About just4crafters

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. Make sure to bookmark this site because it will be continually updated. Start each day with a new adventure in Art!!!

Pure Joy – Mixed Media Cupcake


 Pure Joy – Mixed Media Cupcake
Created by Sophia Vida

I finally had a little time to finish my second mixed media cupcake. You can find the first here: Find Your Bliss – Mixed Media Cupcake

I made this one pretty much the same as the last using an 8″ square canvas with layers of paint and paper. Bright Easter colors were my inspiration for the background on this canvas.

First I started by coating the canvas with gesso. Next I adhered pieces of text from an old book and a paper doily to my canvas. I painted the background with watered down bright colored acrylic paints in yellow, pink, blue, purple and orange.

After everything dried, I used a recycled cylinder and the end of a dowel dipped in white acrylic paint to make a few designs on my canvas. I also stamped a few flowers using Black Staz On Ink.

For the border, I cut strips of paper from my book and used a scallop punch for the inside edge. The pages of the book weren’t long enough, so I had to overlap alternating corners to make it work. Once I adhered these to the canvas, I added buttons with baker’s twine to the top and bottom edges. Next I drew few doodles with my Sakura Micron #03 pen and colored them in with Sakura Gelly Roll Pens.

I sketched the cupcake on to the center of the canvas and painted it with acrylic paints. I adhered my tag and then added highlights and shading to entire canvas.  I liked how the clear glitter paint added that little bit of bling to my last cupcake, so I decided to use it again on frosting and that was it!

Hope you enjoy!

For this Project you will need:

– Rubber stamps of your choice
– Matte Mod Podge
– Micron Pen #03
– Assorted Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
– Bright Acrylic Paints: Yellow, Blue, Purple, Orange
– Clear Glitter Paint
– Black Staz-On Ink
– 6 Yellow Buttons
– Baker’s Twine
– Small Tag
– Paper Doily
– 8″ Square canvas panel
– Gesso
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– 1″ Paint Brush
– Clean water and paper towels

 

Butterfly Girl Mixed Media


Butterfly Girl Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

I’m really enjoying the process of creating these whimsical girls and playing with my new supplies! This is my latest creation. I hope you like her!

Everything was painted with watercolor paints. I made the large white flower, the green leaves and the butterflies with stamps on watercolor paper that I painted and carefully cut out.  Last, I added a coat of Glitter Paint to the large white flower to give it a little bling.

In case you missed the last two posts for my whimsical girls, you can find them here: Flower Power Mixed Media and Feelin Blue Mixed Media. Stay tuned, more to come!

Thanks for stopping by!

This original painting is available for purchase on my Etsty Shop – Color Explosion Studio: https://www.etsy.com/listing/518285766/butterfly-girl-mixed-media?ref=listing-shop-header-1

Feelin Blue Mixed Media


 

Feelin Blue Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

I had so much fun with my last post that I jumped right back in and created this enchanting girl. I’m still experimenting with my supplies but having loads of fun in the process!

In case you missed last week’s post, you can find it here: Flower Power Mixed Media. This all started with a fun class I took online by Susana Tavares called “Heart Whispers.” Susana is a very talented mixed media artist and if you want to learn more about her, just hop over to her blog at: SusanaTavaresArt.com.

The flower in her hair and the bouquet is made with stamps on watercolor paper which I painted with the same colors as her hair. Thought it gave it a little pizazz. More to come, stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

This original painting is available for purchase on my Etsy Shop – Color Explosion Studio: https://www.etsy.com/listing/532093207/feelin-blue-mixed-media?ref=shop_home_active_1

Flower Power Mixed Media


 

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Flower Power Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

I took a fun online class by Susana Tavares called “Heart Whispers.” Susana is a very talented mixed media artist and you can learn more about Susana on her blog at: SusanaTavaresArt.com.

Although I can’t go into detail on how this piece was created I wanted to share it with you anyways. I’m not the best at drawing faces, it can be very intimidating at times especially when adding color.  But I worked up enough courage to create this lovely girl.  If you look closely at her, there are lots of mistakes but I love her anyways! It was a great learning experience and I intend on creating more. So stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunset Mixed Media


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“Sunset Mixed Media”
Created by Sophia Vida

I fell in love with a wonderful book I found at Barnes & Noble called “Collage Fusion” by Alma de la Melena Cox.  In her book, Alma gives you fabulous techniques for combining pyrography, painting, collaging and so much more. The book is well written with detailed instructions and photos.

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I found the fabrics at Joann’s.  I started with the blue, multi colored one first because it had a peacock pattern that caught my eye. It was so bold and bright that adding the other coordinating colors was pretty quick and easy. The next step was to come up with a design so I drew this on an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper. I had to adjust the size slightly to fit the birch wood panel I was going to be using.

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I then transferred the outline to the wood panel which I burned using my pyrography set. I painted each section with a contrasting color that was in one of the fabrics. I didn’t have the exact shade of colors needed so I did a little mixing and it turned out pretty good.

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The next step was to cut the fabric in reverse and cut each section a little smaller than the actual size. I used the EZ-Steam II fusible web on the back of the fabric to keep it from fraying.

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Once I had my pieces of fabric cut, I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue to adhere them to the wood. Last I added a few gold rhinestones to the sun’s rays, Stickles to the mountain tops and Voila! I had a unique piece of art.

Hope you enjoy!

Valentine’s Day Cards Mixed Media


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“Valentine’s Day Cards – Mixed Media”
Created by Sophia Vida

 

I was inspired by a pin I saw on Pinterest so I started this project with a watercolor wash on a 9″ x 12″ piece of 140 lb, cold press watercolor paper. Once that was dry, I added more color by distressing different areas with Distress Inks in Fired Brick, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade. Next, I used a stencil with Walnut Distress Ink. I also stamped several Valentine’s images with Memento Rich Cocoa Dye Ink.

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I let everything dry well and traced a few different sized hearts onto my paper with a Dark Brown Sharpie Marker. I wanted the hearts to be semi-transparent so I painted them with FolkArt Metallic White Pearl Paint mixed with FolkArt Floating Medium. I used this same technique with the leaves in my journal that I blogged about here: Mixed Media Art Journal – Take 4. Then I added highlights and trimmed off the top edge from the spiral pad and cut the remaining paper into 4 equal parts.

 

For the next step, I created tags on the computer that I punched and distressed. I had bought these small 1.75″ red satin hearts on clearance last year and was thrilled to put them to good use.

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I adhered my watercolor backgrounds to 4 cards measuring 4.5″ x 6.25″. The last step was to glue the tags and hearts to the fronts of the cards and  Voila! I had 4 unique Valentine’s Day Cards!

Enjoy!

Supplies Use:

  • Strathmore 9″ x 12″ Watercolor Paper, 140 lb, Cold Press
  • Assorted Watercolor Paints: Fuchsia, Yellow, Red, Orange
  • Distress Inks: Fired Brick, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Walnut
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Dye Ink
  • FolkArt Metallic White Pearl Paint
  • FolkArt Floating Medium
  • Dark Brown Sharpie Fine Point Marker
  • Assorted Valentine’s Day Rubber Stamps
  • Stencil of your choice
  • Tag Punch
  • 4 Red Satin Hearts – 1.75″
  • 4 Pre-made Cards with envelopes: 4.5″ x 6.25″
  • Dry Adhesive
  • Watercolor brush

Mixed Media Poppies


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I read an article in the Spring 2016 Zen Doodle Workshop by Angela Leclair. The colors in her art really grabbed my attention. I couldn’t stop looking at the poppies and thought I’d give it a try.

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Since this isn’t my tutorial, I don’t want to give away a lot of the details but I started by searching the internet for photos of poppies. I found 2 that I really liked and combined them into 1 sketch. I transferred the image to my watercolor paper, painted, collaged and added detailing.

I really love the bright vivid colors.  If you can get your hands on a copy of the Zen Doodle Workshop, Spring 2016 publication, I highly recommend it.  It’s filled with fun and inspiring zen art. I know Cloth Paper Scissors is still selling this issue on their website: North Light Shop/Cloth Paper Scissors.

Sadly, Cloth Paper Scissors confirmed with me they are not continuing this publication but I really wish they would. It became one of my favorites last year!

Hope this inspires you!