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

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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
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– 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:

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

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
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– 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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Flower Art Journal


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“Flower Art Journal”
Created by Sophia Vida

For this Project you will need:

- Sakura Micron Pens in varying sizes
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- Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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- Strathmore 400 Series, Watercolor Cold Press 140 lb Paper, 6″ x 12″
– Niji Waterbrush – Medium


- Stardust Stickles
– Paper towels

Last summer I was fortunate enough to take a Summer Sketch class by Alisa Burke which is being offered again this summer. She is a very talented artist and I truly admire her work. I created a board on Pinterest so everyone can enjoy her art and tutorials. The summer sketch class was so much fun because she teaches you to think outside of the box and use basic things you have around the house or even in your yard to create art and simply be inspired.

I started by coloring this page with pink and purple Kimberly watercolor pencils. I left a few white spaces. I used the Niji Waterbrush to activate the colors and let it dry.

I love flowers, especially roses so I decided to fill the page with them. I used the Micron No 3, 5 and 8 pens. Some of the flowers are from my older creations but quite a few were inspired by Alisa Burke. After I filled the page, I used Stardust Stickles to add a few highlights and Voila! That was it!

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun creating your own flower art journals!

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Love Art Wood Burning


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
– Sakura Brown Micron Pen
– Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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– Niji Paintbrush
– 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:


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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  15. Spray your canvas with a pink, blue and pearl Angel Mist. Let dry. Voila! You have a beautiful Mixed Media work of art!