• creativity,  tutorials

    Painted Paper

    Painted Paper is Alisa Golden’s book full of expressive painting techniques. I have checked this book out from the library several times. I finally decided to buy a copy for myself. I have a lot of books about painting and mixed media techniques, did I really need one more? Yes. What I like about this book is that many of the techniques are abstract. Abstract for me means faster and less concern about it looking a certain way when it is finished. When I finished with the technique, “Ink dropper and dry brush outlines” from her book, I used Sakura Koi markers to add additional pattern and color to my…

  • 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.  

  • 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® 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…

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    Lady Bird

    Creating a Lady Bird fits right into my love of whimsical drawing. The basic lady bird only takes a few steps to create. Then it’s time to embellish with top hats, shoes, eyelashes, fancy tail feathers and patterned bodies. My fascination with putting red shoes on my birds came on accident when I was in a Tracy Verdugo workshop. It was one of those happy accidents that only come when we are busy creating and not thinking about creating. It is in the act that we make discoveries. (Tweet this) If you can not see the video above, go here: http://vimeo.com/gracemendez/ladybird Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is…