• Grace Mendez Three Zentangle Book Recommendations

    Three Zentangle Book Recommendations

    In 2011, when I started in the zentangle® world, there were not a lot of book choices. Today, if you search for books on the topic of zentangle you will find a lot of options. I’d like to share my favorite books and authors with you. First off, you can’t go wrong with the books from the founders of zentangle, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Their current two books, The Book of Zentangle and Zentangle Primer, Vol. 1, are well made, hard cover books. These books have a lot of background and information about the zentangle method that I have not found elsewhere. The illustrations are superb which is where…

  • 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…

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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…

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    Identi-Pen and Zentangle Inspired Art on Cork Trivet

    The Identi-Pens from Sakura work perfectly for creating artwork on many surfaces. Each Identi-pen marker has two ends. In the video, I use the felt tip end. What I learned is that pulling the pen toward you rather than away works a lot better. Pushing away, the pen catches and lifts the pebbly cork surface. After I finished the video, I added more detail to the trivet using the plastic tip end. The pens are waterproof and will not run or smudge on the trivet. I have also done this process on cork coasters. The cork trivets came from Ikea. They are the same on both sides so you have…

  • Zentangle Inspired Art by Grace Mendez The image was created by drawing in the negative space leaving the word Love.
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    Zentangle Inspired Art

    The image was created by drawing in the negative space leaving the word Love visible. You can do this with any word or shape. In this example, I drew the letters free hand. A stencil would work just as well if you are not comfortable with your lettering. This Zentangle Inspired Art piece is dedicated to the world around us and beyond our reach.