April Mixed Media Girl


April Mixed Media Girl
Created by Sophia Vida

I’ve been away for a little, busy with lots of things going on, one of them being setting up my Etsy Shop, Color Explosion Studio. It’s a learning process but it’s coming around.

I also found some time to finish another whimsical girl, her name is April. I made her like the others with watercolor paints and paper. I also added punched flowers that I distressed and accented with stickles. The leaves were hand drawn on watercolor paper, painted and then cut out. She is very cheery and colorful. Hope you enjoy!!

This original painting is available for purchase in my Etsy Shop – ColorExplosionStuido.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Pure Joy – Mixed Media Cupcake


 Pure Joy – Mixed Media Cupcake
Created by Sophia Vida

I finally had a little time to finish my second mixed media cupcake. You can find the first here: Find Your Bliss – Mixed Media Cupcake

I made this one pretty much the same as the last using an 8″ square canvas with layers of paint and paper. Bright Easter colors were my inspiration for the background on this canvas.

First I started by coating the canvas with gesso. Next I adhered pieces of text from an old book and a paper doily to my canvas. I painted the background with watered down bright colored acrylic paints in yellow, pink, blue, purple and orange.

After everything dried, I used a recycled cylinder and the end of a dowel dipped in white acrylic paint to make a few designs on my canvas. I also stamped a few flowers using Black Staz On Ink.

For the border, I cut strips of paper from my book and used a scallop punch for the inside edge. The pages of the book weren’t long enough, so I had to overlap alternating corners to make it work. Once I adhered these to the canvas, I added buttons with baker’s twine to the top and bottom edges. Next I drew few doodles with my Sakura Micron #03 pen and colored them in with Sakura Gelly Roll Pens.

I sketched the cupcake on to the center of the canvas and painted it with acrylic paints. I adhered my tag and then added highlights and shading to entire canvas.  I liked how the clear glitter paint added that little bit of bling to my last cupcake, so I decided to use it again on frosting and that was it!

Hope you enjoy!

For this Project you will need:

– Rubber stamps of your choice
– Matte Mod Podge
– Micron Pen #03
– Assorted Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
– Bright Acrylic Paints: Yellow, Blue, Purple, Orange
– Clear Glitter Paint
– Black Staz-On Ink
– 6 Yellow Buttons
– Baker’s Twine
– Small Tag
– Paper Doily
– 8″ Square canvas panel
– Gesso
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– 1″ Paint Brush
– Clean water and paper towels

 

Mixed Media Poppies


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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.

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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!

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

Watercolor Zentangle


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“Watercolor Zentangle”
Created by Sophia Vida

I have several projects going on at the same time right now. Until those are finished I thought I would share this watercolor zentangle with you. As you know I love my bright colors and whimsical designs so this was perfect for me.

I painted this in my little 5.5″ x 8″ watercolor art journal. I drew my design in pencil first and then outlined it with a Sakura Micron Pen 03. I didn’t want to go too heavy on the zentangle designs because I wanted the focus to be more on the bright colors. So I colored it with the Kimberly and Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils. I activated the paint with my Niji Waterbrushes. Once it was dry I added shading and highlights. Last I added a little bling with Stickles and Voila! I had a new painting in my journal that was simply lots of fun!

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy!!

For this Project you will need:

  • Sakura Micron Pen #03
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  • Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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  • Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils
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  • Strathmore Visual Journal, Watercolor Cold Press 140 lb Paper, 5.5″ x 8″
  • Niji Waterbrush – Small and Medium
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  • Assorted Stickles
  • Paper towels

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Find Your Bliss – Mixed Media Cupcake


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 Cupcake Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

I hope the New Year finds you in good spirits and health! I took a much needed break over the holidays and enjoyed spending time with my family. But I still found time to play in my watercolor journal and create a few projects that I’ll be sharing with you.

I made this cupcake on an 8″ canvas using layers of paint and paper. I was inspired by beautiful sunsets and used these colors in my palette. I started by giving my canvas a coat of gesso. Next I adhered pieces of sheet music, text from an old book and a paper doily to my canvas.

I then painted the background with watered down yellow, bright pink and orange acrylic paints. After this layer dried I used a recycled cylinder and the end of a paint brush  dipped in white acrylic paint to make a few designs on my canvas. I also stamped a few flowers using Black Staz On Ink.

For the border, I cut strips of paper from my book and used a scallop punch. The pages of the book weren’t long enough, so I had to overlap alternating corners to make it work. Once I adhered these to the canvas, I added buttons with baker’s twine to the corners. Next I drew few doodles with my Sakura Micron #03 pen and colored them in with Sakura Gelly Roll Pens.

I sketched the cupcake on to the center of the canvas and painted it with acrylic paints. I adhered my tag and then added highlights and shading to entire canvas.  The cupcake was still looking a bit dull, so I painted the frosting with clear glitter paint and that was it!

Hope you enjoy!

For this Project you will need:

– Rubber stamps of your choice
– Matte Mod Podge
– Micron Pen #03
– Assorted Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
– Acrylic Paints: Yellow, Bright Pink, Orange
– Clear Glitter Paint
– Black Staz-On Ink
– 4 Bright Pink Buttons
– Baker’s Twine
– Small Tag
– Paper Doily
– 8″ Square canvas panel
– Gesso
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– 1″ Paint Brush
– Clean water and paper towels

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Spooky House Watercolor


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Created by Sophia Vida

Time is just flying by and Halloween is almost here. I saw a spooky house on Pinterest that inspired me to paint this one in my little 5.5″ x 8″ watercolor art journal. This was a fun piece to do while watching TV.

I started with a pencil sketch and then outlined it with a Sakura Micron Pen 03. The next step was to color it in with the Kimberly watercolor pencils. I used Niji Waterbrushes to activate the colors. Once it was dry I added accents with Sakura Gelly Roll pens and of course my all time favorite, Stickles. Last I accented the cat with Ranger Glossy Accents and Voila! I had a new painting in my journal!

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy!!

 

For this Project you will need:

  • Sakura Micron Pen #03
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  • Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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  • Strathmore Visual Journal, Watercolor Cold Press 140 lb Paper, 5.5″ x 8″
  • Niji Waterbrush – Small and Medium
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  • Stardust Stickles
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Paper towels

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