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    Zentangle Inspired Art

    One of my favorite subjects for my art journals is a woman’s face and zentangle® inspired art hair. As a certified zentangle teacher, I have an immense love of abstract patterns. You cannot make a mistake. You may think you made a mistake but chances are, you are the only one who can see it. Zentangle inspired art is a piece of artwork that doesn’t fall into the definition of a zentangle. A zentangle is created on a 3.5″ x 3.5″ tile (piece of paper). It’s created with ink and graphite. There are no rulers, erasers or stencils. It’s non-representational and there is no orientation. It is usually created in…

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    Lady Bird

    Creating a Lady Bird fits right into my love of whimsical drawing. The basic lady bird only takes a few steps to create. Then it’s time to embellish with top hats, shoes, eyelashes, fancy tail feathers and patterned bodies. My fascination with putting red shoes on my birds came on accident when I was in a Tracy Verdugo workshop. It was one of those happy accidents that only come when we are busy creating and not thinking about creating. It is in the act that we make discoveries. (Tweet this) If you can not see the video above, go here: http://vimeo.com/gracemendez/ladybird Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is…

  • Art journal page made with Derwent Inktense Colored Pencils and Caran D'Ache Neocolor I crayons. gracemendez.com

    Word of the Year

    Instead of resolutions I like to choose a word or phrase for the upcoming year. This year I picked “Focus”. After I finished this page in my art journal and looked at it closely, I realized that it is out-of-focus. It’s blurry. And messy. It’s not 100% clear. I wasn’t happy with it at first but then I realized that this is how my Before is. My After -my goal- is to have had a more focused year. This is my starting point. Made with Derwent Inktense colored pencils, Caran D’Ache Neocolor I and Prisma colored pencils.

  • Peek into Grace Mendez' Art Journal

    A Peek Into My Art Journal

    I’d like to give you a quick peek into my art journal, or should it be called a sketchbook? It could also be called a visual journal, too. What ever you call it, it’s the place where I like to try out my art supplies and techniques, sketch, draw or paint. Sometimes I write but mostly I create some kind of art. Some pages I like, some I love and some pages are not my greatest effort. I don’t call it finished at all even though I have added something to each page spread from front to back. And now I will go back through it again and can add…

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    Identi-Pen and Zentangle Inspired Art on Cork Trivet

    The Identi-Pens from Sakura work perfectly for creating artwork on many surfaces. Each Identi-pen marker has two ends. In the video, I use the felt tip end. What I learned is that pulling the pen toward you rather than away works a lot better. Pushing away, the pen catches and lifts the pebbly cork surface. After I finished the video, I added more detail to the trivet using the plastic tip end. The pens are waterproof and will not run or smudge on the trivet. I have also done this process on cork coasters. The cork trivets came from Ikea. They are the same on both sides so you have…