Zen Whimsical Girl Mixed Media


Zen Whimsical Girl Mixed Media
Created by Sophia Vida

Just a quick post to share my latest whimsical girl with you. She was lots of fun to create with my Ecoline Liquid watercolors. When I create one of these painting starting with the hair, I’m never sure who she will be. I’m literally creating as I go and have no idea as to where I’ll end up. Sometimes, that in itself is the greatest art adventure!

After her hair was completely dry, I lightly drew in her face with a pencil.  And when I was happy with the sketch, I used a mixture of watercolor crayons, markers and pencils to finish it off.

Next I added a little color to the background and let it dry. Then I added a few Zen doodles in her hair and to the corners of the page. She needed some bling, so I gave her glittery highlights in her hair with Stardust Stickles. I love how the Stickles pick up the color you put them on. They’re so awesome! And Voila! I had a beautiful, one of a kind Zen Girl.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Sun Zentangle


“Sun Zentangle”
Created by Sophia Vida

This is a fun and easy project to do. Zentangling is a great way to relieve stress by creating repeating patterns. Plus painting is also a great stress reliever and gives it that pop of color!

For this Project you will need:

– Sakura Micron Pens in varying sizes
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– Ecoline Liquid Watercolor or any other Watercolor Paints you have on hand
– Colored Pencils
– Watercolor Cold Press 140 lb Paper, 8″ x 8″ square
– Niji Waterbrush – Medium
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– Glitter Paint
– Paper towels

Instructions:

  1. Start by cutting a piece of 8″ x 8″ watercolor paper.
  2. Lightly draw two lines in the middle vertically and horizontally. Next lightly draw lines diagonally from corners to corners.
  3. The middle of the paper is where all the lines intersect. Using your compass, draw a 3.25″ circle. Keeping your compass in the middle extend it outward and draw another circle approximately 4″ in  size. This will give you the ring around her face.
  4. Using a ruler draw your rays. The lines you drew in Step 2 will be in the center of each ray which measures 1.5″ at the base of the sun. The rays at the 3, 6, 9 and 12 positions measure 1″ across the top at the edge of the paper.  The corner rays should have their points meet in the corners.
  5. Once you like your basic design, gently erase the intersecting guide lines.
  6. Using a blue watercolor paint, paint the areas in between the rays. Let dry.
  7. Using a bright yellow watercolor paint, paint the sun and the rays. While the paint is still wet, add a little orange watercolor to the base of the rays and let the colors mix. Paint the outer circle of the sun orange and allow the orange to run into the edge of the inner circle of the sun. Let dry.
  8. Once your paint has completely dried, you can start by outlining your sun with a Micron #05 pen.
  9. Using a Micron #03 pen, draw your zentangle patterns in the sun rays and outer ring. You can fill all of the rays with patterns or just the ones in the 3, 6, 9 and 12 positions. The choice is yours. Be creative.
  10. Using a pencil, lightly sketch in her face. Once your happy with the result, use the Micron #01 pen to draw it in. Draw the eyelashes with the Micron #005 pen.
  11. Paint her lips with a pink/reddish watercolor paint and let dry. Give her a little blush on the cheeks and highlight her eyes with paint.
  12. Using a colored pencil add shading around her face and edges of the rings. I used an orange pencil on the edges of her face. I then used a sketching pencil around the rings and on her face for shading.
  13. Once your satisfied with your sun, paint a few of the rays with Glitter Paint for a little bling and Voila! You have a one of a kind Zentangle Sun!

Hope you enjoyed!

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Beauty in the Chaos Angel Mixed Media Journal Page


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Created by Sophia Vida

This is a another short post that I made for Life Book 2018 which is hosted by Tamara Laporte! This is for week 12, and the instructor for this project was Sharon Harkness-Dobler. She is a very talented mixed media artist and I’m so happy that she is a member  of the Life Book 2018 Team. I learned so much from her in completing this piece. Sharon has a unique way of creating art and the way in which she views it as she goes along.  Since this is a part of Life Book, I can’t go into detail on how she was made but I wanted to share this beautiful angel with you.

For more information on Sharon Harkness-Dobler you can visit her blog at yellowrosedbs.blogspot.de. Also, you can visit her on Instagram at instagram.com/yellowroseart

If you’re interested, you can find out more about more about Life Book 2018, on Willowing.org. I’m very impressed with all the wonderful artists that are a part of this team and I’m looking forward to learning new techniques!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy!!

 

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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!

 

 

 

 

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

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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