• Grace Mendez Catalyst Wedges Product Review

    Product Review Catalyst Contour Wedges

    I recently ordered six Catalyst contour wedges. Before I dive in and use a new supply in an actual project, I like to test it out to see what it can do. The wedges are hard, plastic, durable and well made. They are easy to hold because of their wedge shape. At first, I did not think they would work out for the Gelli Arts printing plate but when I actually tried them, I found they work great. As stated in the video, as long as there is enough paint on the plate and you don’t jab straight down into the surface of the plate, they are fun to use.…

  • Grace Mendez Shaving Cream Marbling Technique

    Shaving Cream Marbling Technique

    Have you ever tried the shaving cream marbling technique? I’ve seen this technique before, but never tried it until now. It was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. Supplies I used: Baking sheet and aluminum foil Squeegee Ink (Golden’s High Flow) Skewers Shaving cream from Dollar Tree Bristol paper I covered the bottom of a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Then I spread a layer of shaving cream on the foil and smoothed it out with the squeegee. Next I dropped several colors randomly over the foam and swirled it around with the skewer. The paper was placed over the foam and ink and pressed down…

  • 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…

  • Grace Mendez Tissue Paper Painting
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    Tissue Paper Paintings Tutorial

    The inspiration for the tissue paper paintings came from the book, The Usborn Complete Book of Art Ideas, by Fiona Watt. Supplies I used for this project: Tissue Paper (mono printed on a Gelli Arts printing plate with acrylic paints) Watercolor paper Matte medium Derwent Inktense pencils Derwent Inktense blocks Paintbrush I found that the Gelli Arts printing plate can be addictive. It is super easy to use and you can amass a lot of prints in a short amount of time. In the Usborne book, they use colored tissue paper. Right now I have more prints than I know what to do with, so I chose to use the…

  • Grace Mendez Gelli Arts Printing Tutorial
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    Playing With Surface Design

    My friend, Courtney Cerruti, has written her third book, Playing With Surface Design. The subtitle is: Modern techniques for painting, stamping, printing and more. It’s an excellent collection of mixed-media art projects. When I talked to Courtney at her book signing, I asked her what her favorite project from the book was. She pointed to the wall with all of the washi taped images. She said it was printing with a gelatin plate. Not a Gelli Arts plate, but the made-from-scratch kind. Courtney said the results that you get from a home-made gelatin plate have a more watercolor type look. I haven’t tried it yet. In the meantime, I got…