Merry Christmas Watercolor


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Merry Christmas Watercolor
Created by Sophia Vida

I know this is a bit late but I wanted to share this fun painting with you. I was inspired by a painting I found on Pinterest with a Christmas Tree painted with hearts. So I thought I’d give it a whirl. First I lightly penciled a large triangle in the center of my 9″ x 12″, 140lb watercolor paper. Next, I started to draw the outline of hearts using my PrismaColor Pencils. I also added a star using a stencil and outlined that as well along with the trunk. I then colored everything with my Inktense Watercolor Pencils and activated the colors with a Niji Water Brush.

While this was drying, I searched the internet for a font that I thought would fit with the whimsical painting. When I found what I liked, I practiced a few times on a piece of scrap paper until I was happy with the result. Then, I drew the letters onto my paper with a black Micron #03 Pen.

For a little dimension, I filled the star in with Glossy Accents and let it dry. To give the painting a little sparkle I used glitter paint around the star and snow at the bottom. The snowflakes were made using a small punch and glued to the painting with  Aleene’s Tacky Glue. Last I accented the everything with Stardust Stickles and Voila! I had a beautiful painting which I framed and hung for Christmas! This would also make a great gift too!

Supplies Used:

  • 9″ x 12″ Water Color Paper, 140lb Cold Press
  • Colored Pencils
  • Inktense WaterColor Pencils
  • Niji Water Brush
  • Glossy Accents
  • Glitter Paint
  • Star Stencil
  • Stardust Stickles
  • Snowflake Punch
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Very Merry Christmas Tree


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Very Merry Christmas Tree
Created by Sophia Vida

Hope you’re all enjoying your holidays so far. I’ve been away for a little with the holiday hustle and bustle. But I have been busy in the studio so I’m doing my best to catch up. I found a wooden tree at Joann’s and thought it would make a fun Christmas project. When I started I wasn’t sure where I would end because I like to plan as I go.

I started by giving the tree a coat of gesso.  I knew I wanted it to have a whimsical feel to it so I painted the tree in a lime green acrylic paint. Next I painted the trunk a nice medium brown. I wanted good coverage so I gave it 3 coats of paint, letting them dry in between coats.

For the edges, I mixed baby blue and metallic pearl white acrylic paints and dabbed it with a sea sponge. I added pink ornaments with a small paint brush and added highlights to the trunk as well. After much thought, I painted the base with the metallic white pearl paint. Once that dried I gave the top of the base a thick coat of Matte Mod Podge and sprinkled it with white glitter. Last I added multi-color flower rhinestones I found at the craft store and Voila! I had a fun and whimsical Christmas Tree!

Hope you enjoy!

Supplies used in this Project:

  • 17″ Unfinished Wooden Christmas Tree
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic Paint: Lime Green, Medium Brown, Light Brown, Baby Blue, Metallic Pearl White, Pink
  • Sea Sponge
  • Multicolored Flower Rhinestones
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • White Glitter
  • 1/2″ Flat Paint Brush
  • Clean water and paper towels

 

Alcohol Ink Coffee Filter Cards


 

 

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Alcohol Ink Coffee Filter Cards
Created by Sophia Vida

I found this wonderful little book at the craft store “Creative Colors for Paper Arts with Markers & Alcohol Inks” by Barbara Buechley, Jen Del Muro, Donna Goss, Paula Phillips. It’s a 27 page book filled with beautiful inspirational ideas.

One of my favorites was the coffee filter cards by Barbara Beuchley. Since I love working with watercolors, Barbara’s technique gave me the same look. I had fun experimenting with color combinations and using Ranger liquid alcohol inks as well as alcohol ink markers. The results were bold, vibrant colors that really popped!

The blending solution for alcohol ink can get pricey, especially when you use a lot. So to blend the colors, I used rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and it worked beautifully. To accent the inks I used puff paints and Angel Glimmer Mist. I printed different birthday fonts on my computer which I punched with a tag punch. Last, I distressed the edges of the 4″ x 8″ card and tag with Ranger Tea Dye Ink and that was it!

Below are a few images of other designs I created. These cards are great for birthdays or pretty much any occasion. Hope you enjoy!!

 

Spooky Halloween Mixed Media Village


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Created by Sophia Vida

I know this post is a little late, but I decided to create this Village the night before Halloween and there just wasn’t enough time to get it done. But at least I’m ready for next year!

To start, I  gave the canvas a coat of gesso. Then I painted it using acrylic paints in dark blue, medium and light purple. To add a few highlights, I used metallic pearl white acrylic paint. It’s pretty sheer and that’s exactly what I wanted.

I made the moon in two layers. First I sprayed white tissue paper and a white lace paper doily with yellow and orange Angel Glimmer Mist and let them dry. Next I cut out a circle from each for the moon and adhered them on the canvas using Matte Mod Podge with the lace doily on top.

While that was drying, I began cutting my creepy houses, windows, roofs and doors from the cardstock. The papers in this village all came from the same stack, DCWV The Spooky Time. Once everything was cut, I adhered the pieces to the canvas with the Matte Mod Podge. I sketched scribbly lines around the edges of all the parts of the houses to make them stand out a little more with the Faber Castell Pitt Pen. I added accents to the canvas with a purple glitter Gelly Roll Pen and Inka Gold Violet Paint.  This was the first time I used the Inka Gold Paint. It’s a paste paint that is packaged in a small tub and dries fairly quickly. I love the consistency and how it looks on the canvas!

Last I added a few embellishments like rhinestones and stickers from various Halloween packs I had on hand and Voila! I had a unique Spooky Village!

Enjoy creating your own village!!

Supplies used in this Project:

  • 9″ x 12″ canvas panel
  • DCWV The Spooky Time Stack
  • Gesso
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Faber Castell Pitt Pen or Sharpie Fine Point Pen
  • Acrylic Paints: Dark Blue, Medium and Dark Purple, Metallic Pearl White
  • Viva Inka Gold: Violet Paint
  • 1/2″ Flat Paint Brush
  • Assorted Halloween Rhinestones
  • Assorted Halloween Stickers and Embellishments
  • White Tissue Paper
  • White Paper Doily
  • Angel Glimmer Mist: Yellow, Orange
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen:  Purple Glitter
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Clean water and paper towels

 

 

 

 

 

Mixed Media Art Journal – Take 5


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“Mixed Media Art Journal – Take 5”
Created by Sophia Vida

Happy November! I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Not sure I’m quite ready for all the holidays just yet. It seems they come faster and faster every year.

On a more fun note, I wanted to share my new journal pages with you. Journaling is a perfect place to showcase your artwork which is what I did on these two pages. I had created these two tags using Angel Mist Sprays, stamp embossing and various embellishments. Although they were a lot of fun to make, I really didn’t have a use for them so I thought it would be fun to give them a permanent home in my journal.

I painted the backgrounds with dark blue and pink acrylic paints. Where the two colors mixed, the paint turned mostly purple which is what I wanted. But you can still see a few pink streaks here and there.

When I looked at the tags against the background they got lost, so I added highlights with gelatos. I accented the pages with white acrylic paint and doodled in the corners and around the tags with a white paint marker. Of course, I couldn’t resist finishing it off with a little bling, so I added Stickles and that was it!

Hope you enjoy!

And stay tuned as the journaling adventure continues…..

Thanks for stopping by!

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Supplies Use:

  • Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal 5.5″ x 8″
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic Paints -Dark Blue, Pink, White
  • Stickles
  • White Paint Pen
  • Artwork to display in your journal

Spooky Candy Bark


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Spooky Candy Bark
by Sophia Vida

I wanted to share a fun and super easy Halloween candy bark with you that is absolutely delicious. I made this last year and had requests for another one this year.

This recipe was created by a very talented lady, Kelly Senyei.  You can you can find it on my Pinterest Board Fall-Halloween Crafts Board or go directly to her website at justataste.com/halloween-candy-bark.

Last year I was lucky enough to be in the right place, at the right time during the holidays and purchased a Chocomaker Melting Pot for next to nothing at the craft store. In the past, I used to make candy recipes the old fashioned way by melting the chocolate in the microwave or stove top. The down side was I needed the melted chocolate to stay liquid and if I didn’t move fast enough, it would start to harden. This melting pot has a warm setting so you can keep it liquid, which is a really nice feature.

The recipe for the bark is really easy to make and the variations are endless if you use your imagination!! Visit Kelly Senyei’s website for details and instructions on making this deliciously fun candy bark justataste.com/halloween-candy-bark.

Hope you all have a Spooktakular Halloween!!!

Enjoy!!!

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Patchwork Pumpkin


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Patchwork Pumpkin
Created by Sophia Vida

I’ve been away for a while and really miss everyone but I’m happy to be back!! My break wasn’t really a break. We had to replace our flooring and as a result, had to pack up the entire house which at the time seemed like a monumental task.

While waiting for everything to get done, I read the book “Clear the Clutter” by Karen Kingston. Most Feng Shui books I’ve read in the past were complicated and hard to understand. But Karen made this book an easy read, filled with great advice for clearing the clutter and getting the energy moving again. I highly recommend it!!

So when the time came to finally unpack, I couldn’t wait to get rid of the clutter. It was amazing how much “Stuff” you can collect over the years. I got rid of bags and bags of “Stuff” that I didn’t even remember I had. And it felt great!! My creative energy is zipping right along again. So now back to art and this fun project:

I purchased an inexpensive paper mache pumpkin from the craft store along with 3 different printed fabrics. To start, I coated the pumpkin with gesso and cut the fabrics into 1 inch squares. Using Matte Mode Podge, I adhered the pieces of fabric to the pumpkin making sure to overlap the squares. Once it was completely covered, I let it dry and finished it off with brown ribbon that I glued to the stem with Aleene’s Tacky glue. Last I added a few fall sprigs and leaves to the top and Voila! I had a cute patchwork pumpkin to display for Fall!

Hope you enjoy!!!

Supplies Used:

  • 6.5″ – 7″ Paper Mache Pumpkin
  • 3 Different Print Fabrics cut into 1 inch squares
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Fall Sprigs
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Small Foam Brush