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    Art Journaling with Pencil and Markers

    Art making can be as simple as working on paper with pencil and markers. I found #The100DayProject¬†and decided it would be a project that I could do with an art journal that so far, had only one image in it. Here are some of the images that I have done with pencil and markers. The paper is thin so I am staying away from acrylic paints, inks or super wet watercolor work in this journal. The book is on the smaller side of what I normally use so the art work doesn’t take very long. Plus working with the minimal of supplies makes it very fast too. I’m not looking…

  • Ed Emberley simple shapes Grace Mendez

    Inspiration from Ed Emberley

    Ed Emberley’s simple shapes inspired this journal page. His books are perfect if you want to introduce drawing to children or to the child in you. The book I feature in the video, Ed Emberley’s Complete FunPrint Drawing Book gives you step by step instructions with the cutest images. The simple shapes combine well with minimal supplies. What I used: sketchbook cosmetic sponge acrylic artist ink matte medium pen scissors In the video, I say I am conducting an experiment. You may be wondering why I didn’t use my thumb print or my finger and a stamp pad as suggested in the book. I had a couple reasons why I…

  • 9 Ways to Draw a Face Grace Mendez
    creativity,  tutorials

    9 Ways to Draw a Face

    It’s easier to draw a face when you have a starting point. The starting point I picked is using the numbers one through nine. This was the kind of drawing I did in grade school. Guess what? I still think it’s fun. The best thing for me is that I’m not trying to make it look like anyone in particular. I enjoy the process and having the numbers as a starting point takes the pressure off. Have you done this before? If not, give it a try and let me know how it went.  

  • Art Journal Page by Grace Mendez

    Quick Art Journal Page

    A quick art journal page is what happens when I only have a few minutes. What helps make it quick is that I had a background started on this page in my handmade art journal. The swipes of black paint were created earlier with acrylic paint and a one-inch sponge brush on Strathmore 500 series mixed media paper. Afterwards I sewed the paper into a journal using the coptic stitch. I used directions from the book Bound: Over 20 Artful Handmade Books. Now that I see all my steps, maybe I cannot call this a quick art journal page because of all of the preparation that came before sketching the…

  • Grace Mendez zentangle inspired art portrait

    Zentangle Inspired Art

    One of my favorite subjects for my art journals is a woman’s face and zentangle¬ģ inspired art hair. As a certified zentangle teacher, I have an immense love of abstract patterns. You cannot make a mistake. You may think you made a mistake but chances are, you are the only one who can see it. Zentangle inspired art is a piece of artwork that doesn’t fall into the definition of a zentangle. A zentangle is created on a 3.5″ x 3.5″ tile (piece of paper). It’s created with ink and graphite. There are no rulers, erasers or stencils. It’s non-representational and there is no orientation. It is usually created in…