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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

Imagine mixed media Journal

Karen Jiles http://stampinakapalace.blogspot.com/

Hi there,

Karen here, sharing a mixed media journal created with Rita’s  Heart Wing Art Foamies stamp. The stamp measures 5 ¾ x 3 ½. The size of the stamp was perfect for this journal. I coordinated this fun stamp with some oxide inks, dyed cheesecloth and dyed ribbon. The journal measures 7 3/4 x 5 ½.

I began this journal by inking some watercolor paper with various oxide inks and water. I used oxide colors: worn lipstick, wilted violet, and fossilized amber. These colors compliment each other well.

Karen Jiles http://stampinakapalace.blogspot.com/ Karen Jiles http://stampinakapalace.blogspot.com/

After inking the watercolor paper, I resprayed the remaining loose ink with water and inked the Heart Wing stamp with the ink. I heat set the inked watercolor papers and continued adding inks until I was happy with the end result. Then I stamped onto some blank watercolor paper. I created several stampings of the Heart Wing to create several color variations.

Karen Jiles http://stampinakapalace.blogspot.com/ Karen Jiles http://stampinakapalace.blogspot.com/

I also used the remaining loose ink to coordinate ribbon and cheesecloth to be used on the mixed media journal.

Karen Jiles http://stampinakapalace.blogspot.com/ Karen Jiles http://stampinakapalace.blogspot.com/

Next, I trimmed the inked watercolor paper down to layering size and tapped some cracked pistachio oxide ink onto the inked watercolor paper. I adhered the inked watercolor paper to a coordinating layer of cardstock. I also cut the Heart Wing stampings out and inked the edges with cracked pistachio oxide ink.

Karen Jiles http://stampinakapalace.blogspot.com/ Karen Jiles http://stampinakapalace.blogspot.com/

Next, I added dyed honey comb die cuts and cheesecloth to the journal. I then layered 2 Heart Wing stampings together with 3D tape and adhered the Heart Wing layer to the journal.

Karen Jiles http://stampinakapalace.blogspot.com/ Karen Jiles http://stampinakapalace.blogspot.com/

I applied some wilted violet ink to wooden words and adhered them to the journal. I added dyed ribbon and a crystal charm to finish the journal.

Karen Jiles http://stampinakapalace.blogspot.com/

I really enjoyed using the Heart Wing stamp on this journal. The stamp measures 5.75” x 3.5” and can be found using the link below:

Heart Wing

Thanks so much visiting today.
Karen

Karen Jiles http://stampinakapalace.blogspot.com/

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.

Ramona Samuels Art Journal
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.

Art Journal Ritabarkakt.com

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.

Art Journal RitaBarkakt.com

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!