Fall Journal

Nothing is to be Feared Watercolor Tree

“Fall Journal”
Created by Sophia Vida

For this Project you will need:

- Sakura Micron Pens in varying sizes
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– Derwent Inktense Pencils
– Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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– Stardust Stickles
– Round Watercolor Brush
– Clean water and paper towels

I have two pieces of inspiration for this painting. First let me say that I finished reading Pam Carriker’s book “Art at the Speed of Life” and thought it was absolutely wonderful. In her book she gives tips on how to manage your art time and schedule it into your busy life. This is something that I’m sure we all struggle with from time to time. Sometimes it doesn’t seem to matter how organized you are, life simply gets in the way and that’s okay.

Pam also gives detailed instructions on various art projects, one of them being on how to make your own book from a single sheet of watercolor paper which is what I created this piece in. This was my first handmade book and I really love it. It has a cool factor because I made it and that in itself was very gratifying.

While on Pinterest I found a tree that was colored using a similar technique to my “Simply Groovy” project. So I decided to go with that. I drew the tree in pencil, then outlined it with the Micron #03 and #05 pens. I colored it with the Kimberly and Inktense pencils and used a wet brush to activate the colors. Once it was dry I added my sentiment and outlined the outer lines of the tree with a thick sharpie marker because the Micron #08 pen wasn’t quite what I was looking for. I couldn’t resist adding a little bling with Stardust Stickles and Voila! I had a one of a kind work of art in my new journal!

For those of you who are interested, this is the book by Pam Carriker:

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Pink Aquafleur Rose

Pink Rose“Pink Aquafleur Rose”
Created by Sophia Vida

I wanted to share with you a wonderful blog I’ve been following called “A little lime” by a very talented artist, Helen Williams. In her August 12th post she e-mailed detailed instructions to all her followers on how to draw this beautiful Aquafleur Rose. I pinned it to my Pinterest – Drawing How To’s Board. Her instructions were very easy to follow and so much fun.

I started drawing the rose in pencil and then switched to the Copic Multiliner Pen. After my drawing was done, I colored the image with the Spectrum Noir Markers which blend beautifully.

The only problem was since I wasn’t sure how I was going to color this rose at first, if at all, I used the Strathmore Mixed Media paper. This paper sometimes causes the alcohol ink markers to run a little as you see. It doesn’t look too bad but I definitely recommend using the Crafters Companion paper with the Alcohol Ink Markers. It works much better with the alcohol inks.

To finish it off with a little bling, I highlighted the rose with Stardust Stickles and Voila! I had a one of a kind rose to use on a card or other mixed media project.



Supplies Used:
– Crafter’s Companion Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
– Copic Multiliner – Black .03
– Spectrum Noir Pink Markers: PP1, PP3, PP4, PP5

Simply Groovy

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Created by Sophia Vida

I saw a design on Pinterest and pinned it on my Art Journaling Board. I remembered making one of these designs when I was a kid in school. I also remembered how unhappy I was when it didn’t work the way it was supposed to.

The idea is to draw free form lines starting from one side to another. Then color in your spaces with different colors but you can’t have two of the same color touching. When I was a kid I used 1 color and randomly hopped around the page and then moved on to the next color and so on. This was okay for the most part but when it came down to the last few spaces I ended up with the same color touching in two of the spaces.

To avoid that same mishap again I started with one space and continued moving along. This worked beautifully and I had a lot of fun and one big smile since I overcame my childhood blunder :)

Looking at the design it reminded me of something out of the 70’s. I thought I it would make a fun background for a card or some other art project. But I haven’t made up my mind as of yet. For now I’m just going to enjoy the bright fun colors.

So get out your markers, colored pencils or crayons and have a little fun!!


Supplies Used:
– Crafter’s Companion Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
– Copic Multiliner – Black .03
– Spectrum Noir Markers: GB4 (yellow), DR4 (red), BP2 (pink), BT8 (blue), LV3 (purple), CG4 (green), CR7 (orange)

Find Your Bliss Mixed Media Village

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Created by Sophia Vida

I couldn’t resist trying another village but with bright spring colors. I followed the same basic steps as my last one, Whimsical Village but I decided to overlap the houses a little. It definitely took more time to get everything to fit but I liked the end result.

The paper for this village came from a few different stacks. I wanted to add a little texture so I used corrugated cardstock for two of the roofs. The colors weren’t quite right so I painted them with acrylic paint to match the papers and then added shading with dry Gelatos.

I added a few doodles and highlighted them with Sakura Gelly Roll Pens and Stickles. Once it was compete I sealed it with a coat of Matte Mode Podge and Voila! I had a unique work of art!

Enjoy creating your own village!!

Supplies used in this Project:
– 9″ x 12″ canvas panel
– DCWV Spring & Summer Matstack (4.5″ x 6.5″)
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– DCWV The Corrugated Stack (6″ x 6″)
DCWV Corrugated Stack
– K&Company Sweet Nectar Adhesive Paper Pad (4.75″ x 6.75″)
– Gesso
– Matte Mod Podge
– Faber Castell Pitt Pen or Sharpie Fine Point Pen
– Acrylic Paints: Turquoise Blue, Lime Green, White, Pink, Fuchsia, Yellow
– 1/2″ Flat Paint Brush
– Assorted Rhinestones and Embellishments
– Assorted Gelatos
– Assorted Stickles
– Assorted Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– Small sponge applicator
– Clean water and paper towels

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Whimsical Village Mixed Media

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Created by Sophia Vida

I became fascinated with whimsical villages I found online over the summer and had to give it a try. I found a paper stack by DCWV called Violet Leaf. This stack was full of papers with beautiful turquoise and violet colors.

I started this project by coating a 9″ x 12″ canvas with gesso. While the gesso was drying I designed my houses with papers from the stack. All the lines are slanted and curvy making them a little whimsical.

The next step was to paint the entire canvas and sides with a coat of coordinating acrylic paint. Once the paint had dried I glued my houses onto the canvas. I made a sun using a paper doily which I colored with yellow and orange watered down acrylic paint. I drew in rays with a gold Sharpie pen. I made windows out of vellum and colored them with dry Gelatos. I then adhered them to the houses using a small amount of Aleene’s Tacky Glue.

Next I added a few stencils to the canvas using a mixture of white and background paint with fiber paste. Once dry, I outlined everything with a Faber Castell Pitt Pen and added shading, embellishments and of course Stickles to the flowers. The edges of the canvas were distressed with dry Gelatos. I added a few white streaks across the canvas with white pearl paint and a plastic card. Last I sealed it with a coat of Matte Mode Podge and Voila! I had a unique mixed media work of art!

Enjoy creating your own whimsical village!!

Supplies used in this Project:
– 9″ x 12″ canvas panel
– DCWV Violet Leaf Stack
– Vellum
– Paper doily
– Gesso
– Golden Fiber Paste
Golden Fiber Paste
– Stencil of your choice
– Palette Knife
– Matte Mod Podge
– Faber Castell Pitt Pen or Sharpie Fine Point Pen
– Acrylic Paints: Aqua (FolkArt), White, Pearl White, Yellow and Orange
– 1/2″ Flat Paint Brush
– Assorted Gelatos
– Assorted Stickles
– Assorted Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– Small sponge applicator
– Clean water and paper towels

Whimsical Village DSC_0010-Sun          Whimsical Village DSC_0010-Stencil          Whimsical Village DSC_0010-Flowers

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Create Art Every Day Journal


“Create Art Every Day Journal”
Created by Sophia Vida

For this Project you will need:

- Sakura Micron Pens in varying sizes
sakura pens
– Assorted Alcohol Ink Markers (ie Copic or Spectrum Noir)
– Strathmore Mixed Media Paper 9″ x 12″
– Stardust Stickles
– Assorted Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
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I just took an online class at Creative Workshops by Cathy Bluteau. It was called “Doodle Art with Me.” In the class she gave instructions and tips for different doodling techniques and using alcohol ink markers for your drawings.

Cathy is a very talented mixed media artist and instructor who has been featured in many magazines like Artful Blogging, Somerset Life,  Art Journaling and Sew Somerset. Her classes along with other talented artists are featured on the Creative Workshops website which can be found here at: http://creativeworkshops.me

I had so much fun with Cathy’s class that I’ve been doodling ever since. It reminds me of when I was a kid and loved to color in my coloring book. But now that I’m a big girl, I get to use big girl stuff like the alcohol ink markers. Although these markers can be a little pricey they are fabulous because you can blend colors where regular markers would leave a line.

Inspired by art that I found on my Art Journaling Pinterest Board I decided to create this piece. I drew in the main areas with the Sakura Micron Pen size 05. I penciled in my letters and outlined them with the Sakura Micron Pen size 02. I then colored in each section with the alcohol ink markers. Last I added highlights with the Gelly Roll Pens and Stardust Stickles. Before I knew it, my piece was done and I had loads of fun!!

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Thanks for looking and have lots of fun creating your own whimsical art journal page!

Mixed Media Cottages

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“Mixed Media Cottages”
created by Sophia Vida

I read an article in the May/June 2014 Somerset Studio Magazine by a very talented artist Jennifer Bomgardener. You can find more information on Jennifer and her work here at http://thepaintedflower-jennifer.blogspot.com/.

In the article Jennifer gave instructions for creating beautiful, quaint little cottages using paint, paper and recycled cardboard from the backs of used art pads. They really caught my eye and I just had to give it a try. But I wanted to put my own creative touch on it so I thought I would use fabric instead of paper.

I found quite a few flower patterns that I really liked. It was a hard narrowing it down, but I love how they turned out. Not to mention they were fairly easy and loads of fun to create. I hope you enjoy this project as much as I did.

For this project you will need:

- Foam poster board
– Ruler
– Exacto knife
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– 4″ squares of assorted fabric
– EZ-Steam II Fusible Web
EZ-Stean Fusible Web
– Coordinating Cardstock
– Black Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Marker
– Assorted Gelly Roll Pens
– Stickles – Stardust
– Distress Ink – Tea Dye
– Ribbon and assorted embellishments
– Pearls
– Head pins
– Round Needle Nose Pliers
– Coordinating paint that matches fabric
– Gesso
– 1/4″ Straight brush and a fan brush
– Sand Paper

  1. Draw a 4″ square on scrap cardstock. For the roof, go up 2″ from the center and add a triangle to your square. This will be your template for the cottages.
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  2. Using your template, trace your cottage on to your foam board and cut it out using the Exacto Knife. Sand the edges as needed.
  3. Paint the front of your roof with a coat of Gesso (it doesn’t have to be neat). You can also add a coat of Gesso to the edges of the foam board to seal it. Let dry.
  4. Paint your roof with a bold coordinating base color. Add highlights using the fan brush. Let dry. Again, this doesn’t need to be neat since you will be covering the edges in the next few steps.
  5. Follow the manufacturer instructions and adhere your 4″ square of fabric to the fusible web. Cut out your square and adhere to your cottage.
  6. Cut a 4″ piece of ribbon and adhere to the top edge of the fabric.
  7. Using a border punch, make a trim for your roof. Adhere to cottage.
  8. Adhere any embellishments to the bottom of your ribbon as well as on the top of your roof.
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  9. Using the coordinating cardstock, draw a door, window and sign using your sharpie marker and Jelly Roll pens. Cut out and adhere to your cottage.
  10. Distress the fabric around the window, door and sign with Tea Dye ink. You can also distress the sides of the cottage and roof as well.
  11. Using a paper piercer, skewer or anything else you have, make a small hole in the bottom of your cottage. Use the head pins to string your pearls through the holes and clamp it off in the back.
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  12. Cut a 6″ piece of ribbon and glue a loop to the back of your cottage for hanging and Voila! You have a beautiful one of a kind little cottage!

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