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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

More inspiration...Bridges, pathways, stairs, and doors




You can never have too much inspiration.  I think the only downside for me is that very occasionally I just don't know which of my idea strings to tug on next, but that is something I put into the box of good problems to have.  As long as it doesn't make me freeze up!  If you missed it, I've also got a Pinterest board simply entitled Photo inspirations, with macros, cityscapes, landscapes, and seascapes. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Spring Synapses – an alcohol ink painting tutorial

Spring Synapses
Cyndi Lavin, 2018

This alcohol ink piece gave me a chance to experiment with several methods of adding details to a background.


The background was first created by starting with 91% rubbing alcohol all over the page.  I dropped small puddles of analogous alcohol ink colors into the plain alcohol and allowed them to spread and mix and mingle.  In a few areas, I directed traffic, but mostly I just let them do what they wanted.



When it was dry (which doesn't take that long!), I added several layers of embellishments.  I started with India ink, which does not reactivate the alcohol inks.  My favorite is the waterproof black India ink which I can apply using small pipettes.  Aiming directly at the center of the small puddle, I used a straw to forcefully blow the ink outwards in all directions.

After my initial ink splots were dry, I added more smaller tendrils with a fine point black Pitt Pen.  Pitt Pens are India ink based, so they also do not reactivate the alcohol.  The final touch, the white dots, were applied by Posca Paint markers, another opaque water-based pen that also pair well with alcohol inks.     



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Monday, May 14, 2018

Rain – an alcohol ink landscape tutorial

Rain
Cyndi Lavin, 2018

I'm not completely satisfied with this alcohol ink landscape, but it's my best so far!  I've clearly still got a lot to learn.



I started at the top and let each layer almost dry before adding the next.  Some of the sections (like the middle right side blue), I worked on texture with plastic wrap.  I added small drops of additional ink to some sections to create the pebbled effect.  For the sky, I took an old credit card and dipped the edge in rubbing alcohol.  I think I like the sky and the muted sun the best of all the sections.

The tree was the final addition, after everything was thoroughly dry and I had a chance to think about it for awhile.  I added the tree with a fine point Pitt Pen, my favorite pen to use for tiny details.  Pitt Pens are India ink based.  You could also use alcohol based markers like Permapaques.  I'm still mostly using the alcohol inks that I made myself (tutorial link), but I've also started supplementing with some Pinata inks.


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Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Photo inspirations




If you're anything like me, you find photo images very inspiring to browse through when you're looking for your next idea for a color palette, composition, or even theme.  I've put together a Pinterest board that has several sections: Macros and close-ups, Cityscapes, Landscapes, and Seascapes. 

Monday, May 07, 2018

Alcohol inks get easier...

Hydrangeas
Cyndi Lavin, 2018

...but not much less frustrating!  I would say that at this point, I've got about 33% control and 67% luck.  I am still using mostly my own homemade alcohol inks (tutorial at the link), but I've supplemented them with some brand name metallic inks and an opaque white.

I've tried both India ink and alcohol-based markers like my beloved Pitt pens or Permapaque markers to add details after the painting dries, and I really like both about equally.  It just depends upon what exactly I want to add.  In the Hydrangeas piece shown above, I wish that I had used white ink markers instead of the black.  So in the next piece, I experimented with white.



For Spring Frenzy, I started with some plain alcohol on the page, and dropped ink puddles into it.  I covered it with plastic wrap and and allowed it to dry completely.  The wrap is what made the lines and the appearance of texture.


To the dried background, I added drops of White India ink and used a straw to blow them outward.  I finished them off by adding some small details with colored Permapaque markers.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Some early experiments with alcohol inks

Rainbow Gravity
Cyndi Lavin, 2018

Whenever I start up with a new medium, I always expect it to be easy.  I don't know why.  Experience has certainly not borne out this cock-eyed optimistic view of life, but nonetheless...

So, I'm humbly sharing some of my earliest "paintings" with alcohol inks.  Yikes!  Over time, I have gotten better, though I'm nowhere near the proficiency level of the best pieces that you see on Pinterest!

Please visit my tutorial on making your own alcohol inks.  It's way way cheaper than buying them ready-made, though as I get better at working with them, I may decide to add some of the Pinata or Ranger colors.  I know the pieces that follow are not that good...they are my baby beginner practice pieces!




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Monday, April 23, 2018

Falling Further In - an acrylic pour mixed media painting tutorial

Falling Further In
Cyndi Lavin, 2018


I have been trying some different swipe methods with my acrylic pours, and I recently stumbled onto a technique that I REALLY like.  A lot!  Here's what I did:


1. Since I was just experimenting, I used an old masonite board that already had some dried puddles on it.  You can see the rough surface in the middle.  After painting the background with Black gesso, I added my paints on the diagonal as you can see.  The basic formula for all of the paints is as follows:
1 part heavy bodied acrylic paint
2 parts GAC100
9 to 12 parts Floetrol or GAC800
Dash of 91% rubbing alcohol
Spray of silicone (except in the base color, white)


2. Here are the colors I used: Titanium white, Medium magenta, Hansa yellow light, Cobalt teal, Dioxazine purple



3. I used an old plastic card to drag the paint from the center towards one corner.




4. I added more paint and swiped it towards the opposite corner. 



5. After living with it for awhile (and letting it dry completely), I chose an orientation and applied a paper mask to the piece.  Outside of the mask was hit by some thinned White gesso with a foam roller.  The black lines are waterproof India ink

Prints are for sale at the link
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