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Hi, My name is Sophia. I'm a Mixed Media Artist and love creating fun and whimsical arts and crafts using a variety of mediums. Would love to have you join me on an artistic adventure!!

Bear of Compassion Mixed Media Journal Page


Bear of Compassion Mixed Media Journal Page for Life Book 2018
Created by Sophia Vida

This is a short little post today. I’ve been hopping around Life Book 2018 which is hosted by Tamara Laporte because as usual, life got in the way and I’m behind on the weekly courses. But no worries, it’s all good! There’s no time limit or rush. Yay!

This project was part of week 2. I made this cute little Bear of Compassion that has all the love in the world to give when you need it most! Because this is a part of Life Book, I can’t go into detail on how she was made but I wanted to share her with you. The design is a bit different from the original project but this is what resonated with me.

Tamara Laporte is such a talented artist and I love creating in her classes. If you haven’t signed up for Life Book 2018, I highly recommend it! Hop on over to Tamara’s blog and check it out: Willowing.org

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy!!

 

 

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Inspire Yourself Journal Pages


 Inspire Yourself Journal Pages
Created by Sophia Vida

I wanted to share with you a fun and whimsical girl I created in my 8.5″ x 11″ art journal. I started by creating layers with printed tissue papers and other ephemera I had on hand. Once this was dry, I applied a clear coat of gesso and let that dry completely.

Next, I lightly sketched my fun and whimsical girl. I wanted the colors to really jump off the pages, so I painted her hair with a neon pink acrylic paint and the background in a bright turquoise blue. I painted her face with a combination of watercolor and acrylic paints in flesh tones. I added shading with water colors, sketch pencils and colored pencils.

I recently purchased a set of stencils from Faber Castel. I chose to use “Inspire Yourself” for this layout and outlined the stencil with a Sakura Micron Pen. I then colored the letters in with a black Posca Pen. I added a few stamped flower images and highlights with a white Posca pen and white pearl metallic paint in her hair. She wouldn’t be complete without a little bling, so I added Stardust Stickles to the centers of the flowers. And Voila! I had created a beautiful fun and whimsical girl in my journal.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy!!

 

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Bird Fairy Art Journal


“Bird Fairy Art Journal”
Created by Sophia Vida

I enjoyed making my last fairy so much that I wanted to make another one. Working with smaller faces is definitely more of challenge, but tons of fun! I started by drawing a light pencil sketch in my 5.5″ x 8″ Strathmore Watercolor Art Journal.

Once I was happy with the sketch, I colored the background using watercolor pencils. But to activate the colors this time, I used a round watercolor brush with water instead of the Niji Brushes. I have to say, for this painting, I liked using the brush and water instead because it was a heavier, color saturated background than the last and the brush and water made it easier.

Once the background was dry I began coloring in my fairy with watercolor pencils. I added more color where needed and let it dry. Next I outlined her with Sakura Micron 01 and 005 pens. I added shading with watercolors and a sketch pencil. I added more detail to the fairy using different Prismacolor Pencils.

I wanted the wand to give off a little glow, so I painted around the star with white metallic acrylic paint. I used a white Posca Pen for highlights. And of course, she wouldn’t be complete with Stardust Stickles. And Voila! I had a cute little fairy in my journal.

Hope this inspires you!

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For this Project you will need:

– Sakura Micron Pens #01 and #005
– Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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– Inktense Pencils

– Sketch Pencil
-Prismacolor Pencils

– White Posca Pen
– White Metallic Acrylic Paint
– Strathmore Water Color Visual Journal 5.5″ x 8″
– Princeton Round 6 Watercolor Brush
– Stickles – Star Dust
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– Water and Paper towels

 

Love Fairy Art Journal


“Love Fairy Art Journal”
Created by Sophia Vida

I needed a quick unwind so I made this beautiful little fairy in my 5.5″ x 8″ Strathmore Watercolor Art Journal. I started with a light pencil sketch that I painted with watercolor pencils and a Niji water brush. Once the paint was dry, I added highlights with a white Posca Pen. I used a sketch pencil for shading and softened it a bit with a blending stomp.

I wanted to add a little bling, so I gave her a crown of jewels that I accented with Stardust Stickles. Last I outlined my fairy with Sakura Micron Pens #01 and #005.

I painted the background with a very light wash of the same colors I used for the fairy. But it still needed more, so I added a blue aura around her. And Voila! I had a lovely little love fairy in my journal!

Hope this inspires you!

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For this Project you will need:

– Sakura Micron Pens #01 and #005
– Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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-Inktense Pencils

-Sketch Pencil and Blending Stomp
-White Posca Pen
– Strathmore Water Color Visual Journal 5.5″ x 8″
– Niji Waterbrush – Medium
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– Stickles – Star Dust
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– Paper towels

Published in Just Cards Volume 50 – Summer 2018


Published in Just Cards Volume 50 – Summer 2018

I’m so excited to share some really fabulous news with you! I was published in “Just Cards” Magazine, Volume 50, Summer 2018. I created a Valentine’s Day Card called “With Love.” This was a mixed media card made with my favorite medium, watercolors. The complete instructions and photo can be found on page 95.

It is such a great honor to have my card in this magazine. I’m totally thrilled!!! A big thank you to the Editor for including my work in this issue.

Make sure to stop by your local bookstore and check it out!

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Tulip Art Journal


“Tulip Art Journal”
Created by Sophia Vida

I had a very busy schedule the other day but really wanted, no needed to create some art. So I made this quick journal page that was lots of fun and satisfying for my artsy side.

I started by sketching the tulips in pencil and then outlined them with a Sakura Micron #03 pen. I added a little shading and fine details with a Sakura Micron #01 pen. I also thickened the lines where needed with the #03.

Next I colored the sketch with a combination of Inktense and Kimberly Watercolor Pencils. I activated the paints using a Niji waterbrush. You just have to make sure to clean your brush on a folded paper towel when switching colors.

Once my painting was dry, I added two butterfly stamps and a little more detailing. Then I added a few highlights with a white Posca Pen. Last I gave it a little bling with Stardust Stickles and Voila! I created a fun page in my art journal!

Hope you enjoy creating yours!

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For this Project you will need:

– Sakura Micron Pens #01 and #03
– Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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-Inktense Pencils

-Staz On Black Ink Pad
-White Posca Pen
– Stamp of your choice like a butterfly, dragonfly, small bird etc.
– Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal 5.5″ x 8″
– Niji Waterbrush – Medium
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– Stickles – Star Dust
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– Paper towels