• 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…

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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…

  • Grace Mendez Roy de Forest Book
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    The Art of Roy de Forest

    The art of Roy de Forest was recently on display at the Oakland Museum of California. What I love about his artwork is the authenticity that speaks to me. It is as if the artwork comes right from the artist without any filters. Texture When you see the paintings in person, the texture in the painting is pronounced. Dots, dots, dots all over the place. The paintings remind me of folk art and their color blocked motifs. About Roy de Forest Unfortunately, I don’t know much about de Forest except that he lived in the Bay Area of California and what I read about him in an obituary. My lack…

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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…

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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…

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