True Love Whimsical Mixed Media Village


    “True Love” Whimsical Mixed Media Village
Created by Sophia Vida

I’m such a big fan of these fun little whimsical villages. For this project I used papers from a 2-sided paper Valentine Collection by K&Company called Circus Valentine. You can use a pad where all the guess work of combing different sheets is done for you. Or if you’re feeling bold and adventurous, you can select sheets from the open stock racks at your local craft store. For this village is used 7 different patterned sheets from the pad and 2 plain from my stash.

I started this project by coating a 9″ x 12″ canvas with gesso. Once dry I painted the background light and hot pink. Make sure to have the paint wrap around the canvas edges. While the paint was drying I planned my village by designing the houses. All the roof tops and houses are curved and slanted making whimsical.

Once I was happy with my layout, I glued the houses onto the canvas using Aleene’s Tacky Glue. I punched windows and doors from pink and white glitter cardstock and then glued those into place. I outlined the doors and windows with the Micron #03 pen and a Deco Color Glitter Paint Markers. Then I added a few highlights to the windows with a Glitter Blue Sakura Gelly Roll Pen.

I had a little too much open space at the top of the canvas, so I decided to add a few clouds with white acrylic paint. Once the paint was dry, I outlined the clouds with a Sakura Micron #03 pen.

I added a handful of valentine stickers to the canvas that I had in my supply stash. Using a purple gelato, I added shading to the village where needed. I also added a few doodles and outlines using the Micron #03 Pen. For a little bling, I added rhinestones for the door knobs and hearts from the chimney. Last I coated the canvas with gloss varnish to seal it and let it dry. And Voila! I had a unique whimsical mixed media Village!

Enjoy creating your own whimsical village!!

Thanks for stopping by.

Supplies used in this Project:
– 9″ x 12″ canvas panel
– K&Company Circus Valentine Stack (or any other coordinating papers – 9 in total)
– Gesso
– Liquitex Gloss Varnish
– Matte Mod Podge
– Faber Castell Pitt Pen or Sharpie Fine Point Pen
– Acrylic Paints: Pink, Hot Pink, White
– 1/2″ Flat Paint Brush
– Purple Gelato
– Valentine Stickers
– Rhinestones
– Sakura Micron Pen #03
– Glitter Blue Sakura Gelly Roll Pen
– Deco Color Glitter Paint Pens: Pink, Purple
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– Clean water and paper towels

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Great Things Journal Pages


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Great Things Journal Pages
Created by Sophia Vida

Cloth Paper Scissors was having a Reader Challenge to create jaw dropping journal pages. Although I wasn’t chosen it was lots of fun creating them in my 5.5″ x 8″ Strathmore Mixed Media Journal.

I started coating the pages with Gesso. Next I adhered punched butterflies to the background from pages of an old book and sheet music using Matte Medium.

I sprayed a small amount of blue and green Dylusions inks into small paper cups and painted the background. I really love how bright and vivid these inks are. They really make your pages pop!

I then used fiber paste with a palette knife and stencil in the top right and left corner of the pages. After the paste dried I painted them with white acrylic paint and rubbed off the excess with a tissue. I also distress the outside edges of the pages with Ranger Black Soot.

I designed my mail box by cutting a 9″ x 3″ rectangle from bright yellow cardstock. To get the ends nice and round, I used a circle stencil and cut them out. Next I folded this piece in half and inserted a brad on the right side that said “I’m cute.”  This will become the front of the mail box.

On the back of the mailbox I created a small hole about 1/2″ down from the edge and inserted a 5″ piece of bakers twine. This would keep the mail box closed when wrapped around the brad. Then I created a 2″ mailbox flag from red cardstock and set both these pieces aside.

For the image I used a photo of my cocker spaniel puppy when she was about 10 weeks old. She was adorably cute and still is!  I glued the image inside the mail box and added shading with a sketch pencil. It still needed a little something, so I found 4 paper flowers in my stash and glued those above my pup.

For the base of the mail box I cut a 1.25″ x 2″ rectangle from the same yellow cardstock. I notched the top corners and glued this piece into the bottom center of my journal on the right page. Next I glued my mailbox and flag onto my page making sure to slightly overlap the box and the base. I then added a little shading to the outside of the mail box and base with a sketch pencil.

I punched a few flowers from different shades of pink cardstock. I distressed the edges and added stickles to the centers. Next, I glued the flowers into my journal. I used a colored pencil to draw stems and leaves.

For a little extra pizazz I punched a few colorful butterflies from paper I had previously created and glued them into the journal. The last step was to print a sentiment from my computer, cut it out and adhere it to the left page of the journal. I outlined the sentiment with a black Micron pen.

And Voila! I had a cute journal layout with a an opening mail box!

Thanks for stopping by!!

 

Supplies used:

– 5″ x 8.5″ Art Journal
– Gesso
– Assorted butterfly punches
– Pages from an old book and/or sheet music
– Matte Medium
– Dylusion Inks: Blue, Green
– Small paper cups and a paint brush
– Fiber Paste
– Stencil of your choice
– Palette knife
– White Acrylic Paint
– Tissues
– Ranger Distress Ink – Black Soot
– Cardstock: Yellow, Red, Pink, Fuschia
– Sketch Pencil
– 3″ wide image for inside your mailbox
– Bakers Twine
– Brad
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– Flower Punch
– Green Colored Pencils
– Handmade Paper or Cardstock
– Computer Printed Sentiment
– Scissors
– 3″ Circle Stencil
– Stardust Stickles

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Published in Just Cards Volume 50 – Summer 2018


Published in Just Cards Volume 50 – Summer 2018

I’m so excited to share some really fabulous news with you! I was published in “Just Cards” Magazine, Volume 50, Summer 2018. I created a Valentine’s Day Card called “With Love.” This was a mixed media card made with my favorite medium, watercolors. The complete instructions and photo can be found on page 95.

It is such a great honor to have my card in this magazine. I’m totally thrilled!!! A big thank you to the Editor for including my work in this issue.

Make sure to stop by your local bookstore and check it out!

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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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Great Journey Journal Pages


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Created by Sophia Vida

Some of you may know Tamara Laporte. She is a very talented mixed media artist over at Willowing.org. Tamara is known for her popular Life Book online courses. She also has a very nice offer. If you join her email list, she will give you access to an online class to create this beautiful girl in your journal.

Since these pages were created from her class I’m not going to go into detail on how they were made. But, I highly recommend you check out her blog and join her email list. Tamara has so much to offer and I had lots of fun learning new techniques and creating this lovely girl in my 8.5″ x 11″ Art Journal.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy!!

 

 

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Gratitude Journal Pages


Gratitude Journal Pages
Created by Sophia Vida

With Thanksgiving approaching, I thought this would be a good time to share my gratitude journal pages I made using rubbers stamps in my 8.5″ x 11″ journal.

To begin, I coated the pages with gesso and added a few torn pieces of Tim Holtz’s printed tissue paper to the background with Mod Podge. Once that was dry, I painted the background with watered down acrylic paints in orange and pink. I used a wet wipe to remove some of the paint and allow the background to show through a little. I continued by adding shapes with white acrylic paint to the background.

While that was drying, I stamped my cupcakes on thick white cardstock using black Staz On Ink. I colored in the images with watercolor pencils and Sakura Gelly Roll Pens. I then cut 1.5″ slits in two of the cupcakes. I slid the base of the cupcakes in the slits to stack them and glued them into place. I wanted to add a little bling, so I accentd the cupcakes with Stardust Stickles.

I printed the sentiment on my computer using thick cardstock.  I glued the sentiment and cupcakes into my journal and used distress ink for shading. And Voila! I added 2 more unique pages to my journal.

Hope you enjoy.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:

– 8.5″ x 11″ Art Journal
– Gesso
– Tim Holtz Printed Tissue Paper
– Acrylic Paints: Pink, Orange, White
– Large Cupcake Stamps
– Strathmore Mixed Media Paper for Stamping
– Distress Ink
– Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
– Mod Podge
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– Black Staz On Ink
– Star Dust Stickles
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Happy Halloween Vintage Decorations


Happy Halloween
Created by Sophia Vida

I love fall and the cooler weather it brings. It’s just wonderful!! I wanted to share with you a few real easy Halloween decorations I made from a sheet of vintage cardstock I purchased at a craft show.

I started by drilling small holes in the corners of the two larger wood plaques and then sanded them where needed. After brushing off the dust, I applied a good coat of gesso to all three pieces, front and back.

While the gesso was drying, I cut out my images. I then painted each piece with 2 coats of coordinating paints and let it dry. Next, I sanded the edges just a little and brushed off the dust.

I purchased black coated copper jewelry wire that I used to hang two of the plaques with. Once the wires were in place, I glued the images onto all the plaques with Aleene’s Tacky Glue. Last I added torn harvest fabric as an accent and also used it to hang the third plaque. And Voila! I had three unique vintage Halloween decorations!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoy!

Supplies used in this Project:

  • 3 Vintage Halloween Images
  • 3 Wood Plaques fitting your images
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic Paint: Black, Orange, Red
  • Black Copper jewelry Wire
  • Drill for hanging
  • Harvest Fabric scraps
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue

 

 

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