Art tutorials

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!

Avoid these 3 common mistakes most beginning artists make!

3 common mistakes most artists make

You’ve spent times pouring over you latest masterpiece, ¬†you think you are finished but something is not quite right…How do you fix it? Here are five common mistakes that most artist make and how to fix it!


3 common mistakes most artists make

Mistake 1: Using the wrong paper, starting off with the right type of paper is so important for good results. I wasn’t paying attention and I used a paper form my drawing pad instead of watercolor or mixed media paper. When you paint on drawing paper it makes the paper warp and if you are using a lot of water or heavy mediums you can make the paper start to pill or worse you could make a hole in the paper! Yes you can gesso it first, and that is what I did once I realized it was the wrong type of paper (of course I had to do it¬†in front of a live audience! ha!) and it helps, but it’s not enough. It also is not meant to take paint – so you don’t get even coverage. Most drawing paper is a lot thinner than watercolor or mixed media paper. I like a lot of layers of paint, textures, blending directly on the project, so the paper gets very wet with all these mediums.

'If you are going to abuse your paper you had better make sure it's strong enough to handle it! RitaBarakat.com' quote='If you are going to abuse your paper you had better make sure it's strong enough to handle it! Click To Tweet“(giggle)

*Solution: the right paper – I prefer at least 90lbs watercolor, mixed media or bristol paper. (Most watercolor has texture I like it, some prefer smooth especially for faces which is when I reach for the bristol.)

Mistake 2 : Scale and proportion: Often times I (especially when doing videos) I forget to take a step back a look at my piece perpendicular to me. Let me explain, most of us are drawing, painting on a flat surface (a desk or table). It is easy for the proportions to be skewed from this point of view. Which is why many artists use an easel.

*Solution? You could use and easel. Or simply stop every once in awhile and hold that picture up Р look at it for balance. Especially for faces Рour eyes naturally look for balance. Had I stopped and looked I would have noticed one eye is slightly larger than the other, Can you see it? I also have an issue with the eyebrows РI prefer that they be more similar.

3 common mistakes most artists make

Mistake 3 : You know something is wrong maybe It’s in the details…because I blog, do videos, post on social media I take pictures of all my work. Nowadays everyone has a camera on their phone. You can take a picture blow it up and look at it up close! There are small details you can live with – for example I don’t mind that the eyebrow is not perfect because when I look at the overall picture is not noticeable. However when I looked at it close up I didn’t like some things- I had more white dot highlights and it just felt like too much. I decided to take it back a notch and simply grabbed a marker and went over some of those areas. When I stepped back it looked much better without them. If you look in whole photo above, you can see a little red mark on her neck where the hair color bled. I only noticed it when I did the close ups, an easy fix if you catch it. two suggestion when using watercolor: Get a wet paint brush and work it in (BLEND) or lift it off. Use a clean wet paint brush, “paint” the are to be removed and wipe the paint onto a towel, repeat until the paint is gone or blended in. If you are using acrylics get your gesso,cover it up and paint again.

If you watch my videos you have heard me say this so many times…

'Gesso is your friend!'Click To Tweet

There have been times (when I have rushed) I even forgot to paint something, in my classes the most common mistakes I see when doing faces is they forget eyebrows and/or eyelashes. When you look at  your picture in pieces you will find those mistakes.

*Solution: Take a close up. take a picture up close, (you don’t have to print it) just look at it on your camera; you can see things you didn’t even know were wrong! Make sure the pieces are all painted, fix mistakes and all body parts are present! lol

(This project is on my latest periscope called “hey let’s do something creative, are you with me?” Most of the paints are from Daniel Smith. That fantastic color I got on her hair is by using Daniel Smith Gold grounds first then adding red watercolor on top!)

We all make mistakes as artists, even those of us who have been doing this a long time so slow down, try these tips and see if your work doesn’t improve! Do you have any tips? I would love to hear them, leave them in the comments below!

Every year at Rita Barakat LLC

Rita Barakat LLC

Happy New Year Creatives! I am so glad 2017 is here! Every year at Rita Barakat LLC, ¬†do a little inventory on what worked and didn’t work, do you do that? I am doing inventory on 2016 right now, I would love your input on what you would like to see from me in 2017. ¬†Here are some things that I feel went well and will continue or start in 2017 :

Blogging:  After years of blogging, (sometimes daily) I took a break and then I came back at once a week. For now this is working РI post every Thursday unless I am involved in a blog hop or something special.

Rita Barakat LLC

Mixed Media Mondays on FaceBook Live!¬† Every (well most) Monday night at 8pm CST I do some type of Mixed Media project or technique live on Facebook. If you have never watched sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, that’s what’s so fun about doing it live! Sometimes the audience ¬†throws in suggestions, sometimes they are super quiet! ¬†The same way you post a comment on a FB post you can comment or ask questions while I am doing the live show- I can see it and answer it live. I try to keep it about a half an hour but you can catch it later if you miss it live. ANd even if you watch it later I will still see your comments because it’s FB. It’s a lot of fun, I would love to see you there!

 Rita Barakat  LLC Instagram Rita Barakat LLC Periscope

Instagram¬† & Periscope are totally fun! I will continue both but in different capacities. Instagram is mostly posting pics, looking at pics and commenting. I post reminders on Instagram when I will be posting on Periscope and Mixed Media Mondays. ¬†Periscope is another live streaming event -only more casual. Periscope is an app for your smart phone that you can download, watch and broadcast live. ¬†You can comment if you are on the app only when it’s live. If you don’t want to download it you can watch it live for 24 hours after it was live from your computer or laptop; but you can’t comment. This year I tried to do it three times a week at 2pm CST, then I tried the mornings but with five kids and a grand baby something always happens. Will I still do it? Yes, but unless the kids happen to be in school I can’t guarantee what time. I will always give a heads up on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter when I am going to be doing ¬†a Periscope.¬†My periscope topics can be anything related to art, craft, mixed media, bible journaling, art journaling, art/craft/scrapbook shows and sometimes a little worship.

Rita Barakat LLC Top Secret Mixed Media Class
Top Secret Mixed Media Class¬†Once a month I offer a free Mixed Media class – it’s a full class project in real time! Sometimes there are bonuses like a coupon or giveaways. I share where I will be teaching or demoing as well.
I am super excited as this year as I will have a sponsored giveaway each month! The picture is from this months class, I just sent it out yesterday! Are you signed up?
Rita Barakat LLC ETSY
Etsy¬†– I’ve not done much with Etsy although I have been on here for a couple of years. This year I got a little better grasp of it and added more items like stamps, stencils, calendars, pillows and more. I was ecstatic that my artwork was picked up in 2016 to be used for stamps and I am hoping for more products in the near future! I will continue to add products as they become available!

Rita Barakat LLC Pinterest
I haven’t done much with Pinterest this year, I spent more time learning Periscope and FB Live and now that I have it down I am ready to go back to Pinterest! I love Pinterest, but I think I will need a timer as I can easily get distracted by all the really cool pics! Does that happen to you? ¬†I would like to make some boards that relate to my Top Secret Mixed Media Videos, so I can offer you more options related to the topic of the current months class. I think it’s going to be an exciting time!

I need your input – what would you like to see in the next year? What types of topics, classes, techniques, products? How can I help you? Do you review your year?

Next week on Wednesday I will have a post on the Therm O Web¬†site! ¬†If you have never made a vision board you won’t want to miss this post!

 

 

 

Making faces, drawing eyes

Rita Barakat Fairy Eyes
The eyes are the window to the soul… You’ve heard it a thousand times right? Well it’s true in art as well. There is something about a painting that draws you in…color, composition and something significant about it…If it is a portrait type (making faces) it very well could be the eyes. So it’s very important we focus on doing a great ¬†job on the eyes when we are making our faces. When making my faces, they are more whimsical; I want to take the real and make it light, sweet, innocent and fun. So it is ok to exaggerate features, break some rules for making faces and create fun little surprises like glitter in their eyes, or star tattoos to accentuate the eyes!

Rita Barakat Girl Eyes
This girl has metallic copper eyes and hair’ I love the gorgeous color and texture! (I used copper Texture Luxe) But important to note, the basic eye shape is there. I love the way Jane Davenport does her girl eyes; they are exaggerated but still beautiful and whimsical. The eyes don’t have to be perfect (nobody is) but if they are not very close in size and placement to each other they quickly become the focus (in a bad way). Also if they are missing any basic elements – eyelids, eyelashes, pupils, light (white) and eyebrows (the ultimate accessory to the eyes- and PLEASE do draw hairs not one¬†continuous¬†line) -they look very odd.

Rita Barakat Mermaid eyes
Don’t be afraid to experiment with color, who says eye color only come in browns, blacks, blues and greens? Who says hair color in shades of brunettes, reds and blondes? Art should be fun and freeing, my art has no limits except my imagination; Yours too! So have fun with it and practice, practice, practice eyes if you are making faces!
Are you making faces? If so I would love to take a look at your work can you leave me a link?

*If you are in Texas and would like to learn more about making faces make sure you sign up for my ¬†IRL(in real life) class “so you say you can’t draw” class ¬†at the GASC show in Arlington June 16,17,18!