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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 Roy de Forest Book

    The Art of Roy de Forest

    The art of Roy de Forest was recently on display at the Oakland Museum of California. What I love about his artwork is the authenticity that speaks to me. It is as if the artwork comes right from the artist without any filters. Texture When you see the paintings in person, the texture in the painting is pronounced. Dots, dots, dots all over the place. The paintings remind me of folk art and their color blocked motifs. About Roy de Forest Unfortunately, I don’t know much about de Forest except that he lived in the Bay Area of California and what I read about him in an obituary. My lack…

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    Partial Collection of Art from 2016

    This video is a partial collection of art that I made in 2016. This past year I participated in an online workshop called LifeBook 2016. Most of the art in the video is from that project. A few of the images in this collection are from workshops I was in at Art is You in Santa Rosa, CA. The rest are random pieces I made. LifeBook is wonderful. I learned so much and was introduced to many new teachers and their techniques. It requires a time commitment to watch the videos, to make the art, to upload the art and then participate in the facebook group. The great thing about LifeBook…

  • Grace Mendez 10 Reasons Why to Work in a Series

    10 Reasons Why You Should Work in a Series

    Why you should work in a series I found 10 reasons why working in a series is beneficial: Build skill Try out new techniques Save time by not having to think about what to work on Save time by keeping your supplies out and ready to go Practice how to integrate individual pieces into a whole collection Build a consistent practice Create a body of work to share or sell Try something new without the preciousness of making only one Inspires you to come up with new ideas Uncover your style How to develop a series: There are many ways to come up with a series. The most helpful recommendation…

  • Grace Mendez Painting on Rocks

    Painting on Rocks

    Painting on rocks may not be new to you, but it is to me. I’ve seen it around for a long time, I just had never tried it before. I don’t live in an area where smooth rocks are easily found on the ground. The beaches, national and regional parks don’t want you to take any natural souvenirs home with you. I did find some rocks I liked on my walk around my neighborhood, but they were part of a business’ landscaping and it didn’t feel right to take their rocks. Instead, I went to a home improvement store to purchase some rocks. I was disappointed in the selection. They…