Mixed Media Poppies


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I read an article in the Spring 2016 Zen Doodle Workshop by Angela Leclair. The colors in her art really grabbed my attention. I couldn’t stop looking at the poppies and thought I’d give it a try.

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Since this isn’t my tutorial, I don’t want to give away a lot of the details but I started by searching the internet for photos of poppies. I found 2 that I really liked and combined them into 1 sketch. I transferred the image to my watercolor paper, painted, collaged and added detailing.

I really love the bright vivid colors.  If you can get your hands on a copy of the Zen Doodle Workshop, Spring 2016 publication, I highly recommend it.  It’s filled with fun and inspiring zen art. I know Cloth Paper Scissors is still selling this issue on their website: North Light Shop/Cloth Paper Scissors.

Sadly, Cloth Paper Scissors confirmed with me they are not continuing this publication but I really wish they would. It became one of my favorites last year!

Hope this inspires you!

Watercolor Zentangle


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“Watercolor Zentangle”
Created by Sophia Vida

I have several projects going on at the same time right now. Until those are finished I thought I would share this watercolor zentangle with you. As you know I love my bright colors and whimsical designs so this was perfect for me.

I painted this in my little 5.5″ x 8″ watercolor art journal. I drew my design in pencil first and then outlined it with a Sakura Micron Pen 03. I didn’t want to go too heavy on the zentangle designs because I wanted the focus to be more on the bright colors. So I colored it with the Kimberly and Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils. I activated the paint with my Niji Waterbrushes. Once it was dry I added shading and highlights. Last I added a little bling with Stickles and Voila! I had a new painting in my journal that was simply lots of fun!

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy!!

For this Project you will need:

  • Sakura Micron Pen #03
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  • Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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  • Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils
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  • Strathmore Visual Journal, Watercolor Cold Press 140 lb Paper, 5.5″ x 8″
  • Niji Waterbrush – Small and Medium
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  • Assorted Stickles
  • Paper towels

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Rose Heart Zentangle


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“Rose Heart Zentangle”
Created by Sophia Vida

For this Project you will need:

– Sakura Micron Pens in varying sizes
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– Strathmore Mixed Media Journal 5.5″ x 8″
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Roses are such beautiful flowers and I just love them. I found a rose zentangle tutorial on Pinterest and decided to start my piece with that design in mind. You can find a lot of zentangle art and tutorials on my Pinterest Zentangle Board: http://www.pinterest.com/just4crafters/zentangle/

I started this piece by drawing a dot in each corner. Next I connected the dots with lines to create a freeform rectangle. I added a few squiggly lines inside the rectangle and continued by filling each section with a zentangle design using my No. 2, 3 and 8 micron pens. Of course, the rose heart was the first one I did.

As much as I love color, I’m going to leave this one in black and white. Although I don’t know how long I can hold out. I have a very strong urge to color it in with my watercolor pencils. But for now I’m just going to enjoy the crisp bold lines.

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun creating your own Zentangle designs!

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Be Mine Zentangle Art Journal


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“Be Mine Zentangle Art Journal”
Created by Sophia Vida

For this Project you will need:

– Sakura Micron Pens in varying sizes
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– Sakura Jelly Roll Pens in assorted colors
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– Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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– Strathmore 400 Series, Watercolor Cold Press 140 lb Paper, 6″ x 12″
– Star Dust Stickles
– Round Watercolor Brush
– Clean water and paper towels

Here’s another fun journal page. The fun part with this page is that I used coffee to paint the background. Yes, coffee. I saw an article in Cloth Paper Scissors and had to give it a try. When you use the watercolors on top of coffee, it mixes with the colors a bit and tones them down. I like the old romantic feel you get using this technique. Not to mention, your paper smells really nice!!

Start by brewing a really dark cup of coffee. Paint your background leaving a small white border and a few white spots on the page. Let dry. Pencil in your zentangle design and color it with the watercolor pencils. Use your brush and a little water to activate the colors.

Once the paint is dry fill in the outline and patterns using the Micron 03 and 05 pens. If you prefer you can draw your outline with the pens first and then color with the paints. The only problem is because the coffee doesn’t fully soak into your paper, you can smudge the ink from your pens if you get too much water on them. But this may be the look you’re going for.

After everything has dried, use the Sakura Jelly Roll Pens and Stardust Stickles to add a few highlights to your page and Voila! You have a one of a kind work of art!

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun creating your own journal pages!

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Live Love Laugh Zentangle


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“Live Love Laugh Zentangle”
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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– Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal 5.5″ x 8″
– Niji Waterbrush – Medium
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– Stickles in assorted colors
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– Paper towels
– 3 Post-It-Notes

I had so much fun with the masking technique on my last Zentangle that I decided to make another one. This time I use a scalloped oval punch.

I punched 3 ovals from yellow post-it notes making sure to punch the sticky side of the note. I then randomly adhered them to my page and traced the outline of the ovals with the Micron No. 05 pen. Once I completed that step I started filling the entire page with flower Zentangle designs. I used the Micron No. 5 and 8 pens.

As you know I love color so I used the Kimberly Watercolor Pencils to color my design. I found it easier to color one flower at a time and then use the Niji Waterbrush to activate the colors. While that part dried, I moved on to another flower away from the wet area. This way I could keep working without having to stop.

I just bought some new Stickles at the Scrapbook Expo and couldn’t wait to use them on this design. I highlighted each flower with Stickles and let it dry and Voila!! I had another unique Zentangle Art piece that was loads of fun and loaded with color which just makes you smile!!!

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun creating your own Zentangle designs!

For more Crafting Tips and Techniques visit our main website at Just4Crafters.com

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Heart Zentangle


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“Heart Zentangle”
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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– Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal 5.5″ x 8″
– Niji Waterbrush – Medium
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– Stickles in assorted colors
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– Paper towels

For this piece I thought I would do something a little different and use a technique called masking. I cut out two hearts out from yellow post-it notes and adhered them to my page. I traced the outline of the hearts with the Micron No. 03 pen.

From there I began filling in the entire page with Zentangle designs. I used the Micron No. 8 pen for most of the design. But for some of the smaller areas I used the Micron No. 03 and 05 pens.

The plan was that once the design was finished I would just color in the hearts with the Kimberly Watercolor Pencils. But then while I was looking at it for a few, and my color fever took over. I thought wow! Wouldn’t the leaves look great in green, and how about the flowers with pink and purple. Oh, and this in blue…. and well you can see where this was going…. Before I knew it I colored the entire design with the Kimberly Watercolor pencils and used the Niji Waterbrush to activate the colors.

I really liked how it looked, but for some reason it still wasn’t enough. So I got a little Stickles crazy and highlighted the entire design with different color Stickles. This wasn’t at all what I had planned to do, but I loved the end result. I let the Stickles dry and Voila!! I had a unique Zentangle Art piece that was just lots of fun to create and just makes you smile!!

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun creating your own Zentangle designs!

For more Crafting Tips and Techniques visit our main website at Just4Crafters.com

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You Are My Sunshine Zentangle


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“You Are My Sunshine Zentangle”
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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– Strathmore 400 Series, Watercolor Cold Press 140 lb Paper, 6″ x 12″
– Niji Waterbrush – Medium
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– Stardust Stickles
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– Paper towels

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to create. So I thought I would start by painting the paper with the pink, orange, yellow and purple Kimberly Watercolor Pencils. I used the Niji Waterbrush with the built-in water reservoir in the handle to activate the colors.

After looking at the colors for a few, I thought it felt like a sunset. Excited that I finally knew where this was going, I quickly grabbed my pencil and started sketching the design. After my sketch was done, I went over it with the No. 5 Micron pen and then filled in my Zentangle patterns. To color the heavier lines and larger areas I switched to the No. 8 Micron pen with the fatter tip. Last I added the sentiment at the bottom “You are my sunshine” also using the No. 8 Micron pen.

I still wasn’t quite satisfied with how it looked so I decided to highlight this piece with Stardust Stickles. Voila!! I had a unique Zentangle piece that was just lots of fun to create!

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun creating your own Zentangle designs!

For more Crafting Tips and Techniques visit our main website at Just4Crafters.com

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