Merry Christmas Watercolor


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Merry Christmas Watercolor
Created by Sophia Vida

I know this is a bit late but I wanted to share this fun painting with you. I was inspired by a painting I found on Pinterest with a Christmas Tree painted with hearts. So I thought I’d give it a whirl. First I lightly penciled a large triangle in the center of my 9″ x 12″, 140lb watercolor paper. Next, I started to draw the outline of hearts using my PrismaColor Pencils. I also added a star using a stencil and outlined that as well along with the trunk. I then colored everything with my Inktense Watercolor Pencils and activated the colors with a Niji Water Brush.

While this was drying, I searched the internet for a font that I thought would fit with the whimsical painting. When I found what I liked, I practiced a few times on a piece of scrap paper until I was happy with the result. Then, I drew the letters onto my paper with a black Micron #03 Pen.

For a little dimension, I filled the star in with Glossy Accents and let it dry. To give the painting a little sparkle I used glitter paint around the star and snow at the bottom. The snowflakes were made using a small punch and glued to the painting with  Aleene’s Tacky Glue. Last I accented the everything with Stardust Stickles and Voila! I had a beautiful painting which I framed and hung for Christmas! This would also make a great gift too!

Supplies Used:

  • 9″ x 12″ Water Color Paper, 140lb Cold Press
  • Colored Pencils
  • Inktense WaterColor Pencils
  • Niji Water Brush
  • Glossy Accents
  • Glitter Paint
  • Star Stencil
  • Stardust Stickles
  • Snowflake Punch
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Very Merry Christmas Tree


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Very Merry Christmas Tree
Created by Sophia Vida

Hope you’re all enjoying your holidays so far. I’ve been away for a little with the holiday hustle and bustle. But I have been busy in the studio so I’m doing my best to catch up. I found a wooden tree at Joann’s and thought it would make a fun Christmas project. When I started I wasn’t sure where I would end because I like to plan as I go.

I started by giving the tree a coat of gesso.  I knew I wanted it to have a whimsical feel to it so I painted the tree in a lime green acrylic paint. Next I painted the trunk a nice medium brown. I wanted good coverage so I gave it 3 coats of paint, letting them dry in between coats.

For the edges, I mixed baby blue and metallic pearl white acrylic paints and dabbed it with a sea sponge. I added pink ornaments with a small paint brush and added highlights to the trunk as well. After much thought, I painted the base with the metallic white pearl paint. Once that dried I gave the top of the base a thick coat of Matte Mod Podge and sprinkled it with white glitter. Last I added multi-color flower rhinestones I found at the craft store and Voila! I had a fun and whimsical Christmas Tree!

Hope you enjoy!

Supplies used in this Project:

  • 17″ Unfinished Wooden Christmas Tree
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic Paint: Lime Green, Medium Brown, Light Brown, Baby Blue, Metallic Pearl White, Pink
  • Sea Sponge
  • Multicolored Flower Rhinestones
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • White Glitter
  • 1/2″ Flat Paint Brush
  • Clean water and paper towels

 

Merry Christmas Mixed Media


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Merry Christmas Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

Back in November I saw “the stampers’ sampler” magazine. Although I don’t normally buy this one I couldn’t stop looking at the cover. I loved how the artist used torn pieces of Christmas paper to make this card. I thought it would be such fun to do the same but make a canvas (8″ x 10″) instead.

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So off I went tearing pieces of Christmas papers but I didn’t like how that looked. So I switched gears and decided I would use acrylic paints. But then looking at it, I traveled too far from my inspiration piece. So I started over yet again, lol….

This time I used painters tape to block off different sections. Each section was painted a different color and gold ribbon was used to outline each box. This ended up working rather well. I wanted to keep it clean and simple so I decided not to add any patterned backgrounds like the inspiration piece. Unfortunately, by now the holidays had started and my pace slowed drastically but I continued on my journey not sure of where this would end up…

To fill the boxes I used different embellishments and added red and green stickles for extra highlights.  I also used my Merry Christmas, candy cane and prima doll stamps. I colored the stamped images with alcohol ink markers and then highlighted them with stickles and that was it!

Although the holiday season has passed I figured at least I would be early this year. Enjoy!!
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Watercolor Winter Journaling


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Watercolor Winter Journaling
Created by Sophia Vida

For this Project you will need:

– Sakura Micron Pens in varying sizes

– Sakura Jelly Roll Pens in assorted colors
 
– Kimberly Watercolor Pencils (24 count)
 
– Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal 9″ x 12″ 

– Stickles: Stardust, Ice Blue
– Round Watercolor Brush
– Clean water and paper towels

I wanted to share with you my continuing Art Journal adventure. If you remember on my first project I pretty much copied the design from a very talented artist Roc Nicholas (http://www.whatsuproc.blogspot.com/). This winter design however was inspired by a Christmas decoration I saw while shopping.

I thought the little house was so cute and I should journal it. I was so excited to get started that I jumped right in. Needless to say, there are a few blunders on these pages. It probably would have been a good idea to make a light pencil sketch and then go over that with the micron pens. But with all the excitement I just kept going on my merry way and laughing at each mishap with the thought “Oops, I’ll have to fix that one later somehow.”

In the end, I loved how the pages turned out and I think I did a pretty good job hiding all the “Oops” along the way.

To make these pages you may want to start by making a light pencil sketch first. Or just jump right in and see where it takes you. Draw the frame and candy mint border with the Sakura Micron Black Pen (Size 005). Next add the house, sun, bunnies, snowman and anything else you like.

Once your drawings are finished, use the Kimberly Watercolor Pencils (24 count) to color the pages. Blend the colors using the round brush dipped in water. Use a paper towel to blot the excess water. Remember to rinse your brush when changing colors to keep them from getting muddy.

After your water coloring is dry, use the Sakura Jelly Roll Pens to highlight the pages. Last add highlights with the Stardust and Ice Blue Stickles and that is it!

Journaling can be anything you want it to be. You can share it or keep it private. Whatever it is, enjoy!!!

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun creating your own journal pages!

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Blog Candy Winner

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Blog Candy Give Away #3


Hi Everyone!

In appreciation to all of my wonderful readers I thought it would be fun to kick off the holiday season with a Give Away!!!

To be eligible just leave a comment below by November 22nd (Thanksgiving Day) and subscribe/follow this blog.

A lucky winner will be drawn and announced on this blog November 23rd.

The prize is a brand new Cricut Cartridge – Best Images of 2008!!! This cartridge contains layered images from 11 cartridges including: Home Accents, Camp Out, Wedding, Indie Art, Baseball, Soccer, Storybook, Wild Card, Christmas, Basketball, and Sports Mania. You will be able to create dozens of gorgeous cards with this cartridge!!!

          

I’ll e-mail the winner for their mailing address.

Good Luck and Happy Thanksgiving!

Domino Jewelry Pendant


Domino Jewelry Pendant
(created by Sophia Vida)

For this project you will need:

– White dominoes with smooth back

– Any rubber stamp
– Staz On Ink – Black
– Fine Tip Permanent Markers (Assorted Colors)
– The Stencil Collection Pastel Chalks
– Sparkle Mod Podge

– Glue on Pendant Bail

– Jewelry Cement
– Small Foam Brush

This project is a lot of fun for kids and adults alike! These domino jewelry pieces make great gifts for any occasion. You can use almost any rubber stamp you have. It doesn’t necessarily have to fit on the domino. If it fits that great! If it’s a large stamp, just pick your favorite part of the stamp and use that.

  1. Ink your stamp with the Staz on Ink and stamp onto the smooth back of the domino. Let dry.
  2. Color your image with the permanent markers and do your best to stay within the lines. Some markers may erase the stamped image a little. If this happens just use a black permanent marker to correct the spot. Let dry.
  3. Color your background and sides of the domino with the permanent pastel chalks from the Stencil Collection. 
  4. Using the foam brush, apply a coat of Glitter Mod Podge to the back and sides of the domino covering all colored areas.  Let dry.
  5. Place a small amount of cement glue on flat part of the pendant bail and adhere to the face of the domino. Hold steady for a minute until it stays in place. Then gently lay it on a flat surface to dry. Make sure it stays straight and centered.
  6. Thread your pendant with the necklace of your choice. Voila! You have a  unique work of art that you can wear anywhere you go!

Tips:      Coloring: You can also color the back of the domino with Adirondack Alcohol Inks or LuminArte Pigment Inks and then stamp your image on top of that. I don’t normally use the Mod Podge with these inks since the colors are usually pretty vibrant and iridescent.

                 Necklace: You can purchase pre-made ribbon, satin cord or leather  necklaces to hang your pendant. Just make sure the end of the necklace will fit through the loop on your pendant bail.

                Instead of using a pendant bail, you can drill a small hole through the top of the domino and loop the satin cord or ribbon through the hole. This gives it a more casual look but is also very nice.

                Pin:  If you prefer you can glue a pin back to the face of the domino and create a beautiful pin.

                Create a Picture: Using blue painters tape, tape 6-10 dominoes together into two rows. Then stamp and color your image. Once dried, remove the tape and mount the dominoes in a picture frame for a unique work of art! 

The possibilities are endless!

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Domino Jewelry Pendant!

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Snowbird Holiday Tree


Snowbird Holiday Tree
(created by Sophia Vida)

For this project you will need:

– 2-3 bushels small white silk flower rosebuds
– 6″ silver pedestal bowl
– 12″ Styrofoam cone
– 6″ Styrofoam square
– 3″ white feather bird for top
– small bag of white plume feathers
– floral pick
– 1-2 crystal sprays
– 1-2 white pearl sprays
– wire cutters
– 6-8 floral pins
– Floral Tape
– Glue Gun

The snowbird on this tree was so cute and spunky, he made me laugh. I had to find a way to put him to use. As as result I created this topiary tree that makes a wonderful home decoration for the holiday!

  1. Cut the foam block to fit snugly inside the pedestal bowl. The top should be level with the rim on your bowl. Add a little glue to the bottom of the bowl and adhere in place.
  2. Add a little glue to the to of the foam block and adhere the cone in place. For extra support, add a few floral pins around the seam of the two foam pieces.
  3. Add a floral pick to the bottom of your bird (just poke it thru the center of the bottom). Place a dab of glue on the other end of the pick and insert into the top of the tree.
  4. Using the wire cutters, cut your rosebuds from the bushels. Leave about a 3/4″ – 1″ piece of stem on each. Place a dab of glue on the end of one of the rosebud stems and insert it in the top of the tree directly under your bird. Repeat this step and work your way down until you have covered the entire cone.
  5. Using the wire cutters, cut a few end pieces from the crystal stem. Place a dab of glue on the end, and insert them randomly on your cone or anywhere you may have a gap.
  6. Repeat step 5 using the white pearl spray.
  7. Stick the ends of the feathers directly into the foam base to fill in any gaps at the bottom. Voila! You have a gorgeous holiday decoration.

Tips: You can use any color scheme you desire. If you find the perfect bowl is bigger than what you need, just improvise and adjust your sizes. Add extra holiday picks, feathers or ribbon and bows at the base to cover any gaps. The variations are endless! The main idea is simply to enjoy and have fun!!!

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Snowbird Holiday Tree!

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Glass Holiday Ornaments


Glass Holiday Ornaments
(created by Sophia Vida)

For this project you will need:

– Clear glass ornaments
– Plaid Extreme Glitter Paint (2 colors minimum)

– Thin ribbon in coordinating colors
– Dixie 5 oz Bath Cups
– Rubbing Alcohol
– Scissors
– Tape (Scotch Tape, Masking Tape, etc)
– Skinny Sticks (Flat wood craft sticks)

This is an easy project that makes a great holiday decoration for your home or tree. They also make great gifts for friends and family!

  1. Punch a small hole in the center of the bottom on a Dixie cup. The hole doesn’t have to be exact. Just big enough for the end of the ornament to fit through it. Then invert the cups as shown below.
     
    Using your tape, secure the two cups together at the rims. This will serve as a drying station for your ornament.
  2. Remove the metal end from your ornament and pour a little rubbing alcohol inside. Swish it around and discard the alcohol. Let dry. This helps to remove any residue that may be inside of the ornament.
  3. Before opening, shake your Plaid Extreme Glitter Paint to mix. Using a skinny stick, scoop a small amount of the paint onto the stick and slowly let it drop inside of the ornament. Move it around to distribute inside.
  4. Choose a second complimenting color of paint and repeat step 3. Once you’ve added a little of the second color cover the hole with your finger and start rolling/twirling your ornament to distribute the paint. Add more paint as needed until you have the desired effect. Try not to add too much paint or it will take longer to dry.
  5. Turn your ornament upside down and place the open end through the hole in your Dixie cup and allow the excess paint to drip onto the bottom cup. Let dry. Check your ornament during this process to ensure the end doesn’t become clogged with an air bubble. If it is starting to clog, gently tap the ornament to or use a skinny stick to unclog.
  6. Once dry, replace the top of the ornament. Cut a piece of ribbon and tie it through the loop for hanging. Voila! You have a beautiful handmade holiday ornament. You can also place a group of ornaments inside a vase with iridescent snowflakes for a beautiful home decoration.

Tip: If you want to add a little texture, paint a design on the outside of the ornament using PermEnamel Accent Liner by Delta. 

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making these Glass Holiday Ornaments!

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