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. Would love to have you join me on an artistic adventure!!

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

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Peace of Mind Journal Page


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“Peace of Mind Journal Page”
Created by Sophia Vida

Just a quickie post to share a page I created in Life Book 2018. This was taught by a very talented mixed media artist, Andrea Gommoll from Germany. You can find out more about her on her blog at andrea-gomoll.de.

Since this was a part of Life Book 2018, I can’t go into detail on how this was made but I can say it was lots of fun learning new techniques.

If you’re interested in signing up for the Life Book class, it’s not too late. Just visit Lifebook 2018.

I hope you enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Zen Whimsical Girl Mixed Media


Zen Whimsical Girl Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

Just a quick post to share my latest whimsical girl with you. She was lots of fun to create with my Ecoline Liquid watercolors. When I create one of these painting starting with the hair, I’m never sure who she will be. I’m literally creating as I go and have no idea as to where I’ll end up. Sometimes, that in itself is the greatest art adventure!

After her hair was completely dry, I lightly drew in her face with a pencil.  And when I was happy with the sketch, I used a mixture of watercolor crayons, markers and pencils to finish it off.

Next I added a little color to the background and let it dry. Then I added a few Zen doodles in her hair and to the corners of the page. She needed some bling, so I gave her glittery highlights in her hair with Stardust Stickles. I love how the Stickles pick up the color you put them on. They’re so awesome! And Voila! I had a beautiful, one of a kind Zen Girl.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

This original painting is available for purchase on my Etsy Shop – Color Explosion Studio: ColorExplosionStudio

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Sun Zentangle


“Sun Zentangle”
Created by Sophia Vida

This is a fun and easy project to do. Zentangling is a great way to relieve stress by creating repeating patterns. Plus painting is also a great stress reliever and gives it that pop of color!

For this Project you will need:

– Sakura Micron Pens in varying sizes
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– Ecoline Liquid Watercolor or any other Watercolor Paints you have on hand
– Colored Pencils
– Watercolor Cold Press 140 lb Paper, 8″ x 8″ square
– Niji Waterbrush – Medium
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– Glitter Paint
– Paper towels

Instructions:

  1. Start by cutting a piece of 8″ x 8″ watercolor paper.
  2. Lightly draw two lines in the middle vertically and horizontally. Next lightly draw lines diagonally from corners to corners.
  3. The middle of the paper is where all the lines intersect. Using your compass, draw a 3.25″ circle. Keeping your compass in the middle extend it outward and draw another circle approximately 4″ in  size. This will give you the ring around her face.
  4. Using a ruler draw your rays. The lines you drew in Step 2 will be in the center of each ray which measures 1.5″ at the base of the sun. The rays at the 3, 6, 9 and 12 positions measure 1″ across the top at the edge of the paper.  The corner rays should have their points meet in the corners.
  5. Once you like your basic design, gently erase the intersecting guide lines.
  6. Using a blue watercolor paint, paint the areas in between the rays. Let dry.
  7. Using a bright yellow watercolor paint, paint the sun and the rays. While the paint is still wet, add a little orange watercolor to the base of the rays and let the colors mix. Paint the outer circle of the sun orange and allow the orange to run into the edge of the inner circle of the sun. Let dry.
  8. Once your paint has completely dried, you can start by outlining your sun with a Micron #05 pen.
  9. Using a Micron #03 pen, draw your zentangle patterns in the sun rays and outer ring. You can fill all of the rays with patterns or just the ones in the 3, 6, 9 and 12 positions. The choice is yours. Be creative.
  10. Using a pencil, lightly sketch in her face. Once your happy with the result, use the Micron #01 pen to draw it in. Draw the eyelashes with the Micron #005 pen.
  11. Paint her lips with a pink/reddish watercolor paint and let dry. Give her a little blush on the cheeks and highlight her eyes with paint.
  12. Using a colored pencil add shading around her face and edges of the rings. I used an orange pencil on the edges of her face. I then used a sketching pencil around the rings and on her face for shading.
  13. Once your satisfied with your sun, paint a few of the rays with Glitter Paint for a little bling and Voila! You have a one of a kind Zentangle Sun!

Hope you enjoyed!

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Beauty in the Chaos Angel Mixed Media Journal Page


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Created by Sophia Vida

This is a another short post that I made for Life Book 2018 which is hosted by Tamara Laporte! This is for week 12, and the instructor for this project was Sharon Harkness-Dobler. She is a very talented mixed media artist and I’m so happy that she is a member  of the Life Book 2018 Team. I learned so much from her in completing this piece. Sharon has a unique way of creating art and the way in which she views it as she goes along.  Since this is a part of Life Book, I can’t go into detail on how she was made but I wanted to share this beautiful angel with you.

For more information on Sharon Harkness-Dobler you can visit her blog at yellowrosedbs.blogspot.de. Also, you can visit her on Instagram at instagram.com/yellowroseart

If you’re interested, you can find out more about more about Life Book 2018, on Willowing.org. I’m very impressed with all the wonderful artists that are a part of this team and I’m looking forward to learning new techniques!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy!!

 

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Butterfly Zentangle


“Butterfly Zentangle”
Created by Sophia Vida

I recently purchased Tamara Laporte’s new book “Create Your Life Book” and this was one of the projects. This is a wonderful book, filled with lots of fun art projects with step by step instructions and photos from various artists. It’s very much like the online course but if you haven’t joined Lifebook 2018 online yet, this is the next best thing.

Since this is a project from the book, I can’t go into detail on how it was made. But I will say, I improvised a little on the instructions because I wanted to use the supplies I have on hand. Plus I’m just so in love with my brightly colored liquid Ecoline Watercolor paints that I decided to use those for the background instead.

I plan on adding this page to my 2018 Life Book that I will create at the end of the course. To say the least this project was lots of fun to create. Zentangle is a great way to unwind. I hope you enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden Fairy Mixed Media Journal Page


 Garden Fairy Mixed Media Journal Page for Life Book 2018
Created by Sophia Vida

This is a short and sweet post today. I’m really enjoying Life Book 2018 hosted by Tamara Laporte! I have multiple projects going on and this is my latest creation. She is a beautiful, bright colored Garden Fairy.  Since 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.

You can still join Life Book 2018, I highly recommend it! Tamara Laporte is such a talented artist. Make sure to visit her blog at Willowing.org for more information about her and all the wonderful courses she offers.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy!!

 

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