Sun Zentangle


“Sun Zentangle”
Created by Sophia Vida

This is a fun and easy project to do. Zentangling is a great way to relieve stress by creating repeating patterns. Plus painting is also a great stress reliever and gives it that pop of color!

For this Project you will need:

– Sakura Micron Pens in varying sizes
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– Ecoline Liquid Watercolor or any other Watercolor Paints you have on hand
– Colored Pencils
– Watercolor Cold Press 140 lb Paper, 8″ x 8″ square
– Niji Waterbrush – Medium
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– Glitter Paint
– Paper towels

Instructions:

  1. Start by cutting a piece of 8″ x 8″ watercolor paper.
  2. Lightly draw two lines in the middle vertically and horizontally. Next lightly draw lines diagonally from corners to corners.
  3. The middle of the paper is where all the lines intersect. Using your compass, draw a 3.25″ circle. Keeping your compass in the middle extend it outward and draw another circle approximately 4″ in  size. This will give you the ring around her face.
  4. Using a ruler draw your rays. The lines you drew in Step 2 will be in the center of each ray which measures 1.5″ at the base of the sun. The rays at the 3, 6, 9 and 12 positions measure 1″ across the top at the edge of the paper.  The corner rays should have their points meet in the corners.
  5. Once you like your basic design, gently erase the intersecting guide lines.
  6. Using a blue watercolor paint, paint the areas in between the rays. Let dry.
  7. Using a bright yellow watercolor paint, paint the sun and the rays. While the paint is still wet, add a little orange watercolor to the base of the rays and let the colors mix. Paint the outer circle of the sun orange and allow the orange to run into the edge of the inner circle of the sun. Let dry.
  8. Once your paint has completely dried, you can start by outlining your sun with a Micron #05 pen.
  9. Using a Micron #03 pen, draw your zentangle patterns in the sun rays and outer ring. You can fill all of the rays with patterns or just the ones in the 3, 6, 9 and 12 positions. The choice is yours. Be creative.
  10. Using a pencil, lightly sketch in her face. Once your happy with the result, use the Micron #01 pen to draw it in. Draw the eyelashes with the Micron #005 pen.
  11. Paint her lips with a pink/reddish watercolor paint and let dry. Give her a little blush on the cheeks and highlight her eyes with paint.
  12. Using a colored pencil add shading around her face and edges of the rings. I used an orange pencil on the edges of her face. I then used a sketching pencil around the rings and on her face for shading.
  13. Once your satisfied with your sun, paint a few of the rays with Glitter Paint for a little bling and Voila! You have a one of a kind Zentangle Sun!

Hope you enjoyed!

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Island Girl Whimsical Mixed Media


 

Island Girl Whimsical Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

Hi all! I’ve been out for the past couple of months with sciatica. I couldn’t even tell you what I did to cause it. But all of a sudden, there it was. All I can say is it was very unpleasant but I’m finally getting better. Yay!!! This was my first day back in the studio to finish Island Girl which I started before all this happened.

I made this painting with liquid watercolor paints. I gave her hair and eyes a little shimmer with metallic mica paints that worked beautifully on top of the watercolors. The flowers were punched and distressed. I added stickles to the centers and carefully adhered to them painting. Last I added a little of the metallic mica to the background for a bit of bling.

In case you missed my other whimsical girls you can find them here: Flower Power Mixed MediaFeelin Blue Mixed Media,   April Mixed Media Girl, Freesia Whimsical Girl Mixed MediaButterfly Girl Mixed Media and All Heart Whimsical Girl.

Thanks for stopping by!

This original painting is available for purchase on my Etsy Shop – Color Explosion Studio: ColorExplosionStudio

 

 

Joelle Whimsical Girl Mixed Media


 

Joelle Whimsical Girl Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

I’m having an absolute blast with these liquid watercolors. They are so bright and fun. This is Joelle, my latest creation. I’ve been enjoying the beach this summer and was inspired to give her an ocean theme.

This painting was made with watercolor paints. I drew the octopus freehand on watercolor paper that I created. I then carefully cut him out, distressed the edges and adhered him to the painting.

The seahorse and jelly fish were made with rubber stamps on watercolor paper that I painted, cut and adhered to the painting. For a little bling, I added Stardust Stickles to the seaweed in the background.

In case you missed my other whimsical girls you can find them here: Flower Power Mixed MediaFeelin Blue Mixed Media,   April Mixed Media Girl, Freesia Whimsical Girl Mixed Media, and Butterfly Girl Mixed Media.

Thanks for stopping by!

This original painting is available for purchase on my Etsy Shop – Color Explosion Studio: ColorExplosionStudio

 

Celebrate Everyday Mixed Media


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“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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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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– 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 🙂

Enjoy!

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


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 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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