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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Winnie the Pooh Watercolor


Winnie the Pooh Watercolor 
Created by Sophia Vida

Sorry I’ve been away for a while but I’ve been dealing with family matters which are still ongoing unfortunately. Although everything has been hectic, I’ve still managed to create some art but not as much as I would like. One of the reasons I love creating art is that it gives you a chance to escape life for a little. When you focus on creating your art, the outside world ceases to exist at least for a little while. For some, this can be a real life saver. For me, it helps me to keep my sanity, lol.

A few weeks ago I saw the new Christopher Robin Movie. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about a non-animated Winnie the Pooh, but it was well made and I love it! I was inspired by one of the scenes from the movie with Winnie and his balloon and created this cute little painting.

I used Arches, 140lb Hot Pressed 7×10″ block. The hot pressed paper has a smooth finish, unlike cold pressed which has bumps and ridges.  I become very fond of using blocks of paper because it keeps your painting from buckling, especially when you’re using a lot of water like I did for the background.

I started by lightly sketching my image and then began painting using Caran D’Ache Neocolor Crayons. I didn’t color directly on the paper but instead, wet my brush and picked up color from crayon. This allowed me to have more control of the color saturation. I left the edges very loose for a more dreamy look.

Once I was happy with my painting I let it fully dry and used a Micron .005 Pen to outline the images. I used more of a sketchy line instead of a solid line to soften the painting. I used a 2B sketch pencil and a blending stump for a little shading.

This is probably one of the few paintings where I didn’t add any bling with Stickles. It took a lot of restraint but I think I’ll be okay, lol.

Last I lightly drew a wavey line at the bottom and added my quote from the Movie and Voila! I had a new one of a kind work of art!

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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!!

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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!

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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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Walk towards the Sunshine Journal Page


“Walk Towards the Sunshine Journal Page”
Created by Sophia Vida

Just a quickie post to share another page I created in Life Book 2018. This was taught by a Andrea Gomoll from Germany. She is a very talented mixed media artist. You can find out more about her on her blog at andrea-gomoll.de.

I can’t go into detail on how this was made because it’s a part of Life Book 2018. But I will say I had lots of fun learning new techniques from Andrea!

If you’re interested in signing up for the Life Book class, it’s still open. Just visit Lifebook 2018.

I hope you enjoy!

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Bird Fairy Art Journal


“Bird Fairy Art Journal”
Created by Sophia Vida

I enjoyed making my last fairy so much that I wanted to make another one. Working with smaller faces is definitely more of challenge, but tons of fun! I started by drawing a light pencil sketch in my 5.5″ x 8″ Strathmore Watercolor Art Journal.

Once I was happy with the sketch, I colored the background using watercolor pencils. But to activate the colors this time, I used a round watercolor brush with water instead of the Niji Brushes. I have to say, for this painting, I liked using the brush and water instead because it was a heavier, color saturated background than the last and the brush and water made it easier.

Once the background was dry I began coloring in my fairy with watercolor pencils. I added more color where needed and let it dry. Next I outlined her with Sakura Micron 01 and 005 pens. I added shading with watercolors and a sketch pencil. I added more detail to the fairy using different Prismacolor Pencils.

I wanted the wand to give off a little glow, so I painted around the star with white metallic acrylic paint. I used a white Posca Pen for highlights. And of course, she wouldn’t be complete with Stardust Stickles. And Voila! I had a cute little 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
-Prismacolor Pencils

– White Posca Pen
– White Metallic Acrylic Paint
– Strathmore Water Color Visual Journal 5.5″ x 8″
– Princeton Round 6 Watercolor Brush
– Stickles – Star Dust
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– Water and Paper towels

 

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