Breaking All the Rules

Cyndi Duncan

CyndiDuncan.instructor1Cyndi Duncan is the Founder of Altered Arts magazine. She is a self-taught artist in a variety of mediums. Cyndi has been exploring her artistic side ever since she was first able to hold a crayon or alter her Barbie dolls. Cyndi is a professionally trained educator; her passion and expertise in teaching is evident in the classroom as she guides her students to work to the best of their own abilities. Cyndi teaches art classes around the country at conventions, trade shows and retreats. She also demonstrates and designs for manufacturers and retailers.


Altered Books:  Niches, Drawers and Doors

Friday, October 9, 2015

No Kit Fee, Beginning and Intermediate Levels, Technique Class, Maximum Class Size 20 Students

Cyndi Duncan Niches, Nooks and Drawers

Cyndi Duncan Niches, Nooks and Drawers

In this fast-moving altered book technique class, students will learn Cyndi’s favorite way to create a niche in a book – those fun little recesses where you can display wonderful little works of art or other treasures. The class will also focus on how to create several types of drawers in your books where you can tuck away hidden masterpieces. Many other techniques will be explored, as well, including a fun and unique swinging door. Good hand and wrist strength is necessary for cutting the niches and drawers. Time will be provided  to “art-up” your pages, but your entire book will not be completed in class.

Supply List:

  • A cutting tool (Cyndi prefers a utility knife, but an X-Acto knife will work)
  • Cutting mat,
  • Cork-backed metal ruler,
  • Along with favorite papers,
  • Stamps,
  • Tiny collage images (matchbox size and larger) and
  • Embellishments to decorate your book.
  • A heat embossing tool is optional.

Kit includes a prepared book, adhesives, variety of acrylic paints, inks, stencils, paint brushes, matchboxes and decorative papers.

Free Form Bead Embroidered Collage

Saturday, October 10, 2015

No Kit Fee, Intermediate Skill Level, Technique Class, Maximum Class Size 20 Students

Cyndi Duncan Beaded Collage

Cyndi Duncan Beaded Collage

Students will utilize bead-work to create an exquisite and unique collage piece full of texture. Students will learn several bead embroidery techniques as they are guided through this special free-form beading method that will allow their muse free reign over every step of the process. Most students will discover that the process is the best part of the project, and may even find it therapeutic! This class is best for intermediate-level artists, but beginners who are comfortable with beading or hand-sewing will catch on quickly.

Supply List:

  • Magnifiers (reading glasses),
  • Sharp embroidery scissors,
  • One package of size 10 or 11 seed beads in a neutral color (white, black, tan, brown, gray),
  • A few interesting focal beads for personal use and
  • A few interesting focal beads for our “bead soup” to share.

Kit includes fire line thread, beading needles, miscellaneous seed beads and focal beads, base and backing material.

Little Tweety Bird Shrine

Sunday, October 11, 2015

No Kit Fee, Intermediate Skill Level, Project/Technique Class, Maximum Class Size 20

Cyndi Duncan Tweety Bird

Cyndi Duncan Tweety Bird

In this delightful workshop we will explore needle felting along with foam carving and plaster wrapping techniques. Students will then utilize those techniques to craft a “tweet” little felt birdy along with a decorative cage and nest to showcase it.

Supply List:

  • A painter’s smock or old shirt.
  • A heat embossing tool and
  • 11” or 12” paper trimmer are useful but optional.

Kit includes adhesives, variety of acrylic paints, paint brushes, foam, carving tools, Spanish moss, needle felting supplies, decorative papers.