• Grace Mendez Cheat Sheet

    What is a Cheat Sheet?

    Here are a few reasons that I like creating cheat sheets: You can test out your supplies. It saves time when you are looking for a particular color. It can be used as a reference card when replacing the supply. Cheat Sheets are Easy to Create Get a piece of paper, preferably close to, or the same type of substrate that you will be working on Cut it to the shape that will fit with your supplies Add your supply to the card If desired, write the name and/or the color number to the corresponding swatch Watch a short video on a couple of my cheat sheets: Do you do…

  • Grace Mendez Best Ever Craft Mat

    Best Ever Craft Mat by Ken Oliver

    For my birthday, my daughter gave me a gift card to Amazon and I ordered the Best Ever Craft Mat by Ken Oliver (24″ x 36″). The Best Ever Craft Mat has been on my work table for a couple of weeks now and I absolutely love it. So far, nothing sticks to it. To clean the surface, I use water, baby wipes, hand sanitizer or baby oil. So far, none of those cleaning products damage the mat. I wonder if after repeated cleaning the surface will eventually lose its ability to repel moisture. A word about the video: I usually don’t use my phone to make videos. I have to…

  • Grace Mendez Commonplace Book

    How a Commonplace Book Could Make You a Better Artist

    How A Commonplace Book Could Make You a Better Artist I’m writing a book and you can too! It’s not a novel, or a diary or a journal. It’s called a commonplace book. If you are not familiar with what a commonplace book is, here is a definition: noun 1. A notebook in which quotations, poems, remarks, etc, that catch the owner’s attention are entered “commonplace book”. Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. HarperCollins Publishers. 19 Mar. 2018. <Dictionary.com http://www.dictionary.com/browse/commonplace-book>. What goes in my commonplace book My book is mostly filled with “etc”. It’s my reference guide, a place to keep art recipes, techniques and processes. Notes…

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    Prepping Pages in an Art Journal

    Prepping Pages Prepping pages in an art journal when you are not in a super creative mood ensures that when you are in the mood, you can get right to work. One method I like to use when prepping pages is to lay down a layer of paint using Blick’s Matte Acrylic Paint. In the video, I say the paper is not meant for artwork. What I meant, is that the paper is not specifically created for water media. The Cahier Moleskine notebook paper is on the thin side, but with the addition of the paint, it does strengthen up. Clean Up To make clean up faster and easier, I wear gloves…