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Mermaid week, “I must be a mermaid” canvas


Hello, Creatives! Last week on Mixed Media Monday I started this mermaid project “I must be a mermaid”. I don’t know what it is about mermaids that intrigue us so but I love the freedom to create something magical! How fun that I was able to not only create this beauty but to bring her to life in this video… Continue reading

Pinterest, Instagram and Pinners oh my!


Hey there Creatives! Rita here 😉
Are you on Instagram and/or Pinterest? To be honest I love them both! They both revolve around beautiful pictures!
On Instagram you can easily check in and see what your friends are posting in your feed and get a quick “awww” moment! On Pinterest you can see categorize those pics and more, save them on different boards for later and find all sorts of topics.

So why am I talking about this? Well if you love the idea of Pinterest you would love a PInners Conference! I did not know there was such a thing until they came last year to Arlington! They are back again with all things Pinterest! It’s like Pinterest but in real life! You can take classes, shop and see beautiful creative things in person! I will be there tomorrow and I am going to do some live Facebook streaming! Join me on my Facebook page tomorrow – I don’t know what time so make sure you are following me on Facebook and check in between 10- 5 CST.

Now for giveaway news! I am doing another giveaway on my Instagram! You have already met one requirement by subscribing to my newsletter! Go to my Instagram @RitaBarakatArt and find the post to enter to win! I will announce the winner on FB Mixed Media Monday on Oct 2! See you then!
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I published my first artsy book! Magical Theatre – A place where imagination takes center stage! As a long time believer in all things fun and whimsical, I am so excited to present Magical Theatre. A place where you will find enchanting dolls to put together with movable arms and legs, darling costumes and wonderful backgrounds to set the stage! Some of the dolls and backgrounds were purposefully left black and white for you to color and create! With the purchase of the book you may print as many dolls as you desire; you could make a choir or an entire dance troop of dolls! I would love to see what you create! Tag me #RitaBarakatMagicalTheatre

Purchase “Magical Theatre” here

A brand new book!

See a cute video here https://www.facebook.com/rita.barakat.1/videos/1448503061910990/

Join me every Monday join me on Facebook! My name on FB is RitaBarakakt1

Let’s do this! 💜

Love Noted Journal

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Hi there,

Karen here, sharing a journal “Love Noted” created with Rita’s Hot Air Balloon Artfoamie stamps. The Hot Air Balloon is sold in 2 pieces; the hot air balloon and the basket. The hot air balloon measures 5 ¼ x 4 ½ and the basket measures 2 ¼ x 2. I coordinated the stamps with some oxide inks, wooden embellishments, paper straws and dyed ribbon to create the journal. It measures 7 3/4 x 5 ½.

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I began this journal cover by inking some watercolor paper with various oxide inks and water. I used oxide colors: abandoned coral, picked raspberry, lucky clover and antique linen.

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After inking the watercolor paper, I resprayed the remaining loose ink with water and inked the Hot Air Balloon Artfoamie stamps with the ink. Then I stamped onto some blank watercolor paper. I created several stampings of the hot air balloon and the basket to create several color variations for use in the project. I cut the stampings out and set them aside. I also used the remaining loose ink to coordinate ribbon with the journal.

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Next, I trimmed the inked watercolor paper down to layering size and distressed the edges. I then embossed the inked watercolor paper using a crackle stamp, Versamark and white embossing powder. The embossed watercolor paper was adhered to the front of the journal.

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Next, I adhered 1 of the hot air balloon stampings to the front of the journal. I then adhered paper straws to the back of another hot air balloon stamping and added it and the basket to the journal.

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I applied some picked raspberry ink to the wooden word and adhered it to the journal. I added dyed ribbon and additional wooden embellishments to finish the journal.

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I loved creating with the Hot Air Balloon stamps. The images were crisp, versatile and perfect for this journal project. The stamps can be found using the links throughout the tutorial and the link below:

Hot Air Balloon

Thanks so much visiting today.
Karen

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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.

Wonderful Things Keepsake

 

Hi there,

Karen here, sharing a little Keepsake that I created with the Fairy Magic stamp set and oxide inks. I absolutely love this stamp set. It’s perfect for all types of projects of all sizes. This keepsake measures 5 1/2 x 5 1/2. It’s a great gift giving idea and always perfect for art décor in your crafty space too. The base of this project is a shadow box that I found clearanced at a local craft store.

 

I began this keepsake with inking some watercolor paper with various oxide inks and water. I used oxide colors: broken china, fossilized amber and spiced marmalade. I trimmed my watercolor paper down to a layering size.

Using black ink, I stamped fairies and sentiments onto the inked watercolor paper and then heat set the ink. I stamped multiple fairies and sentiments to be used in other projects. A fairy and sentiment were then cut out with scissors.

 

Next, I distressed the edges of the watercolor paper, fairy and sentiment with coordinating oxide ink.

 

Next, I applied oxide inks to resin embellishments using a paint brush.

 

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Then, I adhered some jeweled adhesive paper to the shadow box as the base layer of the keepsake.

 

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Next, I adhered the inked layer and resin embellishments to the keepsake.

I then added the “Wonderful Things” sentiment and fairy to the keepsake using 3D tape.

 

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Lastly, I adhered coordinating flowers, clear beaded spray stems and a crystal charm.

 

This was a super easy and fun project that came together very quickly. The use of the fairy and sentiment added just the right touch to make this gift special. 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/

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

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Touch of Magic Tag

Hello creative friends! Ramona here, and I am so excited to share my latest mixed media altered tag project with you. This is a beautiful craft that will look great with any little gift or treat you may be sharing with someone. Using the Fairy Magic stamp set from the Brutus Monroe collection you can take any tag and transform into a whimsical and magical scene. Rita Barakat has created the sweetest stamps that help you make any tag or card stand out.

Start by creating the background you desire on your tag.  I used a combination of ink spray and distress markers, blending them together with a water loaded brush.  I like the finished look a distressed edge gives any piece, so I decided to distress the edge of the tag by gently scraping the sides of it on my ink pad.  I used my water on a brush once again to blur some of this color in.

By having the images stamped on card stock they were ready to color and cut out while my tag dried.  It is important to let the layers dry before you start to adhere them together.  This also helps you see what the true colors of your project are and make any adjustments you need.

Next, I do a ‘stash grab’, where I quickly browse through my supplies and grab several bits and baubles that may work on my tag.  I love new products and craft supplies, but I am a real promoter for using what you have and taking advantage of the little supplies you may normally overlook.  Because my tag and images were already colored, this helped me stick to a specific color palette as I was grabbing. I do this quickly and don’t over think it!

Deciding on which embellishments to use usually easy for me once I start to play with them all together.  I quickly settled on the purple daisies (although the yellow center was not my favorite, so I ended up covering them completely with glitter!) and some wispy yarn and ribbon. I also stamped the dragonfly on the back ground and added a few more dots just to give another layer of texture and interest before gluing on the final images.

Here is another look at the finished tag after assembling all the elements together. I kept imagining how fun this would be on a cellophane wrapped treat for a friends birthday, or on a cute little gift basket for a new favorite teacher.

 

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The details of the stamp set are just beautiful, and they imprint so well on card stock.  Take your time coloring in your fairy, and you can’t go wrong with her sweet and beautiful face. I can’t wait to see what you make with your Fairy Magic stamps- be sure to post a link in the comments or tag us on your post!

I hope this inspires you to add a little magic and beauty to your next gift <3 Please leave a comment and tell me how you will be using your tags, or post a link to share your project with us.

Fairy Magic Stamp Set 

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