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

Mixed Media Art Journal – Take 4


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“Mixed Media Art Journal – Take 4”
Created by Sophia Vida

Journaling is a fun way to experiment with new things which is exactly what I did here. I recently bought a set of Golden Fluid Acrylic Paints and thought it would be fun to play with them in my journal. The colors were much brighter than I anticipated but I loved how they popped.

To tone it down a little, I decided to use my leaf stencil and a white paint marker to outline a few leaves. I then painted the leaves with white acrylic paint mixed with floating medium.

I added a little shading around the leaves with a watercolor sketch pencil. I also added accents with silver puff paint, gold metallic sharpie pen, green Sakura Gelly Roll pen, Sakura Micron pen #03 and assorted paint pens and that was it!

I highly recommend giving the Golden Fluid Acrylic Paints a try. They are so bold and bright and simply lots of fun.

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
  • Golden 8 Professional Fluid Acrylic Paints
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen: Green
  • Sakura Micron Pen #03
  • Sharpie Pens: Fine Point Gold
  • Silver Puff Paint
  • Paint Pens: Assorted Colors
  • Watercolor Sketch Pencil

 

 

More Than Others Watercolor


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“More than others Watercolor”
Created by Sophia Vida

This painting was created in Gina Lee Kim’s second online class called “The Versatility of Blue.” It’s offered through Cloth Paper Scissors and is so much fun to create.

Because this is part of Gina’s online class I don’t want to give away any of her techniques for creating this painting. But I will tell you how I created the paper for the sail boat because that was from my personal paper stash.

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I created this sheet by collaging a 9″ x 12″ sheet of Strathmore Mixed Media paper with pages from a book, sheet music etc. Once this was dry I used my stencils and a few stamps with Staz on ink to add some imagery. I added color with watered down acrylic paints and gelatos and a few sketchy lines with the Sakura Micron Pen #02.

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After everything had dried it looked a bit dull so I sprayed the sheet with Pearl Angel Mist which gave it a little shimmer. Since I only needed a small piece for the sail boat, I’m putting the rest back into my stash to use on another project later.

I’ve been creating pieces of mixed media papers for use in projects instead of buying more printed cardstock. I like how it adds that extra creative punch to projects. Plus it’s just a blast making these different sheets because there are no rules except to have fun.

I highly recommend Gina Lee Kim’s online courses. They are lots of fun and there are 4 courses in total: The Power of Red, The Versatility of Blue, The Serenity of Green and The Energy of Yellow. I will be moving on to The Serenity of Green next, so stay tuned.

You can find a link to the Versatility of Blue and the 3 other online classes on Gina Lee Kim’s blog: ginaleekim.blogspot.com. Just click the image on the right side.

Enjoy!!!

Mixed Media Art Journal – Take 3


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“Mixed Media Art Journal – Take 3”
Created by Sophia Vida

I’m having so much fun creating pages in my small art journal. I really love “Romantic Homes” Magazines. They are full of wonderful images that are perfect for journaling. That is of course, where I found these images.

I made these pages with layers of paints, gelatos, paper doilies and doodles. For the butterflies, I used a piece of glossy cardstock with alcohol inks and then used a Martha Stewart punch. After I adhered them to the pages, I highlighted the butterflies with Stickles and that was it!

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
  • Gelatos
  • Acrylic Paints: Yellow, White, Green
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pens: Assorted Colors
  • Sharpie Pens: Fine Point Gold
  • Stickles: Assorted Colors
  • Paper Doily
  • Cardstock scrap
  • Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow your own path Watercolor


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“Follow your own path Watercolor”
Created by Sophia Vida

I was inspired by Gina Lee Kim, a very talented watercolor artist. Gina creates some really stunning paintings with bright fun colors that just seem to jump out at you. She offers classes and has been featured in many magazines. You can find out more about her on her blog at ginaleekim.blogspot.com.

To create this piece I used a 10″ x 15″ 140 lb watercolor paper. I taped down the edges and gave the paper a coat of water. While it was still wet I started adding pink, blue and yellow paints.

When the paper is wet like this I love how the colors mingle and create new colors. If you remember your basic color mixing rules, pink and blue make purple and yellow and blue make green. That’s how I ended up with this beautiful wash. To create the spotted background, I sprinkled coarse sea salt on the wet paper and then let it dry. After the paper was dry, I gently rubbed off the salt and was left with the spots you see here:

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You’ll notice the birds have unique designs on them as well. To do this I created a second wet wash on a another sheet of watercolor paper. Once the paint mostly dry, I used a couple of different stencils and gently wiped off  some of the paint with a wet wipe.

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Next I traced the birds from a small wood cut out that I found at the craft store. I outlined the birds with a purple Gelly Roll pen, cut them out and adhered them to my first watercolor background.

I wanted the one bird to stand out more than the others, so I gave him a coat of clear glitter paint and let it dry. I used a swirl stamp with white embossing powder as an accent.

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Last I hand wrote my sentiment in the bottom right corner of the paper with a Sakura Micron Pen #03. I accented the letters with a dark purple Gellly Roll pen. I outlined the sentiment with a Marvy White Gel Pen and used white watercolor paint to create a light wash around it. I added a little shading with a dark blue watercolor pencil and Voila! I had a new one of a kind painting to hang in my home!

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Hope you enjoy!!

 

Supplies Used:

  • 140 lb Watercolor Paper, 10″ x 15″
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Wood Bird Cut Out
  • Assorted Gelly Roll Pens
  • Sakura Micron Pen #03
  • Wet Wipes
  • Coarse Sea Salt
  • Marvy White Gel Pen
  • Pigment Ink
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Clear Glitter Paint
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Scissors
  • Large 1″ mop brush for watercolor
  • Clean water and paper towels

Mixed Media Art Journal – Take 2


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“Mixed Media Art Journal – Take 2”
Created by Sophia Vida

These are the next set of pages I created in my small art journal that I blogged about last week. If you missed my post, you can read about it here: https://just4crafters.wordpress.com/2015/08/08/mixed-media-art-journal/.

I created a lot of layers again with paints, gelatos, stamps and doodles. But this time I added a  few interesting elements. I had a dried flower and fern that I used to give the pages some interesting texture. Since the greens were a little too brown for my liking, I carefully added a little color with gelatos and Stickles.

I made a few leaves from a dried sanitizing hand wipe that I used to clean inks off my art desk with. Once I cut out the leaves and glued them on I highlighted them with Stickles.

The images I found in another old “Romantic Homes” Magazine. I love all the flower and garden images they in their articles. I glued the images and sentiment with Mod Podge but depending on the paper, the images sometimes ripple a bit no matter what you do.  So I chalked this up as added character to my pages. And that was pretty much it!

Stay tuned as the journaling adventure continues…..

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Use:

  • Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal 5.5″ x 8″
  • Gesso
  • Gelatos
  • Acrylic Paints: Pink, Green, Yellow
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pens: Assorted Colors
  • Sharpie Pens: Fine Point Black
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists
  • Script Rubber Stamp
  • Black Staz On Ink
  • Dried Flowers and Greens
  • Used sanitizing wipes with ink stains
  • Stickles: Assorted Colors

 

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Mixed Media Art Journal


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“Mixed Media Art Journal”
Created by Sophia Vida

I started a small art journal that measures 5.5″ x 8″ and this is my opening page. I found this image in an old “Romantic Homes” Magazines that had an article about outdoor weddings at home which I thought was a great idea.

I gave the page a coat of gesso and then painted the background with gelatos. I added a script stamp, drew a few hearts and wrote a sentiment that I highlighted with Sakura Gelly Roll pens. Next I sprayed the page with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists. Once this was dry, I stenciled my design in the top left corner using blue, green and white acrylic paints. I accented the hearts with Ranger Glossy Accents.

Using a small punch, I adhered a few butterflies that I made with green cardstock. I outlined them with a Sakura Gelly Roll pen and highlighted them with Stardust Stickles.

Last I adhered my image and outlined her with a metallic Silver Sharpie pen and highlighted her bouquet with Stickles. And that was it!!

I’ll continue to post pages as my journaling adventure continues so stay tuned…..

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Use:

  • Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal 5.5″ x 8″
  • Gesso
  • Gelatos
  • Acrylic Paints: Blue, Green, White
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pens: Assorted Colors
  • Sharpie Pens: Fine Point Black, Metallic Silver
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists
  • Script Rubber Stamp
  • Black Staz On Ink
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Small Butterfly Punch
  • Stardust Stickles

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