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

 

 

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Amazing Life Journal Page


Amazing Life Journal Pages
Created by Sophia Vida

I love summer and mermaids and this was another journal page I made using rubbers stamps and stickers in my 8.5″ x 11″ journal.

I started by coating the pages with gesso. I added a few torn pieces of Tim Holtz’s printed tissue paper to the background with Mod Podge. I also added texture with a stencil and fiber paste. Once that was dry, I painted the background with green and blue acrylic paints. I used a small sea sponge to create the dark blue border.

I stamped the mermaid and treasure chest on Strathmore Mixed Media Paper and colored them in using watercolor markers. I added highlights with Sakura Metallic Gelly Roll Pens. and then glued them into the journal with Mod Podge. The small schools of fish on the left page were stamped directly into the journal with Black Staz On Ink.

I used my computer to print the sentiment. I cut out the words and distressed the edges with a metallic blue Gelato and then glued them onto the background.

In my scrapbooking supplies, I found some underwater stickers with shells, seaweed and fish which then added to my pages. Last I added Star Dust Stickles and Metallic Silver Pearls to the stenciled seaweed for a little bling and Voila! I had 2 new pages in my journal.

Hope you enjoy.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:

– Golden Fiber Paste
Golden Fiber Paste
– 8.5″ x 11″ Art Journal
– Gesso
– Tim Holtz Printed Tissue Paper
– Palette Knife
– Vine Leaf Stencil
– Blue and Green Acrylic Paints
– Fish, Mermaid and Treasure Chest Stamps
– Strathmore Mixed Media Paper for Stamping
– Metallic Silver Perfect Pearls
– Metallic Blue Gelato
– Underwater themed stickers
– Black Staz On Ink
– Star Dust Stickles
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Create Some Magic Journal Page


 

Create Some Magic Journal Pages
Created by Sophia Vida

I have a few journal pages that I need to share with you. I’ve published so many posts that I thought these were on my blog but apparently I left them out. I had bought a hard cover 8.5″ x 11″ journal at the craft store on sale, which is always a plus!

The ivory colored pages are a decent weight with a little texture. However, they’re not thick enough to work well with water so I have to make sure to give the pages a good coat of gesso before starting.

Once the gesso was dry, I painted the background with yellow and orange acrylic paint. For a little texture I used a stencil with fiber paste which I later distressed and sprayed with glimmer mist.

The flowers were stamped on watercolor paper that I cut and glued into the journal along with the green stems I also painted on scrap paper. I added a leafy vine stencil to the background with distress inks.

Next I stamped “create some magic” with black staz on ink directly into the journal.  I highlighted both pages with stickles, distressed the pages a bit and Voila! I had 2 fun, fall colored journal pages.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:

– Golden Fiber Paste
Golden Fiber Paste
– 8.5″ x 11″ Art Journal
– Palette Knife
– Assorted Stencils
– Gesso
– Yellow, Orange and Green Acrylic Paints
– Flower and Letter Stamps
– Black Staz On Ink
– Painted Watercolor Paper for stamping flowers
– Scrap paper for stems
– Stickles: Assorted Colors
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– Tea Dye Distress Ink
– Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Pearl

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