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.

Thanks for stopping by!

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


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

DSC_0002-Haunted House Front Mixed Media Haunted House
(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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Rose Princess Mixed Media Art

Rose Princess Mixed Media Art
Created by Sophia Vida

I had so much fun with the Under the Sea mixed media art that I had to try another one.  This piece is all about roses, which I absolutely love. Roses are one of nature’s most beautiful works of art.

This easy to make project was inspired by Suzi Blu’s “Mixed-Media Girls.”  One of the funnest aspects of mixed media art is to use supplies and embellishments you already have on hand. But most importantly just enjoy and have fun creating your art work.

For this Project you will need:

– 9 x 12 canvas
– White Cardstock
– Prismacolor Colored Pencils
– Assorted Jelly Roll Pens
– Vellum Paper
– 1 Large White/Pink Silk Rose
– Martha Stewart Lace Butterflies 41-00239
– Recollections 9 pc Pink Roses Embellishments
– Recollections 14 pc Fabric Leaf Embellishments
– 1 Small Ivory Satin Bow with Pearl
– 3 Amber Rhinestones
– White Fine Glitter
– 2″ Piece of Ivory Satin Ribbon
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– Mod Podge: Sparkles and Matte
– Scissors
– Cut outs from your favorite Rose Magazine (I used Romantic Homes)
– Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Tea Dye
– Acrylic Paints: Folk Art – Sunflower; Americana – Royal Fuchsia
– Folk Art Floating Medium
– 1/2″ flat brush
– 1/4″ flat brush
– Small inexpensive brush
– Clean water, paper towels, wax-coated paper plates for paint palette

  1. Basecoat your canvas with the sunflower paint. Let dry.
  2. Cut out your favorite words and rose pictures from your magazine.
  3. Mix a little floating medium with the Fuchsia paint. Randomly pink brush strokes on your canvas. 
  4. Mix a little floating medium with the sunflower paint and add a more color on top of the pink and anywhere else you’d like. Let dry.
  5. Using the Matte Mod Podge, adhere your magazine clippings to your canvas. Let dry.
  6. Distress your canvas and clippings with the tea dye ink.
  7. Tear pieces of vellum paper in any size you like. Cover one side with Glitter Mod Podge and adhere over some of your clippings. Let dry.
  8. Draw your Rose Princess (overall height is approximately 10″) on the white cardstock and color in with the Prismacolor colored pencils. Use Jelly Roll pens to highlight her hair. Glue 3 small amber rhinestones in her hair.
  9. Using the small inexpensive brush, carefully cover the top of her dress with the Matte Mod Podge. While the Mod Podge is still wet sprinkle with white glitter. Remove any excess. Let dry. 
  10. Gently take your silk rose apart. If necessary, cut the individual petals. Using the  tacky glue adhere the rose petals to the bottom part of her dress. Start with the bottom layer and the largest petals. Work your way up to her waist with smaller petals. Let dry.
  11. Cut a small piece of coordinating ribbon to cover her waist. Depending on how your rose petals lay at  her waist, you can either keep the ribbon in 1 piece and glue it across her waist. Or you can cut your ribbon into 2 pieces and glue them diagonally on her waist. If the bottom corners don’t match up exactly, that’s okay because you will cover that with the satin bow. Glue your ribbon into place with the tacky glue. Last, glue the silk bow on top of the middle of your ribbon. Let dry.
  12. Distress your fabric leaves and paper rose embellishments.
  13. Check the placement of your Rose Princess on your canvas along with the fabric leaves and paper flowers. Once your happy with your layout, glue the flowers and leaves in place with the tacky glue. Let dry.
  14. Cover the back of the Rose Princess with the Matte Mod Podge and glue to your canvas. Let dry.
  15. Since the lace butterflies come with adhesive already on, just stick them directly on your canvas. Voila! You have a one of a kind work of art! 

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Rose Princess Mixed Media Art!

Additional Pictures:



For those interested, this is the book “Mixed-Media Girls with Suzi Blu”  that inspired this piece:


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The Love Shack

The Love Shack
(created by Sophia Vida)

This little bird house is anything but a shack. It’s a great Valentine’s Day craft that’s super easy and fun to make! 

For this project you will need:

– 8-1/2″ Plain Wood Bird House
– Vintage Printed Papers by Graphic 45 – Le Romantique Collection
– 3″ Small Bird
– Medium Butterfly Punch by Martha Stewart

– Medium Heart Punch by Martha Stewart  

– 12-16 Small Ivory Colored Pearls
– 4 Large Ivory Colored Pearls
– 6 Small Satin Peach Colored Roses
– 1 Large Heart Shaped Button (any color will do)
– Small Piece of Ivory Satin Ribbon for your Heart Button
– Matte Mod Podge
– Acrylic Paints: White, Antique White, Flesh, Magenta
– Jim Holtz Distress Ink – Tea Dye
– White Glitter
– Aleenes Tacky Glue
– Small Make Up Applicator
– 1/2″ Paint Brush
– Small Foam Brush
– Small Amount of Wood Excelsior or Spanish Moss
– Glue Gun
– 2 Plastic Coated Paper Plates (1 will be used a painting palette, the other will be used for the glitter)
– Paper Towels
– Container with clean water to rinse the brushes
– Fine Grit Sandpaper
– Scotch Tape

  1.  Pick the patterned paper for the roof and cut out the images from the vintage paper for the bird house. Set aside.
  2. Punch 6-8 hearts. Set aside.
  3. Punch 6-8 butterflies. Fold the butterfly wings at the body on each side. Glue 2 small pearls to the body of each butterfly. Set aside.
  4. Using the fine grit sandpaper, lightly sand any rough spots or jagged edges on your bird house. Wipe off any dust with a paper towel.
  5. Using the 1/2″ brush base coat your bird house in white paint. Let dry. Apply a second coat. Let dry. Make sure to rinse your brush in between coats so the paint won’t dry on your brush.
  6. Using the 1/2″ brush, paint the sides of the bird house with Antique White. Rinse your brush. Let dry.
  7. Mix equals parts of the Flesh paint with the Magenta paint. Using the 1/2″ brush, paint the base of the bird house. Next paint the inside of the hole for the bird house. Last paint the front and back of your heart button. Let dry. Make sure to rinse your brush.
  8. Using the second paper plate, mix a small amount of Aleenes Tacky glue with a little water. Cover the front of your heart button with glue and sprinkle with white glitter. Let dry.
  9. Measure the paper for each roof panel and cut to size. Turn over the paper and add a few pieces of tape to the underside top seam. Then turn it back over and test your sizing on the roof. It should fully cover the roof but not hang over the edge.
  10. Using the make up applicator, dab it into the distress ink and begin distressing the bird house. Make the corners and underlying roof edges a little darker than the rest. Let dry.
  11. Using your small foam brush, dip it into the Matte Mod Podge and use it as a glue to adhere your roof panels to the bird house. Continue by gluing your images to all 4 sides of  the bird house. Glue your punched heart and butterflies to any open spaces. Note: you will only be gluing the butterfly body to the bird house so the wings will stand up. Let dry.
  12. Using the make up applicator, dab it into the distress ink and begin distressing the roof panels, images, hearts and butterflies you just glued to the bird house in step 10. Let dry.
  13. Using your glue gun adhere the excelsior to the bottom edges of the bird house and add a little to the hole in the front. Next glue the satin roses to the edge of the roof on the front of the house and glue the large ivory pearls in between the satin roses. Then glue your bird on the perch.
  14. Run the ivory satin ribbon through the holes on the heart button and tie it off. Trim off any excess. Using your glue gun, adhere the heart button to the front highest point on the roof. Voila you have a beautiful and romantic Valentine decoration!

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making The Love Shack Valentine Decoration!

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Snowbird Holiday Tree

Snowbird Holiday Tree
(created by Sophia Vida)

For this project you will need:

– 2-3 bushels small white silk flower rosebuds
– 6″ silver pedestal bowl
– 12″ Styrofoam cone
– 6″ Styrofoam square
– 3″ white feather bird for top
– small bag of white plume feathers
– floral pick
– 1-2 crystal sprays
– 1-2 white pearl sprays
– wire cutters
– 6-8 floral pins
– Floral Tape
– Glue Gun

The snowbird on this tree was so cute and spunky, he made me laugh. I had to find a way to put him to use. As as result I created this topiary tree that makes a wonderful home decoration for the holiday!

  1. Cut the foam block to fit snugly inside the pedestal bowl. The top should be level with the rim on your bowl. Add a little glue to the bottom of the bowl and adhere in place.
  2. Add a little glue to the to of the foam block and adhere the cone in place. For extra support, add a few floral pins around the seam of the two foam pieces.
  3. Add a floral pick to the bottom of your bird (just poke it thru the center of the bottom). Place a dab of glue on the other end of the pick and insert into the top of the tree.
  4. Using the wire cutters, cut your rosebuds from the bushels. Leave about a 3/4″ – 1″ piece of stem on each. Place a dab of glue on the end of one of the rosebud stems and insert it in the top of the tree directly under your bird. Repeat this step and work your way down until you have covered the entire cone.
  5. Using the wire cutters, cut a few end pieces from the crystal stem. Place a dab of glue on the end, and insert them randomly on your cone or anywhere you may have a gap.
  6. Repeat step 5 using the white pearl spray.
  7. Stick the ends of the feathers directly into the foam base to fill in any gaps at the bottom. Voila! You have a gorgeous holiday decoration.

Tips: You can use any color scheme you desire. If you find the perfect bowl is bigger than what you need, just improvise and adjust your sizes. Add extra holiday picks, feathers or ribbon and bows at the base to cover any gaps. The variations are endless! The main idea is simply to enjoy and have fun!!!

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Snowbird Holiday Tree!

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