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Emotions Journal Layout

EmotionsArtJournalJennDuBellwww.ritabarakat.com

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.

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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

Exciting news!

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Hello Creatives!  Rita here to share some fun things happening! First I am so excited to share this new product that I know you will love to have in your arsenal!  I have two new Journaling tapes. A mermaid version and fairy version! They come in sheets of four – four strips on each sheet, two of each sheet. I am sooooo excited about this because this tape is finished by YOU! You can color it with markers, paints, gel pens, crayons, inks…possibilities are endless! You can even foil them!!

In addition, I would think you would have so much fun by joining me in an online crop! I will be teaching three online class that will be taught LIVE on Facebook! You can sign up here https://www.facebook.com/rita.barakat.1/shop/?rt=19

The classes are on Sept 16 in CST. We will be doing this in a private Facebook group!

BONUS
We want this to be fun for you so we are going to treat this like a crop! Each class will have its own Facebook group where we will be doing giveaways from 9-4pm on Sept 16 so make sure you are popping in to say hello even if you can’t make the live class. (Remember you can always watch the replay!)
Did I mention GIVEAWAYS!

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Sept 16  2 PM CST Secrets to art Journaling!
Have you wanted to art journal but it seems overwhelming? Have you wanted to art journal but don’t know how to get started? Are your friends’ art journaling and love it but you just don’t get it? Join Rita Barakat, mixed media artist and instructor as she reveals fun tips, tricks, and techniques for art journaling! Together we will create our covers and some pages to get you started in this fun and relaxing artsy way of life! We will cover fun ideas for stamping, painting, stenciling, collage and more!


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Sept 16 at 10 am CST Faith-builders
Part devotional and part project. Join mixed media artist and instructor Rita Barakat as she shares an alternative to Bible journaling – off the page! Although you love the idea of Bible journaling some of you are hesitant to color in your Bibles and that’s OK! In this class, we will cover the concept of Bible Journaling and take The Word off the page and onto other projects you and your family can enjoy! This class will cover concepts for a variety of projects that you can in addition or instead of coloring in your Bible. We will be completing a painted canvas in class!


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Sept 16 at noon CST.  Art with Heart
There is so much negativity in the world that we need to find healthy ways to express our feelings and get those feelings out! Join Rita Barakat, Mixed Media artist and instructor as she shares some tips and secrets to be able to share your heart, get your feelings out and onto your art without having to tell the audience everything that is going on. The art is really for you to be able to express your feelings (and hopefully get through them). It’s not just about the art, but the heart behind the piece. Together we will create a mini masterpiece with your secret recipe of what is going on! Rita will provide with a cheat sheet for future projects and as always, we learn fun, artsy -techniques!

Hope to see you there!!!

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.

Jenn DuBell Fairy Garden Diorama Box www.ritabarakat.com

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 www.ritabarakat.com

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

Jenn DuBell Rita Barakat Design Team http://yvonnebijouxcrafts.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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!

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!

Steampunk in a Box!Rita Barakat
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…)

Steampunk in a Box! Rita Barakat
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.)
Steampunk in a Box! Rita Barakat
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!

Blessings!

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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***Giveaway***
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,
Blessings!

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