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Fairy Garden Diorama Box

Jenn DuBell Fairy Garden Doiarama Box www.ritabarakat.com

Hello there! My name is Jenn and today I want to show you my Fairy Garden Diorama Box! Who doesn’t love fairies and bunnies? I know I do and I just love the whimsical stamps Rita Barakat created! For this project, I used her Art Foamies Hot Air Balloon stamp in combination with her Fairy Garden Background and Fairy Garden Stamp sets.

Fairy Garden Background Stamp www.ritabarakat.com Fairy Garden Stamp Set www.ritabarakat.com

Now, Let’s see how it was done!

First, let’s create the balloon and baskets.

To create this whimsical diorama, start with the Art Foamies Hot Air Balloon Stamp Set and stamp two of the balloons and three of the baskets onto heavy card stock using ink in a few of your favorite bright colors. For mine, I chose aqua, pink, lime, and a touch of purple. Now, use double sided tape or another adhesive to adhere these pieces to a thin chipboard. If you use a wet adhesive let dry completely. Next, cut these out and set them aside to dry completely.

Jenn DuBell Fairy Garden Diorama Box www.ritabarakat.com

Jenn DuBell Fairy Garden Diorama Box www.ritabarakat.com

Now, onto the fairy, bunnies, trees, and mushrooms!

 To stamp the fairy, bunnies, and mushrooms from the Fairy Garden Stamp Set, use black permanent ink on watercolor paper. Do the same with the Fairy Garden Background Stamp two or three times next to each other. Next, sprinkle images with clear embossing powder while the ink is still wet and then activate the powder with a heat tool. Doing this will give you a raised edge to use as a guideline for coloring your images and it will ensure that they do not run together. Use watercolor pens and/or pencils in coordinating colors to color your stamped images. Next, cut out all of the images you want to use once they are dry.

Jenn DuBell Fairy Garden Diorama Box www.ritabarakat.com

Finally! Assembly time!!

For the basket, you will need to create a joint on each corner (4 total) using cardboard as shown below. Use one of the stamped baskets for the sides by cutting it in half. Once joints have adhered it should create a small box. I used double sided tape for this.

Jenn DuBell Fairy Garden Diorama Box www.ritabarakat.com

Next, begin assembling the diorama. Place paper straws in front and back of the basket to place the balloon on. Place Fairy in the basket, and continue building with foam dots or bits of cut cardboard and adhesive until you have the scene you like!  Glue or tape the diorama to a piece of thin chipboard and adhere to the box lid. Paint the top with a green acrylic paint to blend in. Now, add a sentiment to the front of box lid and place it on the box! Now put something fun inside and give your gift!

Jenn DuBell Fairy Garden Diorama Box www.ritabarakat.com

Jenn DuBell Fairy Garden Diorama Box www.ritabarakat.com

Jenn DuBell Fairy Garden Diorama Box www.ritabarakat.com

Thanks so much for joining me in creating this fun whimsical gift box! I hope that you are inspired to create one of your own!! Until next time have fun creating! X Jenn

Jenn DuBell Rita Barakat Design Team http://yvonnebijouxcrafts.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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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. 

A little holiday magic! 

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Hello Creatives! I don’t know about you but I can always use a little holiday magic right about now! I have so much to share!! Well first of all i have new and exciting new products in the store! Being so close to Christmas I know I probably should have waited but I was so excited to share them with you!  All of my products are based on original artwork- some that you may have seen in a periscope or Facebook live videos! Remember I only have a few items of each!!


Yesterday on the Therm O Web blog I shared some fun tips to add sparkle into your projects! If you missed it. Check it out here http://thermoweb.com/blog/add-little-sparkle-projects/#comment-443806

And what you have been waiting for??My stencil giveaway! Wendy Designs! Congrats ! Email me your addy please! If you did not win they are available in the shop ! https://www.etsy.com/listing/462311179/so-you-say-you-cant-draw-stencil-bundle?ref=shop_home_active_8#

Last but not least you can still enter to win the $ 100.00 visa gift card by entering  a comment in the previous post below! Whew that was a kit of info! And I still need a lot of holiday magic! This girl is still not ready for Christmas but no matter  what  it will be here soon and we will enjoy it! Hope you will too!

Merry Christmas peeps!!

Blessings! Rita

What are the best last minute gift ideas?


So what are the best last minute gift ideas? Some of are completely ready for the holidays, but some of you…Ok some of us are so not ready!  Surely by now you are thinking, well forget it or I’ll just buy something…anything so that I have a present. But what if I can offer you another solution? Instead of going shopping why not grab a loved one and spend some time together creating something special (in addition to memories you make! hello!)! Most recently my baby girl(now 11) and I made over these covers for our  journals! You can make any type of journal, recipe book, planner into something special for someone and they would love it. Look complicated, you say? Did I mention baby girl is 11? Her’s (on the left) is a composition book and mine is a travel notebook. You can make over any type of book for that special someone and here’s a video to show you how (recorded live on periscope). An easy and fabulous last minute gift idea!

Now on the other hand if you are done with your Christmas shopping and need a little something for yourself read on friends!


I am so excited to share these  two new foam stamps! These are the first of several foam stamps I designed and are currently available at ARTFOAMIES.com!!! (Links below)
I don’t even have them yet and as soon as I do I will be making some videos and projects with them!
(More designs coming soon! )
Rita Barakat_ Cowboy Boot
Rita Barakat_ Zen Doodle Cloud

I am also super thrilled to share some new products in my shop! There  If you click on the pic it will take you right to the page! ( The steampunk pillow with the fire hair will be available next week)
There are only a few of each so if you want one you’d better grab it quick!*

I designed this calendar for a sweet friend then I thought maybe somebody else would like one too, so I ordered a few more and they are now available! *Limited quantities! So order quick!

Also if you are local and want one please contact me and I will pull it to avoid shipping charges.

*If they sell out and you really want one I would have to re-order – you would receive it in new year – please email or message me and I will put a special order on the site for it.

I wish these items came out sooner so that they could have been ready for Christmas but it’s not always my timing!
I will get it shipped right away but with weather being unpredictable in some areas there is no guarantee.
Either way I am ecstatic and feel like 2017 is going to be a very exciting year!

What are your best last minute gift ideas? I would love to hear them, please share in the comments!

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!

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!

CHA blog hop!

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Hey, hey creatives! So if you are here for the first due to the blog hop welcome!
For my regulars 😉 I am participating in the biggest blog hop ever!
This is the See you CHA blog hop!

Each blogger will highlight something special about the upcoming CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show. It could be a sneak peek of their new products being released, details about their workshops and make-n-takes, an inspiring project tutorial, or what they are most excited about doing and seeing at the Show.

You’ll have plenty of chances to enter to win our $650 Visa gift card each day of the hop, on any of the participating blogs. Everyone is eligible to win, whether you’re in the U.S. or international.
How cool is that?

I am super excited as last year was my first time exhibiting my artwork in the Designers In Action™ area of CHA and this year I will be displaying again! I have booth number 1!  Easy to remember! So if you are there please stop by and drop me a note! You know I have something out of the box up my sleeve!

Here is last years post about it and some close ups here on this post.
Here is my display from last year…

This year I will  also be teaching a workshop on Friday, Texturizing Techniques for Mixed Media
for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®. The first photo on this post is the project! I am super excited to be sharing some brand new (top secret) products in this class as well as TONS of mixed media techniques – did you know you can use Gelli Plates™ with Gelatos? Just sayin! You don’t want to miss it!

If you are not there on Friday and can’t make my class please stop by and say hello in the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® booth Sat-Mon where I will be doing demos, except on Sunday from 1-2 when I will be in Designers In Action™ area of CHA doing another demo!  It will be a busy (and fun) time!

Now for my peeps that won’t be at the show, don’t worry, I will post pictures! I am going to try to do a periscope at the show (did you know I’m on Periscope? I am doing a giveaway tommorrow on Periscope!) – but no guarantees , your never know about the wifi with all those people trying to gain access! If I can’t Periscope I will at least do some videos and pics!

 

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Here’s how to enter for the drawing!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And don’t forget to Visit the other great blogs in this hop!

Blessings!
Rita
RitaBarakat.com
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, manufacturer websites and magazines. She designs for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® and freelances for a variety of manufacturers. 

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 – I 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® and freelances for a variety of manufacturers