of Krylon acrylic spray.  



3. Paint the piece with very watered down acrylics, adding and blotting to build up the layers.   

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Snow - a tutorial

Spring Snow
Cyndi Lavin, 2017


1. Apply tissue paper to watercolor paper with gloss medium.  Spray paper to wet it, and add India ink drips from near the top (piece shown upside down from the way it was worked).  Smudge crimson and turquoise acrylics near top and use white gesso on a foam brush to smear it down the page.  Add yellow with fingers to any white areas and to highlight the tissue paper.



2. Mist with water and allow colors to mingle.  Dig circle shapes through the upper layers of paint with biscuit cutters.  Add some smears of interference violet paint.  Add magenta paint to what is now the bottom of the piece.



3. Stamp with bubble wrap.  Use masking tape to create plant shapes.  



4. Use a foam roller to lightly roll white gesso over plant shapes.  When dry, remove them.



5. Cut out pieces from the whole, and mount them on large piece of paper covered by a mix of black gesso and dark turquoise.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Experiments with gesso masks


Instead of using just acrylics and gesso, I wanted to try Inktense acrylic ink pencils to see what gesso masks would look like with them as the background.  My recommendations from these experiments is that whether you want your colors to blend or to stay put, you will have quite a bit of control with the pencils.


I grabbed some of the brightest colors and scribbled all over a small piece of watercolor paper.  Then I misted them with a spray bottle of water and moved them around slightly to blend some of the edges.


For my first experiment, I cut out some leaf shapes from card stock and rolled over them with white gesso, applying it heavily enough to obscure the background, but not entirely.


I added the vine after the fact :-)




On a second smaller piece, cut from the end of the first, I rearranged the leaves into petals.  This time, I added some opaque magenta to the white gesso before the first rolling.

  
After rolling with white, I left the petals in place, and added some painter's tape around the edges.  I rolled the center portion a second time, using black gesso this time.


To finish, I outlined the petals with a black permopaque pen.


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Monday, March 06, 2017

Justice - a mixed media painting

Justice
Cyndi Lavin, 2017
A few weeks ago, I got to hear a recording of Martin Luther King's wonderful speech that is commonly known as the "I have a dream" speech.  It always stirs me.  Although I didn't have this in mind specifically when I painted the background, I soon decided to add the lettering for the portion of the speech that King paraphrased from Amos 5:24:
No, no, we are not satisfied and will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.

The technique for painting this is basically the same as Firefly's Dance from a few weeks ago.  The major difference is that I first adhered a layer of wrinkled tissue paper to my substrate before painting.  



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