Great Things Journal Pages


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Great Things Journal Pages
Created by Sophia Vida

Cloth Paper Scissors was having a Reader Challenge to create jaw dropping journal pages. Although I wasn’t chosen it was lots of fun creating them in my 5.5″ x 8″ Strathmore Mixed Media Journal.

I started coating the pages with Gesso. Next I adhered punched butterflies to the background from pages of an old book and sheet music using Matte Medium.

I sprayed a small amount of blue and green Dylusions inks into small paper cups and painted the background. I really love how bright and vivid these inks are. They really make your pages pop!

I then used fiber paste with a palette knife and stencil in the top right and left corner of the pages. After the paste dried I painted them with white acrylic paint and rubbed off the excess with a tissue. I also distress the outside edges of the pages with Ranger Black Soot.

I designed my mail box by cutting a 9″ x 3″ rectangle from bright yellow cardstock. To get the ends nice and round, I used a circle stencil and cut them out. Next I folded this piece in half and inserted a brad on the right side that said “I’m cute.”  This will become the front of the mail box.

On the back of the mailbox I created a small hole about 1/2″ down from the edge and inserted a 5″ piece of bakers twine. This would keep the mail box closed when wrapped around the brad. Then I created a 2″ mailbox flag from red cardstock and set both these pieces aside.

For the image I used a photo of my cocker spaniel puppy when she was about 10 weeks old. She was adorably cute and still is!  I glued the image inside the mail box and added shading with a sketch pencil. It still needed a little something, so I found 4 paper flowers in my stash and glued those above my pup.

For the base of the mail box I cut a 1.25″ x 2″ rectangle from the same yellow cardstock. I notched the top corners and glued this piece into the bottom center of my journal on the right page. Next I glued my mailbox and flag onto my page making sure to slightly overlap the box and the base. I then added a little shading to the outside of the mail box and base with a sketch pencil.

I punched a few flowers from different shades of pink cardstock. I distressed the edges and added stickles to the centers. Next, I glued the flowers into my journal. I used a colored pencil to draw stems and leaves.

For a little extra pizazz I punched a few colorful butterflies from paper I had previously created and glued them into the journal. The last step was to print a sentiment from my computer, cut it out and adhere it to the left page of the journal. I outlined the sentiment with a black Micron pen.

And Voila! I had a cute journal layout with a an opening mail box!

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Supplies used:

– 5″ x 8.5″ Art Journal
– Gesso
– Assorted butterfly punches
– Pages from an old book and/or sheet music
– Matte Medium
– Dylusion Inks: Blue, Green
– Small paper cups and a paint brush
– Fiber Paste
– Stencil of your choice
– Palette knife
– White Acrylic Paint
– Tissues
– Ranger Distress Ink – Black Soot
– Cardstock: Yellow, Red, Pink, Fuschia
– Sketch Pencil
– 3″ wide image for inside your mailbox
– Bakers Twine
– Brad
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– Flower Punch
– Green Colored Pencils
– Handmade Paper or Cardstock
– Computer Printed Sentiment
– Scissors
– 3″ Circle Stencil
– Stardust Stickles

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Rainbow Mermaid Mixed Media


 Rainbow Mermaid Mixed Media 
Created by Sophia Vida

Another quickie post today. I was finally able to finish the Rainbow Mermaid which is a course offered by Tamara Laporte at Willowing.org.

Since this mermaid is part of her online lesson, I can’t go into detail on how she was made but I can tell you it was all sorts of fun learning new techniques! This mermaid is very vivid and brightly painted. I was excited to use some of the new supplies I picked up at the Scrap Booking Expo this past April. I will tell you though, the dots are Purple Stickles. I couldn’t resist the bling, bling, lol.

Tamara Laporte is a super talented artist who I can’t say enough about. Love her work and her online course. Tons of fun! So make sure to hop over to her blog and check it out: Willowing.org

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy!!

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Walk towards the Sunshine Journal Page


“Walk Towards the Sunshine Journal Page”
Created by Sophia Vida

Just a quickie post to share another page I created in Life Book 2018. This was taught by a Andrea Gomoll from Germany. She is a very talented mixed media artist. You can find out more about her on her blog at andrea-gomoll.de.

I can’t go into detail on how this was made because it’s a part of Life Book 2018. But I will say I had lots of fun learning new techniques from Andrea!

If you’re interested in signing up for the Life Book class, it’s still open. Just visit Lifebook 2018.

I hope you enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Inspire Yourself Journal Pages


 Inspire Yourself Journal Pages
Created by Sophia Vida

I wanted to share with you a fun and whimsical girl I created in my 8.5″ x 11″ art journal. I started by creating layers with printed tissue papers and other ephemera I had on hand. Once this was dry, I applied a clear coat of gesso and let that dry completely.

Next, I lightly sketched my fun and whimsical girl. I wanted the colors to really jump off the pages, so I painted her hair with a neon pink acrylic paint and the background in a bright turquoise blue. I painted her face with a combination of watercolor and acrylic paints in flesh tones. I added shading with water colors, sketch pencils and colored pencils.

I recently purchased a set of stencils from Faber Castel. I chose to use “Inspire Yourself” for this layout and outlined the stencil with a Sakura Micron Pen. I then colored the letters in with a black Posca Pen. I added a few stamped flower images and highlights with a white Posca pen and white pearl metallic paint in her hair. She wouldn’t be complete without a little bling, so I added Stardust Stickles to the centers of the flowers. And Voila! I had created a beautiful fun and whimsical girl in my journal.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy!!

 

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Bird Fairy Art Journal


“Bird Fairy Art Journal”
Created by Sophia Vida

I enjoyed making my last fairy so much that I wanted to make another one. Working with smaller faces is definitely more of challenge, but tons of fun! I started by drawing a light pencil sketch in my 5.5″ x 8″ Strathmore Watercolor Art Journal.

Once I was happy with the sketch, I colored the background using watercolor pencils. But to activate the colors this time, I used a round watercolor brush with water instead of the Niji Brushes. I have to say, for this painting, I liked using the brush and water instead because it was a heavier, color saturated background than the last and the brush and water made it easier.

Once the background was dry I began coloring in my fairy with watercolor pencils. I added more color where needed and let it dry. Next I outlined her with Sakura Micron 01 and 005 pens. I added shading with watercolors and a sketch pencil. I added more detail to the fairy using different Prismacolor Pencils.

I wanted the wand to give off a little glow, so I painted around the star with white metallic acrylic paint. I used a white Posca Pen for highlights. And of course, she wouldn’t be complete with Stardust Stickles. And Voila! I had a cute little fairy in my journal.

Hope this inspires you!

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For this Project you will need:

– Sakura Micron Pens #01 and #005
– Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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– Inktense Pencils

– Sketch Pencil
-Prismacolor Pencils

– White Posca Pen
– White Metallic Acrylic Paint
– Strathmore Water Color Visual Journal 5.5″ x 8″
– Princeton Round 6 Watercolor Brush
– Stickles – Star Dust
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– Water and Paper towels

 

Love Fairy Art Journal


“Love Fairy Art Journal”
Created by Sophia Vida

I needed a quick unwind so I made this beautiful little fairy in my 5.5″ x 8″ Strathmore Watercolor Art Journal. I started with a light pencil sketch that I painted with watercolor pencils and a Niji water brush. Once the paint was dry, I added highlights with a white Posca Pen. I used a sketch pencil for shading and softened it a bit with a blending stomp.

I wanted to add a little bling, so I gave her a crown of jewels that I accented with Stardust Stickles. Last I outlined my fairy with Sakura Micron Pens #01 and #005.

I painted the background with a very light wash of the same colors I used for the fairy. But it still needed more, so I added a blue aura around her. And Voila! I had a lovely little love fairy in my journal!

Hope this inspires you!

Thanks for stopping by!

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For this Project you will need:

– Sakura Micron Pens #01 and #005
– Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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-Inktense Pencils

-Sketch Pencil and Blending Stomp
-White Posca Pen
– Strathmore Water Color Visual Journal 5.5″ x 8″
– Niji Waterbrush – Medium
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– Stickles – Star Dust
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– Paper towels

Tulip Art Journal


“Tulip Art Journal”
Created by Sophia Vida

I had a very busy schedule the other day but really wanted, no needed to create some art. So I made this quick journal page that was lots of fun and satisfying for my artsy side.

I started by sketching the tulips in pencil and then outlined them with a Sakura Micron #03 pen. I added a little shading and fine details with a Sakura Micron #01 pen. I also thickened the lines where needed with the #03.

Next I colored the sketch with a combination of Inktense and Kimberly Watercolor Pencils. I activated the paints using a Niji waterbrush. You just have to make sure to clean your brush on a folded paper towel when switching colors.

Once my painting was dry, I added two butterfly stamps and a little more detailing. Then I added a few highlights with a white Posca Pen. Last I gave it a little bling with Stardust Stickles and Voila! I created a fun page in my art journal!

Hope you enjoy creating yours!

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For this Project you will need:

– Sakura Micron Pens #01 and #03
– Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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-Inktense Pencils

-Staz On Black Ink Pad
-White Posca Pen
– Stamp of your choice like a butterfly, dragonfly, small bird etc.
– Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal 5.5″ x 8″
– Niji Waterbrush – Medium
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– Stickles – Star Dust
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– Paper towels

Peace of Mind Journal Page


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“Peace of Mind Journal Page”
Created by Sophia Vida

Just a quickie post to share a page I created in Life Book 2018. This was taught by a very talented mixed media artist, Andrea Gommoll from Germany. You can find out more about her on her blog at andrea-gomoll.de.

Since this was a part of Life Book 2018, I can’t go into detail on how this was made but I can say it was lots of fun learning new techniques.

If you’re interested in signing up for the Life Book class, it’s not too late. Just visit Lifebook 2018.

I hope you enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Zen Whimsical Girl Mixed Media


Zen Whimsical Girl Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

Just a quick post to share my latest whimsical girl with you. She was lots of fun to create with my Ecoline Liquid watercolors. When I create one of these painting starting with the hair, I’m never sure who she will be. I’m literally creating as I go and have no idea as to where I’ll end up. Sometimes, that in itself is the greatest art adventure!

After her hair was completely dry, I lightly drew in her face with a pencil.  And when I was happy with the sketch, I used a mixture of watercolor crayons, markers and pencils to finish it off.

Next I added a little color to the background and let it dry. Then I added a few Zen doodles in her hair and to the corners of the page. She needed some bling, so I gave her glittery highlights in her hair with Stardust Stickles. I love how the Stickles pick up the color you put them on. They’re so awesome! And Voila! I had a beautiful, one of a kind Zen Girl.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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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!

Thanks so much for stopping by!