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    Prepping Pages in an Art Journal

    Prepping Pages Prepping pages in an art journal when you are not in a super creative mood ensures that when you are in the mood, you can get right to work. One method I like to use when prepping pages is to lay down a layer of paint using Blick’s Matte Acrylic Paint. In the video, I say the paper is not meant for artwork. What I meant, is that the paper is not specifically created for water media. The Cahier Moleskine notebook paper is on the thin side, but with the addition of the paint, it does strengthen up. Clean Up To make clean up faster and easier, I wear gloves…

  • Grace Mendez Art Journal Face

    Art Journal Faces

    I make a lot of faces of women in my art journal. It’s one of my favorite things to do in a journal. I’ve noticed most of the faces are about the same. They are looking straight ahead and have crazy hair or flowers for hair. As you can see, once in a while, I change them up. I borrowed Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Faces from the public library and was inspired to make a more whimsical face with a crown and eyelashes.  All four of these art journal faces are made with watercolor, some with a little bit of pencil and marker. You don’t need a lot of fancy…

  • Grace Mendez Art Journal Page

    Art Journal Page

    A few weeks ago I showed how I prepare art journal pages with graphite and gesso HERE. With a few Derwent Inktense colored pencils and a water brush, I went over the background layer. The water from the brush doesn’t buckle the thin pages because of the previous gesso layer. I like how one of the eyes has a circle that surrounds it.

  • Grace Mendez Mixed Media Portrait

    Mixed Media Portrait In An Art Journal

    One of my favorite things to make are mixed media portraits. I work in several art journals at once. I brought one of my Moleskine journals to the Mixed-Media Art Journaling workshop that I teach and I started the page in class and finished it at home. This mixed media portrait is made with gesso, acrylic paint, hand-made collage paper (origami paper and colored pencil), random collage paper and Derwent Inktense pencils. As with many of the pages in my art journals, I create without a lot of planning. I love the spontaneity of working this way. She is not perfect. I don’t need her to be perfect. She just needs to…

  • Grace Mendez Lyra Graphite Crayons and Gesso
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    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…