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 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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Believe in the Magic Journal Pages

 Believe in the Magic Journal Pages
Created by Sophia Vida

I finally completed the second lesson in She Blooms in Ink with Tamara Laporte at Doing a girl looking off to the side was a bit harder than I initially thought. It took me a lot longer to finish her, but it was lots of fun!

The colors never seem to come out the way I want even though I have a color chart I created. But they really do pop! This online class is so much fun and I am very much looking forward to the next lesson.

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 “Believe in the Magic.” I hope you’ll join me next week as I continue on my Journaling Adventure!

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Courage Journal Pages

 Courage Journal Pages
Created by Sophia Vida

Not sure if you had a chance to read my last post, Great Journey Journal Pages where I shared art created with the help of Tamara Laporte, a very talented mixed media artist at

I have since enrolled in her new online course, She Blooms in Ink. I couldn’t wait for it go live December 1st. I created this beautiful girl in her class using a Strathmore Watercolor Journal measuring 11″ x 14″ which is the biggest I’ve done yet. My girls are usually on a 9″ x 12″ single page spread. This one was even larger and a double page spread to boot. It was a pretty intimidating looking at this large area I had to cover. But once I got started, I couldn’t stop. My quote for this one was “Courage. Be brave, follow your  ♥, live your dream.”

As with my last post, I can’t go into detail with how she was created but I can say without a doubt, this is an awesome course!!! I’m really loving it and can’t wait for the next project to be posted this week.

I highly, highly recommend you check out her blog and this course using the links above.

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All Heart Whimsical Girl Mixed Media

  All Heart Whimsical Girl Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

Here’s my latest girl, Heart. I made her using the same methods as the others. The hearts and flowers were made with watercolor paper, paints and a little sea salt to give them that unique look. I sprayed them with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist for a little shimmer and once that was dry I punched and adhered them to my painting.

Her colors are bold and bright which is what I love about these paints. I painted her on a 9″ x 12″ 140lb block of watercolor paper. I’m finding that the blocks of paper don’t buckle like loose sheets do. They are more expensive but definitely worth it.

In case you missed my other whimsical girls just check my previous posts.

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Mixed Media Poppies


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.


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!

Mixed Media Haunted House

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(created by Sophia Vida)

I wanted to create a little something for Halloween. What could be better than a haunted house, right? It needed to be scary, but not too scary. Quite a bit of the supplies for this house were items I had leftover from other projects. I purchased a couple of new things like the bead strand, crossbones and beware sign but that was about it. With everything I pieced together, this is what I ended up with…..

For this project you will need:

– 8-1/2″ Plain Wood Bird House
– Americana Acrylic Paints:  Persimmon (Orange), Light Cinnamon (Brown), Dove Gray and Black
– Martha Stewart Pumpkin Craft Stickers #48-20391
– Folk Art Crackle Medium
– Miniature Halloween Beware Decoration from Michaels
– Tim Holtz Crossbones Adornments #TH93089
– Favorite Findings Spider Mix Flatbacks from Joann’s (#1194)
– Glitter Hanging Jack-O-Lantern Ornaments from Joann’s (#1351-0888)
– Crafting Moss
– Jesse James 7″ Bead Strand from Michaels
– Ranger Glossy Accents
– Ranger Liquid Pearls – Onyx
– Stickles: Stardust, Dark Blue
– Thin white fabric
– White String
– Stylus in varying sizes
– Two 1″ – inchie squares for windows
– Two 1″ squares of copper sheet for shutters
– 1″ Styrofoam Ball
– Sharpie fine point pen
– 3 small black beads (any kind)
– Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Walnut Stain
– Aleenes Tacky Glue
– Glue Gun
– 1/2″ Paint Brush
– Plastic Coated Paper Plate
– Paper Towels
– Container with clean water to rinse the brush

  1. You can gently sand the bird house if you like but I wanted it to look more rustic so I skipped this step. Coat the entire house with black acrylic paint. Let dry. Then give it a second coat and let dry.
  2. Cover the entire house with crackle medium. Let dry.
  3. Paint your roof with 1 coat of brown paint. Let dry.
  4. Paint your walls with 1 coat of orange paint. Let dry.
  5. Paint your fence with 1 coat of gray paint. let dry.
  6. Randomly adhere the pumpkin stickers all around the house.
  7. Using Aleene’s Tacky glue, adhere the Halloween beads to the front line of the roof. Let dry.
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  8. Using Aleene’s tacky glue, adhere the beware sign to the front left side.
  9. Using the glue gun, adhere the moss all around the edges and yard of the house.
  10. Make a smaller loop on the Jack-O-Lanterns and cut to size. Glue them to the  front left and right corner of the roof using Aleene’s tacky glue. Cover the strings by gluing a little moss on top.
  11. Using the glue gun, adhere small pieces of moss randomly on the roof.
  12. Using your sharpie pen, draw your spider web in the top left corner. Go over web lines with Glossy Accents. Let dry. Note: If you get the Glossy Accents in between the webbing, use the end of your stylus to remove it before it dries. Just be sure to wipe the stylus clean every time.
  13. Add 3D Onyx Liquid Pearl around hole. Let dry.
  14. Glue your crossbones over the hole. Also glue your spider by the web and add more spiders if you like.
  15. Paint both of your inchies with a mix of black and gray paint. Let dry. Add white accent lines and go over the lines with Stardust Stickles. Let dry.
  16. On one of the copper squares, mark the center with a pencil. Score down the middle with a thick stylus. Score shutter lines across both sides. Distress with Walnut Stain and Liquid Pearls. Cut in half on center score line with scissors and adhere edges to the back of the window. Repeat this step for second window.
  17. Glue windows and shutters to sides of house.
  18. Glue the black beads to the Styrofoam ball for eyes and mouth. Push them in a little so they are flush. Let dry.
  19. Cut a small piece of white fabric and wrap it around your Styrofoam ball. Secure with a piece of white string. Gently stuff part of your ghost into the hole and glue the back of the head onto the house. Let dry. Voila!! You have a one of a kind work of art!!

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making your own Haunted House!


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Live Love Laugh Zentangle


“Live Love Laugh Zentangle”
Created by Sophia Vida

For this Project you will need:

– Sakura Micron Pens in varying sizes
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– Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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– Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal 5.5″ x 8″
– Niji Waterbrush – Medium
– Stickles in assorted colors
– Paper towels
– 3 Post-It-Notes

I had so much fun with the masking technique on my last Zentangle that I decided to make another one. This time I use a scalloped oval punch.

I punched 3 ovals from yellow post-it notes making sure to punch the sticky side of the note. I then randomly adhered them to my page and traced the outline of the ovals with the Micron No. 05 pen. Once I completed that step I started filling the entire page with flower Zentangle designs. I used the Micron No. 5 and 8 pens.

As you know I love color so I used the Kimberly Watercolor Pencils to color my design. I found it easier to color one flower at a time and then use the Niji Waterbrush to activate the colors. While that part dried, I moved on to another flower away from the wet area. This way I could keep working without having to stop.

I just bought some new Stickles at the Scrapbook Expo and couldn’t wait to use them on this design. I highlighted each flower with Stickles and let it dry and Voila!! I had another unique Zentangle Art piece that was loads of fun and loaded with color which just makes you smile!!!

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun creating your own Zentangle designs!

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