Watercolor Mixed Media Mandala


 Watercolor Mixed Media Mandala 
Created by Sophia Vida

I was inspired by my love for flowers to try something new. I created this mandala on an 8″ x 8″ watercolor block. I didn’t know where to start so I looked online and found many beautiful mandala designs. I purchased a few books too. The fear of the blank page was holding me back.  Finally I found the courage to pick up my compass and draw a few circles.

Little by little, it all started to come together. I was amazed at how the ideas for the next step just seemed to flow from my mind to the paper once I allowed the creative process to do its magic. It was quite fun to just let go and watch it unfold. Once I was happy with my sketch, I used watercolor crayons to paint the mandala. I added shading with colored pencils and highlights with a white pen. Last step was to outline the design with  a Micron 03 pen. I have another one that I’m working on and will share it with you as soon as it’s done.

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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!

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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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Inspire Yourself Journal Pages


 Inspire Yourself Journal Pages
Created by Sophia Vida

I wanted to share with you a fun and whimsical girl I created in my 8.5″ x 11″ art journal. I started by creating layers with printed tissue papers and other ephemera I had on hand. Once this was dry, I applied a clear coat of gesso and let that dry completely.

Next, I lightly sketched my fun and whimsical girl. I wanted the colors to really jump off the pages, so I painted her hair with a neon pink acrylic paint and the background in a bright turquoise blue. I painted her face with a combination of watercolor and acrylic paints in flesh tones. I added shading with water colors, sketch pencils and colored pencils.

I recently purchased a set of stencils from Faber Castel. I chose to use “Inspire Yourself” for this layout and outlined the stencil with a Sakura Micron Pen. I then colored the letters in with a black Posca Pen. I added a few stamped flower images and highlights with a white Posca pen and white pearl metallic paint in her hair. She wouldn’t be complete without a little bling, so I added Stardust Stickles to the centers of the flowers. And Voila! I had created a beautiful fun and whimsical girl in my journal.

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Love Fairy Art Journal


“Love Fairy Art Journal”
Created by Sophia Vida

I needed a quick unwind so I made this beautiful little fairy in my 5.5″ x 8″ Strathmore Watercolor Art Journal. I started with a light pencil sketch that I painted with watercolor pencils and a Niji water brush. Once the paint was dry, I added highlights with a white Posca Pen. I used a sketch pencil for shading and softened it a bit with a blending stomp.

I wanted to add a little bling, so I gave her a crown of jewels that I accented with Stardust Stickles. Last I outlined my fairy with Sakura Micron Pens #01 and #005.

I painted the background with a very light wash of the same colors I used for the fairy. But it still needed more, so I added a blue aura around her. And Voila! I had a lovely little love fairy in my journal!

Hope this inspires you!

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For this Project you will need:

– Sakura Micron Pens #01 and #005
– Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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-Inktense Pencils

-Sketch Pencil and Blending Stomp
-White Posca Pen
– Strathmore Water Color Visual Journal 5.5″ x 8″
– Niji Waterbrush – Medium
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– Stickles – Star Dust
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– Paper towels

Tulip Art Journal


“Tulip Art Journal”
Created by Sophia Vida

I had a very busy schedule the other day but really wanted, no needed to create some art. So I made this quick journal page that was lots of fun and satisfying for my artsy side.

I started by sketching the tulips in pencil and then outlined them with a Sakura Micron #03 pen. I added a little shading and fine details with a Sakura Micron #01 pen. I also thickened the lines where needed with the #03.

Next I colored the sketch with a combination of Inktense and Kimberly Watercolor Pencils. I activated the paints using a Niji waterbrush. You just have to make sure to clean your brush on a folded paper towel when switching colors.

Once my painting was dry, I added two butterfly stamps and a little more detailing. Then I added a few highlights with a white Posca Pen. Last I gave it a little bling with Stardust Stickles and Voila! I created a fun page in my art journal!

Hope you enjoy creating yours!

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For this Project you will need:

– Sakura Micron Pens #01 and #03
– Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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-Inktense Pencils

-Staz On Black Ink Pad
-White Posca Pen
– Stamp of your choice like a butterfly, dragonfly, small bird etc.
– Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal 5.5″ x 8″
– Niji Waterbrush – Medium
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– Stickles – Star Dust
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– Paper towels

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 Willowing.org. 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 Willowing.org. 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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