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More wedding DIY! It’s wedding week!


Hey, Creatives! It’s wedding week at the Barakat house and blog! Today more wedding DIY!!! My firstborn will be married on Saturday and holy cow weddings are a LOT of work! This girl is tired and while she is looking forward to the big day (especially all our friends coming into town) she will also be happy when Monday comes! (I see a spa day in the very near future – just sayin’!)
Onto more mixed media decorations…
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Emotions Journal Layout

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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

Fairy Tags

 

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

Hi there,

Karen here, sharing some Fairy Tags that I created using stamps from the Fairy Magic Stamp Set and canister lids. Who knew that canister lids could be used in your crafty space to create fun tags?? The 3 ¼ size lids are the perfect size to play with and can be conveniently found in local stores. They provide just the right depth, dimension and base to enhance tags. I coordinated the stamps and lids with some Tim Holtz Oxide inks, charms, and dyed ribbon.

I began these fun tags with inking some watercolor paper with various oxide inks and water. I used oxide colors: broken china, fossilized amber and spiced marmalade. I loved the color combination.

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

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

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

Using black ink, I stamped fairies onto the inked watercolor paper and then heat set the ink. The fairies were then cut out, edges distressed with coordinating oxide ink and set aside.

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

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

Next, I applied gesso to the canister lids and let them dry. I added oxide ink to the edges of the canister lids and dipped the tags in clear embossing powder. Then I heat set the edges- creating this fun bubbled texture on the edges.

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

Next, I created some circle die cuts using the inked watercolor paper, stamped a fairy and sentiment on to the circle using black ink and distressed the edges with coordinating oxide ink.

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

 

I adhered the stamped circle die cut to the inside of the canister lid.

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

Next, I punched a hole in the canister lids with a Cropadile, added an eyelet to each lid and added a stamped fairy to each tag with 3D tape.

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

Lastly, I added a ball and chain with coordinating ribbon and charms.

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

I loved creating these tags. Rita’s  Fairy Magic Stamp Set is versatile and fun to use. The stamp images are so crisp, easy to create with and they are perfect for small or larger projects. 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/

 

Fairy Magic!

Hi there,

I’m Karen Jiles and I’m super excited to share my first post as a member of Rita’s Design Team. Working with Rita’s products was so much fun. The products are versatile and easy to coordinate with inks and other mediums. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the stamped images come to life as I used inks with them.

Today I’m sharing a card that I created using stamps from Rita’s Collection: Fairy Garden Background stamp and Fairy Magic.  I love these stamps together. They give you an opportunity to just simply play and create some fun artwork. I coordinated the stamps with some Tim Holtz Oxide inks, corrugated board, and jeweled adhesive paper.

 

I began this card with inking some plain manila tags with Tim Holtz’s Oxide inks and water. The use of inks provided a great background layer to build upon.  I used oxide colors: vintage photo, worn lipstick, wilted violet, broken china, cracked pistachio, fossilized amber and spiced marmalade.  I loved these colors together. Inking many tags, gives you additional inked bases for future use. I also used the remaining loose ink from the tags to coordinate ribbon for this project.

 

After my tags were dry, I stamped the Fairy Garden Background stamp and Fairy from the Fairy Magic stamp set onto separate inked manila tags using black ink. The stamped Fairy Garden Background tag was used as the base tag and I cut the Fairy out to be used on the base tag.

 

I then created a crackled effect on the tag and fairy by applying Versamark ink to the inked tag and the Fairy. Then I added clear embossing powder to both and heat set them. I gently bent the tag and fairy in various ways, cracking the surface. I added coordinated ribbon that I made after creating the tags. I flattened the tag out and applied adhesive.  The tag was then adhered onto an inked layering size of corrugated board.

 

I stamped sentiments and another Fairy from the Fairy Magic stamp set onto one of the inked tags that I created, cut them out and adhered them to the tag. I added a coordinating jeweled adhesive layer to the green card base that I chose, added some additional inked ribbon and adhered the tag onto the layered card base. All paper layers were aged with vintage photo ink.

 

This was a super fun project. The stamps were so easy to use and fun to play with.  I hope that you enjoyed this project as much as I enjoyed creating it.

The stamp sets that I used can be found using the links below:

Fairy Garden Background Stamp

Fairy Magic Stamp Set

Thanks so much visiting today.

Karen

Looking for art journaling techniques?

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If you are looking for art journaling techniques, you are in the right place!
Hi there! My name is Jenn DuBell and I am so excited to be a part of this new team! I have admired Rita Barakat’s artwork for a while now so I was excited when she announced her DT call and now I am truly honored that she has chosen me to be a part of it!
Today I am sharing my art journal layout called “Dreams in Circles”
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I had so much fun trying out Rita’s new stamps and stencils with several different art journaling techniques to see the endless possibilities! For this page I used Sweet Sisters Hearts face stencil. As a little tribute to Rita herself, I used watercolor pencils in hues of blue and purple to get the amazing hair color. I used pinks and peaches for her sweet little face and added some bright greens for her eyes.
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Next, on to the fun background of my page! I used some teal stencil paint through a bubble stencil and some sprays of pink and purple. I added the same teal paint to Rita’s Art Foamies Zen Doodle stamp and then a high impact white gel pen for highlights. For the circles, I used several acrylic paints in coordinating colors onto white cardstock with a Gelli plate and circle stencil. I then stamped them with Rita’s Whimsical Fairy Garden Background stamp and Fairy Magic stamps.
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Next, I punched out circles in three different sizes and adhered them onto my pages, highlighting the outer edges with a black watercolor pencil and a water brush. I wanted to add some pops of red here and there so I used Dylusions paint pens. I also added a few white highlights to the bubbles and some wording. I enjoyed all the bright colors and watching how Rita’s creations come to life!
Here are some closer views. I just love the sweet faces you can create with Rita’s stencils and bright colors!
Here are the links to get Rita’s stamps and stencils!
 Thanks so much for reading and I hope you get some inspiration from this layout.
Jenn DuBell
Designer

How to make skin tones with colored pencils

Hey Creatives! Todays video is showing how to make skin tones with colored pencils! It is is the third video in this series (see the previous post if you missed the first two!) using colored pencils to shade and create beautifully colored faces! I am so pleased on how she turned out – you know me, I am a mixed media guru but every once in awhile it’s good to go back to basics or simply give yourself limits and watch those creative juices flow! Have you ever tried limiting yourself? I have also tried limiting myself to five items on a scrapbook page, only three colors, work with colors that aren’t my normal and on and on. It’s a great way to challenge yourself!

I am so excited for you to watch this video!! Make sure you watch all the way until the end- there is a cool surprize there!

UPDATES*
If you are are in Texas, I will be in Grapevine this weekend at the Scrapbook Expo at the Gaylord Resort! I will be in the Craft Fantastic booth doing demos for TCW! We are talking mixed media products peeps! brand new textures and stencils and paints OH MY! Seriously fun stuff, so come by and see me if you are there! And make sure you let me know you follow my blog and I will give you one of my buttons! 😉

I am not teaching at this show, but I AM teaching at GASC! In Arlington TX on JUne 16 & 17th! I will be busy all day long doing demos again so I am only teaching three classes!

 

Course Name: Art with Heart [VIEW DETAIL PAGE]

 

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 using the latest products from DCWV, Sakura, Art Foamies, Therm O Web and more!

How long class lasts: 1 hour
Class price: $35 PRE-REGISTRATION, $37 AT EVENT

Date and Time: Friday    5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Skill Level: All Levels

 

Course Name: Secrets to Art Journaling! [VIEW DETAIL PAGE]

 

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 you 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 be using the latest products for stamping, painting, stenciling, collage and more brought to you by DCWV, Sakura, Art Foamies, Therm O Web and more!

How long class lasts: 1 hour
Class price: $35 PRE-REGISTRATION, $37 AT EVENT

Date and Time: Friday    7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Skill Level: All Levels

 

Course Name: Faith-Builders [VIEW DETAIL PAGE]

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 so bring your aprons! (*There will be some fun bonus products in this class!)

How long class lasts: 1 hour
Class price: $35 PRE-REGISTRATION, $37 AT EVENT

Date and Time: Saturday    5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Skill Level: All Levels

 

I will be doing these classes at CKC in Houston as well, I hope you will join me! This will be so fun and the projects will be so awesome and unique!
I am super excited to share them with you!
Well I think that’s it for now! Please let me know how you like my how to make skin color with colored pencils video!

 

You can make art!

IMG_0135 Today I have a quick video for ya! A little work in progress! Have you every had a quote or scripture jump out at you and you wanted to remember it?  An easy way to do that is paint it! As soon as I read this, I knew this was the picture I wanted to paint. Now I know what you’re thinking, what if I can’t draw? or what if I hate my handwriting? No excuses! You can make art! Here are three alternatives to what I have done below.

I used various  watercolor mediums, the “crayons” are actually Neocolors in Chestnut and Flesh. The heart was painted with a Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor Stick in Permanent Alizarin Crimson. I am painting on mixed- media paper from Strathmore.
But you can use whatever medium you have.  I drew my picture but you could find a stamp or stencil that would work. Or even find a a picture in a magazine and collage it!

Don’t like your handwriting? I used an app – Adobe Spark app on my iphone for the lettering! Another idea would be to use alphas and stick them on or type it up on your computer, print it and paste it into place! You can do this!

I hope this inspires you to do your own painting! I promise you can make art!

In other news I want to make sure you are watching me on Facebook Monday nights!  If you haven’t I am doing Mixed Media Mondays is where I do some type of tutorial, project, tip around Mixed-Media. The exciting part is that I have some fun sponsors lined up to give away prizes! The very first giveaway is from Activa! Check out their website  and meet me of FB Monday nights!

Whats going on?

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What is going on? Well this girl is super excited to share with you not one but three new stencils I have in my etsy shop!  I just got some more in and I am excited to share these samples with you! I have been so excited to share these with you because this is an easy way to get  you drawing faces! I finished this sample on a recent Periscope. Since my classes at GASC it has been one crazy thing after another so I am excited to  get back to blogging & periscoping again.

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So here are some samples of each stencil, I have been working on these and some other things (coming soon!!!) And I have  completely rearranged my studio (I will be posting about this when it’s done!) I really feel like my artsy  life is going in a different direction so I needed to make adjustments to work better in my studio! Right now things are in in the wrong place – it seems  as though things have multiplied when I pulled them out of the cabinets and drawers to rearrange! Does that happen to you?

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Well I will be happy when I get this done  and organized!
What crafty things are you up to?
Blessings!

Meeting my peeps at the Mega Meet!

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Friendly faces ~ I love being out and about with my peeps. Here are some pictures form the Mega Meet in Novi MI! Including this island girl piece of art I worked on while at the show!
I love when I am able to go out and chat with my peeps that have seen me on Periscope,  Youtube, Instagram or from my blog! I feel super blessed to meet so many awesome ladies!
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