• Grace Mendez PanPastels and Matte Medium

    PanPastels and Matte Medium

    PanPastels and matte medium can work together with careful brushwork. PanPastels are pigment in a powdered form pressed into round plastic container. The PanPastels website has a lot of tutorials and tips on their website for you to try. Because they are basically pastels, they also can smudge. That is why I combined the PanPastels and matte medium. I want my artwork to be sealed, especially because I frequently create artwork in journals. You can use a spray fixative to seal the PanPastel. The spray fixative that I have needs to be sprayed outdoors because of the heavy odor. It’s also harder for me to control. Sometimes it is sprayed too close,…

  • Grace Mendez Mixed Media Portrait

    Mixed Media Portrait In An Art Journal

    One of my favorite things to make are mixed media portraits. I work in several art journals at once. I brought one of my Moleskine journals to the Mixed-Media Art Journaling workshop that I teach and I started the page in class and finished it at home. This mixed media portrait is made with gesso, acrylic paint, hand-made collage paper (origami paper and colored pencil), random collage paper and Derwent Inktense pencils. As with many of the pages in my art journals, I create without a lot of planning. I love the spontaneity of working this way. She is not perfect. I don’t need her to be perfect. She just needs to…

  • Grace Mendez Altered Book Page

    Altered Book Page E

    One of my favorite substrates is an altered book. I have been working with this book for a while. Books with images already in place act as collage elements without having to add them yourself. When you work around the images, it’s as if you are in collaboration with another person. I previously prepared the page with gesso. It’s really nice when you can dive right into a page and not have to wait for paint to dry.

  • Grace Mendez It's in the Cards Tutorial

    It’s in the Cards Tutorial

    Do you believe in fortune telling? I don’t know about you, but I used to have a Magic 8 Ball®. I loved playing with it. The idea was that it would magically tell your fortune when you shook the ball and looked in the window for the answer. Mostly I used it in elementary school to find out if a secret crush liked me back. Although I don’t have a Magic 8 Ball anymore, I thought it would be fun to make up a set of fun fortune telling cards using the same 20 responses that are inside the ball. What you will need: 20 ATC cards, playing cards or…