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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!

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! 😉 )

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 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

Happy hopping peeps!

DIY nightstand makeover!

Rita Barakat DIY nightstand makeover!
Hey creatives DIY nightstand makeover today!!  Super excited to share this second project from the Prime Publishing event I shared in my last post! When you see the finished project (above) it’s hard to imagine how it started but with a little help from some very cool products I was able to make a huge makeover check it out below…

Rita Barakat DIY nightstand makeover!
Here is the view from the top of the nightstand, you can see all the cracks and holes not to mention it’s pink which doesn’t go with anything in my house!  I  filled some holes, did LOTS of sanding and I used a swiffer to pick up all the dust! I was ready to do some serious DIY painting!

Rita Barakat DIY nightstand makeover!
Here is what the nightstand looked like before – most of it was in pretty good shape it just needed a little TLC. One of the legs was stripped so I used a little glue (Beacons quick grip)  to keep it in place. Once it was cleaned up, sanded , filled and glued I started to paint.

Rita Barakat DIY nightstand makeover!
I did not use a primer, I did use Plaid chalk paint and it covered beautifully! No primer needed!
(I hate the way  most primers smell!)

Rita Barakat DIY nightstand makeover!
I did the edging with Testors enamel paint – they look great together!

Rita Barakat DIY nightstand makeover!
The accent was my favorite part, I used a stencil for DCWV with a little repositionable glue and Deoc Art foil I got this  brilliant decorative shine (did I mention I love a little sparkle?).

Rita Barakat DIY nightstand makeover!
I like this look much better! And it goes perfectly with my room makeover (I will post those pictures on Friday!)
You will find this project on the Fave Crafts site here.
Stay tuned I have another post coming ASAP with my third and final project for Prime Media!
Please go vote for this or one of the other two previous projects I posted for this contest!

Steampunk in a box!

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Good morning peeps! Steampunk in a box! This  is a new project I have to share with you,  I had so much fun with this project I couldn’t wait to share it with you! I loved taking different ideas, combining it together to make something very cool. I combined two themes I love to paint, steampunk and Alice in Wonderland. Note the eyes on my girl?  It just reminded me of Alice, the pocket watch theme is so prevalent in both themes. It also reminds me the time is fleeting…(but  I digress…)

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So I made this box for the Prime Publishing Fave Crafts Best Blogger Crafts Idea book for 2016 and contest that will be published soon! You can see last years free ebook here. (I have a project in that one too.)  One of the really fun things about going to the CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) Mega show is the Prime Publishing  Blogger party were manufacturers and designers (me) get together and chat about how we can help each other. Then some of them send products for designers to try and  make projects for the idea book & contest! When they post the contest, people vote for their favorites – I will update as soon as they post it so keep checking in! You can vote here! Steampunk in a box is one of three that I submitted for the book! I will be sharing these projects all week!

When I see a  cool project I always want to know what they used to make it (not to mention I got some really cool products to use!) so I will share by each side of the Steampunk in a box! This  side I drew my girl and used Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®  Gelatos® and PITT® Artist Pens for the girls face and clothes. (They were not a part of the Prime Publishing blogger party.) Her Glasses and necklace  were drawn in with a Gold metallic Enamel Paint Pen from Testors. Did you know they made those markers? They write over everything – even slick surfaces! I love that! I used that marker and gold DECO FOIL™ from Thermoweb on the wings to give it that gilded antiqued gold look! The  DECO FOIL™ is SO fun! It comes in every color imaginable! (You know I will be making fairy wings with the rainbow sheets!) All the chipboard pieces were covered this way – the chipboard pieces (SA Crafters LLC) were not a part of the party but  a perfect addition to this project! Pay close attention the background of the box- I was super excited to try this new Tint It spray paint from Design Master – first of all this color is gorgeous! Second it’s translucent so you can layer it to make it more opaque. I sprayed it over the  Permapaque pens from  Sakura and it looks fabulous (even better in person)! It doesn’t hide the natural patterns in the wood, it dried very quickly and still let me see clearly the design I drew with the pens. You probably knew about Sakura as they are the makers of your Gelly Pens but I had no idea they made so much more!  The Permapque pens are permanent so I wasn’t worried about them bleeding or smearing (I wrote on the wood box without sealing it and they did not bleed!). These pens write on any surface (even slick) and come in tons of colors! They come in different tip sizes and don’t bleed through paper (even Bible pages!) Lastly I put all these elements on this unfinished wooden box from Walnut Hallow . (This was not a part of the party but became the perfect venue for this magical Steampunk in a box! I love painting on wood and recently did a fairy on another piece on my previous post.)
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You really see the guiding on the wings with this side view of the Steampunk in a box! I purposely did not cover them entirely to make it look aged.
Steampunk in a Box! Rita Barakat
Keeping with the theme here is the top & side view. Later in the week I will give a more detailed look at that steampunk shoe, it has so much detail, it deserves it’s own post!

Steampunk in a Box! Rita Barakat
A last look and close up for today – I used  a lot of different products and techniques a tutorial will appear in the ebook I will give you the link here when it’s published so don’t forget to check back! Remember to vote!  ALso make sure you sign up for my newsletter! I share a full class each month and give you the inside scoop to giveaways and other fun things!


A house is not a home (and giveaway alert)

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Hello creatives!!! I have this song stuck in my head “A house is not a home” (old school – Luther Vandross)
One of the repeating lines is “a house is not a home when there’s no one there to hold  you tight and no one there you can kiss goodnight.” And since I wanted to share this little fairy house (and tree) I made I found it appropriate.
One of the things that’s nice about being an adult is you can control some of what goes on. And one of the things hubby and I decided early on is our house home would be a place of peace. Not that there isn’t a little  chaos now and then (we do have five kids!) but that it would be a safe place. Where you love unconditionally, where drama is not allowed (unless we are watching a show), where there is peace.

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We laugh together, we have fun and crazy times and can enjoy each others company. We remind our kids that you may not always have your friends that you have now but your family is always your family. We have had other friends and youth welcomed into our family – our extended family that we love, they come and visit, some have stayed with us and that is a huge blessing. People are important. All this to say if your house is not a home –  you can still make it that way. We made a choice We make a choice, everyday to make this a place that is welcoming, safe, peaceful and where you are loved.

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So now that I shared a little bit of my heart with you today, how about this house? My little fairy house as actually a challenge. I received a mystery box full of items I had to use for a contest and this is what I did with mine.

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Of course as soon as I saw the miniature house I knew I would make it into a fairy house!
Adding texture and details was just a different way to use mixed media products!

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I think there were 9 of of asked to do this  little contest. You can go  here  to go vote (for mine I hope!) and if you want the full tutorial go here and click on my Fairy House picture it will take you there!
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I am giving away product!!!! 6 sets of these Stampers Big Brush Pens!!!!
If you don’t already like my Facebook business,  go and like my facebook page  then come back and leave me a comment telling me you follow my FB page and be entered to win one of these two Artist Pens sets – I will be picking a total of 6 winners announcing on FRIDAY the 2nd! And if you are not on my newsletter you might want to sign up as I will be using these in next months Top Secret Mixed Media Class!!!!(Sign up on the right of this blog!)

Hoping you house is a home,

Rita Barakat
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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® and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

What does a giveaway from look like? Apron
Remember a while back I asked for suggestions on new girls for aprons and I said someone would win one? This is what I came up with and thought you might want to take a look!  I put a tutorial on how I made this over on the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® blog  I hope you will go check it out! Here is a close up!
Well I am feverishly putting together class kits for my classes next week! Some of my classes are already sold out but some of the classes have  a few spots open! Did I mention giveaways? So many exciting surprises in store! If you are in TX and haven’t signed up yet you can still come and sign up at the eventt!

Check my class page  samples and other places where I will be teaching this summer!

Great American Scrapbook Convention June 18-20, 2015
Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, Texas, June 18-20

Gelatos® 101
Thursday, June 18, 2015 ~  2:30 – 3:30 PM
Friday, June 19, 2015 ~ 5:30-630PM

Mixed Media De’mist’ified!
Thursday, June 18, 2015 ~ 4-5PM
Friday, June 19, 2015 ~ 4-5PM

What time is it?
Thursday June 18, 2015 ~ 1-2PM
Saturday, June 20, 2015~ 4 PM – 5PM

Summer is officially here! Sand textured project!

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Hey hey there bloggers! Summer is officially here and I have a fun and easy project for ya today!
I took a Deflecto 3 sided acrylic frame and decorated it for some of my favorite summer pictures!
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For the sand I used this texture sand from Deco Art – nice white sand for those sandy beach memories! *tip – this is not a quick project, it needs to lay flat while drying and depending on where you are (there is a lot of humidity here lately so it took longer to dry) it could take a while to dry. I would do one side, add a shell or two, let it dry then do the next side…

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I used a Fiskars punch for clouds.


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I cut burlap for trees and coconuts and palm leaves out of double sided green card stock. (DCWV paper)

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You can use a small paint brush to curl up the leaves so they don’t lay so flat.

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Cut little fringes, every once in a while cut the other way…

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Glue all your pieces together (I used Gel Medium – Faber-Castell) and onto your frame and add pictures!

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Fun and easy! What do you think? Any summer projects up your sleeve?


Going Steampunk with ColourArte

Hey  artsy peeps go check out this project I have on the ColourArte blog today! There is a video tutorial!!!
Don’t forget to leave me some love and let me know if you have any questions! I think this new blue “Azurite” Twinkling H2o is my new favorite color!
P.S. Dont forget to check my class page if you want to take a class this summer!
Coming soon –

Great American Scrapbook Convention June 18-20, 2015
Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, Texas, June 18-20

Gelatos® 101
Thursday, June 18, 2015 ~  2:30 – 3:30 PM
Friday, June 19, 2015 ~ 5:30-630PM

Mixed Media De’mist’ified!
Thursday, June 18, 2015 ~ 4-5PM
Friday, June 19, 2015 ~ 4-5PM

What time is it?
Thursday June 18, 2015 ~ 1-2PM
Saturday, June 20, 2015~ 4 PM – 5PM


Who wants to win an original painted apron? (giveaway now CLOSED)

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Hey there artsy peeps! So I shared 5 days of art on my FB page  last week and because I love painting aprons (shared these yesterday) and I had a fabulous idea. I need some ideas for future aprons – so why don’t you throw some out and I will pick one lucky winner to custom paint an apron for you from your suggested ideas! Leave a comment below and I will pick a winner on Friday the 20th. Feel free to include colors, themes- girl or background? If there is a girl, is she just a girl or a mermaid? Or Fairy? Be creative! If you can dream it I can paint it. I will give the winner 24 hours to get back to me with their address – if I don’t hear from you I will pick another winner  and they have 24 hours to get back to me and so on…Meanwhile here are a few previous aprons I made…


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I can’t wait to hear your ideas!



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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