Goddess Divine Mixed Media


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Created by Sophia Vida

This was a fun practice painting I made using watercolor paints in my 9″ x 12″ Strathmore Mixed Media Journal. I started out with a sketch, not knowing where is was going and before I knew it, this beautiful Goddess emerged.

The watercolor paints reacted a bit differently on the mixed media paper as compared to watercolor paper that I usually use. I got blobs of color that would quickly soak into the paper where I put it making it hard to blend and spread the paint. I also had to be careful not to use too much water as this paper was not as absorbent as watercolor paper and took a little longer to dry. Overall, I managed to save most of my blunders, lol.

I really love the background I painted using my glitter watercolors. This was the first time I used these paints and just love how they shimmer! It’s hard to see in the photos but it really sparkles.

For the outlining I used Micron Pens .005 and 01. I used a sketch pencil and various colored pencils for shading. The highlights were made using a white Posca fine tipped pen.

There are a lot of mistakes in this painting, but I love her just the same. Her bright blue hair is just fun!

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Your Story is Unique Watercolor


 Your Story is Unique Watercolor 
Created by Sophia Vida

This is another project that I made in Life Book 2018 with the help of a very talented artist, Katrina Koltes.

Since this painting is a part of Life Book 2018, I can’t go into detail on how she was made. I must say however, I’ve done lots of whimsical style faces and the thought of doing a more realistic one was quite intimidating. But to my surprise, I think I actually pulled it off!

Katrina Koltes is such a wonderfully talented teacher and artist. I love her dream like style of painting and can’t wait to learn more from her. Visit Katrina’s site at  katrinakoltes.com.

For more information on Life Book 2018 visit: Willowing.org

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Rainbow Mermaid Mixed Media


 Rainbow Mermaid Mixed Media 
Created by Sophia Vida

Another quickie post today. I was finally able to finish the Rainbow Mermaid which is a course offered by Tamara Laporte at Willowing.org.

Since this mermaid is part of her online lesson, I can’t go into detail on how she was made but I can tell you it was all sorts of fun learning new techniques! This mermaid is very vivid and brightly painted. I was excited to use some of the new supplies I picked up at the Scrap Booking Expo this past April. I will tell you though, the dots are Purple Stickles. I couldn’t resist the bling, bling, lol.

Tamara Laporte is a super talented artist who I can’t say enough about. Love her work and her online course. Tons of fun! So make sure to hop over to her blog and check it out: Willowing.org

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Bird Fairy Art Journal


“Bird Fairy Art Journal”
Created by Sophia Vida

I enjoyed making my last fairy so much that I wanted to make another one. Working with smaller faces is definitely more of challenge, but tons of fun! I started by drawing a light pencil sketch in my 5.5″ x 8″ Strathmore Watercolor Art Journal.

Once I was happy with the sketch, I colored the background using watercolor pencils. But to activate the colors this time, I used a round watercolor brush with water instead of the Niji Brushes. I have to say, for this painting, I liked using the brush and water instead because it was a heavier, color saturated background than the last and the brush and water made it easier.

Once the background was dry I began coloring in my fairy with watercolor pencils. I added more color where needed and let it dry. Next I outlined her with Sakura Micron 01 and 005 pens. I added shading with watercolors and a sketch pencil. I added more detail to the fairy using different Prismacolor Pencils.

I wanted the wand to give off a little glow, so I painted around the star with white metallic acrylic paint. I used a white Posca Pen for highlights. And of course, she wouldn’t be complete with Stardust Stickles. And Voila! I had a cute little fairy in my journal.

Hope this inspires you!

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For this Project you will need:

– Sakura Micron Pens #01 and #005
– Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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– Inktense Pencils

– Sketch Pencil
-Prismacolor Pencils

– White Posca Pen
– White Metallic Acrylic Paint
– Strathmore Water Color Visual Journal 5.5″ x 8″
– Princeton Round 6 Watercolor Brush
– Stickles – Star Dust
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– Water and Paper towels

 

Love Fairy Art Journal


“Love Fairy Art Journal”
Created by Sophia Vida

I needed a quick unwind so I made this beautiful little fairy in my 5.5″ x 8″ Strathmore Watercolor Art Journal. I started with a light pencil sketch that I painted with watercolor pencils and a Niji water brush. Once the paint was dry, I added highlights with a white Posca Pen. I used a sketch pencil for shading and softened it a bit with a blending stomp.

I wanted to add a little bling, so I gave her a crown of jewels that I accented with Stardust Stickles. Last I outlined my fairy with Sakura Micron Pens #01 and #005.

I painted the background with a very light wash of the same colors I used for the fairy. But it still needed more, so I added a blue aura around her. And Voila! I had a lovely little love fairy in my journal!

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For this Project you will need:

– Sakura Micron Pens #01 and #005
– Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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-Inktense Pencils

-Sketch Pencil and Blending Stomp
-White Posca Pen
– Strathmore Water Color Visual Journal 5.5″ x 8″
– Niji Waterbrush – Medium
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– Stickles – Star Dust
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– Paper towels

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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Tulip Art Journal


“Tulip Art Journal”
Created by Sophia Vida

I had a very busy schedule the other day but really wanted, no needed to create some art. So I made this quick journal page that was lots of fun and satisfying for my artsy side.

I started by sketching the tulips in pencil and then outlined them with a Sakura Micron #03 pen. I added a little shading and fine details with a Sakura Micron #01 pen. I also thickened the lines where needed with the #03.

Next I colored the sketch with a combination of Inktense and Kimberly Watercolor Pencils. I activated the paints using a Niji waterbrush. You just have to make sure to clean your brush on a folded paper towel when switching colors.

Once my painting was dry, I added two butterfly stamps and a little more detailing. Then I added a few highlights with a white Posca Pen. Last I gave it a little bling with Stardust Stickles and Voila! I created a fun page in my art journal!

Hope you enjoy creating yours!

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For this Project you will need:

– Sakura Micron Pens #01 and #03
– Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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-Inktense Pencils

-Staz On Black Ink Pad
-White Posca Pen
– Stamp of your choice like a butterfly, dragonfly, small bird etc.
– Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal 5.5″ x 8″
– Niji Waterbrush – Medium
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– Stickles – Star Dust
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– Paper towels