Altered Art

Wonderful Things Keepsake

 

Hi there,

Karen here, sharing a little Keepsake that I created with the Fairy Magic stamp set and oxide inks. I absolutely love this stamp set. It’s perfect for all types of projects of all sizes. This keepsake measures 5 1/2 x 5 1/2. It’s a great gift giving idea and always perfect for art décor in your crafty space too. The base of this project is a shadow box that I found clearanced at a local craft store.

 

I began this keepsake with inking some watercolor paper with various oxide inks and water. I used oxide colors: broken china, fossilized amber and spiced marmalade. I trimmed my watercolor paper down to a layering size.

Using black ink, I stamped fairies and sentiments onto the inked watercolor paper and then heat set the ink. I stamped multiple fairies and sentiments to be used in other projects. A fairy and sentiment were then cut out with scissors.

 

Next, I distressed the edges of the watercolor paper, fairy and sentiment with coordinating oxide ink.

 

Next, I applied oxide inks to resin embellishments using a paint brush.

 

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Then, I adhered some jeweled adhesive paper to the shadow box as the base layer of the keepsake.

 

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Next, I adhered the inked layer and resin embellishments to the keepsake.

I then added the “Wonderful Things” sentiment and fairy to the keepsake using 3D tape.

 

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Lastly, I adhered coordinating flowers, clear beaded spray stems and a crystal charm.

 

This was a super easy and fun project that came together very quickly. The use of the fairy and sentiment added just the right touch to make this gift special. The stamp set can be found using the link below:

Fairy Magic Stamp Set

Thanks so much visiting today.
Karen

Karen Jiles http://stampinakapalace.blogspot.com/

Touch of Magic Tag

Hello creative friends! Ramona here, and I am so excited to share my latest mixed media altered tag project with you. This is a beautiful craft that will look great with any little gift or treat you may be sharing with someone. Using the Fairy Magic stamp set from the Brutus Monroe collection you can take any tag and transform into a whimsical and magical scene. Rita Barakat has created the sweetest stamps that help you make any tag or card stand out.

Start by creating the background you desire on your tag.  I used a combination of ink spray and distress markers, blending them together with a water loaded brush.  I like the finished look a distressed edge gives any piece, so I decided to distress the edge of the tag by gently scraping the sides of it on my ink pad.  I used my water on a brush once again to blur some of this color in.

By having the images stamped on card stock they were ready to color and cut out while my tag dried.  It is important to let the layers dry before you start to adhere them together.  This also helps you see what the true colors of your project are and make any adjustments you need.

Next, I do a ‘stash grab’, where I quickly browse through my supplies and grab several bits and baubles that may work on my tag.  I love new products and craft supplies, but I am a real promoter for using what you have and taking advantage of the little supplies you may normally overlook.  Because my tag and images were already colored, this helped me stick to a specific color palette as I was grabbing. I do this quickly and don’t over think it!

Deciding on which embellishments to use usually easy for me once I start to play with them all together.  I quickly settled on the purple daisies (although the yellow center was not my favorite, so I ended up covering them completely with glitter!) and some wispy yarn and ribbon. I also stamped the dragonfly on the back ground and added a few more dots just to give another layer of texture and interest before gluing on the final images.

Here is another look at the finished tag after assembling all the elements together. I kept imagining how fun this would be on a cellophane wrapped treat for a friends birthday, or on a cute little gift basket for a new favorite teacher.

 

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The details of the stamp set are just beautiful, and they imprint so well on card stock.  Take your time coloring in your fairy, and you can’t go wrong with her sweet and beautiful face. I can’t wait to see what you make with your Fairy Magic stamps- be sure to post a link in the comments or tag us on your post!

I hope this inspires you to add a little magic and beauty to your next gift <3 Please leave a comment and tell me how you will be using your tags, or post a link to share your project with us.

Fairy Magic Stamp Set 

XOXO

Ramona

 

Ramona is a mother to 3 boys (well, men at this point!) who craves creative time to express herself and make pretty things. You can stop by her blog for a peek in her life, or check out her artistic journey on Instagram.

Fairy Garden Diorama Box

Jenn DuBell Fairy Garden Doiarama Box www.ritabarakat.com

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 www.ritabarakat.com Fairy Garden Stamp Set www.ritabarakat.com

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 www.ritabarakat.com

Jenn DuBell Fairy Garden Diorama Box www.ritabarakat.com

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.

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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.

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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 www.ritabarakat.com

Jenn DuBell Fairy Garden Diorama Box www.ritabarakat.com

Jenn DuBell Fairy Garden Diorama Box www.ritabarakat.com

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

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Free Spirit Insta Album

Hi there, Karen here!

Today I’m sharing an Altered Insta Album created with Rita’s Cowboy Boot Artfoamie stamp. I had the most fun with this stamp.  It measures 6 x 4 and perfect for large projects.  I coordinated this fun stamp with some oxide inks, flowers, and dyed ribbon. The album measures 11 x 6.

I began the altering of this album by inking some watercolor paper with various oxide inks and water. I used oxide colors: worn lipstick, wilted violet, broken china, and fossilized amber.  These colors compliment each other well.

 

I inked (2) 12 x 12 sheets of watercolor paper. I also used the remaining loose ink to coordinate ribbon for this album. I heat set the inked watercolor papers and continued adding inks until I was happy with the end result.

 

 

I inked the Cowboy Boot foam stamp with black ink and stamped onto the inked watercolor paper. I love how crisp the stamping came out. The ink colors in the background peek through perfectly. I stamped the boot onto the second ink watercolor paper and then cut the boots out using scissors.

 

 

I trimmed one of the inked watercolor papers down to layering size and transferred a script to the watercolor paper using a stencil, Copic marker, and air compressor. I also tapped some broken china oxide ink onto the inked watercolor paper to accent the color combination. I used a heat tool to heat set the additional ink on the watercolor paper.

 

Layer the inked watercolor paper onto coordinating cardstock. Add ribbon and metal charm to the bottom of the watercolor and cardstock layer, and adhere to the front of the Insta Album. Add stamped cowboy boots to the album.

 

 I added coordinating flowers, heart pearl pins, Free Spirit charm and ribbon to the front of the Insta Album.

 

I absolutely loved working with the cowboy boot stamp. The 4 x 6 size of the boot was ideal for this altered project. The stamp that I used for this project can be found using the link below:

Cowboy Boot

Thanks so much visiting today.

Karen

 

 

You Do You: An Art Journal page using stencils

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Good Morning Creatives!

Keri Sallee here and today I am sharing with you a recent art journal piece I made using Rita’s “DIVA” stencil for Brutus Monroe. 

I LOVE this stencil! She just looks so happy and joyful, so I wanted to make her look like she was the kind of person who just REALLY enjoys life.

Art Journal Ritabarkakt.com

Products Used:

“Diva” Stencil

Mechanical Pencil

Black Fine Tip Sharpie

PrismaColor Color Pencils

Tim Holtz “Small Talk” Stickers

Close-Up!!

I wanted her hair to reflect her joyful nature….bright, funky and fun. I used a medium turquoise, a lime green and a bright yellow, that I blended together with a PrismaColor Blender pencil.

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Food for Thought

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Along with her joyful looks, I wanted her to say something…maybe put a little challenge out into the universe:

DO MORE THAN EXIST

DO YOUR BEST

DO WHAT YOU LOVE

I think they are all connected in a way….especially if you read them from the bottom to the top.

If you do what you LOVE…you will always want to do your best.

If you are doing your BEST…you will thrive in your life instead of just existing.

And it all comes back around…if you are MORE than EXISTING…you will LOVE life more and the cycle continues.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project and you are CHALLENGED to THRIVE in your life and not just exist.

Until next time,

XOXO,

KERI

Rita’s “DIVA” stencil for Brutus Monroe. 

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!
Shilpa

Avoid these 3 common mistakes most beginning artists make!

3 common mistakes most artists make

You’ve spent times pouring over you latest masterpiece,  you think you are finished but something is not quite right…How do you fix it? Here are five common mistakes that most artist make and how to fix it!


3 common mistakes most artists make

Mistake 1: Using the wrong paper, starting off with the right type of paper is so important for good results. I wasn’t paying attention and I used a paper form my drawing pad instead of watercolor or mixed media paper. When you paint on drawing paper it makes the paper warp and if you are using a lot of water or heavy mediums you can make the paper start to pill or worse you could make a hole in the paper! Yes you can gesso it first, and that is what I did once I realized it was the wrong type of paper (of course I had to do it in front of a live audience! ha!) and it helps, but it’s not enough. It also is not meant to take paint – so you don’t get even coverage. Most drawing paper is a lot thinner than watercolor or mixed media paper. I like a lot of layers of paint, textures, blending directly on the project, so the paper gets very wet with all these mediums.

'If you are going to abuse your paper you had better make sure it's strong enough to handle it! RitaBarakat.com' quote='If you are going to abuse your paper you had better make sure it's strong enough to handle it! Click To Tweet“(giggle)

*Solution: the right paper – I prefer at least 90lbs watercolor, mixed media or bristol paper. (Most watercolor has texture I like it, some prefer smooth especially for faces which is when I reach for the bristol.)

Mistake 2 : Scale and proportion: Often times I (especially when doing videos) I forget to take a step back a look at my piece perpendicular to me. Let me explain, most of us are drawing, painting on a flat surface (a desk or table). It is easy for the proportions to be skewed from this point of view. Which is why many artists use an easel.

*Solution? You could use and easel. Or simply stop every once in awhile and hold that picture up –  look at it for balance. Especially for faces – our eyes naturally look for balance. Had I stopped and looked I would have noticed one eye is slightly larger than the other, Can you see it? I also have an issue with the eyebrows – I prefer that they be more similar.

3 common mistakes most artists make

Mistake 3 : You know something is wrong maybe It’s in the details…because I blog, do videos, post on social media I take pictures of all my work. Nowadays everyone has a camera on their phone. You can take a picture blow it up and look at it up close! There are small details you can live with – for example I don’t mind that the eyebrow is not perfect because when I look at the overall picture is not noticeable. However when I looked at it close up I didn’t like some things- I had more white dot highlights and it just felt like too much. I decided to take it back a notch and simply grabbed a marker and went over some of those areas. When I stepped back it looked much better without them. If you look in whole photo above, you can see a little red mark on her neck where the hair color bled. I only noticed it when I did the close ups, an easy fix if you catch it. two suggestion when using watercolor: Get a wet paint brush and work it in (BLEND) or lift it off. Use a clean wet paint brush, “paint” the are to be removed and wipe the paint onto a towel, repeat until the paint is gone or blended in. If you are using acrylics get your gesso,cover it up and paint again.

If you watch my videos you have heard me say this so many times…

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There have been times (when I have rushed) I even forgot to paint something, in my classes the most common mistakes I see when doing faces is they forget eyebrows and/or eyelashes. When you look at  your picture in pieces you will find those mistakes.

*Solution: Take a close up. take a picture up close, (you don’t have to print it) just look at it on your camera; you can see things you didn’t even know were wrong! Make sure the pieces are all painted, fix mistakes and all body parts are present! lol

(This project is on my latest periscope called “hey let’s do something creative, are you with me?” Most of the paints are from Daniel Smith. That fantastic color I got on her hair is by using Daniel Smith Gold grounds first then adding red watercolor on top!)

We all make mistakes as artists, even those of us who have been doing this a long time so slow down, try these tips and see if your work doesn’t improve! Do you have any tips? I would love to hear them, leave them in the comments below!

A little holiday magic! 

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Hello Creatives! I don’t know about you but I can always use a little holiday magic right about now! I have so much to share!! Well first of all i have new and exciting new products in the store! Being so close to Christmas I know I probably should have waited but I was so excited to share them with you!  All of my products are based on original artwork- some that you may have seen in a periscope or Facebook live videos! Remember I only have a few items of each!!


Yesterday on the Therm O Web blog I shared some fun tips to add sparkle into your projects! If you missed it. Check it out here http://thermoweb.com/blog/add-little-sparkle-projects/#comment-443806

And what you have been waiting for??My stencil giveaway! Wendy Designs! Congrats ! Email me your addy please! If you did not win they are available in the shop ! https://www.etsy.com/listing/462311179/so-you-say-you-cant-draw-stencil-bundle?ref=shop_home_active_8#

Last but not least you can still enter to win the $ 100.00 visa gift card by entering  a comment in the previous post below! Whew that was a kit of info! And I still need a lot of holiday magic! This girl is still not ready for Christmas but no matter  what  it will be here soon and we will enjoy it! Hope you will too!

Merry Christmas peeps!!

Blessings! Rita

Last Minute Gift Ideas Blog Hop!


Hello Creatives! Welcome to the last minute gift ideas hop! I don’t know about you but this time of the year get crazy busy for me! However I was very excited though to take a time out and do this blog hop! There are a ton of ideas for last minute gift ideas on this hop and today I am sharing not one but 6 projects for this last minute gift ideas hop! Starting with this art journal makeover! On Monday nights at 8pm CST I do a live broadcast on facebook!
Last Monday night I started off this art journal here’s the video of the live show if you want to check it out!

You should join us! Because it’s on FB you can type your comments questions  and I can answer as I go – I can also alter my project depending on who is watching and your suggestions! Fun! So here are some other ideas that won’t take you very long for last minute gift ideas! (You may want to bookmark this site! 😉 )

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http://ritabarakat.com/2015/12/07/handmade-ornaments/

http://ritabarakat.com/2014/12/05/christmas-decorations-on-foam/

http://ritabarakat.com/2014/11/28/christmas-countdown/

http://ritabarakat.com/2014/11/14/making-your-own-christmas-ornaments/

http://ritabarakat.com/2012/12/17/on-the-fourth-day-of-christmas/

Here are the other designers in the hop  – oh did I mention that form the comments on the blog someone will win a $100.00 Visa gift card? Merry Christmas! Everyone is eligible to win, whether you’re in the U.S. or international.

In order to win leave a comment answering the question – “What is your favorite “can’t live without” craft supply or tool?” The winner of the $100 Visa gift card will be announced on einatkessler.com on Sunday, Dec 25th.

*Bonus! Take a look at my etsy shop and let me know what you think about my stencils!
I will be picking one winner from those who mention my stencils on this post for a free set of stencils on Thursday!

Ola Khomenok
Patti Hodder
Kathy Clement
Alexandra Morein
Sandy Trefger
Gloria Stengel
Pam Bray
Einat Alagem
Keren Tamir
Terry Ricioli
Katelyn Grosart
Einat Kessler
Susan M. Brown {sbartist}
Steph Ackerman
Eileen Hull
Rita Barakat – YOU ARE HERE  😉
Mahe Zehra

 

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Happy hopping peeps!