Attitude is Everything Mixed Media


Attitude is Everything Mixed Media (2)

“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.

Attitude is Everything Mixed Media (2) Heart

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!

 

 

 

 

Follow your own path Watercolor


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“Follow your own path Watercolor”
Created by Sophia Vida

I was inspired by Gina Lee Kim, a very talented watercolor artist. Gina creates some really stunning paintings with bright fun colors that just seem to jump out at you. She offers classes and has been featured in many magazines. You can find out more about her on her blog at ginaleekim.blogspot.com.

To create this piece I used a 10″ x 15″ 140 lb watercolor paper. I taped down the edges and gave the paper a coat of water. While it was still wet I started adding pink, blue and yellow paints.

When the paper is wet like this I love how the colors mingle and create new colors. If you remember your basic color mixing rules, pink and blue make purple and yellow and blue make green. That’s how I ended up with this beautiful wash. To create the spotted background, I sprinkled coarse sea salt on the wet paper and then let it dry. After the paper was dry, I gently rubbed off the salt and was left with the spots you see here:

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You’ll notice the birds have unique designs on them as well. To do this I created a second wet wash on a another sheet of watercolor paper. Once the paint mostly dry, I used a couple of different stencils and gently wiped off  some of the paint with a wet wipe.

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Next I traced the birds from a small wood cut out that I found at the craft store. I outlined the birds with a purple Gelly Roll pen, cut them out and adhered them to my first watercolor background.

I wanted the one bird to stand out more than the others, so I gave him a coat of clear glitter paint and let it dry. I used a swirl stamp with white embossing powder as an accent.

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Last I hand wrote my sentiment in the bottom right corner of the paper with a Sakura Micron Pen #03. I accented the letters with a dark purple Gellly Roll pen. I outlined the sentiment with a Marvy White Gel Pen and used white watercolor paint to create a light wash around it. I added a little shading with a dark blue watercolor pencil and Voila! I had a new one of a kind painting to hang in my home!

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Hope you enjoy!!

 

Supplies Used:

  • 140 lb Watercolor Paper, 10″ x 15″
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Wood Bird Cut Out
  • Assorted Gelly Roll Pens
  • Sakura Micron Pen #03
  • Wet Wipes
  • Coarse Sea Salt
  • Marvy White Gel Pen
  • Pigment Ink
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Clear Glitter Paint
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Scissors
  • Large 1″ mop brush for watercolor
  • Clean water and paper towels

Mixed Media Art Journal – Take 2


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“Mixed Media Art Journal – Take 2”
Created by Sophia Vida

These are the next set of pages I created in my small art journal that I blogged about last week. If you missed my post, you can read about it here: https://just4crafters.wordpress.com/2015/08/08/mixed-media-art-journal/.

I created a lot of layers again with paints, gelatos, stamps and doodles. But this time I added a  few interesting elements. I had a dried flower and fern that I used to give the pages some interesting texture. Since the greens were a little too brown for my liking, I carefully added a little color with gelatos and Stickles.

I made a few leaves from a dried sanitizing hand wipe that I used to clean inks off my art desk with. Once I cut out the leaves and glued them on I highlighted them with Stickles.

The images I found in another old “Romantic Homes” Magazine. I love all the flower and garden images they in their articles. I glued the images and sentiment with Mod Podge but depending on the paper, the images sometimes ripple a bit no matter what you do.  So I chalked this up as added character to my pages. And that was pretty much it!

Stay tuned as the journaling adventure continues…..

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Use:

  • Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal 5.5″ x 8″
  • Gesso
  • Gelatos
  • Acrylic Paints: Pink, Green, Yellow
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pens: Assorted Colors
  • Sharpie Pens: Fine Point Black
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists
  • Script Rubber Stamp
  • Black Staz On Ink
  • Dried Flowers and Greens
  • Used sanitizing wipes with ink stains
  • Stickles: Assorted Colors

 

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Mixed Media Art Journal


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“Mixed Media Art Journal”
Created by Sophia Vida

I started a small art journal that measures 5.5″ x 8″ and this is my opening page. I found this image in an old “Romantic Homes” Magazines that had an article about outdoor weddings at home which I thought was a great idea.

I gave the page a coat of gesso and then painted the background with gelatos. I added a script stamp, drew a few hearts and wrote a sentiment that I highlighted with Sakura Gelly Roll pens. Next I sprayed the page with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists. Once this was dry, I stenciled my design in the top left corner using blue, green and white acrylic paints. I accented the hearts with Ranger Glossy Accents.

Using a small punch, I adhered a few butterflies that I made with green cardstock. I outlined them with a Sakura Gelly Roll pen and highlighted them with Stardust Stickles.

Last I adhered my image and outlined her with a metallic Silver Sharpie pen and highlighted her bouquet with Stickles. And that was it!!

I’ll continue to post pages as my journaling adventure continues so stay tuned…..

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Use:

  • Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal 5.5″ x 8″
  • Gesso
  • Gelatos
  • Acrylic Paints: Blue, Green, White
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pens: Assorted Colors
  • Sharpie Pens: Fine Point Black, Metallic Silver
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists
  • Script Rubber Stamp
  • Black Staz On Ink
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Small Butterfly Punch
  • Stardust Stickles

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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!

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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!

 

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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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