• Grace Mendez Art Journal Page

    Playing In An Art Journal

    Playing in an art journal by drawing, painting or sketching makes me happy. My page was done with watercolor¬†and a Gelly Roll pen for the hair details. There is no problem going over the watercolor with the pen once the page is dry. The Gelly Roll pens come in many colors, thicknesses and qualities, like sparkle or glaze. It’s not perfect. I wasn’t striving for perfect and when I’m not striving for perfect, what ever happens is awesome. I’m working on practicing. I don’t have many blank pages in this journal. Once I get to the end, I will go back through and add more artwork or details to previous…

  • A world of Artist Journal Pages Review by Grace Mendez

    A World of Artist Journal Pages

    I love this book: A World of Artist Journal Pages. It’s not a how-to book. It’s a collection of art journal pages curated by Dawn Devries Sokol. You may see in the short video, that I have flagged some pages. The pages that are flagged are conversations with featured artists. A few of the questions she asks the artists are, “What do you do when you’re blocked?; What are your favorite mediums to use?; Which artists do you look to for inspiration?” I love that last question because I am learning about new artists in addition to all of the artists that are included in the book. There are over…

  • creativity

    Art Journaling with Pencil and Markers

    Art making can be as simple as working on paper with pencil and markers. I found #The100DayProject¬†and decided it would be a project that I could do with an art journal that so far, had only one image in it. Here are some of the images that I have done with pencil and markers. The paper is thin so I am staying away from acrylic paints, inks or super wet watercolor work in this journal. The book is on the smaller side of what I normally use so the art work doesn’t take very long. Plus working with the minimal of supplies makes it very fast too. I’m not looking…

  • 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.