Dare to be Different Art Journal


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“Dare to be Different 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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– Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
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– Strathmore 400 Series, Watercolor Cold Press 140 lb Paper, 6″ x 12″
– Niji Waterbrush – Medium

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– Stardust Stickles
– Paper towels

It’s always a challenge to create art in this journal because of the unusual long rectangular size. I took my journal and basic supplies to the beach. I sat under a nice shaded umbrella and stared at the blank canvas while listening to the waves, gently roll up on shore. There was a breeze going which was really nice on such a hot day.

I love birds and thought it would be fun to create a whimsical sketch with these little guys. I sketched in my design and colored it with the Kimberly Watercolor Pencils. I used the Niji Waterbrush to activate the colors.

Since it was a scorcher of a day, I laid my wet painting in the sun for a few minutes. Once it was dry, I outlined it with the Sakura Micron Pen #03. When I got back home I added a few highlights with my Sakura Gelly Roll pens, Star Dust Stickles and Voila! I had a new sketch in my journal that makes me giggle. Hope it makes you giggle too :)

Enjoy!

Dare to be Different Pink Bird     Dare to be Different Purple Bird

Dare to be Different Sentiment

 

 

 

 

Sing Your Own Song Mixed Media


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“Sing Your Own Song” Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

Debbie Saenz is a very talented artist who created a fabulous mixed media tutorial entitled “Freedom” with step by step photos. You read all about it here on her blog at http://debbiesaenz.typepad.com/blog/2012/04/mod-podge-monday-mixed-media-tutorial-freedom-bird-in-cage.html

I originally found her tutorial on Pinterest and pinned it to my Mixed Media page. It looked like fun so I thought I’d give it a try. I collaged layers upon layers of papers and paints and stenciled some leaves in the bottom corners. I cut this stencil out from a box of Back To Nature Crackers. I really love this design and use this stencil quite a bit. You’ll notice this little leaf popping up in a lot of my art.

My favorite part was creating the bird and the cage. I drew my bird on a manila folder and collaged the reverse side with torn pieces of paper, making sure to stay within the lines. Next I cut it out and adhered it to my canvas on top of the perch. I added a few details and highlights. Once I was happy with the way it looked, I made the cage using glitter puff paint and set it aside to dry.

I finished by adding more details, highlights, doodles and embellishments. That was it! So hop on over to Debbie Saenz’s blog for detailed instructions and start having some fun!

 

SingYourOwnSong-Sentiment     SingYourOwnSong-Notes

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SingYourOwnSong-Leaves     SingYourOwnSong-DragonFly

 

 

Find the Magic in your Heart Mixed Media


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“Find the Magic in your Heart” Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

I created this piece for the Readers Challenge in Somerset Studios. The rules were to create mixed media art in black and white with a little color, if so desired. Although my submission didn’t make it in the magazine, I had a lot of fun creating this piece and wanted to share it with you.

I love black and white. It’s a classic and beautiful color combination. I’m always in awe of artists who create gorgeous art with these two colors. But for me, this was quite a challenge since I love lots of color. It definitely took me out of my comfort zone, but in a good way.

For this Project you will need:

– 8 x 10″ Canvas
– Golden Fiber Paste
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– Stencil of your choice
– Palette Knife
– Washi Tape
– Scrap paper
– Cardstock – Black
– White tissue paper
– Script Stamp
– Black Chiffon 18″ x 2″
– Staz On Ink – Black
– Distress Ink – Black Soot
– White Acrylic Paint
– Fine Paint Brush
– Paper Clay
– Stickles
– Sharpie Metallic Silver Pen
– Silver Square Jewelry Embellishments
– Heart Shaped Punches – Medium and Small
– Matte Mod Podge
– Black Floss
– Needle
– Stylus with small point
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– Gesso
– Small sponge applicator
– Clean water and paper towels

  1. Adhere torn pieces of paper and washi tape to 8” x 10” canvas.
  2. Using fiber paste and a palette knife, add stencils to your canvas. Let dry.
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  3. Using a script stamp and Staz On Black Ink, stamp images on your canvas.
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  4. For more texture apply torn pieces of white tissue paper to your canvas. Partially cover some of the stenciled and stamped images. Let dry.
  5.  Apply a thin wash of Gesso over parts of your canvas, making sure not to completely cover the background.
  6. Distress edges of canvas with Black Soot Distress ink. Let dry.
  7. Using a black Gelato, make a wash and distress parts of your canvas. Let dry.
  8. Seal canvas with a coat of Matte Mod Podge.
  9. Cut an 18” x 2” strip of chiffon, wrap it around the canvas and tie a bow, cut off excess. Add fabric flower.
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  10. Adhere embellishments and sentiment to your canvas.
  11. Create a 3” heart from paper clay. Smooth over rough edges with your finger and a little water. Stamp a design on the front. Add holes around the edges. Roll the right side of the heart down. Let air dry according to manufacturer instructions.
  12. Distress the heart with Black Soot Distress Ink.
  13. Punch out large and small hearts from brightly colored cardstock, distress edges with Black Soot Ink and add highlights. Adhere to your canvas, just behind where the paper clay heart will go.
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  14. Using black floss, sew the heart onto the canvas.
  15. Finish by accenting your embellishments and canvas with stickles. Let dry and Voila! You have a beautiful work of art!!

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Love Altered Book – Take 2


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“Love Altered Book – Take 2″
Created by Sophia Vida

I wanted to share with you a couple more pages I created in my Love Altered Book. This is a work in progress and you can see my first pages here: https://just4crafters.wordpress.com/2015/01/25/love-altered-book/

I’m really enjoying this creative process and will post more pages as I go.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Summer Fun Watercolor


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“Summer Fun Watercolor”
Created by Sophia Vida

I can’t believe summer is here and June 21st is the first “Official” day. Not to mention it’s Father’s Day too. So Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads!!

Eating a cold slice of watermelon on a hot summer day brings back happy childhood memories for me. Since watercolor is my favorite medium to use, I thought a slice of watermelon was a perfect way to start summer.

One of the things I love most about watercolor painting is that you can finish a piece fairly quick. There is very little drying time needed between the steps and this gives you the satisfaction of finishing a piece in one sitting. Plus this is a great way to squeeze a little art into an otherwise busy and sometimes hectic life.

I started this piece by sketching it out in pencil and then coloring it in with Kimberly Watercolor pencils. I activated and blended the colors with a Niji waterbrush. After it was dry, I outlined everything with a Micron #05 pen and added Stardust Stickles for a little bling. And Voila! I had a new painting in my journal!

What are you going to do to kick off your summer?

 

For this Project you will need:

– Sakura Micron Pen #05
sakura pens

– Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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– Strathmore 300 Series, Watercolor Cold Press 140 lb Paper, 9″ x 12″
– Niji Waterbrush – Small and Medium
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– Stardust Stickles
– Paper towels

 

 

Every Cloud has a Silver Lining Mixed Media


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 Every Cloud has a Silver Lining Mixed Media
(created by Sophia Vida)

I made this piece pretty much the same way as my last mixed media post from June 4, 2015. My only problem was I really loved the colorful background and didn’t want to cover it up by painting over the negative space. So I decided to do it this way instead.

I used the Liquitex Gloss Super Heavy Gel to create texture. While it was still wet on the clouds, I sprinkled them silver glitter. I added yarn, buttons and a rhinestone on the door for even more texture. Last, I outlined the images and highlighted the roof with Liquid Pearls.

When it was finished, I couldn’t stop laughing. It reminded me of something straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. I would have to say this is one of the most whimsical pieces I’ve ever created and it was just silly fun.

Give it whirl and see what your imagination can create!

Supplies used:

– 12″ x 16″ Canvas Panel
– Assorted Acrylic Paints
– Oil Pastels
– Crayons
– Liquitex Gloss Super – Heavy Gel
– Ranger Liquid Pearls – Onyx and Light Blue
– Round #5 Brush
– Palette Knife
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– Spray Bottle of Water
– Plastic Coated Paper Plate (for mixing colors)
– Paper Towels
– Container with clean water to rinse brushes

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Mixed Media


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 Mixed Media
(created by Sophia Vida)

I read an article in the Somerset Apprentice Spring 2014 issue by Tracy Verdugo. She is a very talented artist with a unique style. You can find out more about her on her website at TracyVerdugo.com. She also has a blog at ArtofTracyVerdugo.blogspot.com.

I wanted to try a similar piece like the one she showcased in the article. I changed it a little and painted 1 bird instead of 3. It was so messy but at the same time it was loads of fun with layer upon layer of images created with white crayons, oil pastels and acrylic paint. Once I had my bird drawn on the panel, I painted the negative space with acrylic paint. The last step was to outline the bird and the rest of the image with dark blue acrylic paint.

Looking at the finished piece, it was dull because I over mixed some of the colors. It was still fun and colorful to look at but not as vivid as I had imagined it would be. I stared at it for a while and repainted the negative space around the bird and branch using pink and blue acrylic paints mixed with Liquitex Gloss Super – Heavy Gel. This gave it that extra punch it needed and I love the purple hues that came from mixing the two colors. Last I accented the bird and leaves with Stardust Stickles and now I had a new art piece that really pops with bright, fun colors.

Check out Tracy’s book titled “paint mojo – A Mixed Media Workshop” for more inspiration, tips, techniques and tutorials. This is a hardcover spiral bound book I purchased for myself and absolutely love.

Enjoy!

Supplies used:

– 12″ x 16″ Canvas Panel
– Assorted Acrylic Paints
– Oil Pastels
– Crayons
– Liquitex Gloss Super – Heavy Gel
– Stickles
– Round #5 Brush
– Palette Knife
– Spray Bottle of Water
– Plastic Coated Paper Plate (for mixing colors)
– Paper Towels
– Container with clean water to rinse brushes

 

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