All Heart Whimsical Girl Mixed Media


  All Heart Whimsical Girl Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

Here’s my latest girl, Heart. I made her using the same methods as the others. The hearts and flowers were made with watercolor paper, paints and a little sea salt to give them that unique look. I sprayed them with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist for a little shimmer and once that was dry I punched and adhered them to my painting.

Her colors are bold and bright which is what I love about these paints. I painted her on a 9″ x 12″ 140lb block of watercolor paper. I’m finding that the blocks of paper don’t buckle like loose sheets do. They are more expensive but definitely worth it.

In case you missed my other whimsical girls just check my previous posts.

Thanks for stopping by!

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

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Valentine’s Day Cards Mixed Media


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“Valentine’s Day Cards – Mixed Media”
Created by Sophia Vida

 

I was inspired by a pin I saw on Pinterest so I started this project with a watercolor wash on a 9″ x 12″ piece of 140 lb, cold press watercolor paper. Once that was dry, I added more color by distressing different areas with Distress Inks in Fired Brick, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade. Next, I used a stencil with Walnut Distress Ink. I also stamped several Valentine’s images with Memento Rich Cocoa Dye Ink.

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I let everything dry well and traced a few different sized hearts onto my paper with a Dark Brown Sharpie Marker. I wanted the hearts to be semi-transparent so I painted them with FolkArt Metallic White Pearl Paint mixed with FolkArt Floating Medium. I used this same technique with the leaves in my journal that I blogged about here: Mixed Media Art Journal – Take 4. Then I added highlights and trimmed off the top edge from the spiral pad and cut the remaining paper into 4 equal parts.

 

For the next step, I created tags on the computer that I punched and distressed. I had bought these small 1.75″ red satin hearts on clearance last year and was thrilled to put them to good use.

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I adhered my watercolor backgrounds to 4 cards measuring 4.5″ x 6.25″. The last step was to glue the tags and hearts to the fronts of the cards and  Voila! I had 4 unique Valentine’s Day Cards!

Enjoy!

Supplies Use:

  • Strathmore 9″ x 12″ Watercolor Paper, 140 lb, Cold Press
  • Assorted Watercolor Paints: Fuchsia, Yellow, Red, Orange
  • Distress Inks: Fired Brick, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Walnut
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Dye Ink
  • FolkArt Metallic White Pearl Paint
  • FolkArt Floating Medium
  • Dark Brown Sharpie Fine Point Marker
  • Assorted Valentine’s Day Rubber Stamps
  • Stencil of your choice
  • Tag Punch
  • 4 Red Satin Hearts – 1.75″
  • 4 Pre-made Cards with envelopes: 4.5″ x 6.25″
  • Dry Adhesive
  • Watercolor brush

Cricut Love Valentine Plate


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“Cricut Love Valentine Plate”
Created by Sophia Vida

I found this glittery heart fabric at Joann’s and just couldn’t pass it up. I bought a half yard and I decided to make a decoupage dish for Valentine’s Day which turned out really cute. I like to fill it Dove Chocolates or some other type of sweet treat.  Since it is a decoupage dish, you shouldn’t immerse it in water. To clean the surface, I use a damp cloth.

For the center love, I used my Cricut Sweethearts Cartridge and cut it on white cardstock using <Shift> Love, 2.5.” You don’t need a Cricut to make this dish, any image or photo will do. Once I cut my sentiment, I outlined the edges of the letters with a gold pen and cut 1″ squares of the fabric.

Using the gloss Mod Podge, I adhered the Love sentiment to the backside of the glass plate. Then I began gluing the fabric to the plate with the Mod Podge. Once I covered the entire plate, I gave the backside of the plate an extra 2 coats of Mode Podge to seal it. Just make sure to it dry in between coats. And Voila! You have a really cute Valentine Dish to display your sweet treats!

Note: If you are using fabric that tends to fray when cut, prep the fabric with a coat of Fabric Mod Podge and let it dry. This will keep it from fraying.

Enjoy!

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Supplies Used:

  • 7.5″ Square Glass Plate
  • Cricut Sweethearts Cartridge: <Shift> Love, 2.5″
  • White Card Stock
  • Gold Metallic Pen
  • Red Valentine’s Day Fabric (enough to cover your dish)
  • Gloss Mod Podge
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  • Fabric Mod Podge (if needed)
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  • Small Foam Brush

Find the Magic in your Heart Mixed Media


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“Find the Magic in your Heart” Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

I created this piece for the Readers Challenge in Somerset Studios. The rules were to create mixed media art in black and white with a little color, if so desired. Although my submission didn’t make it in the magazine, I had a lot of fun creating this piece and wanted to share it with you.

I love black and white. It’s a classic and beautiful color combination. I’m always in awe of artists who create gorgeous art with these two colors. But for me, this was quite a challenge since I love lots of color. It definitely took me out of my comfort zone, but in a good way.

For this Project you will need:

– 8 x 10″ Canvas
– Golden Fiber Paste
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– Stencil of your choice
– Palette Knife
– Washi Tape
– Scrap paper
– Cardstock – Black
– White tissue paper
– Script Stamp
– Black Chiffon 18″ x 2″
– Staz On Ink – Black
– Distress Ink – Black Soot
– White Acrylic Paint
– Fine Paint Brush
– Paper Clay
– Stickles
– Sharpie Metallic Silver Pen
– Silver Square Jewelry Embellishments
– Heart Shaped Punches – Medium and Small
– Matte Mod Podge
– Black Floss
– Needle
– Stylus with small point
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– Gesso
– Small sponge applicator
– Clean water and paper towels

  1. Adhere torn pieces of paper and washi tape to 8” x 10” canvas.
  2. Using fiber paste and a palette knife, add stencils to your canvas. Let dry.
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  3. Using a script stamp and Staz On Black Ink, stamp images on your canvas.
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  4. For more texture apply torn pieces of white tissue paper to your canvas. Partially cover some of the stenciled and stamped images. Let dry.
  5.  Apply a thin wash of Gesso over parts of your canvas, making sure not to completely cover the background.
  6. Distress edges of canvas with Black Soot Distress ink. Let dry.
  7. Using a black Gelato, make a wash and distress parts of your canvas. Let dry.
  8. Seal canvas with a coat of Matte Mod Podge.
  9. Cut an 18” x 2” strip of chiffon, wrap it around the canvas and tie a bow, cut off excess. Add fabric flower.
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  10. Adhere embellishments and sentiment to your canvas.
  11. Create a 3” heart from paper clay. Smooth over rough edges with your finger and a little water. Stamp a design on the front. Add holes around the edges. Roll the right side of the heart down. Let air dry according to manufacturer instructions.
  12. Distress the heart with Black Soot Distress Ink.
  13. Punch out large and small hearts from brightly colored cardstock, distress edges with Black Soot Ink and add highlights. Adhere to your canvas, just behind where the paper clay heart will go.
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  14. Using black floss, sew the heart onto the canvas.
  15. Finish by accenting your embellishments and canvas with stickles. Let dry and Voila! You have a beautiful work of art!!

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Love Altered Book – Take 2


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“Love Altered Book – Take 2”
Created by Sophia Vida

I wanted to share with you a couple more pages I created in my Love Altered Book. This is a work in progress and you can see my first pages here: https://just4crafters.wordpress.com/2015/01/25/love-altered-book/

I’m really enjoying this creative process and will post more pages as I go.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Love Altered Book


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“Love Altered Book”
Created by Sophia Vida

I bought the “Somerset in Love” magazine from Stampington. I was thrilled when it arrived. It was packed full of romantic altered books created by various artists. It was simply beautiful.

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Inspired by their work I decided I would give it a try so I set out to my local craft store and purchased an inexpensive board book. To prep the book I sanded each page to remove the glossy finish so my paints and finishes would stick better. Next I applied 2 coats of gesso to each page. Once this was dry I was ready to start my new adventure.

I painted these two pages in white paint and distressed them with Tea Dye ink. I added faux stitching to the edges with a gold metallic sharpie pen. Next I added heart-shaped stamps to each page using acrylic paint.

While the paint was drying I printed 2 vintage images from my computer on heavy cardstock and cut them out. I glued one of the images onto a square of pink fabric. The other was glued onto paper heart doilies which I had on hand from Wilton Cake decorating. I painted the edges and center of the white heart doily with pink and red acrylic paint so it would stand out from the background more.

I found an extra clay heart I had made from a previous Valentine card and added that to one of my pages along with other ephemera that I had in my supply stash. Last but not least, I added a little bling with Stardust Stickles and Voila! I had two fun pages in my new Love Book.

Hope you enjoy creating your own altered book!

Supplies used for the project:

– Inexpensive Board Book
– Sandpaper
– Gesso
– Acrylic Paint: White, Red, Pink, Purple
– Assorted Heart Stamps
– Tea Dye Distress Ink
– Sharpie Gold Metallic Marker
– Paint Brush
– Assorted Valentine/Love Ephemera
– 2 Vintage Valentine Prints
– Aleenes Tacky Glue

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Love Is In The Air Mixed Media


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“Love is in the air” Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

I saw an article in the Somerset Workshop Magazine where the artist created clay pieces that were stitched onto the canvas. I thought that was a really fun idea and couldn’t wait to give it a try. I found a set of really cute cookie cutters by Wilton Cake decorating at my craft store and used those for the heart balloons.

Normally I work with Fimo Polymer Clay but I wanted to try something a little different so I used the Crayola Air Dry clay instead. I found a package where they gave you small individual packets of clay which were perfect since I only needed a small amount for this piece.

I had to improvise with the stitching a bit. The smaller canvases available in my craft store had a large wooden border on the back. This wasn’t quite what I was looking for because I wanted to stitch several hearts and didn’t want to clump them all together in the center of the canvas. So I stitched the hearts first with the floss, glued them in place and then stitched parts of them onto the canvas. This ended up working very well.

For this Project you will need:

– Golden Fiber Paste
Golden Fiber Paste
– Stencil of your choice
– Palette Knife
– Matte Mod Podge
– Faber Castell Pitt Pen
– Acrylic Paints: Turquoise, Medium Blue, Navy Blue, Gloss Red
– Crayola Model Magic .5 oz White – 6 ct
– Heart shaped cookie cutters
– White Floss
– Needle
– Stylus with small point
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– 8″ x 8″ canvas panel
– Gesso
– Small sponge applicator
– Clean water and paper towels

  1. Apply a coat of gesso to your canvas with the sponge applicator and let dry.
  2. Roll out your clay on a clean surface. Using your heart-shaped cookie cutters make 3 large and 2 small hearts. While the clay is still soft, make holes around the edges for the stitching. I used a stylus with a small pointy tip (you can also use a toothpick or skewer). Let dry according to package directions.
  3. Paint your canvas medium blue. Let dry.
  4. Mix a little navy blue paint with the fiber paste. Using a palette knife apply to left side of canvas. Mix a little turquoise blue paint with the fiber paste. Again using the palette knife apply to left and bottom sides of your canvas. You can also use a stencil and apply a little to the right top corner. Let dry. Note: Don’t apply a lot of fiber paste to the center and right side of your canvas. Otherwise your sentiment and hearts will not lay flat and it will be much harder to pierce the canvas when you are stitching the hearts in place.
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  5. Paint your hearts with gloss red. Use 2-3 coats for good coverage. Allow to dry between coats.
  6. Now to put it all together. If your canvas has a smaller, thin frame go to Step 7. However, if your canvas has a wide wood frame as shown below, stitch your hearts with the floss first.  Make sure to leave about an 8″ piece of floss at the very bottom to tie off your balloons. Glue the hearts into place and move to Step 8. Note: A few stitches on each side of the hearts will do.

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  7. Smaller Frame Canvases: Glue your hearts into place with the tacky glue. Then stitch your entire heart onto the canvas. Make sure to leave about an 8″ piece of floss at the very bottom to tie off your balloons.
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  8. From your computer print the sentiment “Love is in the air” using the Harrington Font size 28. Using the Pitt pen draw boxes around each word and cut out. Glue your sentiment to the right side of the canvas using the Mod Podge.
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  9. Cut a 6″ piece of floss. Wrap it around your balloon strings and tie it off with a bow. Trim as needed. Adhere the back of the bow to the canvas. Pull your balloon strings and tape them underneath your canvas until the glue has dried. Then remove the tape, trim the strings in different lengths. Voila!! You have a beautiful Mixed Media Work of Art!!
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