Summer Fun Watercolor


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“Summer Fun Watercolor”
Created by Sophia Vida

I can’t believe summer is here and June 21st is the first “Official” day. Not to mention it’s Father’s Day too. So Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads!!

Eating a cold slice of watermelon on a hot summer day brings back happy childhood memories for me. Since watercolor is my favorite medium to use, I thought a slice of watermelon was a perfect way to start summer.

One of the things I love most about watercolor painting is that you can finish a piece fairly quick. There is very little drying time needed between the steps and this gives you the satisfaction of finishing a piece in one sitting. Plus this is a great way to squeeze a little art into an otherwise busy and sometimes hectic life.

I started this piece by sketching it out in pencil and then coloring it in with Kimberly Watercolor pencils. I activated and blended the colors with a Niji waterbrush. After it was dry, I outlined everything with a Micron #05 pen and added Stardust Stickles for a little bling. And Voila! I had a new painting in my journal!

What are you going to do to kick off your summer?

 

For this Project you will need:

– Sakura Micron Pen #05
sakura pens

– Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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– Strathmore 300 Series, Watercolor Cold Press 140 lb Paper, 9″ x 12″
– Niji Waterbrush – Small and Medium
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– Stardust Stickles
– Paper towels

 

 

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Father’s Day Picture Frame


Father’s Day Picture Frame
(created by Sophia Vida)

With Father’s Day just around the corner this is a great and easy project you can make with kids. This handmade picture frame will be a gift that Dad treasures for a lifetime! Keep in mind the ocean theme for this project can easily be changed with just a little creativity.

For this project you will need:

– 8.5″ x 6.25″ wood frame that holds a 4″ x 6″ photo
– Wood letters to spell D A D
– A few small sea shells
– Acrylic paints: White and Navy Blue
– Cardstock: Baby Blue Scroll by Paper Adventures
– Mod Podge: Matte and Glitter
– 1/4″ brush
– Small foam brush
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– Plastic Coated Paper Plate
– Paper Towels
– Container with clean water to rinse the brushes
– Fine Grit Sandpaper
– Scissors

  1. Remove the center cardboard from the frame. Sand any rough edges on the frame and letters. Wipe off any dust with a paper towel.
  2. Trace the outline of the frame on the back of the Baby Blue Scroll cardstock. Cut out with scissors and set aside.
  3. Put a small amount of white paint on the paper plate and paint your frame (front and sides).  Let dry (remember to rinse your brushes after each use).
  4. Put a small amount of navy blue paint on the paper plate and paint your “D A D” letters. Cover each letter entirely. Let dry.
  5. If you like you can lightly sand the edges and sides of your frame for a distressed look. Wipe off any dust with a paper towel.
  6. Using a foam brush apply a medium layer of Matte Mod Podge to the front of the frame. Adhere your Baby Blue Scroll cut out to the front of the frame. Gently flatten to remove any bubbles and wrinkles.
  7. Next apply a sealer coat of Matte Mod Podge to the front of the frame. Let dry.
  8. Using the 1/4″ brush, apply a coat of Glitter Mod Podge to the front of the wooden “D A D” letters.  Let dry.
  9. Using Aleene’s Tacky glue adhere the “D A D” letters to the top left corner of the frame. Next glue a few small sea shells across the bottom of the frame. Let dry. Voila! You have a beautiful frame made with lots of love for Dad!          

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Father’s Day Picture Frame!

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