• Image Transfer Grace Mendez
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    Image Transfer

    Image transfer is a great way to add complex images into your art work. Dover art books are a great resource. Be sure to respect the copyright laws associated with the images. The image that I used was not in color to begin with. My home printer is a toner based laser printer that only prints in black. I’n not sure how an inkjet printer would work with this. I just remember that when I had one and used wet media with it, the ink would smear. If you don’t have a laser printer, you could go to a copy shop and make your copies there. To add the color,…

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    Free collage paper for your mixed-media art

    Although a lot of my creative work is done in art journals, I like to work on other surfaces and explore other techniques. A few years ago I purchased a dozen pre-gessoed boards for a workshop. I still have several unused boards that are still sitting on my shelves waiting for Something. I started my project with a collage using torn apart security envelopes that came in my mail. Instead of throwing the paper in the recycling container I thought it would be a good source of free collage paper.  I made sure to use patterns that didn’t have text. The exception was the blue patterned paper with the “c”. I had no idea what…

  • Grace Mendez How To Take Care Of Paint Brushes
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    How To Take Care Of Paint Brushes

    How to take care of paint brushes when I don’t have a sink nearby is something I had to figure out. While I am painting, I don’t leave my brushes sitting in water. This wrecks the ends of the brushes. Also, if water gets past the ferrule and into the space between it and the handle, it weakens the bond and you run the risk of loosening all of the bristles. I dip them in water and lay them to the side. As long as they stay wet, the paint will have less of a chance of drying and hardening. When I am going to take a break and if…

  • Grace Mendez Inktense Blocks Tote and Apron
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    Inktense Blocks

    Derwent Intense Blocks are like their Inktense pencils, but without the wood casing. What I like about them is that they become permanent once they go through the process of being wet and then drying. I’ve been invited as an artist to participate in a Garden Party and Sale at Frank Bette Center for the Arts in Alameda, CA. My contributions will be a tote and an apron with mandala motifs. I used the Inktense blocks on ready made products that I purchased at Michales. My process is to sharpen the blocks with a pencil sharpener and collect the shavings in the wells of a watercolor palette. Then I add…

  • Grace Mendez Altered Book Page
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    Painting With Crayons

    Pam Carriker’s book: Mixed Media Portraits is one of my favorites. I took one of her projects, Painting with Crayons and recorded a video of my process. It goes to prove that you can do a lot with only a few supplies. Supplies that I used: Pencil Caran D’Ache Neocolor II watersoluable crayons Matte medium Brush Water Paper (I used my altered book) Scrap of freezer paper for a palette I made a lot of mistakes. Nothing critical, after all it is art and accidents are inevitable. The biggest takeaway: read the lesson before starting. What I like about this project is that you can work in stages. There are…

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