Joelle Whimsical Girl Mixed Media


 

Joelle Whimsical Girl Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

I’m having an absolute blast with these liquid watercolors. They are so bright and fun. This is Joelle, my latest creation. I’ve been enjoying the beach this summer and was inspired to give her an ocean theme.

This painting was made with watercolor paints. I drew the octopus freehand on watercolor paper that I created. I then carefully cut him out, distressed the edges and adhered him to the painting.

The seahorse and jelly fish were made with rubber stamps on watercolor paper that I painted, cut and adhered to the painting. For a little bling, I added Stardust Stickles to the seaweed in the background.

In case you missed my other whimsical girls you can find them here: Flower Power Mixed MediaFeelin Blue Mixed Media,   April Mixed Media Girl, Freesia Whimsical Girl Mixed Media, and Butterfly Girl Mixed Media.

Thanks for stopping by!

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

 

Freesia Whimsical Girl Mixed Media


Freesia Whimsical Girl Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

I’ve been having fun playing with colors and papers while creating Freesia, my latest whimsical girl.

This painting was made primarily with watercolor paints and a little acrylic for the eyes. I used 3 different sized punches to make the butterflies which were painted with watercolors and then coated with Tattered Angels Glimmer mist for a little bling.

Working with watercolors is always an adventure. It’s funny how some colors react completely different than you expect and you’re forced to run with what you have. Learning to improvise can be one of the biggest lessons you’ll ever learn, lol…….

In case you missed my other whimsical girls you can find them here: Flower Power Mixed MediaFeelin Blue Mixed Media and  April Mixed Media Girl.

Thanks for stopping by!

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

 

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!

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!

Spooky Halloween Mixed Media Village


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Created by Sophia Vida

I know this post is a little late, but I decided to create this Village the night before Halloween and there just wasn’t enough time to get it done. But at least I’m ready for next year!

To start, I  gave the canvas a coat of gesso. Then I painted it using acrylic paints in dark blue, medium and light purple. To add a few highlights, I used metallic pearl white acrylic paint. It’s pretty sheer and that’s exactly what I wanted.

I made the moon in two layers. First I sprayed white tissue paper and a white lace paper doily with yellow and orange Angel Glimmer Mist and let them dry. Next I cut out a circle from each for the moon and adhered them on the canvas using Matte Mod Podge with the lace doily on top.

While that was drying, I began cutting my creepy houses, windows, roofs and doors from the cardstock. The papers in this village all came from the same stack, DCWV The Spooky Time. Once everything was cut, I adhered the pieces to the canvas with the Matte Mod Podge. I sketched scribbly lines around the edges of all the parts of the houses to make them stand out a little more with the Faber Castell Pitt Pen. I added accents to the canvas with a purple glitter Gelly Roll Pen and Inka Gold Violet Paint.  This was the first time I used the Inka Gold Paint. It’s a paste paint that is packaged in a small tub and dries fairly quickly. I love the consistency and how it looks on the canvas!

Last I added a few embellishments like rhinestones and stickers from various Halloween packs I had on hand and Voila! I had a unique Spooky Village!

Enjoy creating your own village!!

Supplies used in this Project:

  • 9″ x 12″ canvas panel
  • DCWV The Spooky Time Stack
  • Gesso
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Faber Castell Pitt Pen or Sharpie Fine Point Pen
  • Acrylic Paints: Dark Blue, Medium and Dark Purple, Metallic Pearl White
  • Viva Inka Gold: Violet Paint
  • 1/2″ Flat Paint Brush
  • Assorted Halloween Rhinestones
  • Assorted Halloween Stickers and Embellishments
  • White Tissue Paper
  • White Paper Doily
  • Angel Glimmer Mist: Yellow, Orange
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen:  Purple Glitter
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Clean water and paper towels

 

 

 

 

 

Patchwork Pumpkin


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Patchwork Pumpkin
Created by Sophia Vida

I’ve been away for a while and really miss everyone but I’m happy to be back!! My break wasn’t really a break. We had to replace our flooring and as a result, had to pack up the entire house which at the time seemed like a monumental task.

While waiting for everything to get done, I read the book “Clear the Clutter” by Karen Kingston. Most Feng Shui books I’ve read in the past were complicated and hard to understand. But Karen made this book an easy read, filled with great advice for clearing the clutter and getting the energy moving again. I highly recommend it!!

So when the time came to finally unpack, I couldn’t wait to get rid of the clutter. It was amazing how much “Stuff” you can collect over the years. I got rid of bags and bags of “Stuff” that I didn’t even remember I had. And it felt great!! My creative energy is zipping right along again. So now back to art and this fun project:

I purchased an inexpensive paper mache pumpkin from the craft store along with 3 different printed fabrics. To start, I coated the pumpkin with gesso and cut the fabrics into 1 inch squares. Using Matte Mode Podge, I adhered the pieces of fabric to the pumpkin making sure to overlap the squares. Once it was completely covered, I let it dry and finished it off with brown ribbon that I glued to the stem with Aleene’s Tacky glue. Last I added a few fall sprigs and leaves to the top and Voila! I had a cute patchwork pumpkin to display for Fall!

Hope you enjoy!!!

Supplies Used:

  • 6.5″ – 7″ Paper Mache Pumpkin
  • 3 Different Print Fabrics cut into 1 inch squares
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Fall Sprigs
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Small Foam Brush

 

Cricut Love Valentine Plate


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“Cricut Love Valentine Plate”
Created by Sophia Vida

I found this glittery heart fabric at Joann’s and just couldn’t pass it up. I bought a half yard and I decided to make a decoupage dish for Valentine’s Day which turned out really cute. I like to fill it Dove Chocolates or some other type of sweet treat.  Since it is a decoupage dish, you shouldn’t immerse it in water. To clean the surface, I use a damp cloth.

For the center love, I used my Cricut Sweethearts Cartridge and cut it on white cardstock using <Shift> Love, 2.5.” You don’t need a Cricut to make this dish, any image or photo will do. Once I cut my sentiment, I outlined the edges of the letters with a gold pen and cut 1″ squares of the fabric.

Using the gloss Mod Podge, I adhered the Love sentiment to the backside of the glass plate. Then I began gluing the fabric to the plate with the Mod Podge. Once I covered the entire plate, I gave the backside of the plate an extra 2 coats of Mode Podge to seal it. Just make sure to it dry in between coats. And Voila! You have a really cute Valentine Dish to display your sweet treats!

Note: If you are using fabric that tends to fray when cut, prep the fabric with a coat of Fabric Mod Podge and let it dry. This will keep it from fraying.

Enjoy!

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Supplies Used:

  • 7.5″ Square Glass Plate
  • Cricut Sweethearts Cartridge: <Shift> Love, 2.5″
  • White Card Stock
  • Gold Metallic Pen
  • Red Valentine’s Day Fabric (enough to cover your dish)
  • Gloss Mod Podge
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  • Fabric Mod Podge (if needed)
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  • Small Foam Brush