• Grace Mendez Art Journal Page

    Art Journal Page

    A few weeks ago I showed how I prepare art journal pages with graphite and gesso┬áHERE. 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 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,┬áhard 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…

  • Image Transfer Grace Mendez
    creativity,  tutorials

    Image Transfer

    Image transfer is a great way to add complex images into your art work. Dover art books are a great resource. Be sure to respect the copyright laws associated with the images. The image that I used was not in color to begin with. My home printer is a toner based laser printer that only prints in black. I’n not sure how an inkjet printer would work with this. I just remember that when I had one and used wet media with it, the ink would smear. If you don’t have a laser printer, you could go to a copy shop and make your copies there. To add the color,…

  • Grace Mendez: Starting An Altered Book
    creativity,  tutorials

    Altered Books

    I’m starting an altered book project. It’s taken me a long time to feel comfortable with the process of altering pages in a printed book. I love books. I have shelves of books, I go to the library regularly. Growing up I was told to not write in books. When I was in college I worked at the student library. Books hold a preciousness. Yet, I love looking at altered books and book art. I’ve wanted to join that tribe of altered book artists. I’ve bought and found free books that I purposely have put away to use as an altered book. I’ve made a few attempts but have not…

  • Grace Mendez Koi Coloring Brush Pens
    creativity,  tutorials

    Koi Coloring Pens As Watercolor

    I’ve been using Koi Coloring Pens as watercolor in my art journals. The technique that I use with the Koi Coloring Pens: sketch the face with a pencil add the Koi Coloring Pen wash the ink with the waterbrush wait until dry erase any extra pencil You don’t need very much ink from the pen to get a lot of color. The pages that I am working on can’t take a lot of water or they will wrinkle a lot, so this technique of only wetting the ink a little works well. In the video you can see that I get a little bit of pilling from scrubbing the brush…