True Love Whimsical Mixed Media Village


    “True Love” Whimsical Mixed Media Village
Created by Sophia Vida

I’m such a big fan of these fun little whimsical villages. For this project I used papers from a 2-sided paper Valentine Collection by K&Company called Circus Valentine. You can use a pad where all the guess work of combing different sheets is done for you. Or if you’re feeling bold and adventurous, you can select sheets from the open stock racks at your local craft store. For this village is used 7 different patterned sheets from the pad and 2 plain from my stash.

I started this project by coating a 9″ x 12″ canvas with gesso. Once dry I painted the background light and hot pink. Make sure to have the paint wrap around the canvas edges. While the paint was drying I planned my village by designing the houses. All the roof tops and houses are curved and slanted making whimsical.

Once I was happy with my layout, I glued the houses onto the canvas using Aleene’s Tacky Glue. I punched windows and doors from pink and white glitter cardstock and then glued those into place. I outlined the doors and windows with the Micron #03 pen and a Deco Color Glitter Paint Markers. Then I added a few highlights to the windows with a Glitter Blue Sakura Gelly Roll Pen.

I had a little too much open space at the top of the canvas, so I decided to add a few clouds with white acrylic paint. Once the paint was dry, I outlined the clouds with a Sakura Micron #03 pen.

I added a handful of valentine stickers to the canvas that I had in my supply stash. Using a purple gelato, I added shading to the village where needed. I also added a few doodles and outlines using the Micron #03 Pen. For a little bling, I added rhinestones for the door knobs and hearts from the chimney. Last I coated the canvas with gloss varnish to seal it and let it dry. And Voila! I had a unique whimsical mixed media Village!

Enjoy creating your own whimsical village!!

Thanks for stopping by.

Supplies used in this Project:
– 9″ x 12″ canvas panel
– K&Company Circus Valentine Stack (or any other coordinating papers – 9 in total)
– Gesso
– Liquitex Gloss Varnish
– Matte Mod Podge
– Faber Castell Pitt Pen or Sharpie Fine Point Pen
– Acrylic Paints: Pink, Hot Pink, White
– 1/2″ Flat Paint Brush
– Purple Gelato
– Valentine Stickers
– Rhinestones
– Sakura Micron Pen #03
– Glitter Blue Sakura Gelly Roll Pen
– Deco Color Glitter Paint Pens: Pink, Purple
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– Clean water and paper towels

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Bear of Compassion Mixed Media Journal Page


Bear of Compassion Mixed Media Journal Page for Life Book 2018
Created by Sophia Vida

This is a short little post today. I’ve been hopping around Life Book 2018 which is hosted by Tamara Laporte because as usual, life got in the way and I’m behind on the weekly courses. But no worries, it’s all good! There’s no time limit or rush. Yay!

This project was part of week 2. I made this cute little Bear of Compassion that has all the love in the world to give when you need it most! Because this is a part of Life Book, I can’t go into detail on how she was made but I wanted to share her with you. The design is a bit different from the original project but this is what resonated with me.

Tamara Laporte is such a talented artist and I love creating in her classes. If you haven’t signed up for Life Book 2018, I highly recommend it! Hop on over to Tamara’s blog and check it out: Willowing.org

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy!!

 

 

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Published in Just Cards Volume 50 – Summer 2018


Published in Just Cards Volume 50 – Summer 2018

I’m so excited to share some really fabulous news with you! I was published in “Just Cards” Magazine, Volume 50, Summer 2018. I created a Valentine’s Day Card called “With Love.” This was a mixed media card made with my favorite medium, watercolors. The complete instructions and photo can be found on page 95.

It is such a great honor to have my card in this magazine. I’m totally thrilled!!! A big thank you to the Editor for including my work in this issue.

Make sure to stop by your local bookstore and check it out!

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Be Mine Mixed Media Canvas


 Be Mine Mixed Media Canvas
(created by Sophia Vida)

I bought the book, “Painting for the Soul” by Isabelle Zacher-Finet. It’s a wonderful book full of inspiration that I love. One of the projects in the book is a heart canvas similar to the one I made. You can see a glimpse of it on the cover below.

I started by picking out my main colors fuchsia, blue, red, purple and yellow. I painted random blocks of color with the acrylic paints on a 19.5″ x 16″ canvas.

It still looked a little plain so I dipped the end of the center of a paper towel holder in yellow paint and stamped circles onto the canvas. I also randomly added a few streaks of light pink and lavender paint and let it dry. Next, I drew the hearts and painted the surrounding area with white paint and let it dry.

I used a Black Posca Pen to write a few Valentine sentiments on the canvas. I highlighted the hearts and some of the words with a Gold Marvy Metallic Marker. I distressed the edges of the canvas with Dark Purple Gelato. I added a little shading to the hearts with a watered down Gray Gelato. Last I added dots around each of the hearts with Blue, Red, Pink and Purple Stickles and Voila! I had a fun Valentine Canvas!

Hope you enjoy!

Supplies used:

– 19.5″ x 16″ Canvas Panel
– Assorted Acrylic Paints: Fuchsia, Blue, Red, Purple, Yellow, Pink, Lavender, White
– Gelatos: Dark Purple, Gray
– Black Posca Pen
– Marvy Metallic Pen – Gold
– Stickles: Blue, Red, Pink, Purple
– #10 Acrylic Brush
– Center from Paper Towel Roll (or any other circular item you have)
– Plastic Coated Paper Plate (for mixing colors)
– Paper Towels
– Container with clean water to rinse brushes

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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.

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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