Great Journey Journal Pages


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Created by Sophia Vida

Some of you may know Tamara Laporte. She is a very talented mixed media artist over at Willowing.org. Tamara is known for her popular Life Book online courses. She also has a very nice offer. If you join her email list, she will give you access to an online class to create this beautiful girl in your journal.

Since these pages were created from her class I’m not going to go into detail on how they were made. But, I highly recommend you check out her blog and join her email list. Tamara has so much to offer and I had lots of fun learning new techniques and creating this lovely girl in my 8.5″ x 11″ Art Journal.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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give Thanks Watercolor


give Thanks Watercolor
Created by Sophia Vida

I bought a block of hot press watercolor paper and wanted to try it out. I saw a demo online where they painted a leaf on cold press and hot press watercolor papers using the same paints. Interestingly enough, the paint on the hot press paper was brighter and bolder than the cold press. Also the texture was different. Cold press paper is a little bumpy. The hot press paper is smooth so the paints don’t get stuck in the ridges and flow more evenly.

I made this painting using maple leaf stencil that I traced with a pencil and painted with Ecoline Watercolor Paints. Once the leaves were dry, I painted the background in a vivid pink.

Next I practiced writing the sentiment on scrap paper until I came up with a design that I liked.  Using a Marvy Gold Metallic Calligraphy Pen, I wrote “give Thanks” on bottom. I also outlined the leaves and lettering with a Sakura Micron 01 Pen.

I mixed a little gold metallic paint with floating medium and added a little shading to the leaves. Last I added Stardust Stickles to the painting and Voila! I had a fun Autumn painting with bright cheery colors.

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy!!

Supplies Used:

  • 7″ x 10″ Arches Watercolor 140lb Hot Press Block
  • Ecoline Watercolor Paints
  • Marvy Gold Metallic Calligraphy Pen
  • Sakura Micron 01 Pen
  • Stardust Stickles
  • Gold Metallic Paint
  • Floating Medium
  • Maple Leaf Stencil
  • 06 Round Watercolor Brush

 

 

Gratitude Journal Pages


Gratitude Journal Pages
Created by Sophia Vida

With Thanksgiving approaching, I thought this would be a good time to share my gratitude journal pages I made using rubbers stamps in my 8.5″ x 11″ journal.

To begin, I coated the pages with gesso and added a few torn pieces of Tim Holtz’s printed tissue paper to the background with Mod Podge. Once that was dry, I painted the background with watered down acrylic paints in orange and pink. I used a wet wipe to remove some of the paint and allow the background to show through a little. I continued by adding shapes with white acrylic paint to the background.

While that was drying, I stamped my cupcakes on thick white cardstock using black Staz On Ink. I colored in the images with watercolor pencils and Sakura Gelly Roll Pens. I then cut 1.5″ slits in two of the cupcakes. I slid the base of the cupcakes in the slits to stack them and glued them into place. I wanted to add a little bling, so I accentd the cupcakes with Stardust Stickles.

I printed the sentiment on my computer using thick cardstock.  I glued the sentiment and cupcakes into my journal and used distress ink for shading. And Voila! I added 2 more unique pages to my journal.

Hope you enjoy.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:

– 8.5″ x 11″ Art Journal
– Gesso
– Tim Holtz Printed Tissue Paper
– Acrylic Paints: Pink, Orange, White
– Large Cupcake Stamps
– Strathmore Mixed Media Paper for Stamping
– Distress Ink
– Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
– Mod Podge
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– Black Staz On Ink
– Star Dust Stickles
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Autumn Mixed Media Girl


Autumn Mixed Media Girl
Created by Sophia Vida

The vibrant colors of fall are just breathtaking. I created Autumn trying to capture the feeling of fall. Let me know what you think.

I painted this lovely girl using watercolor paints. I added highlights to her hair with a gold Marvy metallic pen. I’m having a hard time using punches on watercolor paper because most of them won’t work on this thick paper. Luckily the Martha Stewart punches work well so I was able to create the smaller leaves and butterflies from watercolor paper that I painted.

The larger leaves were made from watercolor paper using thin dies and my Cuttlebug. Once everything was glued into place I added shading and highlights. Last I accented the butterflies with a green metallic Gelly Roll Pen and Stardust Stickles and Voila! I had a new whimsical girl.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Thanks for stopping by!

This original painting is available for purchase on my Etsty Shop – Color Explosion Studio: https://www.etsy.com/listing/568192523/autumn-watercolor-mixed-media-9-x-12?ref=listing-shop-header-0

 

Happy Halloween Vintage Decorations


Happy Halloween
Created by Sophia Vida

I love fall and the cooler weather it brings. It’s just wonderful!! I wanted to share with you a few real easy Halloween decorations I made from a sheet of vintage cardstock I purchased at a craft show.

I started by drilling small holes in the corners of the two larger wood plaques and then sanded them where needed. After brushing off the dust, I applied a good coat of gesso to all three pieces, front and back.

While the gesso was drying, I cut out my images. I then painted each piece with 2 coats of coordinating paints and let it dry. Next, I sanded the edges just a little and brushed off the dust.

I purchased black coated copper jewelry wire that I used to hang two of the plaques with. Once the wires were in place, I glued the images onto all the plaques with Aleene’s Tacky Glue. Last I added torn harvest fabric as an accent and also used it to hang the third plaque. And Voila! I had three unique vintage Halloween decorations!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoy!

Supplies used in this Project:

  • 3 Vintage Halloween Images
  • 3 Wood Plaques fitting your images
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic Paint: Black, Orange, Red
  • Black Copper jewelry Wire
  • Drill for hanging
  • Harvest Fabric scraps
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue

 

 

 

 

 

Watercolor Happy Birthday Card


 

Watercolor Birthday Card
Created by Sophia Vida

I made this card using a cute stamp I bought at a craft show a few years ago. I stamped the image on 140 lb, cold press, watercolor paper using gray, Staz-On ink. Once that dried I added color to the image with watercolor markers and used a Niji water brush to spread the paint.

I then wet the edges around the image with water and let it sit for a minute before carefully tearing them.  The blue/green background was made from a hand wipe I previously used to clean up some paints from my work area. It looked really cool so I flattened it, let it dry and figured I could use it one day and I did!

I used Aleene’s tacky glue to adhere the background and image onto the premade card.  I also added a little Stardust Stickles to the edges of the background for a little bling. Last, I printed a birthday tag from my computer,  distressed the edges and adhered it to the card. And Voila! I had a unique and cute birthday card!

Hope you enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Sunset Mixed Media


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“Sunset Mixed Media”
Created by Sophia Vida

I fell in love with a wonderful book I found at Barnes & Noble called “Collage Fusion” by Alma de la Melena Cox.  In her book, Alma gives you fabulous techniques for combining pyrography, painting, collaging and so much more. The book is well written with detailed instructions and photos.

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I found the fabrics at Joann’s.  I started with the blue, multi colored one first because it had a peacock pattern that caught my eye. It was so bold and bright that adding the other coordinating colors was pretty quick and easy. The next step was to come up with a design so I drew this on an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper. I had to adjust the size slightly to fit the birch wood panel I was going to be using.

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I then transferred the outline to the wood panel which I burned using my pyrography set. I painted each section with a contrasting color that was in one of the fabrics. I didn’t have the exact shade of colors needed so I did a little mixing and it turned out pretty good.

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The next step was to cut the fabric in reverse and cut each section a little smaller than the actual size. I used the EZ-Steam II fusible web on the back of the fabric to keep it from fraying.

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Once I had my pieces of fabric cut, I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue to adhere them to the wood. Last I added a few gold rhinestones to the sun’s rays, Stickles to the mountain tops and Voila! I had a unique piece of art.

Hope you enjoy!