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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.

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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…

'Gesso is your friend!'Click To Tweet

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

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/YzRlMWZiYjMyNGQ0NTViMTYwNWEyZGJjNjhmMTdlOjE=/?

Happy hopping peeps!

How changing color can completely change your art

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Hello color creatives! Well things are getting crazy around here!  I am creating like crazy, teaching classes and getting ready to head to MI  to demo for a convention! Should be fun times! Meanwhile I have been doing some fun live videos on Periscope – have you been watching? I am trying to figure out an easy way to transfer those videos to Youtube... but I digress…

Here are some pics from yesterday periscope. This one is before I added color to her hair  – notice the feel of the piece. I find it interesting that changing even one color can  change your perspective and the feel of a apiece. I think I will do this again and leave her hair white, I like it.  Here is  a close up of the background…

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These are the textures before I did a final layer of Gesso to soften the look, notice the different feel when I change the color…

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Totally different look with Gesso and pink hair color right? night and day! I loved both outcomes, even though they are so different! The pink and pastel yellow color  background seems to make it more warm, magical, ethereal, fairytale-ish.  The white color against the bold background feels like winter, more modern, easy to imagine in a children’s book. Amazing the power of color!

Pink color Princess Rita Barakat
Here is a close up of her face, isn’t it interesting how color can completely change the feel and look of the same painting? Here she is again on an art journal page…

Yellow color Princess Rita Barakat art Journal
On this page she has a different background and fluorescent yellow hair color. Same girl different feel. And depending on who you are and what you like you will favor a different  girl. I actually drew her here first in my art journal. Most of the time this is where I start, making sketches in my art journal or sketchbook. I don’t always color all of my sketches but as soon as I finished I knew she would be the perfect subject for the commissioned piece, ent on to do that and then came back to paint this one.


Yellow color Princess Rita Barakat
What is very interesting here is that her hair is actually fluorescent – it doesn’t show in the photos but it is amazing bright fluorescent yellow in person and on a video. I really like all three versions. Here you can see again how changing colors makes such a dramatic difference in the feel of a piece. It makes me want to be more proficient in photoshop! LOL   It also makes me think about how we choose color – sometimes it’s good to experiment!

I think you will be seeing this girl again- any name suggestions for these girls? Please leave me a comment!

Bible journaling and more!

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Hey there creatives! This is my project from yesterday’s periscope – if you are not watching you should download the app as I do projects live on Periscope!  On Fridays I am doing Bible journaling so make sure you tune in at 3pm EST.
As promised the products I used on this project :
From Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft – Gesso, Gelatos in Lavender, Guava, Peach, Red Cherry, Chocolate, Metallic Grape, PITT Artist pen in black and red, Glitter Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Whipped Spackle
The stencil is from Prima (I’ve had this one for  a few years so i don’t know that you will be able to find it.)
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Here is a close up! I also promised to share the details of my next class it’s a mixed media canvas…


This is the first of many classes I will be teaching at Sparks Studio in Arlington TX.
Mixed Media Mayhem March 16. There are plenty more classes coming, I will put them on my classes page as they become available. There are several classes that have already been approved for different shows in Dallas, Houston and Tulsa, in addition to Sparks Studio I am just waiting for the times and dates.

In the meantime please check out my Periscopes (RitaBarakat1) and my youtube  channel – I will be adding some of my scopes there as well as more videos. I am trying to catch up with everything my top secret mixed media class newsletter will be going out soon too so don’t forget to sign up!

Have a blessed weekend!

 

Creative and Colorful hot air balloon!

Rita Barakat
Color color everywhere! Hey there artsy peeps I have super busy creating so many creative and colorful projects that I can’t wait to share with you! But today I can only reveal this sweet tag! You can see the full tutorial on the ColourArte blog today! There is so much more to come for the month of July so stay close peeps you wont want to miss out!

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Exciting stuff coming soon!
P.S.  dont forget to click my classes page especially if you will be in Houston or Tulsa in Aug!
*another class was added to Houston! Yay!

Blessings!

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Rita Barakat Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator and Designer & Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacture websites and magazines. She designs for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®, Deflecto, ColourArte and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

I love Mermaids

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Hey there arsty peeps! Lately I have been making mermaids! I love mermaids! I still have a few more ideas in the works so be on the lookout! I made this mermaid project for my last post on The Crafters Workshop. A tutorial on how I made the background on this project is on their blog – I would love it if you went and checked it out. I loved my time over at TCW and wanted to leave an awesome project for my last one. If you ever get the chance to work with TCW you should totally do it! Now lets talk mermaid tails!

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I started by coloring my mermaid with various Gelatos® Colors.

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Using a wet paint brush to spread the color gave a molted effect and then I grabbed some Chroma Crackle.

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When its wet it looks slick, as it dries it turns white.

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Once it dried completely I grabbed Twinkling H20’s to make her shiny and iridescent.

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Once it was dry I added a layer of glaze. I added some bling into the wet glaze.

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The bling turned out to be a perfect addition to the project!

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Here is a close up once it was all dry!

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And if you missed this Mermaid I made for  Design Memory Craft you can go check it out on their blog!

I hope you like me mermaids, I would love to hear any great ideas for mermaids!

Blessings!
Rita

 

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Rita Barakat Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator and Designer & Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacture websites and magazines. She designs for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®,The Crafters Workshop, DCWV, Deflecto, ColourArte and freelances for a variety of manufacturers