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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! ūüėČ

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 Р6:30 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 Р8:00 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 Р6:30 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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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!

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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…

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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.


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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!

Making a Magical Fairy Forest

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Hey fairy creatives! Here is the finished project from yesterday’s Periscope! My magical fairy forest perfect for fairies to move right in don’t you think? I made a quick video to show the progress pics…

Make sure to join me on Wed at 3PM EST for my next scope

and Friday for Bible journaling

and Bible Art Journaling this Saturday, March 5th at 12 noon!

Youtube & Periscope

Hey there creatives! I hope that you had a great weekend! I made a couple of short videos this weekend.
One was for a little intro on my youtube channel. Did you know I have a youtube channel?
Well I do and you can sunscribe to it here https://www.youtube.com/user/rbmusic1

I also made this quick video with Permopaque pens I recently recieved from Sakura of America. These pretty much write on any surface which is pretty cool. I also thought this would be a fun way to write a little quick message for you! Later today I will do a periscope – but it won’t be at 3pm EST it will be earlier as I will be driving at that time – can’t scope and drive! Don’t forget to follow me on youtube & periscope See you then!
Happy Monday peeps!

Live on Periscope

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Hey creatives! For those of you joined my periscope yesterday this is the project I made with brand new products from Art C! ¬†It was so easy to put this together if it’s before 3pm EST when you are reading this you still have time to watch this video on Periscope!

I figured this would be cute with or without photos, what do you think?

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Here are all of the products I used in this project!

Travel Ephemera collage kit,
wood pallette canvas (6×6)
Flower and big stencil (adhesive backed)
Groove Tool
Book pages
Stains and metallic paint
Sophisticated metal flowers stickers

Make sure you join my on Friday  at 3pm EST on Periscope for the next live  video! I will be doing bible journaling!
If you have any questions for me ahead of time please feel free to ask it here! Happy Thursday peeps!

Blessings!

Mini Sketchbooks!

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Hey hey creatives!  Do you use a sketchbook? Lots of artists (crafters ect.) carry a sketchbook, myself included and I was thinking if you are intimidated by an art journal why not start with a mini sketchbook like this one?

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This empty mini sketchbook literally fits in my hand (3 1/2 ¬†x 5). I got on clearance at Micheals for ¬†50 cents! (Oh yeah- gotta watch those sales people!) It’s so small it easily fits ¬†into a back pocket or a purse! I always have one in my purse (along with all the other crazy stuff I have to carry) It’s super handy whenever I have an idea for a project or just a few minutes waiting on kids after school, or the doctors office etc.

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Sometimes  I use it to test out colors or mixed media techniques РI will write on the page or the back of the page the colors, what I used and the techniques I tried. (You never know when you need a little inspiration or a memory jog!)

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Sometimes I doodle as I sit in meetings (to stay awake- I have issues, don’t judge lol!). You never know, something you doodle could turn into project later or spark an idea while the person is talking.

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Some of the mini sketchbook pages are more deliberate, like planning a project: a basic sketch, notes on what materials I ¬†might use or a technique I want to try on this project. Sometimes it is pretty well thought out, (like the first picture in this post) sometimes it’s a very rough outline that will take off during the actual production of the piece and ¬†a lot of times it morphs into something else entirely. I have used the same sketch several times and had it turn into something different each time.

But what if this mini sketchbook was your art journal? The size makes it easy to fill a page quickly. The paper in this mini sketchbook is actually quite thick (it’s smooth but it’s not watercolor paper) but if it wasn’t you could use Gesso on all your pages to make it stronger. You could try different things without a big commitment because of the size and cost of a mini sketchbook. ¬†So if you haven’t tried art journaling and/or mixed media maybe this is a way for you to try it and see if that you love it!

Have fun playing!

P.S. Thanks for all the well wishes- thankfully my face and mouth are back to normal and I am now doing allergy drops (they are supposed to be more effective than the shots- thank God because the thought of getting shots every week ughh!) and I have only forgotten my Epi – pen twice since it happened!

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¬ģ and freelances for a variety of manufacturers