• 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…

  • Grace Mendez Altered Book Page

    Altered Book Page E

    One of my favorite substrates is an altered book. I have been working with this book for a while. Books with images already in place act as collage elements without having to add them yourself. When you work around the images, it’s as if you are in collaboration with another person. I previously prepared the page with gesso. It’s really nice when you can dive right into a page and not have to wait for paint to dry.

  • Using gesso in altered books
    creativity,  tutorials

    Using Gesso In Altered Books

    I love using old books for my art journals and turning them into altered books. There are several ways to prepare your pages. This post will address using gesso. Liquitex makes a clear gesso, but I will not show you any photos of this process because, it’s clear. It goes on white and dries clear with some grit in it that creates a toothy surface. Usually when I am working in a used book, I want to cover the text some what to add my own artwork, so clear gesso is not my first choice. If there is a blank page and you want to add some protection to the…

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    Altered Book Update

    It’s time for an altered book update. When I started this project, I didn’t realize how much fun it would be to work in my altered book. I have been using gesso, acrylic paint, acrylic ink, graphite, neocolorI, neocolorII, watercolor, markers, wax crayons and colored pencils. The book is expanding because of all of the layers and wrinkling of the pages. I don’t know if the binding is going to stay together without breaking or cracking at the seams. For this reason, I have not been collaging or using thick layers of paint. I love using the scraping technique to get the thinnest layer of gesso possible. Any extra paint…

  • Grace Mendez ICAD 59

    Mandala Monday

    I’m all done with the 2015 Index Card A Day challenge. I started each morning with the index card and this morning, when I didn’t have one to make it felt a bit odd. When I started, I didn’t know if I could make each one into a mandala. At times, I took liberal use of the word mandala and at least stuck to the circular form. If I could go back and change anything I would have used a thicker paper so that I could send them through the mail as postcards. I recently finished another challenge, #the100dayproject. I used a sketchbook and mostly drew portraits. I didn’t participate all…