• Grace Mendez Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint Sticks

    Product Review: Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint Sticks

    Kwik Stix, my new favorite art supply, is marketed toward children. Their description says Kwik Stix are solid tempera paint sticks. They look a lot like markers until you pull off the cap and see they are solid like lipstick. They behave like super creamy crayons with no problem going over dried acrylic paint. In my testing, I found that the color is removable with water over the acrylic paint but permanent over an uncoated paper. Kwik Stix vs Gelatos® Perhaps you use Faber-Castell Gelatos. Gelatos are similar in how you directly apply them to your surface from a twist up tube and also the creaminess factor. I want to like…

  • Grace Mendez Olivia and Bird
    creativity,  tutorials

    Hand Painted Ice Resin Bracelet

    My latest project, an Ice Resin bracelet with hand painted images, was on hold for a long time. I’m talking years. I’ve always wanted to play with an epoxy resin but was afraid that it would be too hard to do. I thought I would waste it, waste my time and make a big mess. Like a lot of scenarios that we make up and keep swirling around in our heads, once we commit and get started, it’s not as bad as we had imagined. Or maybe that is just me. About six weeks ago, I was at A Work of Heart in San Jose, CA, I purchased a small amount…

  • Grace Mendez PanPastels and Matte Medium

    PanPastels and Matte Medium

    PanPastels and matte medium can work together with careful brushwork. PanPastels are pigment in a powdered form pressed into round plastic container. The PanPastels website has a lot of tutorials and tips on their website for you to try. Because they are basically pastels, they also can smudge. That is why I combined the PanPastels and matte medium. I want my artwork to be sealed, especially because I frequently create artwork in journals. You can use a spray fixative to seal the PanPastel. The spray fixative that I have needs to be sprayed outdoors because of the heavy odor. It’s also harder for me to control. Sometimes it is sprayed too close,…

  • Grace Mendez Graphik Pen Review

    Derwent Graphik Line Painter Product Review

    The Graphik line painter pens from Derwent are a lot of fun. The colors are bright and the paint flows out of the Graphik pens without any problems. The reviews on the Blick Art Store’s website only rate them as 3.5 out of 5. Customers complain about the pens leaking but I do not have that problem. Or at least I have not had that problem as of now. When you first get them, you pump the nib a couple of times to get the ink to flow. Periodic shaking keeps the pigment mixed. In the video, I state that I do not know how many colors there are. According…

  • Grace Mendez Lyra Graphite Crayons and Gesso
    creativity,  tutorials

    Lyra Graphite Crayons and Gesso

    Lyra Graphite Crayons come in a variety of hardnesses. I don’t think of them as traditional crayons because they are not waxy. But they are hefty like a crayon. It is like you are using a big solid piece of pencil lead. I love the 9B crayon as it gives a very dark line like a charcoal pencil but doesn’t crumble like charcoal does. Lyra Graphite Crayons also come in a water soluble version as well. My only suggestion to the company would be to make the paper wrappers two different colors in order to differentiate the regular and the water soluble crayons. I used a blue crayon to color…