• Grace Mendez Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint Sticks
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    Product Review: Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint Sticks

    Kwik Stix, my new favorite art supply, is marketed toward children. Their description says Kwik Stix are solid tempera paint sticks. They look a lot like markers until you pull off the cap and see they are solid like lipstick. They behave like super creamy crayons with no problem going over dried acrylic paint. In my testing, I found that the color is removable with water over the acrylic paint but permanent over an uncoated paper. Kwik Stix vs Gelatos® Perhaps you use Faber-Castell Gelatos. Gelatos are similar in how you directly apply them to your surface from a twist up tube and also the creaminess factor. I want to like…

  • Grace Mendez Postcards
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    The 100 Day Project 2017 Update

    I’m three-quarters of the way through the one-hundred-day project challenge. Find out more about the #the100dayproject here. To be honest, there have been times when I didn’t feel like participating. Except for one day when I forgot entirely because I had an overnight guest and my routine was a lot different from the usual, I’ve worked on the project. In the beginning of a project, there is excitement and momentum. Then monotony sets in but you have to keep working. Some of the work is crap and that is okay. It’s just what happens when you work your way through a large project or even a small project. All your…

  • Grace Mendez Art Journal Face
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    Art Journal Faces

    I make a lot of faces of women in my art journal. It’s one of my favorite things to do in a journal. I’ve noticed most of the faces are about the same. They are looking straight ahead and have crazy hair or flowers for hair. As you can see, once in a while, I change them up. I borrowed Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Faces from the public library and was inspired to make a more whimsical face with a crown and eyelashes.  All four of these art journal faces are made with watercolor, some with a little bit of pencil and marker. You don’t need a lot of fancy…

  • Grace Mendez Stabilo Woody 3 in 1 Review
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    Stabilo Woody 3 in 1 Review

    I recently purchased a set of 18 of the Stabilo Woody 3 in 1. I have the few Stabilo All Colored Marking Pencils  and love them but they don’t come in all the colors that the Woodies do. Honestly I don’t need anymore art supplies. But that doesn’t keep me from wanting or from buying new supplies. The Stabilo Woody 3 in 1 pencils are similar in use as the Caran d’Ache Neocolor II Artist Crayons. Both can be used dry as a crayon or you can activate them with water to spread the color around. The Stabilo Woody pencils are super creamy. The wood casing makes them sturdy so…

  • Grace Mendez Mini Canvas Tutorial
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    Mini Canvas and MonoPrint Tutorial

    Recently, I received a few random art supplies. Part of the supplies were these tiny mini canvas. They are 2”x2”. With some of my Gelli® printing plate mono prints from the workshop that I took with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer I traced around the canvas onto a section of the deli paper. With colored pencil I drew 2 portraits on the mono prints within my guidelines. When I was done, I cut out the portraits. I used Golden’s matte gel and a painting knife to spread the medium onto the canvas to act as a glue. The image was placed over the gel medium right side up and smoothed out. One of…

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