Merry Christmas Watercolor


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Merry Christmas Watercolor
Created by Sophia Vida

I know this is a bit late but I wanted to share this fun painting with you. I was inspired by a painting I found on Pinterest with a Christmas Tree painted with hearts. So I thought I’d give it a whirl. First I lightly penciled a large triangle in the center of my 9″ x 12″, 140lb watercolor paper. Next, I started to draw the outline of hearts using my PrismaColor Pencils. I also added a star using a stencil and outlined that as well along with the trunk. I then colored everything with my Inktense Watercolor Pencils and activated the colors with a Niji Water Brush.

While this was drying, I searched the internet for a font that I thought would fit with the whimsical painting. When I found what I liked, I practiced a few times on a piece of scrap paper until I was happy with the result. Then, I drew the letters onto my paper with a black Micron #03 Pen.

For a little dimension, I filled the star in with Glossy Accents and let it dry. To give the painting a little sparkle I used glitter paint around the star and snow at the bottom. The snowflakes were made using a small punch and glued to the painting with  Aleene’s Tacky Glue. Last I accented the everything with Stardust Stickles and Voila! I had a beautiful painting which I framed and hung for Christmas! This would also make a great gift too!

Supplies Used:

  • 9″ x 12″ Water Color Paper, 140lb Cold Press
  • Colored Pencils
  • Inktense WaterColor Pencils
  • Niji Water Brush
  • Glossy Accents
  • Glitter Paint
  • Star Stencil
  • Stardust Stickles
  • Snowflake Punch
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Very Merry Christmas Tree


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Very Merry Christmas Tree
Created by Sophia Vida

Hope you’re all enjoying your holidays so far. I’ve been away for a little with the holiday hustle and bustle. But I have been busy in the studio so I’m doing my best to catch up. I found a wooden tree at Joann’s and thought it would make a fun Christmas project. When I started I wasn’t sure where I would end because I like to plan as I go.

I started by giving the tree a coat of gesso.  I knew I wanted it to have a whimsical feel to it so I painted the tree in a lime green acrylic paint. Next I painted the trunk a nice medium brown. I wanted good coverage so I gave it 3 coats of paint, letting them dry in between coats.

For the edges, I mixed baby blue and metallic pearl white acrylic paints and dabbed it with a sea sponge. I added pink ornaments with a small paint brush and added highlights to the trunk as well. After much thought, I painted the base with the metallic white pearl paint. Once that dried I gave the top of the base a thick coat of Matte Mod Podge and sprinkled it with white glitter. Last I added multi-color flower rhinestones I found at the craft store and Voila! I had a fun and whimsical Christmas Tree!

Hope you enjoy!

Supplies used in this Project:

  • 17″ Unfinished Wooden Christmas Tree
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic Paint: Lime Green, Medium Brown, Light Brown, Baby Blue, Metallic Pearl White, Pink
  • Sea Sponge
  • Multicolored Flower Rhinestones
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • White Glitter
  • 1/2″ Flat Paint Brush
  • Clean water and paper towels

 

Patchwork Pumpkin


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Patchwork Pumpkin
Created by Sophia Vida

I’ve been away for a while and really miss everyone but I’m happy to be back!! My break wasn’t really a break. We had to replace our flooring and as a result, had to pack up the entire house which at the time seemed like a monumental task.

While waiting for everything to get done, I read the book “Clear the Clutter” by Karen Kingston. Most Feng Shui books I’ve read in the past were complicated and hard to understand. But Karen made this book an easy read, filled with great advice for clearing the clutter and getting the energy moving again. I highly recommend it!!

So when the time came to finally unpack, I couldn’t wait to get rid of the clutter. It was amazing how much “Stuff” you can collect over the years. I got rid of bags and bags of “Stuff” that I didn’t even remember I had. And it felt great!! My creative energy is zipping right along again. So now back to art and this fun project:

I purchased an inexpensive paper mache pumpkin from the craft store along with 3 different printed fabrics. To start, I coated the pumpkin with gesso and cut the fabrics into 1 inch squares. Using Matte Mode Podge, I adhered the pieces of fabric to the pumpkin making sure to overlap the squares. Once it was completely covered, I let it dry and finished it off with brown ribbon that I glued to the stem with Aleene’s Tacky glue. Last I added a few fall sprigs and leaves to the top and Voila! I had a cute patchwork pumpkin to display for Fall!

Hope you enjoy!!!

Supplies Used:

  • 6.5″ – 7″ Paper Mache Pumpkin
  • 3 Different Print Fabrics cut into 1 inch squares
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Fall Sprigs
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Small Foam Brush

 

Cricut Love Valentine Plate


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“Cricut Love Valentine Plate”
Created by Sophia Vida

I found this glittery heart fabric at Joann’s and just couldn’t pass it up. I bought a half yard and I decided to make a decoupage dish for Valentine’s Day which turned out really cute. I like to fill it Dove Chocolates or some other type of sweet treat.  Since it is a decoupage dish, you shouldn’t immerse it in water. To clean the surface, I use a damp cloth.

For the center love, I used my Cricut Sweethearts Cartridge and cut it on white cardstock using <Shift> Love, 2.5.” You don’t need a Cricut to make this dish, any image or photo will do. Once I cut my sentiment, I outlined the edges of the letters with a gold pen and cut 1″ squares of the fabric.

Using the gloss Mod Podge, I adhered the Love sentiment to the backside of the glass plate. Then I began gluing the fabric to the plate with the Mod Podge. Once I covered the entire plate, I gave the backside of the plate an extra 2 coats of Mode Podge to seal it. Just make sure to it dry in between coats. And Voila! You have a really cute Valentine Dish to display your sweet treats!

Note: If you are using fabric that tends to fray when cut, prep the fabric with a coat of Fabric Mod Podge and let it dry. This will keep it from fraying.

Enjoy!

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Supplies Used:

  • 7.5″ Square Glass Plate
  • Cricut Sweethearts Cartridge: <Shift> Love, 2.5″
  • White Card Stock
  • Gold Metallic Pen
  • Red Valentine’s Day Fabric (enough to cover your dish)
  • Gloss Mod Podge
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  • Fabric Mod Podge (if needed)
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  • Small Foam Brush

Find the Magic in your Heart Mixed Media


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“Find the Magic in your Heart” Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

I created this piece for the Readers Challenge in Somerset Studios. The rules were to create mixed media art in black and white with a little color, if so desired. Although my submission didn’t make it in the magazine, I had a lot of fun creating this piece and wanted to share it with you.

I love black and white. It’s a classic and beautiful color combination. I’m always in awe of artists who create gorgeous art with these two colors. But for me, this was quite a challenge since I love lots of color. It definitely took me out of my comfort zone, but in a good way.

For this Project you will need:

– 8 x 10″ Canvas
– Golden Fiber Paste
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– Stencil of your choice
– Palette Knife
– Washi Tape
– Scrap paper
– Cardstock – Black
– White tissue paper
– Script Stamp
– Black Chiffon 18″ x 2″
– Staz On Ink – Black
– Distress Ink – Black Soot
– White Acrylic Paint
– Fine Paint Brush
– Paper Clay
– Stickles
– Sharpie Metallic Silver Pen
– Silver Square Jewelry Embellishments
– Heart Shaped Punches – Medium and Small
– Matte Mod Podge
– Black Floss
– Needle
– Stylus with small point
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– Gesso
– Small sponge applicator
– Clean water and paper towels

  1. Adhere torn pieces of paper and washi tape to 8” x 10” canvas.
  2. Using fiber paste and a palette knife, add stencils to your canvas. Let dry.
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  3. Using a script stamp and Staz On Black Ink, stamp images on your canvas.
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  4. For more texture apply torn pieces of white tissue paper to your canvas. Partially cover some of the stenciled and stamped images. Let dry.
  5.  Apply a thin wash of Gesso over parts of your canvas, making sure not to completely cover the background.
  6. Distress edges of canvas with Black Soot Distress ink. Let dry.
  7. Using a black Gelato, make a wash and distress parts of your canvas. Let dry.
  8. Seal canvas with a coat of Matte Mod Podge.
  9. Cut an 18” x 2” strip of chiffon, wrap it around the canvas and tie a bow, cut off excess. Add fabric flower.
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  10. Adhere embellishments and sentiment to your canvas.
  11. Create a 3” heart from paper clay. Smooth over rough edges with your finger and a little water. Stamp a design on the front. Add holes around the edges. Roll the right side of the heart down. Let air dry according to manufacturer instructions.
  12. Distress the heart with Black Soot Distress Ink.
  13. Punch out large and small hearts from brightly colored cardstock, distress edges with Black Soot Ink and add highlights. Adhere to your canvas, just behind where the paper clay heart will go.
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  14. Using black floss, sew the heart onto the canvas.
  15. Finish by accenting your embellishments and canvas with stickles. Let dry and Voila! You have a beautiful work of art!!

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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.
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  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.
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  11. Using the glue gun, adhere small pieces of moss randomly on the roof.
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  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.
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  13. Add 3D Onyx Liquid Pearl around hole. Let dry.
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  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.
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  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!!
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Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making your own Haunted House!

 

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Hop into Spring Mixed Media


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Created by Sophia Vida

As you know I’ve been having lots of fun with Andrea Gomoll’s YouTube videos. I found one more which was actually for a journal page. But I thought her technique in this video for using photos would make a cool mixed media canvas. The end result is fantastic and you don’t have to be a sketch artist to do it. You can find Andrea’s video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkayRQg5guA

Enjoy!

For this Project you will need:

– Golden Fiber Paste
Golden Fiber Paste
– Stencil(s) of your choice
– Palette Knife
– Matte Mod Podge
– Sharpie Fine Point Pen
– Americana Acrylic Paints: Turquoise Blue, Bright Yellow, Irish Moss, Royal Fuchsia
– Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Pink Bubblegum, Riptide, Pearl
– Stamps: Butterfly, Script
– White paint
– 10/0 Round Fine Paint Brush
– Black Staz-On Ink
– Flower and Butterfly Ephemera
– Assorted Gelatos
– Assorted Stickles
– Sakura Glitter Gelly Roll Pens: Pink, Blue, Green and Yellow
– Martha Stewart Crocheted flowers (set of 4)
– 9″ x 12″ canvas panel
– Gesso
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– Small sponge applicator
– Clean water and paper towels

  1. Cover your canvas with gesso. Once dry add torn pages from a magazine or book and pieces of paper doilies using Mode Podge. Let dry.
  2. Find a photo of a cute bunny and enlarge it so that it measures approximately 5-1/2″ high. Cut it out and set aside.
  3. Paint your canvas with blue, yellow, green and fuchsia paints. Let dry.
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  4. Add a thin layer of fiber paste to your canvas using the palette knife. Let dry.
  5. Adhere your bunny to the bottom left of your canvas. Let dry. Then apply a thin coat of gesso over your bunny. Let dry.
  6. Color your bunny with white, gray, pink and blue gelatos. Use your finger to blend the colors. Once you have the desired result, outline your bunny with the sharpie marker. Draw in the eye, nose, whiskers and snout with the marker as well. Add more color with gelatos where necessary.
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  7. Adhere the butterfly and flower ephemera using Mod Podge. You can add more color to these pieces with gelatos. Outline them with sharpie and add any detailing. Note: If your ephemera is small you may want to color gelatos on a coated paper plate and then dip your brush in a little water to activate the colors. This will make it easier to apply and blend.
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  8. Apply gelatos dry to your canvas. Adding shading around the bunny, butterfly and flowers. Also add more color to your canvas where needed. Blend with your finger.
  9. Mix small amounts of yellow paint and fiber paste. Apply your stencil using the palette knife to right side of your canvas. Let dry.
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  10. Print and cut out a “Hop into Spring” sentiment from your computer using the Harrington font, size 50. Outline the words with your sharpie pen. Color in the centers of the letter with the Gelly Roll pens. Adhere to the center of your canvas with Mod Podge. Let dry.
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  11. Randomly stamp your script and butterfly stamps on your canvas.
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  12. Using the fine paintbrush add highlights to the bunny, butterfly and flowers with a little white paint. Let dry.
  13. Add Stickles to the flowers and stencil. Let dry.
  14. Adhere your Martha Stewart Crocheted flowers to the bottom of your canvas with tacky glue.
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  15. Spray your canvas with a pink, blue and pearl Angel Mist. Let dry. Voila! You have a beautiful Mixed Media work of art!