Art Foamies

Joyful Fairy Diva Art Journal Layout


Hi there Barakat Creatives! Ramona back, and I am excited to share another set of art journal pages with you. If you have seen my previous posts you know I am a passionate art journaler. I find that playing in an art book without too many expectations for myself has allowed me to grow creatively. I have been able to experiment with acrylic, watercolors, stencils, lettering, collage work and expressive journaling in ways I would not have done without my art journals. I am thrilled to share another layout with you, using the Rita Barakat Diva Stencil and Art-Foamies Fairy Wings.


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Let’s Get Started!

First, using a sharp pencil trace the lines of the stencil on your page. Remember the lines don’t completely connect, so you will be filling in the spaces when you are done with the stencil.

Using a permanent ink pen ( I use a fine tip Sharpie) finish up the lining of your  Diva stencil. You can also erase lines and alter the image if you would like. I generally start light with my lines, to get a feel for how the image looks on my page. After completing the line connections I go back and fill in the thick areas, like the lashes around the eyes, using the stencil for a reference. You can see how easy it is to get a beautiful face with the Diva stencil Rita has created. I love her joy!

I also stamped the Fairy Wings Art-Foamie for her wings. I used a corner of my under paper (yes, I save everything and use what I can!) because I like the splotchy way it looked. Once the acrylic paint dried, I outlined the wings with a ballpoint pen for definition and cut them out. Using Matte Medium I positioned the wings and smoothed them onto the page.

Splash of Color!

Now, you get to add the color to pages. Using watercolors I started by painting the face. Watercolor paint is so versatile, I am beginning to love them in my journals. I prefer a loose and free fill in my journals, so this was a great way to get that airy color but still look vibrant. Here is where it really matters what type of pen you use to finish up your image, as non-permanent inks will smudge with the addition of water.

Try to use the colors you choose in more than one place on your layout. Making sure there bits of color that repeat on both sides of the layout will add to the cohesive feel of your pages.

The Finishing Touch

Once you have your focal image filled in and your background covered, you are ready to add some finishing touches to your pages. This where you will decide what you want the sentiment to be. I often use quotes or loose journaling depending on my mood as I create. I just finished reading the book “Wonder” by R.J. Pallacio, and I have to ponder the message of kindness that struck a chord as I enjoyed that novel. I wanted this joyful image and bright color to remind me about kindness, and also remind me of my time spent reading and contemplating the book.

I enjoy how layouts may appear fairly general to the average onlooker, but when created with a purpose you will have a whole intention and memory associated with your pages. I used the lettering to fill the entire page, edging the pages with a few swatches of washi tape.

Take the time to play with art. Record things that you are thinking about, things that move you, and things that are part of your life.  Not only will you create a keepsake for yourself and your family, but you will grow as an artist as you use new products and try new techniques.

Happy crafting! <3

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 into her life, or check out her artistic journey on Instagram.

We Rise by Lifting Others Up with Art Foamies

 

Good Morning Creatives, Keri Sallee here!

Today I am sharing a quick project using Rita’s Art Foamies “Hot Air Balloon” stamp in my art journal.

 

Create and Easy Background

By dabbing a regular cotton ball on my Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads and applying it is a swirling motion, I was able to create a watercolor style background. This is a great technique for creating background quick and with a lot of color. I used: Peacock Feathers, Blue Print, Scattered Straw, and Pickled Raspberry. I love how the colors overlap in places and add new and interesting colors.

Art Foamies!

I wanted to give my Art Foamie balloon some depth, so rather than using just one color of acrylic paint I painted it with three colors of acrylic paint (pink, aqua and a little gold.) I then stamped my hot air balloon towards the top of my page.

To create my basket, I used the accompanying basket stamp and kept it simple by applying brown paint to it with a brush and stamping it below my balloon.

After looking at my finished stamped images, I decided them needed a little more definition. By outlining parts of my balloon and adding a whicker pattern to my basket, I was able to POP it off the page more and separate the balloon from the background.

Here is a close up of my balloon. You can see the varying colors and the definition added with the pencil.

Finishing Touches

My clouds were made using my fingers and a little white gesso and Faber-Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel. {Everything is better with GLITTER, right?!}

I am still new at using my calligraphy pen, but even if my title isn’t perfect, I still love the sentiment: We RISE by lifting OTHERS up.

Let’s all be on team US…after all…we’re all in this together.

Until next time,

XOXO,

Keri

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

Heart Wing Canvas

 

heart wing canvas - Shilpa Nagaonkar for RitaBarakat.com

Hello Everyone, Shilpa here, I’ve mixed media canvas to share with you today, for which I’ve used Heart Wings stamp.

It is an Art Foamies stamp which gives perfect image!!

heart wing canvas - Shilpa Nagaonkar for RitaBarakat.com

I applied different colors of Distress Oxide inks on Heart Wings stamp and got multiple images.. isn’t it cool? 🙂

heart wing canvas - Shilpa Nagaonkar for RitaBarakat.com

To create background, I applied modeling paste through stencil, let it dry completely. To bring color

on the surface I used yellow, pink, purple and blue spray colors.

Further, I created more stenciling layers with black ink.

I adhered mini doll on heart wings image.

heart wing canvas - Shilpa Nagaonkar for RitaBarakat.com

I also adhered linen tape and plaque number for more interest.

heart wing canvas - Shilpa Nagaonkar for RitaBarakat.com

And here is my finished canvas!!

Hope you would like to create your own version of canvas with this Heart Wings stamp set.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

 

Shilpa

Shilpa Nagaonkar

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Imagine mixed media Journal

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

Hi there,

Karen here, sharing a mixed media journal created with Rita’s  Heart Wing Art Foamies stamp. The stamp measures 5 ¾ x 3 ½. The size of the stamp was perfect for this journal. I coordinated this fun stamp with some oxide inks, dyed cheesecloth and dyed ribbon. The journal measures 7 3/4 x 5 ½.

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

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After inking the watercolor paper, I resprayed the remaining loose ink with water and inked the Heart Wing stamp with the ink. I heat set the inked watercolor papers and continued adding inks until I was happy with the end result. Then I stamped onto some blank watercolor paper. I created several stampings of the Heart Wing to create several color variations.

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I also used the remaining loose ink to coordinate ribbon and cheesecloth to be used on the mixed media journal.

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Next, I trimmed the inked watercolor paper down to layering size and tapped some cracked pistachio oxide ink onto the inked watercolor paper. I adhered the inked watercolor paper to a coordinating layer of cardstock. I also cut the Heart Wing stampings out and inked the edges with cracked pistachio oxide ink.

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Next, I added dyed honey comb die cuts and cheesecloth to the journal. I then layered 2 Heart Wing stampings together with 3D tape and adhered the Heart Wing layer to the journal.

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I applied some wilted violet ink to wooden words and adhered them to the journal. I added dyed ribbon and a crystal charm to finish the journal.

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

I really enjoyed using the Heart Wing stamp on this journal. The stamp measures 5.75” x 3.5” and can be found using the link below:

Heart Wing

Thanks so much visiting today.
Karen

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

Whats going on? Barakat Family Updates

Magical Theatre

Hello creatives, Rita here! Well, I am taking a few minutes to let you know what I am up to! First, if you are in the Houston area you should come check out my classes at CKC Houston! I am teaching three classes and if they are not full I believe you can still sign up today (last day). These classes completely sold out in Dallas. Second at the end of the week (also coinciding with this show is the release of two brand new items – I can’t show them yet but on Thursday I will have them in person and be able to show you! I will have them at the show in Houston and they will be available online!

Barakat Family Updates

Third – it has been a while since I have posted any Barakat family updates so here goes.
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Heart Wing Creations

Hello creative souls, Ramona here, and I am so excited to share a few ideas for your art journaling, snail mail, and gift-giving projects. If you are new to the world of Art Foamies you are in for a treat.  They are versatile stamps that give you lots of options as you create your paper craft and mixed media projects.  I am a believer in using what you buy and really getting your money’s worth out of the little investments you make for your craft stash. With that in mind, I wanted to show you 3 easy ways to utilize the Heart Wing stamp in Rita Barakat’s beautiful Art Foamie line. Once you play with your own foam stamp you will find endless ways to use them.

 started by using different mediums with the Art Foamie Heart Wing stamp.  The brown ink is a heavy duty archival ink, and I wanted it to look layered and textured, so I stamped it on an old recycled dictionary page.  The pink is a very inexpensive ink that I already had in my stash, and I stamped it down on a piece of cardstock.  When using ink pads you may need to adjust your Art Foamie across the ink pad to get a proper inking of the entire surface before you stamp it. The foam stamp is firm enough that you do not need an acrylic block to use it, making it easy to grab and move around on any surface you choose. 
Finally, the lovely grey is acrylic paint, which I thinly spread out on a piece of drip paper and gently stamped my foam stamp in. It distributes the paint in such a gorgeous way and has a lovely textured feel to it.  After using the foamie I stamped it on a wet paper towel a few times to clean any remaining paint and ink off the image.
Here are the ways I decided to use my three little-winged hearts ;
Project One: Gift Tag
With a stabilo pencil (you can use any type of distressing tool for this) I quickly outlined the image and the heart. This loose outline adds a bit of definition and gives the wings a loose feel.  I added a small greeting to the heart- you could stamp your own or add lettering here for a personal message, then I cut the wings out for a die-cut feel and slipped it on to the small wrapped gift.  How simple is that?
Project Two: Snail Mail Envelope
Nothing brightens the day of a fellow art loving soul more than some beautiful mail waiting for them in the mailbox.  This is a simple way to add whimsy and love to you envelopes – and it looks so cute!  For this project, get a nice heavy duty marker to color in the heart.  This will work well if you used a lighter color of acrylic paint, as you can see the red had no problem covering the grey paint.
On a small strip of paper stamp the sentiment you choose to share, and simply glue it in the heart, taking a moment to edge the words with a marker or pencil, adding definition and interest.  There would be so many fun ways to use this on an envelope or card, and I am not kidding when I say I can not wait to make loads of these for my stash!
Project Three: Art Journal Collage
I am an avid art journaler, as you may know from my last post, and exploring emotions through collage and mixed media is one of my favorite ways to spend my creative time.  This was such an easy way to add interest and focus to a collage, I can’t recommend it highly enough!
I had this painted background already on this page.  I often smear paint on several pages and walk away, leaving the backgrounds waiting for me later when I have time to sit and create. This background was ready for me this time around,  but you could use patterned paper or any other medium that you would like for the project.
 I cut this image out of an old magazine (ask your friends to save you theirs and donate them to your studio!) and she sat so perfectly with those wings, I knew they were a match made in heaven.  I glued them both down on my dried background, and added some lettering to express my mood today.
I hope these little projects give you ideas for all the ways you could use the gorgeous Art Foamies from the Rita Barakat line as your work to push your creative skills.  I am so pleased with the way each one of these turned out, and I look forward to many more uses for these adorable wings.
Product Featured: Heart Wing Art Foamie
XOXO
Ramona

Hi, I’m Ramona, 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 my blog for a peek into my life, or check out my 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/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adventure Awaits

Adventure Awaits Kathryn Morrow
Howdy Y’All from North Texas!! I’m Kathryn Morrow with a super bright and colorful Adventure Awaits tag made with Rita Barakat’s awesome Art Foamies Cowboy Boot stamp!

Adventure Awaits Kathryn Morrow

As you can tell with this tag, I love bright colors! Not only in my art work but in my life Turquoise and pink are two of my favorite colors! (I even have a guest bedroom filled with these two colors) Orange, purple and green are on the top of my list of favs as well.  What I love about this tag is that although there are many layers on this tag, the true star is Rita’s Art Foamies Cowboy Boot stamp!  After making the tag, I grabbed a piece of left over painted paper that I knew would make the boots pop.  A brayer can be used to add a layer of acrylic white paint right on the cowboy boot. Firmly stamp it on the paper. Repeat this step to make a second boot image. After they are dry you can cut them out.
Adventure Awaits Kathryn Morrow

I adhered the boots onto the tag, then grabbed another piece of left over painted paper and used a star punch to punch out several stars (who doesn’t think stars go with cowboy boots?!).  I then attached the stars to the tag.
Adventure Awaits Kathryn Morrow

I finished this fun and lively tag with a Tim Holtz chipboard phrase “Adventure Awaits” and added various colors of seam binding as ribbon to the top of the tag. When I think of cowboy boots, I think adventure. These Rita Barakat Art Foamies Cowboy Boots are made for walking right into an incredible adventure. If these boots could take you for an adventure, where would they take you?

I would love to know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading.

Blessings to y’all.
Kathryn Morrow