Spooky House Watercolor

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Created by Sophia Vida

Time is just flying by and Halloween is almost here. I saw a spooky house on Pinterest that inspired me to paint this one in my little 5.5″ x 8″ watercolor art journal. This was a fun piece to do while watching TV.

I started with a pencil sketch and then outlined it with a Sakura Micron Pen 03. The next step was to color it in with the Kimberly watercolor pencils. I used Niji Waterbrushes to activate the colors. Once it was dry I added accents with Sakura Gelly Roll pens and of course my all time favorite, Stickles. Last I accented the cat with Ranger Glossy Accents and Voila! I had a new painting in my journal!

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy!!


For this Project you will need:

  • Sakura Micron Pen #03
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  • Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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  • Strathmore Visual Journal, Watercolor Cold Press 140 lb Paper, 5.5″ x 8″
  • Niji Waterbrush – Small and Medium
  • Stardust Stickles
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Paper towels

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Celebrate Everyday Mixed Media



“Celebrate Everyday” Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

I created this piece from a project I saw in “Mixed Media Masterpieces with Jenny & Aaron.” This is such a wonderful book I saw in Michaels and just had to have it. It’s filled with retro style, fun, whimsical art that I just love.

The authors Jenny Heid and Aaron Nieradka did a fabulous job with their step by step photo tutorials for each of the projects. Although I didn’t have the exact supplies on hand, I improvised with what I had in my stash and this is my version of it. It was so much fun to create and I highly recommend this book!!!

For more information on Jenny Heid and Aaron Nieradka you can visit their blog at: http://everyday-is-a-holiday.blogspot.com/

Also, if you want to get a glimpse inside of the book, you can check it out on Amazon.com and here is the link: Amazon.com – Mixed Media Masterpieces by Jenny and Aaron.

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Additional photos for you to enjoy:

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Thanks for stopping by!!

Mixed Media Art Journal – Take 4

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“Mixed Media Art Journal – Take 4”
Created by Sophia Vida

Journaling is a fun way to experiment with new things which is exactly what I did here. I recently bought a set of Golden Fluid Acrylic Paints and thought it would be fun to play with them in my journal. The colors were much brighter than I anticipated but I loved how they popped.

To tone it down a little, I decided to use my leaf stencil and a white paint marker to outline a few leaves. I then painted the leaves with white acrylic paint mixed with floating medium.

I added a little shading around the leaves with a watercolor sketch pencil. I also added accents with silver puff paint, gold metallic sharpie pen, green Sakura Gelly Roll pen, Sakura Micron pen #03 and assorted paint pens and that was it!

I highly recommend giving the Golden Fluid Acrylic Paints a try. They are so bold and bright and simply lots of fun.

Stay tuned as the journaling adventure continues…..

Thanks for stopping by!

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Supplies Use:

  • Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal 5.5″ x 8″
  • Gesso
  • Golden 8 Professional Fluid Acrylic Paints
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen: Green
  • Sakura Micron Pen #03
  • Sharpie Pens: Fine Point Gold
  • Silver Puff Paint
  • Paint Pens: Assorted Colors
  • Watercolor Sketch Pencil



More Than Others Watercolor


“More than others Watercolor”
Created by Sophia Vida

This painting was created in Gina Lee Kim’s second online class called “The Versatility of Blue.” It’s offered through Cloth Paper Scissors and is so much fun to create.

Because this is part of Gina’s online class I don’t want to give away any of her techniques for creating this painting. But I will tell you how I created the paper for the sail boat because that was from my personal paper stash.

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I created this sheet by collaging a 9″ x 12″ sheet of Strathmore Mixed Media paper with pages from a book, sheet music etc. Once this was dry I used my stencils and a few stamps with Staz on ink to add some imagery. I added color with watered down acrylic paints and gelatos and a few sketchy lines with the Sakura Micron Pen #02.

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After everything had dried it looked a bit dull so I sprayed the sheet with Pearl Angel Mist which gave it a little shimmer. Since I only needed a small piece for the sail boat, I’m putting the rest back into my stash to use on another project later.

I’ve been creating pieces of mixed media papers for use in projects instead of buying more printed cardstock. I like how it adds that extra creative punch to projects. Plus it’s just a blast making these different sheets because there are no rules except to have fun.

I highly recommend Gina Lee Kim’s online courses. They are lots of fun and there are 4 courses in total: The Power of Red, The Versatility of Blue, The Serenity of Green and The Energy of Yellow. I will be moving on to The Serenity of Green next, so stay tuned.

You can find a link to the Versatility of Blue and the 3 other online classes on Gina Lee Kim’s blog: ginaleekim.blogspot.com. Just click the image on the right side.


Mixed Media Art Journal – Take 3

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“Mixed Media Art Journal – Take 3”
Created by Sophia Vida

I’m having so much fun creating pages in my small art journal. I really love “Romantic Homes” Magazines. They are full of wonderful images that are perfect for journaling. That is of course, where I found these images.

I made these pages with layers of paints, gelatos, paper doilies and doodles. For the butterflies, I used a piece of glossy cardstock with alcohol inks and then used a Martha Stewart punch. After I adhered them to the pages, I highlighted the butterflies with Stickles and that was it!

Stay tuned as the journaling adventure continues…..

Thanks for stopping by!

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Supplies Use:

  • Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal 5.5″ x 8″
  • Gesso
  • Gelatos
  • Acrylic Paints: Yellow, White, Green
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pens: Assorted Colors
  • Sharpie Pens: Fine Point Gold
  • Stickles: Assorted Colors
  • Paper Doily
  • Cardstock scrap
  • Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch







What a Wonderful World Watercolor

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“What a wonderful world Watercolor”
Created by Sophia Vida

I wrote about Gina Lee Kim, a very talented watercolor artist in my recent post “Follow your own path.” I love Gina’s work and purchased one of her online classes, “The Power of Red” that is offered through Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine. It was well worth the price and these are the two projects I completed.

For the first painting with the shaker window that I made Saturday morning, I used a quote by Wayne Dyer, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” I was really moved by this quote because it makes you wonder….. Then I read Monday he had passed away sometime Saturday night. This was very sad news but the fact that I somehow chose his quote for this painting gave me solace.


The second painting needed journaling in the background and nothing was coming to mind. After giving it a bit of thought I decided to use the beautiful lyrics to Louie Armstrong’s song “What a Wonderful World.”

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I don’t want to give away Gina Lee Kim’s tips and techniques so I’m not going to write a how-to for these projects. I do highly recommend purchasing her online course. There are 4 courses in total and the Power of Red was the first one.

You can find a link to the Power of Red online course on Gina Lee Kim’s blog: ginaleekim.blogspot.com. Just click the image on the right side.

Hope you enjoy!!!

Attitude is Everything Mixed Media

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“Attitude is Everything” Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

This was such a fun piece to make with lots of bright and bold colors. I started by creating layers of torn papers, paints and fabric on an 8″ x 10″ canvas. I stamped a heart border around the canvas and once it was dry, I distressed the edges with Tea Dye ink. I made the banner using a heart-shaped punch. I outlined the hearts with Stickles and added a few highlights with a Marvy White Gel Pen.

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The birds were made using the same collage techniques as on my previous post “Sing your Own Song. I drew the birds on a manila folder and collaged them with torn pieces of paper, doing my best to stay within the lines. Once I fully covered the birds, I cut them out and adhered them to my canvas and drew their legs with a Sharpie marker. I added wings and outlined them with Sakura Gelly Roll Pens. Last I outlined the birds with dark purple Stickles.

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Next, I painted grass at the bottom of the canvas with assorted green and white acrylic paints. I glued a few paper flowers in the grass and added rhinestones to the centers for a little bling. I then added highlights and detailing to the canvas where needed.

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I love this quote by Khalil Gibran which really says it all….. “Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as the attitude you bring to life.” I printed the quote from my computer, cut it out, distressed the edges and adhered it to my canvas and that was pretty much it!

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Hope you enjoy!