Your Story is Unique Watercolor


 Your Story is Unique Watercolor 
Created by Sophia Vida

This is another project that I made in Life Book 2018 with the help of a very talented artist, Katrina Koltes.

Since this painting is a part of Life Book 2018, I can’t go into detail on how she was made. I must say however, I’ve done lots of whimsical style faces and the thought of doing a more realistic one was quite intimidating. But to my surprise, I think I actually pulled it off!

Katrina Koltes is such a wonderfully talented teacher and artist. I love her dream like style of painting and can’t wait to learn more from her. Visit Katrina’s site at  katrinakoltes.com.

For more information on Life Book 2018 visit: Willowing.org

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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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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Additional photos for you to enjoy:

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