Art journal

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.

Journal page using Cowboy Boot Stamp

Hello Everyone, Shilpa here,

I am sharing with you a fun journal page using Rita’s Cowboy Boot stamp.

To start with, I used black archival ink on this stamp to get a lovely crisp image on my textured paper.

To create the background on the white mixed media paper, I applied white gesso first and let it dry completely.

I sprayed teal and yellow inks and dried it on the surface by using a heat tool.

I created splatters with same inks and brush.

Then I added the Cowboy Boot stamp image onto the surface.

I created outlines around the Cowboy Boot stamp. using a black marker.

Lastly, I added journaling words and sequins…. and my Cowboy Boot . art journal page was ready.

You could turn this into a card, invitation or even a canvas! We would love to see what you create, please leave us a link below or tag us on FB @RitaBarakat1 or Instagram @RitaBarakatart!

Thanks so much for stopping by.

 

Shilpa

 

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Artistic Adventures, art journal

Ramona Samuels Art Journal
Hi! I’m Ramona Samuels and have always had a passion for journaling, so art journaling was a natural step for my creativity to take in my artistic adventures.  Making interesting pages with personal sentiments, which may or may not be obvious the average onlooker, has become not only one of my favorite ways to document my life, but also very therapeutic.

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I love expressive pages that give me a place to scrawl down thoughts, and with the Sweet Sisters stencil getting a gorgeous face has never been easier. I am working on an old photography book, altering it with my journaling and art. You could do this same technique on your own  art journal or printed paper or even a canvas. Begin by laying down the color of your choice. I wanted a very simple and limited color palette for this layout, so I used pink acrylic paint mixed with white gesso. I spread this with a credit card for a more encaustic and textured look.

Ramona Samuels Art Journal
Be sure to wait for these layers of paint and gesso to dry completely before moving on to the next step. Drying with a heat tool can speed up the process, but the layers need to be well set before trying to use a stencil.

On the dry layers of background, lay the stencil where you want the image to be, and with a sharp pencil trace the stencil well, checking to make sure it is visible on your page. If you want to alter any part of the image (hair, eyes, etc) this can easily be done by skipping parts of the stencil or adding to the finished image. This is what my image looked like on the page.

Ramona Samuels Art Journal
With your pencil fill in the lines to complete the image. Because the background page was very wispy and flowing, I wanted to add more hair and let it be the background space for my journaling. Once the lines are filled you can begin to add the colors you want to your image. I used acrylic paint and simple markers for this process. The texture is somewhat rough, as I left the layers underneath quite rugged, but I like the way it looked and felt so I left it that way.

Once you like the coloring of your face, you can outline it with a permanent marker to help finish off the image. After finishing the main image, I surrounded it with the fairy garden clear stamp, alternating directions of the stamp for a very layered and whimsical look- and to keep the color palette simple I filled in only a few of the flowers with watercolors. Acrylic paint smudged loosely filled in her hair, and I used the empty spaces in the layout for some loose journaling.

Ramona Samuels Art Journal
I love the combination of the whimsical background, the beautiful face, and the free hand journaling that gives this art journal page a feminine and expressive feel. Rita’s tools make it easy to add layers of elements that give you a layout you will love and can still make your own. I hope this inspires you to start playing with your art and adding your personal touch and story to make it all yours. I can’t wait to use this stencil on more pages with different color schemes, and on a larger sized canvas. The possibilities truly are endless.

Thank you for reading!

Ramona

 

fairy garden clear stamp
Sweet Sisters stencil

You Do You: An Art Journal page using stencils

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Good Morning Creatives!

Keri Sallee here and today I am sharing with you a recent art journal piece I made using Rita’s “DIVA” stencil for Brutus Monroe. 

I LOVE this stencil! She just looks so happy and joyful, so I wanted to make her look like she was the kind of person who just REALLY enjoys life.

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Products Used:

“Diva” Stencil

Mechanical Pencil

Black Fine Tip Sharpie

PrismaColor Color Pencils

Tim Holtz “Small Talk” Stickers

Close-Up!!

I wanted her hair to reflect her joyful nature….bright, funky and fun. I used a medium turquoise, a lime green and a bright yellow, that I blended together with a PrismaColor Blender pencil.

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Food for Thought

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Along with her joyful looks, I wanted her to say something…maybe put a little challenge out into the universe:

DO MORE THAN EXIST

DO YOUR BEST

DO WHAT YOU LOVE

I think they are all connected in a way….especially if you read them from the bottom to the top.

If you do what you LOVE…you will always want to do your best.

If you are doing your BEST…you will thrive in your life instead of just existing.

And it all comes back around…if you are MORE than EXISTING…you will LOVE life more and the cycle continues.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project and you are CHALLENGED to THRIVE in your life and not just exist.

Until next time,

XOXO,

KERI

Rita’s “DIVA” stencil for Brutus Monroe. 

Bible Journaling with stencils!

Good Morning Creatives!
Keri Sallee here and I am BEYOND happy to be sharing my first design team post for Rita. She is not only an amazing artist but also a great friend and fantastic person. I am so honored to be on her team and help her reach her dreams!!

Today I am sharing a recent bible journaling page I made using Rita’s 6×6 “Sweet Sisters Heart” Stencil. I followed the exact directions on the back (1) Trace (2) Connect the lines (3) Color and Add Details! It’s really that easy!

I started by prepping my Bible page with some clear gesso. I find this serves 3 purposes (1) Strengths my page from getting fragile when I add water (2) minimizes bleed through of my colored products and (3) allows my mediums to move more freely over my page.


My colors of choice for this page are Derwent Inktense Blocks. They are GREAT for mixed media bible journaling because they are solids that are activated with water and once dry, they are permanent. This means you can add lots of layers and not worry about messing with you colors!

I finished up my girl with a black fine point sharpie.


I hope you enjoyed today’s project. I’ll see you next time!!

XOXO,
KERI

6×6 “Sweet Sisters Heart” Stencil

We would love to see what you are using in your Bible Journaling pages! Leave us a link!

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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.
looking for Art Journaling techniques? Dreams in circles
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

Design Team Introductions!

Starting something new! Wow, July already and so many new things in store! I have been swamped (and this is a good thing) with creating new art for various products I just can’t wait for you to see what is coming! With all the new releases I realized I seriously need a little help not only getting the word out but also help to keep up with blog posts, and samples with the new products! I feel very blessed to have these ladies helping me out! Each one of them has a totally different style and each one is so incredibly talented! I can’t wait to see what they do with the new products and for you to get to know their style! Say hello to the new Design Team…

Meet the most amazing right hand I could ever have Miss Kate Morrow, my creative Design Team lead from Arlington, TX!
Kate is a floral designer, jewelry maker, mixed media guru and creative maker! She teaches classes and can handle pretty much anything you can throw at her!

She has been a tremendous help to me in this new adventure and I am so happy to have her on board!
Folllow Kate on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/kathrynsmorrow1/


Meet the stunning Shilpa Nagaonkar, from Kalhapoor, India

Shilpa is a Mixed Media style Artist. She loves to make Altered Art, Art Journals, Canvas, tags, ATCs. She enjoys experimenting with old and new creative techniques and sharing creativity with others. Shilpa likes to work with various art mediums in various styles, which comes out as colorful, lively and vibrant mixed media pieces. She loves to try out new products…a lot.

Shilpa posts her art creations regularly, many times with tutorials on her blog and Youtube channel. She loves to share what she makes and what she is passionate about. She is active on many social media sites. Shilpa works with some fabulous craft supplies stores in India and abroad. She also conducts workshops to teach various mixed media arts and techniques. Follow Shilpa on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/shilpanagaonkar



Meet the incredible  Karen Jiles from Mount Holly NC

Karen is a wife to a wonderful husband and mother to beautiful twin girls. They currently reside in North Carolina, where she is a Risk Consultant by day and Mixed Media Artist, Stamper and Scrapbooker by night. She began her love of crafting years ago as a child. She says it was just something about creating with her hands that had her intrigued and inspired to continue creating on into adulthood.

Karen has been crafting professionally for 15 years. Her love for crafting has enabled her to share her talents through the creation of mini albums, altered items, canvases, mixed media pieces and jewelry. Karen can be found in her Stampin Palace @ www.stampinakapalace.blogspot.com every evening enjoying what she truly loves and is very passionate about.



Meet the spectacular Miss Keri Sallee, from Bella Vista AR

Keri has always been a lover of all things creative, from writing to art to cooking to music. Before shifting her focus to paper crafting and mixed media, she trained in music ministry and studied as a classically trained soprano. She loves pushing herself and trying to think outside the box, particularly in trying to make art fun, but still affordable.

She believes that art should be an outpouring of who you are inside. For her, that means expressing her faith as a Christian is her art, whether it’s through art or bible journaling, 3-D projects or whatever happens to be on her mind.

If you ask her what her motto is in life, she would tell you she has two: (1) Picasso once said: “Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.” Even if she feels “uninspired”, she always makes the choice to go into her studio and just play. Sometimes it works out…sometimes it doesn’t, but she feels she would never know either way unless she gets her hands dirty. (2) Genesis 1:1 starts out “In the beginning GOD CREATED….” This verse is actually her newest tattoo on her right wrist. It is her constant reminder that she can only do what she does because God FIRST created her and her gentle nudge to leave her pride at the door.
Follow Keri on her blog http://KeriSallee.com  


Meet the astounding Miss Jenn DuBell ST Creswell OR

Jenn is a lifelong Oregon resident who loves all things, Art! Creating beautiful things is what she does and is her motivation for nearly everything!  As you will see in her Pinterest gallery, she is a very versatile designer.

Jenn loves to try new things as well as create her own techniques to share with others! Her passion for creating is what drives her and keeps her going! Jenn has a major in Art and studied Business Marketing.

Follow Jenn on Pinterest here https://www.pinterest.com/jenngary1/my-creations/


Meet the extraordinary Miss  Ramona Samuels Salem, UT
Ramona is an avid art journaler, travelers notebook filler, creative practice seeker who loves to use new products and inspire other artists to just sit down and create whenever they can!!! She loves the idea of using new products and inspiring artists to try new lines in their art and journals.

Ramona collects massive amounts of inspiration on Pinterest- however, Instagram is her addiction of choice. She loves the interaction it provides with other artists and the ease with which it lets her post her projects.
Follow Ramona on Instagram @ramtalk https://www.instagram.com/ramtalk/?hl=en

 I can’t wait to see what they come up with! I hope that you will welcome these ladies to the blog!
P.S. Don’t forget to watch Mixed Media Monday at 8 pm CST tonight!

Help a girl out?

Hey there creatives! A different kind of post of today! Today YOU do the writing! OK more like check the box and some fill ins! But you could be rewarded! I am doing a giveaway to one lucky winner who fills out this survey! I am constantly trying to think of ways to make this blog to better suit your needs so can you help a girl out and complete this survey? Simply click on the word survey!

I can’t wait to hear your responses!

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!