A Peek Into My Art Journal

Peek into Grace Mendez' 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 […]

Make Your Own Watercolor Palette

Make your own watercolor palette tutorial

In case you don’t have a travel watercolor palette, or the one you have is too bulky, this tutorial will show you how to make a small sized one with your own favorite watercolor paints. When my daughter moved out, we turned the downstairs bedroom into my art studio/office. I love working in there yet, […]

Studying Under the Masters

After Picasso by Grace Mendez

Last week I started participating in an online workshop called “Studying Under the Masters”. I never have had a workshop with any of the teachers (except for a video I purchased of Jane Davenport’s ) so I didn’t know what to expect. Wow. So far the instruction has been superb. I highly recommend this workshop. When […]

Pastel Pencils, Artbars and Matte Medium

Pastel Pencils, Derwent Artbars and Matte Medium demonstration. Mixed media by Grace Mendez

One of my favorite things to do is try out new artist supplies like these pastel pencils. The good news is the colors are vibrant and they easy to use, the bad news is they smudge. The ability to smudge is great when you want to blend colors. What I don’t want is that when I […]

Art is You Retreat Petaluma, CA 2014

AIY 2014 Sheraton

For the third year in a row, I went to Art is You mixed-media art retreat in Petaluma, CA. I took two, one-day workshops. I met women from all over including Canada, Washington DC, New Mexico and Minnesota. There were many local women from surrounding areas, too. I live close enough to drive so I didn’t […]