• Grace Mendez Mixed Media

    ValueViewer App to Improve Art

    My favorite way to improve my art is to use the ValueViewer app. Have you ever made a piece of artwork and known that something is not quite right but you can’t figure out what it is? I rely on books, online workshops, in person workshops, looking at artwork in person, and lots of practice to get better. And I also use an app for my iPhone called ValueViewer. Many times I rely on the squint process where you look at your work and squint your eyes to get an overall view of the image. That helps somewhat, but it also advances the wrinkling of the face, which I do…

  • 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 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 Transfer Tutorial
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    How To Transfer A Print Out Onto A Journal Page

    Here is an easy way how to transfer a print out onto a journal page or another paper surface. In my last post I gave you a free download of a mandala that you could print and color. But what if you don’t want to color on copy paper? Maybe you want to color in your mandala in a journal or use watercolor paper. There is an easy way to transfer the image without the use of transfer (or carbon) paper. You will need: an image (you can do this with any coloring page) pencil (I used a 2B) ball point pen in a color other than black small bit of…

  • Grace Mendez Gift Wrap
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    Newsprint Gift Wrap

    Today I made some gift wrap. Every time I teach an in-person Zentangle® workshop I bring home the newsprint demo sheets. Each sheet measures about 17″x 20″. I’ve used the paper as is, without additional layers. This time I wanted to add a little color and glitter for the holiday packages that I am wrapping. I used a variety of paints: iridescent acrylic, glittering Scribbles, metallic craft paint and acrylic ink. With each paint choice, I mixed in Golden’s acrylic glazing liquid (Satin) to thin out the paints. I didn’t want to cover the paper completely. I wanted to create a shimmer with the paints and allow the drawings to remain visible. Using…