My Struggle with Drawing Hands

Mixed media journal page by Grace Mendez

This art journal page is in exercise in using the familiar and the unfamiliar and my struggle with drawing hands. I resist drawing hands. The idea of it also keeps me from drawing bodies. So I mostly stick to drawing whimsical faces. I also resist using some of the art supplies that I have. I […]

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How to Cover Up an Art Journal Page

How to cover up a journal page

There are only a few steps to cover up an art journal page with gesso. SUPPLIES: Golden’s black gesso plastic card or wedge Golden’s white gesso I don’t believe in tearing out pages in my art journals. I will work on it to get past that ugly stage that some pages go through. But sometimes […]

Word of the Year

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

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 […]