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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Book review: Sew Creative


Do you enjoy sewing with children or grandchildren?  Do you want them to learn how to use a sewing machine but also how to do hand stitching beautifully?  My personal opinion of some books that try to do these things is...boring!  No kids want to make uncool, unhip, untrendy projects just to learn some skills.

What they do want are projects like these, which you'll find in Sew Creative by Jennifer Pol Colin:

 
Mermaid tail blanket


Chalkboard backpack

Click on this table of contents to see it larger

You'll notice that most of the projects are for beginners and intermediates.  Only one is considered difficult enough that help will probably be needed.  However, working alongside a child (either both working on one or each doing your own) will definitely add a lot to the fun!  I think a couple of Animal Neck Pillows are needed by my two grands!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Moonrise – a mixed media painting tutorial

Moonrise in December
Cyndi Lavin, 2017
Prints for sale

I showed you late last year how to do one of these deeper-toned paintings by using an underpainting (tutorial link).  For the painting at the link, I used India ink, but for this one I used a mix of a mix of black gesso and white gesso, as you can see below.  If you need additional details about how I did this painting, check the other tutorial for more step-by-steps.    

 

I used a mixed medium dark gray gesso to pull the top half with Phthalo blue and Dioxazine purple.  On the bottom, I used a lighter gray to pull Dioxazine purple, Quinacridone magenta, and Pyrrole orangeLet it dry.

   

On the bottom half, I added glazes of Hansa yellow light and Pyrrole orange.  After that dried, I touched up with the original colors mixed with White gesso.  When dry again, use a pipette to drip waterproof black India ink for trees.  My final step was to splatter the piece with a mix of Hansa yellow light and White gesso.  I should have done that before adding the trees!  Next time!



This post contains affiliate links: Dick Blick

Copyright 2018 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. The tutorial only may be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Crochet mania!




Last Monday, I shared a tutorial for crocheting a wave stitch scarf.  Also, there were other links to tutorials that I posted on Beading Arts:
Part one
Part two
Part three

If you enjoy crochet as either a mainstay or sideline of your artistic diet, please visit my Crochet Pinterest board for more projects, links to stitch tutorials, and inspiration!


Monday, April 09, 2018

Ribbon of Blood + Broken Hearts - an acrylic pour painting tutorial

Ribbon of Blood + Broken Hearts
Cyndi Lavin, 2018

Like everyone else, I cried the day that seventeen lovely people were murdered at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  That is was Valentine's Day only made it worse.  Instead of celebrating young love, we mourned the loss.

I don't tend to make a lot of political statements, and I'm not usually one to attend protests or rallies.  I have nothing against these things, they are just not my mode of being.  Instead, I vote.  I pray.  I make art.  I donate money where I think it will help.  The piece above, Ribbon of Blood + Broken Hearts, came from my sorrow following that ugly day.

It's taken me two months to post it here, because I wanted to be able to share the materials and the process with you, but at the time it was just too raw.


1. I decided to use the pour and tilt method of liquid acrylic pouring.  Gesso your masonite boards and let it dry.  Place it inside an aluminum pan, raised up on small cups.  Make sure the surface is completely level. 




2. Mix your paints.  This is how I did it:
  • Small blob of heavy bodied paint in a small cup.
  • Equal amount of GAC 100 (a Golden product).  Stir well.
  • Add self-leveling medium or GAC 800 equal to or more than the total amount above.  Stir well
  • Water, added a small amount at a time and stirred in thoroughly until the mixture pours easily.  This is the hard part to know how much.
  • A shot or two of silicone.  Quick mix just before pouring.


3. The colors I used were Yellow ochre with Red oxide, Dioxazine purple with Titanium whiteRed oxide with Quinacridone burnt orange, Cerulean blue, Green gold with Sap green.  Make four puddles of ochre on the masonite board, and top each with a smaller puddle of purple, red, blue, and green.  Tilt the board and let the colors run.  I added more red and swirled a skewer through it.  Re-level it and allow the cells to start to form.



4. I used Faber-Castell Pitt pens to do the sketching after the piece dried.  You can see that more cells formed as it sat.


This post contains affiliate links: Dick Blick

Copyright 2018 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. The tutorial only may be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

New gallery at Fine Art America

Particle Shower Do-Si-Dos
Cyndi Lavin, 2018


Last month, I mounted some of my paintings and got them ready for sale.  In my stumbling-around way, I eventually landed on FineArtAmerica, and decided that would be my new gallery home.  Right now I have a selection of pieces from my physics series available, and I am planning on adding more pieces: trees, geometrics, more from physics, and other abstracts.  If there is a particular piece that you'd like to have, please just message me at beadingarts at gmail dot com, and I will be happy to upload it there for you.

Prints are available in quite a few sizes, from 5.5x8 inches to around 3x4 feet!  And they start at only $20 for the three smallest sizes. 




Monday, April 02, 2018

Making your own alcohol inks


I've been playing around with alcohol inks lately.  I love the bright, over-the-top saturated colors, but I don't love the price.  Looking around online, I found several suggestions for making your own, but some of them neglected to take into account the differences in pigment vs dye in the markers, and the difference in the effectiveness of 91% rubbing alcohol vs regular 70%.


I have gotten much much better results with dye-based markers.  Most (not all) permanent markers are dye-based.  Here's an article you can read if you want to know about the chemical difference, and which markers are which.



So what do you do?  Just pull off the point of the pen and put it in a small glass jar.  I used those tiny little jars that you get jelly in at Christmas time!  Pry apart of cut off the end of the pen and slide out the plastic covered reservoir from the center.  I recommend gloves!  It doesn't matter if it's dried up or fresh.  Cut it up to fit in the bottle and cover the pieces with 91% rubbing alcohol.  Shake, and let it sit overnight.


You will have to experiment with amounts, but it's pretty much impossible to make them too concentrated. since you can always thin them down with more alcohol.  If they are too diluted, you can pour them out into a plastic palette and let them evaporate somewhat.  I transferred my inks into little squeeze bottles so that I could control the drips better, but this isn't necessary if you're going to do mostly brush work.

I use freezer paper instead of the pricier Yupo paper, because I'm cheap!  Well, that and because I'm just getting started and don't want to waste expensive paper :-)

I have some resources here, with links to my Pinterest board on alcohol inks and the best book I've found on the subject. 

Copyright 2018 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. The tutorial only may be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Making a wave stitch scarf - a tutorial

My Dr Who Scarf
Cyndi Lavin, 2018

My deepest appreciation to Cori Dodds, who designed the scarf that I first saw using the wave stitch.  She got the wave stitch from MyPicot.com, home of gazillions of stitches that I now want to try!  Scroll down to the bottom of this post for easy instructions for my version of the wave stitch.


If you are a beginner crocheter, I would suggestion that you go to MyPicot and follow the instructions there for doing the stitch.  I am abbreviating everything here, because teaching crochet is just not my strong suit.  I also changed the stitch slightly from the original, to better suit the way I work.  This one only looks complicated though, I promise you!

Wave Stitch - lengthwise


Wave Stitch Instructions

The basic pattern is 16 stitches in each repeat, plus 3 at the end to finish.  So if you want to make my Dr Who scarf with the pattern running crosswise, you'll start with a chain of 35 (+ 1 stitch to turn).  A 36" traditional scarf with the pattern running lengthwise needs about 8 repeats, so chain 131 (+ 1 stitch to turn).  And if you want to make an infinity loop, I found 6 repeats to be perfect for me, so I chained 99 (+ 1 stitch to turn).  It's easy to work out for yourself if you want a different size.

Here's how the pattern works, using the 2 repeat pattern as an example:

Chain 35 + 1 to turn.
Each stitch or chain in the following rows corresponds to 1 stitch in the base chain, so when you ch 1, skip the stitch below it.

row 1: *sc3, ch1, hdc, ch1, dc, ch1, trc, ch1, trc, ch1, dc, ch1, hdc, ch1, repeat from *.  End with sc3.

rows 2 + 3: sc in each stitch (including chains) in front loop only.

row 4: same pattern as row 1, but starting with trc.  *trc, ch1, trc, ch1, dc, ch1, hdc, ch1, sc3, ch1, hdc, ch1, dc, ch1, repeat from *.  End with trc, ch1, trc.

rows 4 + 5: repeat rows 2 + 3.

Alternate rows 1 + 4, adding rows 2 + 3 between each repeat.


Other crochet tutorial links, found on Beading Arts:
Part one
Part two
Part three

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Quilting inspiration on Pinterest



I love looking at art quilt books, magazines, and gazing at online examples!  It didn't take long before I decided I had to have an Art quilts board on Pinterest to collect up all the beautiful and inspirational images I was finding.  But before too long, some tutorials started creeping in, and in the interest of being able to find them again, I started a separate board...




...which I cleverly named simply Quilting tutorials!  Please visit them both :-)




Monday, March 19, 2018

Mounting raw-edged paintings - a tutorial

Anti-Doesn't Matter
Cyndi Lavin, 2017
Original and prints for sale

There's a special way that I mount acrylic paintings when they're painted on paper and have interesting raw edges I want to show off rather than hide.  Framing is time-consuming because of the number of times you have to let things dry, so I like to frame many pieces at the same time.  I bought Dick Blick's super-value cradled wood panels.  I can get packages of 5 panels, 9x12", 3/4" thick for around $25 each pack.  The additional materials I needed are as follows:

Flat surface with a drop cloth or paper
Ruler and pencil
Small paper cups
Waxed or parchment paper 
Foam roller or brush
Brayer
1" paint brush
Carbon black acrylic paint
Krylon acrylic spray
Gloss medium
Gloss varnish
Matte varnish (or Satin, if you prefer)



1. Paint the sides and the edges of the clean wood panel with black acrylic paint.  Allow to dry completely.  Use your ruler and pencil to make very small dots where each corner of your painting will go.

2. If your painting hasn't already been sprayed with clear acrylic spray, do that now and let it dry.  Use a foam roller or brush to coat both the back of the painting and the surface of the wood panel (inside the lines where the painting will sit) with thin layers of gloss medium.  Place the painting carefully and brayer it down from the middle outward, being careful not to let the painting slip.  Place it on waxed paper on a super-flat surface and weight it down to dry overnight.


      

3. Place your painting up on several small paper cups and begin to apply the varnish with a 1" brush.  Begin with the gloss varnish and apply 3 thin coats, letting each dry completely.  Make sure you get the sides too.  I like a total of 5 coats, and even though I want these pieces to be finished matte, I still start with gloss varnish.  Too many layers of matte or satin varnish begin to look cloudy, whereas gloss varnish always stays nice and clear.  Also, matte varnish can sometimes dull the colors if it applied directly to the painting. 



4. Here the piece has 3 coats of gloss varnish, the current coat not completely dry yet.  Once it is dry, I will finish with 2 coats of matte varnish, letting each dry.  No more than 2 coats of either matte or satin on top of the base of 3 coats of gloss varnish!  I know, I'm repeating myself, but this is important!!



Here is a complete list of all the pieces in this series.  Originals and prints are available at this link:
Sacred Geometry
Charmed Particles
Anti-Doesn't Matter
Do Magnets Dream of Electron Pairs?
Gravity Waves a Fond Farewell
Circuit-ous
(Really) Tiny Bubbles
Strange(er) in the Night
Particle Shower Do-Si-Dos
Just Passing Through
Neutrino Dreams

A tutorial for the basic techniques used in these paintings is at the link.

This post contains affiliate links: Dick Blick


Copyright 2018 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. The tutorial only may be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Beautiful work with needle and thread!




I have loved handwork ever since I was a little girl, and I've found that Pinterest is a never-ending source of inspiration.  Almost as soon as I started collecting embroidery ideas, inspiration, and tutorials in my Hand embroidery board, I realized that I needed a separate board for Crazy quilt ideas.  Of course there's a lot of overlap, but it still suits me to keep two different boards.  You're welcome to visit and pin what you like to boards of your own!





Monday, March 12, 2018

Neutrino Dreams - a mixed media painting

Neutrino Dreams
Cyndi Lavin, 2018
Original and prints for sale

Here is my final piece in the most recent series!  I really had an awesome time painting these, and though I might think of another that I have to do in the future, for now I feel the series is complete.  This is my interpretation of a neutrino interaction that occurred in the Fermilab bubble chamber in 1976.  A neutrino is an elementary particle that only interacts with gravity and via the weak subatomic force. They have an infinitesimal mass and no electric charge.  As a doctoral candidate, my husband studied anti-neutrinos.  Why?  Why not?!

Next week, I'm going to show you how I mount the ones that I want to actually hang.  The technique is useful for any acrylic on paper pieces that might have interesting raw edges you want to show off rather than hide.

A tutorial for the basic techniques is at the link.

Here is a complete list of all the pieces in this series:
Sacred Geometry
Charmed Particles
Anti-Doesn't Matter
Do Magnets Dream of Electron Pairs?
Gravity Waves a Fond Farewell
Circuit-ous
(Really) Tiny Bubbles
Strange(er) in the Night
Particle Shower Do-Si-Dos
Just Passing Through
Neutrino Dreams

Copyright 2018 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. The tutorial only may be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Fabrics and fibers boards on Pinterest



I have so many tutorials and have found so many others online that focus on fabrics...printing, painting, manipulating, dyeing, bleaching, etc etc etc, that I put together a board called Fabrics transformed where all of them can live together.  I love being able to scroll through and see the picture of exactly what I'm looking for.




In addition, I made another board of pure inspiration... Fabric + fiber art





Monday, March 05, 2018

Just Passing Through - a mixed media painting

Just Passing Through
Cyndi Lavin, 2018
Original and prints for sale

This piece is my interpretation of an interesting event that was captured all the way back in 1964, where particles were detected in a bubble chamber as they were passing right through lead shielding.  That's kind of a mind-boggling thought.

A tutorial for the basic techniques is at the link.


Copyright 2018 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. The tutorial only may be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Abstract painting tutorials and inspiration





Abstract paintings come in all varieties, from completely non-referential works to those that are abstracted from reality to those that are inspired by an emotional state or concept.  I love them all, and I don't tend to be too terribly snobbish about the labels.  I love looking at other people's work and I really really love reading their tutorials or viewing their tutorial videos on youtube.

Awhile back, I began to assemble abstract paintings and tutorials on a pinterest board so that I could find them when I wanted them.  As it grows, I may begin to add sections, but for right now, it's one big glorious mess!


Monday, February 26, 2018

Particle Shower Do-Si-Dos - a mixed media painting

 
Particle Shower Do-Si-Dos
Cyndi Lavin, 2018
Original and prints for sale

This image shows my interpretation of an electromagnetic particle shower. There are multiple electron-positron pairs created from the energy of a high-energy gamma ray photon that was produced by a neutrino collision.  So gather your partners and let's dance :-)

A tutorial for the basic techniques is at the link.  


Copyright 2018 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. The tutorial only may be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Art studios to dream about




I have a perfectly nice art studio.  I am very lucky to have it.  I have also taken over most all of the rooms in our house with one project or another, so of course I dream all the time about having a bigger studio.  A brighter, light-filled studio.  A studio with room for both the messy and the clean, the wet and the dry...

Dream on!  And come visit some of my dreams on my Art Studios Pinterest board.   


Monday, February 19, 2018

Strang(er) in the Night - a mixed media painting

Strang(er) in the Night
Cyndi Lavin, 2017
Original and prints for sale


This is my interpretation of a kaon-proton collision in a bubble chamber full of liquid hydrogen.  Kaons are distinguished from other particles by their strange quark or antiquark.  No, I didn't make this up :-)

A tutorial for the basic techniques is at the link.   

Copyright 2018 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. The tutorial only may be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Painting trees - my great love!





I have not given up on my love of painting trees, just because I've taken a side road into science, math, and particle physics!  If anything, my love of trees and nature has been intensified by looking into all the unseen crazy things that happen on a sub-atomic level every minute of every day.  If any of you are as enamored of trees as I am, you might enjoy looking through my pinterest board on Painting trees.  It contains lots of inspirational pieces as well as links to tutorials!

Spring is coming, my friends...and Happy Valentine's Day to you all!


Monday, February 12, 2018

(Really) Tiny Bubbles - a mixed media painting


 
(Really) Tiny Bubbles
Cyndi Lavin, 2017
Gallery

This image is based (really loosely) upon a photo of a particle stream passing through a bubble chamber of liquid hydrogen at CERN.   The chamber is filled with liquid hydrogen, which helps to detect the weakly ionized particles.  Whatever that means, it makes pretty cool designs, huh?  :-)

A tutorial for the basic techniques is at the link.  


Copyright 2018 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. The tutorial only may be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Valentine's Day is coming




Are you a fan of Valentine's Day or not?  I've always kind of felt that Valentine's Day was for people who were dating, and anniversaries were for us old married types.  But then the hopeless romantic in me rises up and screams, "No, no, no!!  Valentine's Day is for us too!!!"

Ahem.  Sorry about that!  Visit my Valentine's Day pinterest board if you'd like lots of great suggestions for small, quick projects, cards, gifts, and home decor!


Monday, February 05, 2018

Circuit-ous - a mixed media painting

 
 Circuit-ous
Cyndi Lavin, 2017
Gallery

Electricity, magnetism,  and circuits are part of every basic physics book.  And while I was never particularly interested in the sciencey part of it myself, there were some pretty cool diagrams in my dear husband's text book.  The design looked even cooler (to me) when I stood it on its head...

A tutorial for the basic techniques is at the link.  

 Copyright 2018 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. The tutorial only may be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Have you played with alcohol inks?




I've found myself obsessed with alcohol inks, even though I haven't done much with them.  Yet.  But what I *have* done is to gather lots of images that inspire me and tutorials that show me the ropes, and I'd like to share them with you!  Click on the board above, or on the link to Pinterest here, and browse away to your heart's desire :-)


 

Also, I'd like to remind you about this amazing book by Cathy Taylor on using alcohol inks.  My book review is at the link. 

Monday, January 29, 2018

Gravity Waves a Fond Farewell - a mixed media painting

 
Gravity Waves a Fond Farewell
Cyndi Lavin, 2017
Gallery

The LIGO Labsite is one of the detectors working on gravitational waves.  I'm not even going to pretend that I understand everything about it, even though I've read all the layman's scientific articles on it that I can find.  Gravitational waves are in general caused by accelerations that are not symmetrical...like stars going supernova or black holes colliding.  The image above is my interpretation of two black holes circling prior to a collision.  

A tutorial for the basic techniques is at the link. 


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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Book reviews: 2 new wool applique books!


Cozy Wool Applique by Elizabeth Ann Angus has eleven cute and clever projects that use fusible applique accented by basic embroidery like blanket stitch.  The projects are divided into seasonal themes, and include pillows and table runners.  This book is great for a beginner, because all the projects include step-by-steps with patterns included.



Everything's Blooming by Erica Kaprow is for the more experienced wool applique artist.  This book comes with full-sized pattern sheets to make the quilt shown on the cover.  It includes 30 blocks and is a stunning creation.  Erica likes that you can take a block or two along with you to work on, making it a portable project until it's time to assemble!!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Do Magnets Dream of Electron Pairs?

 
 Do Magnets Dream of Electron Pairs?
Cyndi Lavin, 2017
Gallery

I went leafing through my husband's undergraduate basic physics textbook one day, looking for more inspiration for my Sacred Geometry series.  I came across a very cool image that inspired the piece above.  I'm not sure if the image was from a bubble chamber or a cloud chamber.  It may have been a cloud chamber, because it was fairly old.  However.  The image showed electron-positron pairs reacting in a magnetic field.  Very cool.

A tutorial for the basic techniques is at the link. 


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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Book review: Joyful Stitching



Laura Wasilowski has an unmistakable style, and if you love it as much as I do, you're going to want to see her new book Joyful Stitching.  She is known for her happy colors, deceptively simple shapes, and tantalizing thread embroidery.  Using beautiful wools, silks, and felts, Laura takes you through the process of designing and stitching up delightful free-form embroidery pieces.

Laura's book starts with the materials and tools that you'll need.  If you've done any amount of needlework, you most likely already have everything you need, though you might want a few new colors.  Laura works on solids, so save those printed fabrics for another day.  The next chapter gives you options for transferring designs to your fabrics if you don't want to completely free-style it.  And next comes 21 different stitches that are the most useful in her work, from the simplest running stitch to the more challenging bullion stitch.  Good instructions mean that you'll be able to do them all, even if you're a beginner.  Patterns are included!  

 

Joyful Stitching also includes 6 start to finish projects in Laura's signature style, followed by additional ideas for making the artform your own: using different background fabrics, creating shapes, line, and texture, stitching variations on the basic stitches, creating your own patterns and motifs, and finding new sources of inspiration.  The final section of the book discusses display options and ideas so that your work doesn't have to end up in a pile like mine is!!    


Monday, January 15, 2018

Anti-Doesn't Matter

 
Anti-Doesn't Matter
Cyndi Lavin, 2017
Original and prints for sale

Anti-matter was first detected in a cloud chamber, the forerunner to the bubble chamber.  It's amazing how much our understanding of elementary particles and how the universe works has changed in the last 70 to 80 years!  If you want to know more about anti-matter, there's a nice easy-to-follow chapter from a physics textbook at the link. 


Tutorial information is found at the link!

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Monday, January 08, 2018

Charmed Particles - a mixed media painting

 
 Charmed Particles
Cyndi Lavin, 2017
Original and prints for sale

I've always had a difficult time keeping the different types of particles straight, especially the elementary particles.  Searching through Wikipedia brought me to a wonderful chart that has helped me to visualize the relationships.  My husband studied anti-electron neutrinos in grad school, and I seriously thought he was making up some of the stuff he told me.  Quarks, such as charm and strange, are quarks, whereas all types of neutrinos are leptons.  There!  Clear??

Anyway, I found some cloud chamber and bubble chamber images from CERN, Brookhaven, and Fermi Lab (widely available online) and allowed them to inspire this piece as well as some that follow.  I didn't yet know that this was going to become a series.  When I say that the images inspired my pieces, I mean to say that they are not accurate representations, merely my feelings and interpretations of things that I don't even pretend to understand.

Isn't science fun?

There is a materials and tools list, and brief directions, on the post for Sacred Geometry.

Copyright 2018 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. The tutorial only may be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Sacred Geometry

Sacred Geometry
Cyndi Lavin, 2017
Original and prints for sale


Ever since I started dating my husband, I have found the shapes, patterns, and fantasy illustrations that are used to represent particle physics concepts fascinating. I wasn't completely aware that's what my new series was going to be about in the very beginning...I was just trying something new, and found it enjoyable.  The first one didn't really even have a lot to do with physics.  I just kept stumbling across the triad and its association with the sacred.  So I played with it one afternoon.

That afternoon's enjoyment morphed into a larger series that are representations of elementary particles in bubble chambers, electric currents, gravity and black holes, and magnetic fields.

I can't give you exact step-by-steps for these, but I can certainly give you the general idea if for some reason you wanted to try your hand at something similar:

Heavy watercolor paper cut to size
Foam brushes and rollers

Paper towels from previous projects, covered in acrylic paints (used to mop up)
Matte medium

White gesso
Waterproof black India ink
Razor blade

Faber-Castell Pitt Pen, brush style, black
Spray bottles
Gloss medium

Krylon clear acrylic spray, satin


I used old paper towels from previous projects that were covered in Dick Blick acrylic paints (and dried) to collage the background with matte medium.  After it dried, I used a foam roller to very lightly hit the high spots on the towels with white gesso.  I used a combination of India ink and Pitt pens to add the design lines, and increased the white "frame" around the design.  



This post contains affiliate links: Dick Blick

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