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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 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 It's in the Cards Tutorial

    It’s in the Cards Tutorial

    Do you believe in fortune telling? I don’t know about you, but I used to have a Magic 8 Ball®. I loved playing with it. The idea was that it would magically tell your fortune when you shook the ball and looked in the window for the answer. Mostly I used it in elementary school to find out if a secret crush liked me back. Although I don’t have a Magic 8 Ball anymore, I thought it would be fun to make up a set of fun fortune telling cards using the same 20 responses that are inside the ball. What you will need: 20 ATC cards, playing cards or…

  • Grace Mendez Meandering Book Online Workshop

    Meandering Book Online Workshop

    I love working on paper. I also love portable art making. On the first floor of my home, I use a spare bedroom as my studio. The rest of the living space is on the second floor. This means I often tote my art supplies up and down the stairs, especially in the evening when I go upstairs to watch (or mostly listen) to a movie on Netflix. I also like to travel light and carrying a bulky, hard cover, art journal is not something I enjoy. I rather carry a soft covered art journal and a small pouch of art supplies to the park or cafe. The last couple of…

  • 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…