Mixed Media Haunted House


DSC_0002-Haunted House Front Mixed Media Haunted House
(created by Sophia Vida)

I wanted to create a little something for Halloween. What could be better than a haunted house, right? It needed to be scary, but not too scary. Quite a bit of the supplies for this house were items I had leftover from other projects. I purchased a couple of new things like the bead strand, crossbones and beware sign but that was about it. With everything I pieced together, this is what I ended up with…..

For this project you will need:

- 8-1/2″ Plain Wood Bird House
– Americana Acrylic Paints:  Persimmon (Orange), Light Cinnamon (Brown), Dove Gray and Black
– Martha Stewart Pumpkin Craft Stickers #48-20391
– Folk Art Crackle Medium
– Miniature Halloween Beware Decoration from Michaels
– Tim Holtz Crossbones Adornments #TH93089
– Favorite Findings Spider Mix Flatbacks from Joann’s (#1194)
– Glitter Hanging Jack-O-Lantern Ornaments from Joann’s (#1351-0888)
– Crafting Moss
– Jesse James 7″ Bead Strand from Michaels
– Ranger Glossy Accents
– Ranger Liquid Pearls – Onyx
– Stickles: Stardust, Dark Blue
– Thin white fabric
– White String
– Stylus in varying sizes
– Two 1″ – inchie squares for windows
– Two 1″ squares of copper sheet for shutters
– 1″ Styrofoam Ball
– Sharpie fine point pen
– 3 small black beads (any kind)
– Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Walnut Stain
– Aleenes Tacky Glue
– Glue Gun
– 1/2″ Paint Brush
– Plastic Coated Paper Plate
– Paper Towels
– Container with clean water to rinse the brush

  1. You can gently sand the bird house if you like but I wanted it to look more rustic so I skipped this step. Coat the entire house with black acrylic paint. Let dry. Then give it a second coat and let dry.
  2. Cover the entire house with crackle medium. Let dry.
  3. Paint your roof with 1 coat of brown paint. Let dry.
  4. Paint your walls with 1 coat of orange paint. Let dry.
  5. Paint your fence with 1 coat of gray paint. let dry.
  6. Randomly adhere the pumpkin stickers all around the house.
  7. Using Aleene’s Tacky glue, adhere the Halloween beads to the front line of the roof. Let dry.
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  8. Using Aleene’s tacky glue, adhere the beware sign to the front left side.
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  9. Using the glue gun, adhere the moss all around the edges and yard of the house.
  10. Make a smaller loop on the Jack-O-Lanterns and cut to size. Glue them to the  front left and right corner of the roof using Aleene’s tacky glue. Cover the strings by gluing a little moss on top.
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  11. Using the glue gun, adhere small pieces of moss randomly on the roof.
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  12. Using your sharpie pen, draw your spider web in the top left corner. Go over web lines with Glossy Accents. Let dry. Note: If you get the Glossy Accents in between the webbing, use the end of your stylus to remove it before it dries. Just be sure to wipe the stylus clean every time.
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  13. Add 3D Onyx Liquid Pearl around hole. Let dry.
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  14. Glue your crossbones over the hole. Also glue your spider by the web and add more spiders if you like.
  15. Paint both of your inchies with a mix of black and gray paint. Let dry. Add white accent lines and go over the lines with Stardust Stickles. Let dry.
  16. On one of the copper squares, mark the center with a pencil. Score down the middle with a thick stylus. Score shutter lines across both sides. Distress with Walnut Stain and Liquid Pearls. Cut in half on center score line with scissors and adhere edges to the back of the window. Repeat this step for second window.
  17. Glue windows and shutters to sides of house.
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  18. Glue the black beads to the Styrofoam ball for eyes and mouth. Push them in a little so they are flush. Let dry.
  19. Cut a small piece of white fabric and wrap it around your Styrofoam ball. Secure with a piece of white string. Gently stuff part of your ghost into the hole and glue the back of the head onto the house. Let dry. Voila!! You have a one of a kind work of art!!
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Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making your own Haunted House!

 

DSC_0021-HauntedHouseAngleView          DSC_0007-HauntedHouseSideView

Blue Watercolor Teacup Birdies


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“Blue Watercolor Teacup Birdies”
Created by Sophia Vida

I love working in many mediums but watercolor is always my favorite. I took a wonderful online class by a very talented artist, Laurie May at Creative Workshops called 3 Stacking Cups with Birds and Roses. In the class Laurie gave detailed and easy step-by-step instructions on how to create this cute and whimsical watercolor painting. The class was reasonably priced and I highly recommend it!! For more information on Laurie May, visit her blog at  http//www.lauriescharmingdesigns.blogspot.com.

To start his painting I lightly sketched the design with pencil and then colored it with watercolor paints. Next I outlined everything with the Sakura Micron pens.  After the paintings were dry, I couldn’t resist adding a little bling to some of the roses and highlights with Stardust Stickles.

I had so much fun with the first painting that I decided to try a second one with fall colors. It didn’t turn out quite the way I had envisioned but I love it nevertheless.

Hope you enjoy!!

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DSC_0004-FallTeacupBirdies-Stickles     DSC_0004-FallTeacupBirdies-highlights

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
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– 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.

Enjoy!

 

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

Simply Groovy


SimplyGroovyMain“Simply Groovy”
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


DSC_0026Main    “Find Your Bliss” Mixed Media Village
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″)
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– K&Company Sweet Nectar Adhesive Paper Pad (4.75″ x 6.75″)
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– 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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DSC_0026Doodle2          DSC_0026Doodle3

DSC_0026House1          DSC_0026House2

 

 

 

Whimsical Village Mixed Media


Whimsical  Village DSC_0010-Main    “Whimsical Village” Mixed Media
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
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– Vellum
– Paper doily
– Gesso
– Golden Fiber Paste
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– 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

Whimsical Village DSC_0010-Small House         Whimsical Village DSC_0010- House2         Whimsical Village DSC_0010- House3