give Thanks Watercolor


give Thanks Watercolor
Created by Sophia Vida

I bought a block of hot press watercolor paper and wanted to try it out. I saw a demo online where they painted a leaf on cold press and hot press watercolor papers using the same paints. Interestingly enough, the paint on the hot press paper was brighter and bolder than the cold press. Also the texture was different. Cold press paper is a little bumpy. The hot press paper is smooth so the paints don’t get stuck in the ridges and flow more evenly.

I made this painting using maple leaf stencil that I traced with a pencil and painted with Ecoline Watercolor Paints. Once the leaves were dry, I painted the background in a vivid pink.

Next I practiced writing the sentiment on scrap paper until I came up with a design that I liked.  Using a Marvy Gold Metallic Calligraphy Pen, I wrote “give Thanks” on bottom. I also outlined the leaves and lettering with a Sakura Micron 01 Pen.

I mixed a little gold metallic paint with floating medium and added a little shading to the leaves. Last I added Stardust Stickles to the painting and Voila! I had a fun Autumn painting with bright cheery colors.

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy!!

Supplies Used:

  • 7″ x 10″ Arches Watercolor 140lb Hot Press Block
  • Ecoline Watercolor Paints
  • Marvy Gold Metallic Calligraphy Pen
  • Sakura Micron 01 Pen
  • Stardust Stickles
  • Gold Metallic Paint
  • Floating Medium
  • Maple Leaf Stencil
  • 06 Round Watercolor Brush

 

 

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Autumn Mixed Media Girl


Autumn Mixed Media Girl
Created by Sophia Vida

The vibrant colors of fall are just breathtaking. I created Autumn trying to capture the feeling of fall. Let me know what you think.

I painted this lovely girl using watercolor paints. I added highlights to her hair with a gold Marvy metallic pen. I’m having a hard time using punches on watercolor paper because most of them won’t work on this thick paper. Luckily the Martha Stewart punches work well so I was able to create the smaller leaves and butterflies from watercolor paper that I painted.

The larger leaves were made from watercolor paper using thin dies and my Cuttlebug. Once everything was glued into place I added shading and highlights. Last I accented the butterflies with a green metallic Gelly Roll Pen and Stardust Stickles and Voila! I had a new whimsical girl.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Thanks for stopping by!

This original painting is available for purchase on my Etsty Shop – Color Explosion Studio: https://www.etsy.com/listing/568192523/autumn-watercolor-mixed-media-9-x-12?ref=listing-shop-header-0

 

Happy Halloween Vintage Decorations


Happy Halloween
Created by Sophia Vida

I love fall and the cooler weather it brings. It’s just wonderful!! I wanted to share with you a few real easy Halloween decorations I made from a sheet of vintage cardstock I purchased at a craft show.

I started by drilling small holes in the corners of the two larger wood plaques and then sanded them where needed. After brushing off the dust, I applied a good coat of gesso to all three pieces, front and back.

While the gesso was drying, I cut out my images. I then painted each piece with 2 coats of coordinating paints and let it dry. Next, I sanded the edges just a little and brushed off the dust.

I purchased black coated copper jewelry wire that I used to hang two of the plaques with. Once the wires were in place, I glued the images onto all the plaques with Aleene’s Tacky Glue. Last I added torn harvest fabric as an accent and also used it to hang the third plaque. And Voila! I had three unique vintage Halloween decorations!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoy!

Supplies used in this Project:

  • 3 Vintage Halloween Images
  • 3 Wood Plaques fitting your images
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic Paint: Black, Orange, Red
  • Black Copper jewelry Wire
  • Drill for hanging
  • Harvest Fabric scraps
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue

 

 

 

 

 

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
    Gloss Mod Podge
  • Fabric Mod Podge (if needed)
    Fabric Mod Podge
  • Small Foam Brush