Art

Coloring Art Frame giveaway!

Hey Creatives!  First of all Happy Easter!!!
I hope that you are having a wonderful day with friends and family! And if you are not too busy take a few minutes to check out my latest video and enter to win your own Coloring Frame Art so generously  donated by http://BlissFuStudio.com ! To enter make sure you are following me on Instagram, following Color Frame Art on FB and are following me and tuned in on FB live for Mixed Media Monday the 17th at 8 pm CST! Make sure to let me know you did those things and I will do a drawing on Monday! I will give away two sets and each set has four different designed frames to color and assemble!

See you Monday!

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!

 

Coloring with pencils Part 2 – lips!

coloring with pencils Part 2 - lips! RitaBarakat.com

Hello creatives! Today’s video coloring with pencils Part 2 – lips! (Part 1 is on the previous post!) Today I have used Leisure Arts pencils to create intense colored the lips on this starlight beauty I drew! You can easily create similar depth by layering different color pencils in one area! (watch the video it’s quick!) I am working on several video projects for you from the survey you filled out! If you haven’t filled out the survey yet I would love to hear from you! I will close it on Monday.( Did I mention there is a giveaway to be chosen from one of the people who participate? Just sayin!) Continue reading

Making art with Coloring Pencils

making art with coloring pencils

Hey there Creatives! It seems to me like everybody’s on this coloring craze so I thought it would be appropriate to use some coloring pencils and show you how easy it is to get depth with colored pencils. I made this short video to show you how easy it is by using layers to create depth with your coloring pencils in on all your coloring projects enjoy!

If you like this video you might want to go ahead and check out my YouTube site I have a bunch of different techniques for your mixed media projects at RitaBarakat1

And if haven’t filled out my questionnaire you can still do so! It’s pretty short, not too many questions and there’s a giveaway at the end just saying!
So you might want to check that out as well!

 

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!

Mixed Media Ballerina on Canvas


Hello Creatives! If you follow me on social media you know I have been working on this mixed media ballerina!  I have been working on her all week and I am super excited to her with you! This work is for my baby girl, I am not sure she is finished yet, there is something more I may want to add but I am not sure yet… Either way there are so many very cool techniques in this project that I just couldn’t wait to share them with you!   Continue reading

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!

Creativation show & Mixed Media Monday schedules!

Creativation Schedule! I will be at Creativation (the newly revamped CHA trade show!) in Phoenix AZ next week! This affects my Mixed Media Monday schedule – see below!

If you are coming please come find me! I will be doing Periscope and or FBLive – whichever will work! (you never know with the internet!) It will be random except during my demo times – I am going to try to see if  I can go live during my demos times!
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*Join me this
Monday on FB Live for Mixed Media Monday! 8pm CST! Ritabarakat1
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Fri Jan 20 I am hosting the Designer Roundtables! If you are a CHA Designer you should not miss this!

Sat Jan 21
Art Foamies Stop by the Art Foamies booth to find out when I am scheduled there! booth #1851
12:30-1:30 Come visit me at the Creativation Cafe – I can chat here as I am hosting! booth #843/1042

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Demos:
Sunday Jan 22
9-11 The Crafters Workshop #~ Brand New Products! booth #1651
4:30- 5:30 Make and Take in the Creativation Cafe! # Brand new products! booth #843/1042

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Mon Jan 23
11:30-12:30 Make n Take  in the Creativation Cafe # Brand New Products! booth #843/1042

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**Note – I will not be doing Mixed Media Monday on the 23rd as I will be flying back home at that time but I will do one Mixed Media Monday on TUESDAY Jan 24th instead and perhaps have some goodies to share from the show! Not to mention a giveaway! Whoo Hoo!

I am super excited as there are so many top secret new products to reveal! I love seeing all the latest creations! *Including a few of my own! Only bummer is some are not available to the public yet, but it is still a fun sneak peek!
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***If there is any collection or manufacturer you would like to see leave me a comment below and I will make sure I pop by for a live feed!

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 – I post every Thursday unless I am involved in a blog hop or something special.

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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!