Butterfly Zentangle


“Butterfly Zentangle”
Created by Sophia Vida

I recently purchased Tamara Laporte’s new book “Create Your Life Book” and this was one of the projects. This is a wonderful book, filled with lots of fun art projects with step by step instructions and photos from various artists. It’s very much like the online course but if you haven’t joined Lifebook 2018 online yet, this is the next best thing.

Since this is a project from the book, I can’t go into detail on how it was made. But I will say, I improvised a little on the instructions because I wanted to use the supplies I have on hand. Plus I’m just so in love with my brightly colored liquid Ecoline Watercolor paints that I decided to use those for the background instead.

I plan on adding this page to my 2018 Life Book that I will create at the end of the course. To say the least this project was lots of fun to create. Zentangle is a great way to unwind. I hope you enjoy!

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Be Mine Mixed Media Canvas


 Be Mine Mixed Media Canvas
(created by Sophia Vida)

I bought the book, “Painting for the Soul” by Isabelle Zacher-Finet. It’s a wonderful book full of inspiration that I love. One of the projects in the book is a heart canvas similar to the one I made. You can see a glimpse of it on the cover below.

I started by picking out my main colors fuchsia, blue, red, purple and yellow. I painted random blocks of color with the acrylic paints on a 19.5″ x 16″ canvas.

It still looked a little plain so I dipped the end of the center of a paper towel holder in yellow paint and stamped circles onto the canvas. I also randomly added a few streaks of light pink and lavender paint and let it dry. Next, I drew the hearts and painted the surrounding area with white paint and let it dry.

I used a Black Posca Pen to write a few Valentine sentiments on the canvas. I highlighted the hearts and some of the words with a Gold Marvy Metallic Marker. I distressed the edges of the canvas with Dark Purple Gelato. I added a little shading to the hearts with a watered down Gray Gelato. Last I added dots around each of the hearts with Blue, Red, Pink and Purple Stickles and Voila! I had a fun Valentine Canvas!

Hope you enjoy!

Supplies used:

– 19.5″ x 16″ Canvas Panel
– Assorted Acrylic Paints: Fuchsia, Blue, Red, Purple, Yellow, Pink, Lavender, White
– Gelatos: Dark Purple, Gray
– Black Posca Pen
– Marvy Metallic Pen – Gold
– Stickles: Blue, Red, Pink, Purple
– #10 Acrylic Brush
– Center from Paper Towel Roll (or any other circular item you have)
– Plastic Coated Paper Plate (for mixing colors)
– Paper Towels
– Container with clean water to rinse brushes

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Reflect What You Desire Journal Pages


 Reflect What You Desire Journal Pages
Created by Sophia Vida

I moving along slowly but surely. This is the latest journal pages I finished for the third lesson in She Blooms in Ink with Tamara Laporte at Willowing.org. This was a total side profile which was tough, but she came out fairly descent. Love the bright spring colors on this one. As always, I had lots and lots of fund creating her!

As with my last post, I can’t go into great detail on how she was made but I used my   large 11″ x 14″ Strathmore Watercolor Journal. My quote for this one was “Reflect what you Desire.” I hope you’ll join me as I continue on my Journaling Adventure! I’m also working on a Valentine’s Day painting in between my two online classes. I’m hoping to get it done in the next few days. So stay tuned!

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Believe in the Magic Journal Pages


 Believe in the Magic Journal Pages
Created by Sophia Vida

I finally completed the second lesson in She Blooms in Ink with Tamara Laporte at Willowing.org. Doing a girl looking off to the side was a bit harder than I initially thought. It took me a lot longer to finish her, but it was lots of fun!

The colors never seem to come out the way I want even though I have a color chart I created. But they really do pop! This online class is so much fun and I am very much looking forward to the next lesson.

As with my last post, I can’t go into great detail on how she was made but I used my   large 11″ x 14″ Strathmore Watercolor Journal. My quote for this one was “Believe in the Magic.” I hope you’ll join me next week as I continue on my Journaling Adventure!

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Courage Journal Pages


 Courage Journal Pages
Created by Sophia Vida

Not sure if you had a chance to read my last post, Great Journey Journal Pages where I shared art created with the help of Tamara Laporte, a very talented mixed media artist at Willowing.org.

I have since enrolled in her new online course, She Blooms in Ink. I couldn’t wait for it go live December 1st. I created this beautiful girl in her class using a Strathmore Watercolor Journal measuring 11″ x 14″ which is the biggest I’ve done yet. My girls are usually on a 9″ x 12″ single page spread. This one was even larger and a double page spread to boot. It was a pretty intimidating looking at this large area I had to cover. But once I got started, I couldn’t stop. My quote for this one was “Courage. Be brave, follow your  ♥, live your dream.”

As with my last post, I can’t go into detail with how she was created but I can say without a doubt, this is an awesome course!!! I’m really loving it and can’t wait for the next project to be posted this week.

I highly, highly recommend you check out her blog and this course using the links above.

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Great Journey Journal Pages


DSC_0002-GreatJourneyJournalPages-Main Great Journey Journal Pages
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.

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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

 

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