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Rage - a mixed media painting and tutorial

Cyndi Lavin, 2017
Have you ever been so angry that you couldn't even see straight?  That describes me two weekends ago.  I don't take it out on those around me...although sometimes I do have to warn people to leave me alone for their own good.  Instead, I prefer to take it out on the paints.  

Here's how I did this one:

1. Pencil a design lightly on the paper (only the inner swirl in this case).
2. Go over it with GAC 100 to give it a raised look.  
3. Drip thinned acrylic paints from the top.  Allow to dry.
4. Glaze over sections with colors as desired, allowing the drips below to show through.  
5. Use a black Permopaque pen to color the raised lines.  You can't see it in the scan, but I also used a turquoise colored pen to color the raised areas not covered by the thin black lines.
6. Add more lines from the swirl outward to ground the piece.

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Gayle said…
I LOVE this piece, Cindi. Yes, I can feel the emotion (cause I've been there not that long ago too!). But how great it is, that art allows one to put the energy of raw emotions to good use and create something beautiful! That's what alchemy is all about isn't it? You've inspired me - Thank you!
Cyndi L said…
Thank you, Gayle. I actually hesitated to post this, because I am usually fairly unrelentingly! I'm glad that you saw the point. I try not to let my emotions get away from me, but rather try to harness them and use them for good instead of evil :-)
Robbie said…
You need to get 'angry more often! Cool piece!
Cyndi L said…
Hahaha! Thanks, but I'd rather not :-)