Reflect What You Desire Journal Pages


 Reflect What You Desire Journal Pages
Created by Sophia Vida

I moving along slowly but surely. This is the latest journal pages I finished for the third lesson in She Blooms in Ink with Tamara Laporte at Willowing.org. This was a total side profile which was tough, but she came out fairly descent. Love the bright spring colors on this one. As always, I had lots and lots of fund creating her!

As with my last post, I can’t go into great detail on how she was made but I used my   large 11″ x 14″ Strathmore Watercolor Journal. My quote for this one was “Reflect what you Desire.” I hope you’ll join me as I continue on my Journaling Adventure! I’m also working on a Valentine’s Day painting in between my two online classes. I’m hoping to get it done in the next few days. So stay tuned!

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Believe in the Magic Journal Pages


 Believe in the Magic Journal Pages
Created by Sophia Vida

I finally completed the second lesson in She Blooms in Ink with Tamara Laporte at Willowing.org. Doing a girl looking off to the side was a bit harder than I initially thought. It took me a lot longer to finish her, but it was lots of fun!

The colors never seem to come out the way I want even though I have a color chart I created. But they really do pop! This online class is so much fun and I am very much looking forward to the next lesson.

As with my last post, I can’t go into great detail on how she was made but I used my   large 11″ x 14″ Strathmore Watercolor Journal. My quote for this one was “Believe in the Magic.” I hope you’ll join me next week as I continue on my Journaling Adventure!

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Courage Journal Pages


 Courage Journal Pages
Created by Sophia Vida

Not sure if you had a chance to read my last post, Great Journey Journal Pages where I shared art created with the help of Tamara Laporte, a very talented mixed media artist at Willowing.org.

I have since enrolled in her new online course, She Blooms in Ink. I couldn’t wait for it go live December 1st. I created this beautiful girl in her class using a Strathmore Watercolor Journal measuring 11″ x 14″ which is the biggest I’ve done yet. My girls are usually on a 9″ x 12″ single page spread. This one was even larger and a double page spread to boot. It was a pretty intimidating looking at this large area I had to cover. But once I got started, I couldn’t stop. My quote for this one was “Courage. Be brave, follow your  ♥, live your dream.”

As with my last post, I can’t go into detail with how she was created but I can say without a doubt, this is an awesome course!!! I’m really loving it and can’t wait for the next project to be posted this week.

I highly, highly recommend you check out her blog and this course using the links above.

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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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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.

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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!