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.

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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
sakura pens
– 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
NijiWaterbrush
– 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!

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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.

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Be Mine Mixed Media Canvas


 Be Mine Mixed Media Canvas
(created by Sophia Vida)

I bought the book, “Painting for the Soul” by Isabelle Zacher-Finet. It’s a wonderful book full of inspiration that I love. One of the projects in the book is a heart canvas similar to the one I made. You can see a glimpse of it on the cover below.

I started by picking out my main colors fuchsia, blue, red, purple and yellow. I painted random blocks of color with the acrylic paints on a 19.5″ x 16″ canvas.

It still looked a little plain so I dipped the end of the center of a paper towel holder in yellow paint and stamped circles onto the canvas. I also randomly added a few streaks of light pink and lavender paint and let it dry. Next, I drew the hearts and painted the surrounding area with white paint and let it dry.

I used a Black Posca Pen to write a few Valentine sentiments on the canvas. I highlighted the hearts and some of the words with a Gold Marvy Metallic Marker. I distressed the edges of the canvas with Dark Purple Gelato. I added a little shading to the hearts with a watered down Gray Gelato. Last I added dots around each of the hearts with Blue, Red, Pink and Purple Stickles and Voila! I had a fun Valentine Canvas!

Hope you enjoy!

Supplies used:

– 19.5″ x 16″ Canvas Panel
– Assorted Acrylic Paints: Fuchsia, Blue, Red, Purple, Yellow, Pink, Lavender, White
– Gelatos: Dark Purple, Gray
– Black Posca Pen
– Marvy Metallic Pen – Gold
– Stickles: Blue, Red, Pink, Purple
– #10 Acrylic Brush
– Center from Paper Towel Roll (or any other circular item you have)
– Plastic Coated Paper Plate (for mixing colors)
– Paper Towels
– Container with clean water to rinse brushes

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Reflect What You Desire Journal Pages


 Reflect What You Desire Journal Pages
Created by Sophia Vida

I moving along slowly but surely. This is the latest journal pages I finished for the third lesson in She Blooms in Ink with Tamara Laporte at Willowing.org. This was a total side profile which was tough, but she came out fairly descent. Love the bright spring colors on this one. As always, I had lots and lots of fund creating her!

As with my last post, I can’t go into great detail on how she was made but I used my   large 11″ x 14″ Strathmore Watercolor Journal. My quote for this one was “Reflect what you Desire.” I hope you’ll join me as I continue on my Journaling Adventure! I’m also working on a Valentine’s Day painting in between my two online classes. I’m hoping to get it done in the next few days. So stay tuned!

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Dedication Journal Page


 Dedication Journal Page for Life Book 2018
Created by Sophia Vida

I’m so excited to be a part of Life Book 2018 hosted by Tamara Laporte! This is my first time joining a group of this size or even length of time for that matter. The way it works is basically you create a page of art every week and at the end of the year, you bind your work into a book.  There are over 30 artists, crafters and healers who join in teaching this year long course.

I got in at the beginning but unfortunately came down with the flu right after the holidays so between this class and She Blooms in Ink, I’m a bit behind. But that’s okay because you can complete the courses at your own pace.

For more information on Tamara Laporte visit her blog at Willowing.org. This is direct link to Life Book 2018 so you can get more information on this wonderful course!

Any way, this is the first journal page I’ve created and I had such a blast with it. I learned new tips and techniques that I look forward to using on my future art projects! The music notes are copies of sheet music from my father when he studied music in college. It’s something that I love weaving into my creations.

I can’t wait to start the next lesson and hopefully, I’ll catch up, lol….

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