Find the Magic in your Heart Mixed Media


“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
Golden Fiber Paste
– 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.
  3. Using a script stamp and Staz On Black Ink, stamp images on your canvas.
  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.
  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.
  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:

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

– Stardust Stickles
– Paper towels



Every Cloud has a Silver Lining Mixed Media


 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


 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 She also has a blog at

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.


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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(created by Sophia Vida)

I love fish with attitude and this little whimsical one is Frannie. I painted her on a small 5″ x 5″ canvas which I coated with gesso. Once that was dry I painted the background with blue and white acrylic paint. Next I sketched Frannie on a piece of paper and then transferred her to the canvas using white graphite paper.

I painted her using acrylic paints in assorted bright and vibrant colors. Even with that she was looking a little blah because the paints dry in a matte finish. So to give her body a little shimmer, I mixed lavender and pearl white paint.  I used a purple Sakura Gelly Roll pen to add a design to her body once the paint was dry.  Then I outlined everything with a Black Sakura Micron Pen #03.

To add dimension, I used Glossy Accents over the bubbles and lips. And last but not least, I had to add a little bling to her tail and fins with yellow Stickles and green Liquid Pearls.


Supplies used:

– 5″ x 5″ Canvas
– Assorted Acrylic Paints
– Ranger Liquid Pearls
– Ranger Glossy Accents
– Stickles
– Sakura Micron Pen
– Sakura Jelly Roll Pen
– Round #5 Brush
– Plastic Coated Paper Plate (for mixing colors)
– Paper Towels
– Container with clean water to rinse the brush

Love Altered Book


“Love Altered Book”
Created by Sophia Vida

I bought the “Somerset in Love” magazine from Stampington. I was thrilled when it arrived. It was packed full of romantic altered books created by various artists. It was simply beautiful.

Somset in Love Magazine

Inspired by their work I decided I would give it a try so I set out to my local craft store and purchased an inexpensive board book. To prep the book I sanded each page to remove the glossy finish so my paints and finishes would stick better. Next I applied 2 coats of gesso to each page. Once this was dry I was ready to start my new adventure.

I painted these two pages in white paint and distressed them with Tea Dye ink. I added faux stitching to the edges with a gold metallic sharpie pen. Next I added heart-shaped stamps to each page using acrylic paint.

While the paint was drying I printed 2 vintage images from my computer on heavy cardstock and cut them out. I glued one of the images onto a square of pink fabric. The other was glued onto paper heart doilies which I had on hand from Wilton Cake decorating. I painted the edges and center of the white heart doily with pink and red acrylic paint so it would stand out from the background more.

I found an extra clay heart I had made from a previous Valentine card and added that to one of my pages along with other ephemera that I had in my supply stash. Last but not least, I added a little bling with Stardust Stickles and Voila! I had two fun pages in my new Love Book.

Hope you enjoy creating your own altered book!

Supplies used for the project:

– Inexpensive Board Book
– Sandpaper
– Gesso
– Acrylic Paint: White, Red, Pink, Purple
– Assorted Heart Stamps
– Tea Dye Distress Ink
– Sharpie Gold Metallic Marker
– Paint Brush
– Assorted Valentine/Love Ephemera
– 2 Vintage Valentine Prints
– Aleenes Tacky Glue

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LoveAlteredBookDSC_0008Hearts          LoveAlteredBookDSC_0011Flower