Emotions Journal Layout

Hello, Everyone! Jenn here! Today I want to share my Emotions art journal layout with you.

Have you ever wanted to draw faces in your journal or other mixed media? If you have but you think your drawing skills won’t allow it you need to try these stencils! Rita Barakat designed them for this exact purpose.

These stencils are sold in a set In Rita’s Etsy Store here.

For this layout, I used the Sweet Sisters Flower stencil.

I also used The following stamps by Rita Barakat

Fairy Garden Background Stamp
Art Foamies Heart Wing

To create journal layouts like this one, start by creating a background. Use a combination of inks, sprays, and acrylics with stamps and stencils. Random ink sprays and splatters, combined with stamps brought this background to life. Once you have a background use the face stencils wherever you want them on your page. Add color to eyes and lips using pens or colored pencils as I did. You can also incorporate embossing powders as I did with mine. I used the Art Foamies Heart Wing stamp and white chalk ink. Stamp on the page and sprinkle with an iridescent pink embossing powder. Heat set the embossing powder with a heat tool.

Here are some more views of my process. Thank you so much for viewing my post! I hope that you are inspired to grab some of these stamps and stencils and get inky and creative with your journal!


In this photo, you can see where I started with thinner black lines and then started writing the script around the hair lines.


Adding white dots with a gel pen to the hair strands added more interest. Also, add some stamping with the Fairy Garden Background Stamp. This does not have to be perfect! Art is whatever your imagination creates! Add touches of color using bright gel pens or colored pencils. I used a distress marker in a fleshy pink tone and traced around all of the face lines to add dimension.

Thanks Again For viewing My post Today! Until next time, Jenn

“Sweet Sister Star” Stencil Art Journal


Good Morning Creatives!

Keri Sallee here and today I am sharing with you an art journal piece I recently did using one of Rita’s Sweet Sisters Star stencil.

Creating my Background.

For my background, I used my Gel Press plate to mono-print my background. Monoprinting is a super easy and fun way to create background with loads of color and texture. Having a textured background helps you stencil POP!

I starting by gathering my art journal (this one is a Dylusions Journal by Dyan Reavely), fluorescent acrylic paint and my largest gel plate.

Using a stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop, I used a brayer to roll my fluorescent green paint through my stencil on to my gel plate.

When you remove the stencil you will have these great leaf patterns. Allow it to dry slightly before braying over a light coat of a bright color. I chose fluorescent pink! Once my color was down, I pressed bubble wrap on to a few places to add visual texture.

Flipping my journal over onto my gel plate was the easiest way to transfer my image.

Look at all the YUMMY texture!! Since i knew I would be using a stencil later, I made sure to keep all my paints and textures flat. This will give me a better stencil image when I get ready to transfer it.

To add my next layer, I started with some fluid acrylic smoothed all over my plate using a brayer. I chose a purple so that it would be a high contrast to my bright background.

Using my same stencil, I placed it on top of my paint and then pressed my journal in different places all over my background.

Here is my completed background:


Next it was time to add my image. I find that using a .7 size mechanical pencil works the best when transferring stencils.

Then…I went to town! Wanting her to be different and unusual, I gave her turquoise eyes and lime green hair with purple highlights.

I intentionally didn’t add the stars that are part of the stencil. By omitting things like that you can completely personalize your project and get more “bang for your buck” when it comes to stencils.



What does it mean?

I chose the phrase “Find your peace and hold on tight” because it can be so easy to let others steal our joy.


That one girl at work makes a snarky comment about your outfit and ruins your day.

Your already running late and jerk goes 10 miles under the speed limit…making you even later.

Your husband doesn’t help with the laundry or dishes and you feel overwhelmed and under appreciated.

All of these things can ruin our day…if we let it.

I’m not saying it’s easy…I know life isn’t always rainbows and unicorns, but while we might not have control over the external circumstances, we DO have control over how we react to it. We can choose whether or not we let it take root in our minds, our hearts and our spirits.

I hope today….in the midst of the negativity of life…you will make the choice to hold tight to your peace and NEVER let someone else take it.

You are the master of your ship…don’t let someone else direct your sails.

Until next time,




Fairy Garden Diorama Box

Jenn DuBell Fairy Garden Doiarama Box

Hello there! My name is Jenn and today I want to show you my Fairy Garden Diorama Box! Who doesn’t love fairies and bunnies? I know I do and I just love the whimsical stamps Rita Barakat created! For this project, I used her Art Foamies Hot Air Balloon stamp in combination with her Fairy Garden Background and Fairy Garden Stamp sets.

Fairy Garden Background Stamp Fairy Garden Stamp Set

Now, Let’s see how it was done!

First, let’s create the balloon and baskets.

To create this whimsical diorama, start with the Art Foamies Hot Air Balloon Stamp Set and stamp two of the balloons and three of the baskets onto heavy card stock using ink in a few of your favorite bright colors. For mine, I chose aqua, pink, lime, and a touch of purple. Now, use double sided tape or another adhesive to adhere these pieces to a thin chipboard. If you use a wet adhesive let dry completely. Next, cut these out and set them aside to dry completely.

Jenn DuBell Fairy Garden Diorama Box

Jenn DuBell Fairy Garden Diorama Box

Now, onto the fairy, bunnies, trees, and mushrooms!

 To stamp the fairy, bunnies, and mushrooms from the Fairy Garden Stamp Set, use black permanent ink on watercolor paper. Do the same with the Fairy Garden Background Stamp two or three times next to each other. Next, sprinkle images with clear embossing powder while the ink is still wet and then activate the powder with a heat tool. Doing this will give you a raised edge to use as a guideline for coloring your images and it will ensure that they do not run together. Use watercolor pens and/or pencils in coordinating colors to color your stamped images. Next, cut out all of the images you want to use once they are dry.

Jenn DuBell Fairy Garden Diorama Box

Finally! Assembly time!!

For the basket, you will need to create a joint on each corner (4 total) using cardboard as shown below. Use one of the stamped baskets for the sides by cutting it in half. Once joints have adhered it should create a small box. I used double sided tape for this.

Jenn DuBell Fairy Garden Diorama Box

Next, begin assembling the diorama. Place paper straws in front and back of the basket to place the balloon on. Place Fairy in the basket, and continue building with foam dots or bits of cut cardboard and adhesive until you have the scene you like!  Glue or tape the diorama to a piece of thin chipboard and adhere to the box lid. Paint the top with a green acrylic paint to blend in. Now, add a sentiment to the front of box lid and place it on the box! Now put something fun inside and give your gift!

Jenn DuBell Fairy Garden Diorama Box

Jenn DuBell Fairy Garden Diorama Box

Jenn DuBell Fairy Garden Diorama Box

Thanks so much for joining me in creating this fun whimsical gift box! I hope that you are inspired to create one of your own!! Until next time have fun creating! X Jenn

Jenn DuBell Rita Barakat Design Team



























Looking for art journaling techniques?

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If you are looking for art journaling techniques, you are in the right place!
Hi there! My name is Jenn DuBell and I am so excited to be a part of this new team! I have admired Rita Barakat’s artwork for a while now so I was excited when she announced her DT call and now I am truly honored that she has chosen me to be a part of it!
Today I am sharing my art journal layout called “Dreams in Circles”
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I had so much fun trying out Rita’s new stamps and stencils with several different art journaling techniques to see the endless possibilities! For this page I used Sweet Sisters Hearts face stencil. As a little tribute to Rita herself, I used watercolor pencils in hues of blue and purple to get the amazing hair color. I used pinks and peaches for her sweet little face and added some bright greens for her eyes.
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Next, on to the fun background of my page! I used some teal stencil paint through a bubble stencil and some sprays of pink and purple. I added the same teal paint to Rita’s Art Foamies Zen Doodle stamp and then a high impact white gel pen for highlights. For the circles, I used several acrylic paints in coordinating colors onto white cardstock with a Gelli plate and circle stencil. I then stamped them with Rita’s Whimsical Fairy Garden Background stamp and Fairy Magic stamps.
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Next, I punched out circles in three different sizes and adhered them onto my pages, highlighting the outer edges with a black watercolor pencil and a water brush. I wanted to add some pops of red here and there so I used Dylusions paint pens. I also added a few white highlights to the bubbles and some wording. I enjoyed all the bright colors and watching how Rita’s creations come to life!
Here are some closer views. I just love the sweet faces you can create with Rita’s stencils and bright colors!
Here are the links to get Rita’s stamps and stencils!
 Thanks so much for reading and I hope you get some inspiration from this layout.
Jenn DuBell

Hot Air Balloon Love!


Hello Everyone!  Shilpa here. I am so happy to share my first creation as Design Team member for Rita Barakat Designs.  I have created an art journal page using Rita’s Hot Air Balloon stamp Zen Doodle. Honestly, this is the first time using an Art Foamies stamp and I love using it!

To start my journal page, I stamped the balloon image on a white piece of paper using acrylic paint. The paint gives the perfect image showing all the lovely detailed designs on it. Next, I cut the balloon out it to use as my focal point on my journal page.

On the journal page itself, I first adhered dictionary papers.  Because I was going to use acrylic paint, I applied a layer of white gesso as a primer to the whole surface. I then covered almost the whole page with yellow acrylic paint and let it dry completely. At the edges of the page, I used blue acrylic paint. Before it dried, I put a net stencil on it and removed some of the blue paint with a baby wipe. For the next layer, I stenciled hearts with pink acrylic paint.  For more texture, I used blue archival ink and a texture stamp, and randomly stamped the image on the page.  I also printed circles with a bottle cap and some paint.  Lastly, I adhered the Hot Air Balloon Zen Doodle to the journal page.

Here is the link to purchase Hot Air Balloon stamp Zen Doodle.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Who wants to create a fairy on wood?

Hello friends, I am super excited to share today’s fairy on wood surface project! I did a sneak peek on my social media channels yesterday and this is the completed project for my newsletter going out later today! If you haven’t signed up make sure you do and quick! Just click on the box on the right and sign up!  I was super ecstatic to receive this Basswood Country Round from Walnut Hallow – the wood piece is gorgeous, it comes plain, smooth, perfect for all your creative designs! Of course you knew I had to add a fairy on the wood!

After drawing my fairy on wood I painted with fluid acrylics by Deco Arts and I used Gelatos for skin tone shading and depth. I used pearl medium mixed with fluid acrylics for that shimmering effect. And those  tiny swirls? Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen! Gorgeous colors right?

This fairy on wood  also has beautiful  shimmer on her lips by adding the Sakura pen over the top of fluid acrylic! Fun right? It’z not just metallic it actually sparkles! Even more so in person!

If you want to watch this project in progress and learn how to create a fairy on wood yourself make sure you sign up for my newsletter, I will be sending it out with the video link later today!  I will also be on Periscope later today as well, I hope you will join me! Have a great weekend!

Blog Hop with DCWV and Clear Scraps!

Hey there crafty peeps! 
For the next four days DCWV & Clear Scraps are
 joining together to show how fabulous their products are together.

So if you are here for the first time welcome! 

And if you are a regular, so glad you are! 

I got to work with DCWV’s Jolly Whimsy Stack and a Clear Scraps 5 piece banner. 
I took lot of pictures so you can see all the fun little details!
 I used Staz On directly on the acrylic banner then added
lots of fun accents that I cut out from the Jolly Whimsy stack.
As you can see in this picture there are lots of metallic accents in this stack as well 
as really cute images and shades pink and green.

 What I love about this stack is that you can use the whole sheets or cut
it up like I did;  Can’t you imagine these as tags for your Christmas presents?
 I actually embossed the acrylic – I wouldn’t do this with any acrylic,
 there is a little warping and you do have to move fast but it does work. 
I wish you could see this in person so you could see how cool the raised 
notes and glitter look on the acrylic! 
Those itty bitty flags are DCWV too!
I threw these pictures in  because  you cant see this in the other pictures- 
I used DCWV glitter paper to mat everything and look at how it sparkles!
Be sure to leave a comment here and on all the other designers’ blogs to be entered to win a Goodie Box from DCWV!There will be 2 winners picked and announced on the DCWV blog.
You have until Midnight Sunday November 24th to enter.
The winners of the Jolly Whimsy Stacks will be announced on Monday November 25th.
Good luck!
In case you get lost along the way~
Sara Andrews:
Thomisia Francois:

And if you’re looking for something to do on Saturday~
Saturday’s blog hop:
Rachel Kleinman:
Hilde Janbroers-stolk:

And make sure you check out the Clear Scraps Design Team on Monday and Tuesday!!
If you liked this project come to my facebook page
and become a follower – I am almost at 500 likes and when I hit it
I am going to do a big giveaway! 
(Yes! There will be DCWV and Clear Scraps in that goodie box!)
Thanks for stopping by!
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Having Hope…

 Good morning blog readers!
Or is it? Yes , yes it is. I am refusing to let anything/ anyone steal my joy today!
Last night I was so frustrated by blogger- I spent hours trying to upload picturres
and it would not let me, today no problem. Yesterday I spent hours tying to figure out
some computer/picture stuff and today I have somemone who is going to help me figure it out!
I am still struggling with my mom- she still wants “to go home” (she’s already called three times this morning) but I know that many people with Alzhiemers go through this phase and although I dont have a resolve for that I still have hope that it can be a good day!
 I have hope every time I look at my little ones and remember how far they have come.
Don’t get me wrong, they still  have struggles that other kids their age
dont have, they have special needs but they are overcomers!
And in spite of their backgrounds and disabilities they have great joy and
successes! I am amazed  by their resilience! And we all have alot of fun together.
We do not take for granted the everyday moments.
 Her is the whole layout, it is featured on the Clear Scraps blog today.
For details on how to make the the acrylic pieces please go check their blog.
I hope that you are savoring your everyday moments- there is always something
to be thankful for (even if it’s being thankful that it’s not worse! LOL!)
what are you thankful for today?
(Which reminds me I really need to do a spot on hubby- he just hates
anyone taking his picture! LOL!)
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Dont let anyone dull your SpArkLe!

Hey bloggers! Just in case you missed this on the 
Clear Scraps Blog yesterday here are some pics !
For the details you will have to check the Clear Scraps blog!
I just couldn’t not post baby girls picture – it really captures her
bold and fun loving character! She can be serious one minute and totally silly the next!

And I found this quote and knew it was perfect for her!
When we brought baby girl home, she was so sickly- failure to thrive.
She was so quiet that first year, shy, timid, scared of everything.
But look at her now, bold, outgoing- she is amazing!

  Here’s the whole layout.
Don’t forget to check back on Monday & next Thursday 
for another opportunity to win some goodies!!!