Butterfly Zentangle


“Butterfly Zentangle”
Created by Sophia Vida

I recently purchased Tamara Laporte’s new book “Create Your Life Book” and this was one of the projects. This is a wonderful book, filled with lots of fun art projects with step by step instructions and photos from various artists. It’s very much like the online course but if you haven’t joined Lifebook 2018 online yet, this is the next best thing.

Since this is a project from the book, I can’t go into detail on how it was made. But I will say, I improvised a little on the instructions because I wanted to use the supplies I have on hand. Plus I’m just so in love with my brightly colored liquid Ecoline Watercolor paints that I decided to use those for the background instead.

I plan on adding this page to my 2018 Life Book that I will create at the end of the course. To say the least this project was lots of fun to create. Zentangle is a great way to unwind. I hope you enjoy!

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Love Art Wood Burning


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Love Art
Created by Sophia Vida

 

The cover of Somerset Studio Mar/Apr 2014 issue caught my eye. It was a vibrant red shimmery heart.  When I read the article by Julie Haymaker Thompson I was pleasantly surprised to find that this project and others she made were with wood burning techniques. I loved the colors and the overall look of her projects. This was something new for me and I couldn’t wait to get started. So off to the craft store I went to get my wood burning tool.

I found one at Michaels that has a variable temperature setting that allows you burn wood, plastic, leather, cork and much more along with several attachments. It even comes with a soldering point. I already had a piece of 6″ x 9″ piece of wood and I used one of her designs but changed it up a bit.

I started by attaching the universal point and allowed the tool to heat for 5 minutes. As a safety, I used a mask which I found at the hardware store because there was smoke involved with this project and I didn’t want to breathe it in. I did a light pencil sketch on the wood and began burning the lines.

It didn’t go quite as planned. You need to hold the tool like a pencil. However, you have to hold it further back, pretty much in the middle to avoid burning your fingers. This made it a little awkward because you have to move slowly for an even burn. But I remained patient and as I started I loved how the burned lines look.

One thing I didn’t take into account when selecting my wood was the curved edges. I thought it would be so easy to burn but I ended up using 3 different tips. The end result was organic and fabulous with light and dark variations in the grain. Definitely worth the extra effort.

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After I finished burning the wood, I colored it with my Kimberly watercolor pencils. I used a Niji Paintbrush filled with water to activate the colors and let them absorb into the wood. There were a few places that came out lighter than I wanted so I just went over them again with the pencils.

I drew in my designs in the boxes with a brown Sakura Micron pen. Next I shaded the burned edges with a 2B sketch pencil and softened the lines with a paper blending tool. I then added a few embellishments like rhinestones, sequins, fabric flowers, lace and a button. Last I added a few highlights with Sakura Jelly Roll Pens and Stardust Stickles and Voila! I had a one of a kind work of art!!

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Supplies Needed:

– 6″ x 9″ piece of wood
– Creative Versa Tool
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– Sakura Brown Micron Pen
– Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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– Niji Paintbrush
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– 2B Sketch Pencil
– Assorted Sakura Jelly Roll Pens
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– Paper Blending Tool
– Assorted Embellishments: rhinestones, sequins, fabric flowers, lace, button and anything else you may like

Be Mine Zentangle Art Journal


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“Be Mine Zentangle Art Journal”
Created by Sophia Vida

For this Project you will need:

– Sakura Micron Pens in varying sizes
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– Sakura Jelly Roll Pens in assorted colors
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– Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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– Strathmore 400 Series, Watercolor Cold Press 140 lb Paper, 6″ x 12″
– Star Dust Stickles
– Round Watercolor Brush
– Clean water and paper towels

Here’s another fun journal page. The fun part with this page is that I used coffee to paint the background. Yes, coffee. I saw an article in Cloth Paper Scissors and had to give it a try. When you use the watercolors on top of coffee, it mixes with the colors a bit and tones them down. I like the old romantic feel you get using this technique. Not to mention, your paper smells really nice!!

Start by brewing a really dark cup of coffee. Paint your background leaving a small white border and a few white spots on the page. Let dry. Pencil in your zentangle design and color it with the watercolor pencils. Use your brush and a little water to activate the colors.

Once the paint is dry fill in the outline and patterns using the Micron 03 and 05 pens. If you prefer you can draw your outline with the pens first and then color with the paints. The only problem is because the coffee doesn’t fully soak into your paper, you can smudge the ink from your pens if you get too much water on them. But this may be the look you’re going for.

After everything has dried, use the Sakura Jelly Roll Pens and Stardust Stickles to add a few highlights to your page and Voila! You have a one of a kind work of art!

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun creating your own journal pages!

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Find Your Passion Art Journal


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“Find Your Passion Art Journal”
Created by Sophia Vida

For this Project you will need:

– Sakura Micron Pens in varying sizes
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– Sakura Jelly Roll Pens in assorted colors
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– Derwent Inktense Pencils
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– Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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– Strathmore 400 Series, Watercolor Cold Press 140 lb Paper, 6″ x 12″
– Star Dust Stickles
– Round Watercolor Brush
– Clean water and paper towels

This long, narrow paper really does create a bit of challenge when it comes to creating something fun. I love trees and birds so I decided to go with that. I drew everything in pencil first then used my Micron 08 pen to draw in the tree and leaves. For the birds I used the smaller nibs on the Micron 05 and 03 pens.

First I colored in the tree using a combination of the Inktense and Kimberly watercolor pencils. I used both sets to get the right color combination. Then I colored the leaves, birds and the blue background last. I used a brush and water to activate the colors. Once that was dry I added highlights with assorted Sakura Jelly Roll pens and Stickles and let it dry.

Now for the really fun part, I needed a sentiment. So…… I found wonderful little sayings in Dove Chocolate wrappers. And there I had it, “Find your passion.” Seemed to fit rather nicely. Not to mention it’s a fun way to get new sentiments. Lol……  And Voila! You have a one of a kind work of art!

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun creating your own journal pages!

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Sailing Away Mixed Media


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Sailing Away Mixed Media Art
Created by Sophia Vida

Picture yourself sitting at the beach watching sail boats go by in the ocean. Their big white sails against the blue water is beautiful! I’ve read many articles on using crepe paper in mixed media projects but had never given it a try. So I thought now would be a good time especially since summer will be coming to a close soon. I wasn’t sure how the crepe paper would react to the different mediums I was using, but it turned out to be quite a lot of fun! Enjoy!!

For this project you will need:
– 3 – 4″x4″ Canvas Panels
– Cardstock: White, Vellum
– Crepe Paper: Teal, Blue and Turquoise
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– Distress Inks: Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint
-Sakura Jelly Roll Pens (assorted)
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– Small Foam Brush
– Gloss Mod Podge
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– Clear Gesso
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– Ribbon in 2-3 colors

  1. Tear a handful of the crepe paper into small pieces for each of the colors.
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  2. Using the foam brush apply a small amount of clear Gesso to the canvas and adhere a piece of crepe paper on top. Gently pat it down with the foam brush. Continue doing this for each panel making sure to also cover the sides. Let dry. (Note: the colors on the crepe paper may run a bit from the Gesso but that’s ok).
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  3. Cut out 3 sails and 3 boats from the white cardstock. Set aside.
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  4. Cut 3 pieces of ribbon measuring approximately 3-1/2″ each. Glue the ribbon to the back of the boat and front of the sails. Trim as needed. Let dry.
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  5. Pencil in your design on the sails. Color and decorate the sails with Sakura Jelly Roll pens. You can also use paints, markers, pencils or anything else you can think of. Let dry.
  6. Cut 3 pieces of vellum measuring 4″ x 1-1/4.” Tear one side to look like waves. Distress with the Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans and Peeled Paint inks. Dry with a heat gun or let air dry.
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  7. Using the tacky glue, adhere the sailboats to the panels either straight or slightly tilted. Let dry.
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  8. Glue the waves to the bottom of the panels with the tacky glue. Let dry.
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  9. Using the small foam brush, coat each canvas with the Gloss Mod Podge. Let dry. Voila! You have 3 unique Mixed Media works of art!!!

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making your own Mixed Media Art!

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Owl Zentangle


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“Owl Zentangle”
Created by Sophia Vida

For this Project you will need:

– Sakura Micron Pens in varying sizes
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– Sakura Jelly Roll Pens in assorted colors
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– Derwent Inktense Pencils
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– Strathmore 400 Series, Watercolor Cold Press 140 lb Paper, 6″ x 12″
– Stickles: Assorted Colors
– Round Watercolor Brush
– Clean water and paper towels

What in the world is Zentangle? Zentangle is a form of art where you use repetitive lines and patterns to create your image. You can Zentangle just about anything anywhere. The great part about Zentangle is anyone can do it, even kids! You only need minimal supplies such as a few pens and paper. Most of all, it’s a great stress reliever.

I purchased quite a few books on Zentangle. My first and favorite book is Zenspirations Letters & Patterning by Joanne Fink. It gives you a good start but you can also visit http://www.sakuraofamerica.com/zenspirations and get some of the same information that’s in her book. To be honest, there is so much information on the internet that you really don’t need to buy any books at all. I’m a bit old fashioned and still like to have an actual book with pages in my hand especially when I travel.

I was inspired by a Zentangle I saw on Pinterest.  I love owls and thought this would be fun. I started with a pencil sketch and went over it with the Micron Pens in varying sizes. Keep in mind that you can Zentangle anything. All you need to start with is a basic square, circle or a free form shape. Then divide it into sections and fill each section with a different design and pattern. You can also Zentangle stamped images which are great for cards.

Coloring your Zentangle is optional. They are just as beautiful in black and white as they are in color. However, since I love vibrant colors I couldn’t resist coloring my design with Inktense Pencils. I then used water to activate the colors. After it was dry, I embellished it with my Sakura Jelly Roll Pens and Stickles. And Voila! You have a one of a kind work of art!

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun creating your own Zentangle designs!

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For those of you who are interested, this is the book by Joanne Fink:

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Home Is Where The Heart Is


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“Home is Where the Heart Is” Mixed Media”
Created by Sophia Vida

     This piece was inspired by an artist featured on page 128 of the March/April 2013 Edition of Somerset Studio Magazine. Her name is Denice Barlow Brown. She has a website at inkstitch.net and you can also find her on Pinterest at pinterest.com/inkstitch/. What I liked most about her work is how she painted the wood panel and finished the piece by adding a branch with beads. So off I went into my backyard to find the perfect branch and then started my project.

For this Project you will need:

– Craft Plywood Panel 1/8″ x 6″ x 12″ (found at local craft store)
– Cartiera Magnani Pescia 7″ x 10″ – 140 lb Watercolor Paper
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– Sakura Micron Pens in varying sizes
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– Sakura Jelly Roll Pens in assorted colors
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– Kimberly Watercolor Pencils (24 count)
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– Stickles: Stardust, Ice Blue
– Small Tree Branch – 5″
– Jewelry wire
– Assorted beads
– Wire cutter
– Pliers
– Drill
– Round Watercolor Brush
– Clean water and paper towels

  1. Color the wood with the yellow watercolor pencil. Then brush it with water to activate the color. Let dry.
  2. Cut your watercolor paper down to 5.5″W  x 10″L.
  3. Pencil in your drawing and trace over the pencil with the Sakura Micron pens in varying sizes.
  4. Color your picture with the watercolor pencils. Use a paintbrush with water to activate the colors. Let dry.
  5. Highlight the painting with the Jelly Roll Pens. Then finish it off with Stickles. Let dry.
  6. Drill two small holes about 3/4″ down from the top and 1″ in from each side. Add the beads to the wire and put the ends through the holes and wrap them around the ends of the small branch. You can also add yarn or string to your branch as an extra embellishment.
  7. Glue your painting onto your wood panel and Voila! You have a one of a kind work of art!!

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Home is where the heart is Watercolor Painting!

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