Mixed Media Poppies


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.


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!

Celebrate Everyday Mixed Media



“Celebrate Everyday” Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

I created this piece from a project I saw in “Mixed Media Masterpieces with Jenny & Aaron.” This is such a wonderful book I saw in Michaels and just had to have it. It’s filled with retro style, fun, whimsical art that I just love.

The authors Jenny Heid and Aaron Nieradka did a fabulous job with their step by step photo tutorials for each of the projects. Although I didn’t have the exact supplies on hand, I improvised with what I had in my stash and this is my version of it. It was so much fun to create and I highly recommend this book!!!

For more information on Jenny Heid and Aaron Nieradka you can visit their blog at: http://everyday-is-a-holiday.blogspot.com/

Also, if you want to get a glimpse inside of the book, you can check it out on Amazon.com and here is the link: Amazon.com – Mixed Media Masterpieces by Jenny and Aaron.

Mixed Media Masterpieces Front Cover     Mixed Media Masterpieces Backcover


Additional photos for you to enjoy:

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Thanks for stopping by!!

Attitude is Everything Mixed Media

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“Attitude is Everything” Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

This was such a fun piece to make with lots of bright and bold colors. I started by creating layers of torn papers, paints and fabric on an 8″ x 10″ canvas. I stamped a heart border around the canvas and once it was dry, I distressed the edges with Tea Dye ink. I made the banner using a heart-shaped punch. I outlined the hearts with Stickles and added a few highlights with a Marvy White Gel Pen.

Attitude is Everything Mixed Media (2) Heart

The birds were made using the same collage techniques as on my previous post “Sing your Own Song. I drew the birds on a manila folder and collaged them with torn pieces of paper, doing my best to stay within the lines. Once I fully covered the birds, I cut them out and adhered them to my canvas and drew their legs with a Sharpie marker. I added wings and outlined them with Sakura Gelly Roll Pens. Last I outlined the birds with dark purple Stickles.

Attitude is Everything Mixed Media (2) Bird

Next, I painted grass at the bottom of the canvas with assorted green and white acrylic paints. I glued a few paper flowers in the grass and added rhinestones to the centers for a little bling. I then added highlights and detailing to the canvas where needed.

Attitude is Everything Mixed Media (2) Flowers

I love this quote by Khalil Gibran which really says it all….. “Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as the attitude you bring to life.” I printed the quote from my computer, cut it out, distressed the edges and adhered it to my canvas and that was pretty much it!

Attitude is Everything Mixed Media Sentiment

Hope you enjoy!





Dare to be Different Art Journal

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“Dare to be Different Art Journal”
Created by Sophia Vida

For this Project you will need:

– Sakura Micron Pens in varying sizes
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– Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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– Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
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– Strathmore 400 Series, Watercolor Cold Press 140 lb Paper, 6″ x 12″
– Niji Waterbrush – Medium


– Stardust Stickles
– Paper towels

It’s always a challenge to create art in this journal because of the unusual long rectangular size. I took my journal and basic supplies to the beach. I sat under a nice shaded umbrella and stared at the blank canvas while listening to the waves, gently roll up on shore. There was a breeze going which was really nice on such a hot day.

I love birds and thought it would be fun to create a whimsical sketch with these little guys. I sketched in my design and colored it with the Kimberly Watercolor Pencils. I used the Niji Waterbrush to activate the colors.

Since it was a scorcher of a day, I laid my wet painting in the sun for a few minutes. Once it was dry, I outlined it with the Sakura Micron Pen #03. When I got back home I added a few highlights with my Sakura Gelly Roll pens, Star Dust Stickles and Voila! I had a new sketch in my journal that makes me giggle. Hope it makes you giggle too 🙂


Dare to be Different Pink Bird     Dare to be Different Purple Bird

Dare to be Different Sentiment





Every Cloud has a Silver Lining Mixed Media


 Every Cloud has a Silver Lining Mixed Media
(created by Sophia Vida)

I made this piece pretty much the same way as my last mixed media post from June 4, 2015. My only problem was I really loved the colorful background and didn’t want to cover it up by painting over the negative space. So I decided to do it this way instead.

I used the Liquitex Gloss Super Heavy Gel to create texture. While it was still wet on the clouds, I sprinkled them silver glitter. I added yarn, buttons and a rhinestone on the door for even more texture. Last, I outlined the images and highlighted the roof with Liquid Pearls.

When it was finished, I couldn’t stop laughing. It reminded me of something straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. I would have to say this is one of the most whimsical pieces I’ve ever created and it was just silly fun.

Give it whirl and see what your imagination can create!

Supplies used:

– 12″ x 16″ Canvas Panel
– Assorted Acrylic Paints
– Oil Pastels
– Crayons
– Liquitex Gloss Super – Heavy Gel
– Ranger Liquid Pearls – Onyx and Light Blue
– Round #5 Brush
– Palette Knife
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– Spray Bottle of Water
– Plastic Coated Paper Plate (for mixing colors)
– Paper Towels
– Container with clean water to rinse brushes

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DSC_0013EveryCloudHasASilverLiningTree     DSC_0016EveryCloudHasASilverLiningButtons

Flower Art Journal


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“Flower Art Journal”
Created by Sophia Vida

For this Project you will need:

– Sakura Micron Pens in varying sizes
sakura pens

– Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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– Strathmore 400 Series, Watercolor Cold Press 140 lb Paper, 6″ x 12″
– Niji Waterbrush – Medium


– Stardust Stickles
– Paper towels

Last summer I was fortunate enough to take a Summer Sketch class by Alisa Burke which is being offered again this summer. She is a very talented artist and I truly admire her work. I created a board on Pinterest so everyone can enjoy her art and tutorials. The summer sketch class was so much fun because she teaches you to think outside of the box and use basic things you have around the house or even in your yard to create art and simply be inspired.

I started by coloring this page with pink and purple Kimberly watercolor pencils. I left a few white spaces. I used the Niji Waterbrush to activate the colors and let it dry.

I love flowers, especially roses so I decided to fill the page with them. I used the Micron No 3, 5 and 8 pens. Some of the flowers are from my older creations but quite a few were inspired by Alisa Burke. After I filled the page, I used Stardust Stickles to add a few highlights and Voila! That was it!

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun creating your own flower art journals!

Flower Art Journal Flower1     Flower Art Journal Flower2

Flower Art Journal Flower3     Flower Art Journal Flower4

Flower Art Journal Flower5     Flower Art Journal Leaves



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


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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  15. Spray your canvas with a pink, blue and pearl Angel Mist. Let dry. Voila! You have a beautiful Mixed Media work of art!