Love Art Wood Burning


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Love Art
Created by Sophia Vida

 

The cover of Somerset Studio Mar/Apr 2014 issue caught my eye. It was a vibrant red shimmery heart.  When I read the article by Julie Haymaker Thompson I was pleasantly surprised to find that this project and others she made were with wood burning techniques. I loved the colors and the overall look of her projects. This was something new for me and I couldn’t wait to get started. So off to the craft store I went to get my wood burning tool.

I found one at Michaels that has a variable temperature setting that allows you burn wood, plastic, leather, cork and much more along with several attachments. It even comes with a soldering point. I already had a piece of 6″ x 9″ piece of wood and I used one of her designs but changed it up a bit.

I started by attaching the universal point and allowed the tool to heat for 5 minutes. As a safety, I used a mask which I found at the hardware store because there was smoke involved with this project and I didn’t want to breathe it in. I did a light pencil sketch on the wood and began burning the lines.

It didn’t go quite as planned. You need to hold the tool like a pencil. However, you have to hold it further back, pretty much in the middle to avoid burning your fingers. This made it a little awkward because you have to move slowly for an even burn. But I remained patient and as I started I loved how the burned lines look.

One thing I didn’t take into account when selecting my wood was the curved edges. I thought it would be so easy to burn but I ended up using 3 different tips. The end result was organic and fabulous with light and dark variations in the grain. Definitely worth the extra effort.

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After I finished burning the wood, I colored it with my Kimberly watercolor pencils. I used a Niji Paintbrush filled with water to activate the colors and let them absorb into the wood. There were a few places that came out lighter than I wanted so I just went over them again with the pencils.

I drew in my designs in the boxes with a brown Sakura Micron pen. Next I shaded the burned edges with a 2B sketch pencil and softened the lines with a paper blending tool. I then added a few embellishments like rhinestones, sequins, fabric flowers, lace and a button. Last I added a few highlights with Sakura Jelly Roll Pens and Stardust Stickles and Voila! I had a one of a kind work of art!!

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Supplies Needed:

- 6″ x 9″ piece of wood
- Creative Versa Tool
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- Sakura Brown Micron Pen
- Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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- Niji Paintbrush
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- 2B Sketch Pencil
- Assorted Sakura Jelly Roll Pens
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- Paper Blending Tool
- Assorted Embellishments: rhinestones, sequins, fabric flowers, lace, button and anything else you may like

Hop into Spring Mixed Media


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Created by Sophia Vida

As you know I’ve been having lots of fun with Andrea Gomoll’s YouTube videos. I found one more which was actually for a journal page. But I thought her technique in this video for using photos would make a cool mixed media canvas. The end result is fantastic and you don’t have to be a sketch artist to do it. You can find Andrea’s video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkayRQg5guA

Enjoy!

For this Project you will need:

- Golden Fiber Paste
Golden Fiber Paste
- Stencil(s) of your choice
- Palette Knife
- Matte Mod Podge
- Sharpie Fine Point Pen
- Americana Acrylic Paints: Turquoise Blue, Bright Yellow, Irish Moss, Royal Fuchsia
- Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Pink Bubblegum, Riptide, Pearl
- Stamps: Butterfly, Script
- White paint
- 10/0 Round Fine Paint Brush
- Black Staz-On Ink
- Flower and Butterfly Ephemera
- Assorted Gelatos
- Assorted Stickles
- Sakura Glitter Gelly Roll Pens: Pink, Blue, Green and Yellow
- Martha Stewart Crocheted flowers (set of 4)
- 9″ x 12″ canvas panel
- Gesso
- Aleene’s Tacky Glue
- Small sponge applicator
- Clean water and paper towels

  1. Cover your canvas with gesso. Once dry add torn pages from a magazine or book and pieces of paper doilies using Mode Podge. Let dry.
  2. Find a photo of a cute bunny and enlarge it so that it measures approximately 5-1/2″ high. Cut it out and set aside.
  3. Paint your canvas with blue, yellow, green and fuchsia paints. Let dry.
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  4. Add a thin layer of fiber paste to your canvas using the palette knife. Let dry.
  5. Adhere your bunny to the bottom left of your canvas. Let dry. Then apply a thin coat of gesso over your bunny. Let dry.
  6. Color your bunny with white, gray, pink and blue gelatos. Use your finger to blend the colors. Once you have the desired result, outline your bunny with the sharpie marker. Draw in the eye, nose, whiskers and snout with the marker as well. Add more color with gelatos where necessary.
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  7. Adhere the butterfly and flower ephemera using Mod Podge. You can add more color to these pieces with gelatos. Outline them with sharpie and add any detailing. Note: If your ephemera is small you may want to color gelatos on a coated paper plate and then dip your brush in a little water to activate the colors. This will make it easier to apply and blend.
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  8. Apply gelatos dry to your canvas. Adding shading around the bunny, butterfly and flowers. Also add more color to your canvas where needed. Blend with your finger.
  9. Mix small amounts of yellow paint and fiber paste. Apply your stencil using the palette knife to right side of your canvas. Let dry.
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  10. Print and cut out a “Hop into Spring” sentiment from your computer using the Harrington font, size 50. Outline the words with your sharpie pen. Color in the centers of the letter with the Gelly Roll pens. Adhere to the center of your canvas with Mod Podge. Let dry.
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  11. Randomly stamp your script and butterfly stamps on your canvas.
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  12. Using the fine paintbrush add highlights to the bunny, butterfly and flowers with a little white paint. Let dry.
  13. Add Stickles to the flowers and stencil. Let dry.
  14. Adhere your Martha Stewart Crocheted flowers to the bottom of your canvas with tacky glue.
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  15. Spray your canvas with a pink, blue and pearl Angel Mist. Let dry. Voila! You have a beautiful Mixed Media work of art!

Spring Mixed Media


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 “Spring” Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

Last week I told you about a fun video on youtube.com by Andrea Gomoll that inspired me to make my Happy Easter Mixed Media Canvas. I had so much fun with that one I decided to make another one that had the same color palette. I found another video by Andrea where she creates a spring canvas using the same techniques as in her last one. Again, my version is a little different from Andrea’s but if you want to see her video you can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d25yEzCXlgA

Enjoy!

For this Project you will need:

- Golden Fiber Paste
Golden Fiber Paste
- Stencil of your choice
- Palette Knife
- Matte Mod Podge
- Sharpie Fine Point Pen
- Americana Acrylic Paints: Turquoise Blue, Bright Yellow, Irish Moss, Royal Fuchsia
- Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Pink Bubblegum, Riptide, Pearl
- Stamps: Butterfly, Script
- Black Staz-On Ink
- Green Tissue Paper
- Cardstock: K & Company - Sweet Nectar, 4.75″ x 6″ pad or 5 pieces of coordinating cardstock, green cardstock, small tag
- Assorted Gelatos
- Assorted Stickles
- Sakura Glitter Gelly Roll Pens: Pink, Blue, Green and Yellow
- 9″ x 12″ canvas panel
- Gesso
- Aleene’s Tacky Glue
- Small sponge applicator
- Clean water and paper towels

  1. Cover your canvas with gesso. Once dry, paint your canvas yellow, pink and blue (it doesn’t have to be neat). Before the paint dried I sprayed the canvas with a good amount of water and let the colors run a bit. Let dry.
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  2. Add torn pieces from a magazine or book using Matte Mod Podge. Cut out a few shapes from paper doilies and carefully adhere them with the Mod Podge. Once dry, color in your shapes with watered down paint. Let dry.
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  3. Add small patches of fiber paste in a thin layer to your canvas using the palette knife. Let dry.
  4. Mix small amounts of yellow paint and fiber paste. Apply your stencil using the palette knife to the top left of your canvas. Let dry.
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  5. Cut out 5 tulip shapes in 5 different coordinating papers.  Cut out leaves and stems from green cardstock. Adhere to your canvas with Mod Podge.
  6. Tear small pieces of green tissue paper and adhere to bottom of canvas covering the flower stems with Mod Podge.
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  7. Apply dry gelatos to your canvas. Adding shading under the basket and around the flowers. Also add more color to your canvas where needed. Blend with your finger.
  8. Print and cut out a “Spring” sentiment from your computer using the Harrington font, size 50. Color in the centers of the letter with the Gelly Roll pens. Adhere to your tag.  Adhere the tag to the top right corner of your canvas with Mod Podge. Let dry.
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  9. Using your sharpie pen outline your flowers, leaves, basket, tag and anything else you want to make stand out.
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  10. Randomly stamp your script and butterfly stamps on your canvas.
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  11. Highlight your flowers, basket, tag and stencil with assorted Stickles. Let dry.
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  12. Spray your canvas with a pink, blue and pearl Angel Mist. Let dry. Voila! You have a beautiful Mixed Media work of art!

 

Happy Easter Mixed Media


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Created by Sophia Vida

I found a really fun video on youtube.com by Andrea Gomoll that inspired me to make this mixed media canvas. My version is a little different because in her video she used patterned papers for the background and I used bright colored paints. But for the most part, I used her techniques with a few extra of my own. You can see her video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAAWKmMPdZw

Enjoy!

For this Project you will need:

- Golden Fiber Paste
Golden Fiber Paste
- Stencil of your choice
- Palette Knife
- Matte Mod Podge
- Sharpie Fine Point Pen
- Americana Acrylic Paints: Turquoise Blue, Bright Yellow, Irish Moss, Royal Fuchsia
- Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Pink Bubblegum, Riptide, Pearl
- Stamps: Butterfly, Script
- Black Staz-On Ink
- Green Tissue Paper
- Cardstock: K & Company - Sweet Nectar, 4.75″ x 6″ pad or 5 pieces of coordinating cardstock
- Assorted Gelatos
- Assorted Stickles
- Sakura Glitter Gelly Roll Pens: Pink, Blue, Green and Yellow
- Martha Stewart Crocheted flowers (set of 4)
- 9″ x 12″ canvas panel
- Gesso
- Aleene’s Tacky Glue
- Small sponge applicator
- Clean water and paper towels

  1. Cover your canvas with gesso. Once dry, paint your canvas green and blue (it doesn’t have to be neat). Let dry.
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  2. Add torn pieces from a magazine or book using Matte Mod Podge. Cut out a few egg shapes from paper doilies and carefully adhere them with the Mod Podge. Once dry, color in your shapes with watered down paint. Let dry.
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  3. Add a thin layer of fiber paste to the left and bottom sides of your canvas using the palette knife. Let dry.
  4. Mix small amounts of yellow paint and fiber paste. Apply your stencil using the palette knife to the top and right sides of your canvas. Let dry.
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  5. Cut out 5 oval shapes for eggs in 5 different coordinating papers. Adhere to your canvas with Mod Podge.
  6. Tear small pieces of green tissue paper and adhere to bottom of canvas under eggs to make a basket.
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  7. Apply gelatos dry to your canvas. Adding shading under the basket and around the eggs. Also add more color to your canvas where needed. Blend with your finger.
  8. Print and cut out a “Happy Easter” sentiment from your computer using the Harrington font, size 50. Outline the words with your sharpie pen. Color in the centers of the letter with the Gelly Roll pens. Adhere to the top center of your canvas with Mod Podge. Let dry.
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  9. Using your sharpie pen outline your eggs and basket and anything else you want to make stand out.
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  10. Randomly stamp your script and butterfly stamps on your canvas.
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  11. Highlight your eggs, basket and stencil with assorted Stickles. Let dry.
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  12. Adhere your Martha Stewart Crocheted flowers to the sides of your basket with tacky glue.
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  13. Spray your canvas with a pink, blue and pearl Angel Mist. Let dry. Voila! You have a beautiful Mixed Media work of art!

Merry Christmas Mixed Media


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Merry Christmas Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

Back in November I saw “the stampers’ sampler” magazine. Although I don’t normally buy this one I couldn’t stop looking at the cover. I loved how the artist used torn pieces of Christmas paper to make this card. I thought it would be such fun to do the same but make a canvas (8″ x 10″) instead.

Stampers Sample Dec 2013-Magazine

So off I went tearing pieces of Christmas papers but I didn’t like how that looked. So I switched gears and decided I would use acrylic paints. But then looking at it, I traveled too far from my inspiration piece. So I started over yet again, lol….

This time I used painters tape to block off different sections. Each section was painted a different color and gold ribbon was used to outline each box. This ended up working rather well. I wanted to keep it clean and simple so I decided not to add any patterned backgrounds like the inspiration piece. Unfortunately, by now the holidays had started and my pace slowed drastically but I continued on my journey not sure of where this would end up…

To fill the boxes I used different embellishments and added red and green stickles for extra highlights.  I also used my Merry Christmas, candy cane and prima doll stamps. I colored the stamped images with alcohol ink markers and then highlighted them with stickles and that was it!

Although the holiday season has passed I figured at least I would be early this year. Enjoy!!
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Love Is In The Air Mixed Media


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“Love is in the air” Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

I saw an article in the Somerset Workshop Magazine where the artist created clay pieces that were stitched onto the canvas. I thought that was a really fun idea and couldn’t wait to give it a try. I found a set of really cute cookie cutters by Wilton Cake decorating at my craft store and used those for the heart balloons.

Normally I work with Fimo Polymer Clay but I wanted to try something a little different so I used the Crayola Air Dry clay instead. I found a package where they gave you small individual packets of clay which were perfect since I only needed a small amount for this piece.

I had to improvise with the stitching a bit. The smaller canvases available in my craft store had a large wooden border on the back. This wasn’t quite what I was looking for because I wanted to stitch several hearts and didn’t want to clump them all together in the center of the canvas. So I stitched the hearts first with the floss, glued them in place and then stitched parts of them onto the canvas. This ended up working very well.

For this Project you will need:

- Golden Fiber Paste
Golden Fiber Paste
- Stencil of your choice
- Palette Knife
- Matte Mod Podge
- Faber Castell Pitt Pen
- Acrylic Paints: Turquoise, Medium Blue, Navy Blue, Gloss Red
- Crayola Model Magic .5 oz White – 6 ct
- Heart shaped cookie cutters
- White Floss
- Needle
- Stylus with small point
- Aleene’s Tacky Glue
- 8″ x 8″ canvas panel
- Gesso
- Small sponge applicator
- Clean water and paper towels

  1. Apply a coat of gesso to your canvas with the sponge applicator and let dry.
  2. Roll out your clay on a clean surface. Using your heart-shaped cookie cutters make 3 large and 2 small hearts. While the clay is still soft, make holes around the edges for the stitching. I used a stylus with a small pointy tip (you can also use a toothpick or skewer). Let dry according to package directions.
  3. Paint your canvas medium blue. Let dry.
  4. Mix a little navy blue paint with the fiber paste. Using a palette knife apply to left side of canvas. Mix a little turquoise blue paint with the fiber paste. Again using the palette knife apply to left and bottom sides of your canvas. You can also use a stencil and apply a little to the right top corner. Let dry. Note: Don’t apply a lot of fiber paste to the center and right side of your canvas. Otherwise your sentiment and hearts will not lay flat and it will be much harder to pierce the canvas when you are stitching the hearts in place.
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  5. Paint your hearts with gloss red. Use 2-3 coats for good coverage. Allow to dry between coats.
  6. Now to put it all together. If your canvas has a smaller, thin frame go to Step 7. However, if your canvas has a wide wood frame as shown below, stitch your hearts with the floss first.  Make sure to leave about an 8″ piece of floss at the very bottom to tie off your balloons. Glue the hearts into place and move to Step 8. Note: A few stitches on each side of the hearts will do.

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  7. Smaller Frame Canvases: Glue your hearts into place with the tacky glue. Then stitch your entire heart onto the canvas. Make sure to leave about an 8″ piece of floss at the very bottom to tie off your balloons.
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  8. From your computer print the sentiment “Love is in the air” using the Harrington Font size 28. Using the Pitt pen draw boxes around each word and cut out. Glue your sentiment to the right side of the canvas using the Mod Podge.
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  9. Cut a 6″ piece of floss. Wrap it around your balloon strings and tie it off with a bow. Trim as needed. Adhere the back of the bow to the canvas. Pull your balloon strings and tape them underneath your canvas until the glue has dried. Then remove the tape, trim the strings in different lengths. Voila!! You have a beautiful Mixed Media Work of Art!!
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Rose Heart Zentangle


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“Rose Heart Zentangle”
Created by Sophia Vida

For this Project you will need:

- Sakura Micron Pens in varying sizes
sakura pens

- Strathmore Mixed Media Journal 5.5″ x 8″
Strathmore Mixed Media

Roses are such beautiful flowers and I just love them. I found a rose zentangle tutorial on Pinterest and decided to start my piece with that design in mind. You can find a lot of zentangle art and tutorials on my Pinterest Zentangle Board: http://www.pinterest.com/just4crafters/zentangle/

I started this piece by drawing a dot in each corner. Next I connected the dots with lines to create a freeform rectangle. I added a few squiggly lines inside the rectangle and continued by filling each section with a zentangle design using my No. 2, 3 and 8 micron pens. Of course, the rose heart was the first one I did.

As much as I love color, I’m going to leave this one in black and white. Although I don’t know how long I can hold out. I have a very strong urge to color it in with my watercolor pencils. But for now I’m just going to enjoy the crisp bold lines.

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun creating your own Zentangle designs!

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