Heart Wing Canvas


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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

I applied different colors of Distress Oxide inks on Heart Wings stamp and got multiple images.. isn’t it cool? ūüôā

heart wing canvas - Shilpa Nagaonkar for

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

I also adhered linen tape and plaque number for more interest.

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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 Nagaonkar






Hot Air Balloon Love!


Hello Everyone! ¬†Shilpa here. I¬†am so happy to share my first creation as Design Team member for Rita Barakat Designs. ¬†I have created an art journal page using Rita’s Hot Air Balloon stamp¬†Zen Doodle. Honestly, this is the first time using an Art Foamies stamp and I love using it!

To start my journal page, I stamped the balloon image on a white piece of paper using acrylic paint. The paint gives the perfect image showing all the lovely detailed designs on it. Next, I cut the balloon out it to use as my focal point on my journal page.

On the journal page itself, I first adhered dictionary papers.  Because I was going to use acrylic paint, I applied a layer of white gesso as a primer to the whole surface. I then covered almost the whole page with yellow acrylic paint and let it dry completely. At the edges of the page, I used blue acrylic paint. Before it dried, I put a net stencil on it and removed some of the blue paint with a baby wipe. For the next layer, I stenciled hearts with pink acrylic paint.  For more texture, I used blue archival ink and a texture stamp, and randomly stamped the image on the page.  I also printed circles with a bottle cap and some paint.  Lastly, I adhered the Hot Air Balloon Zen Doodle to the journal page.

Here is the link to purchase Hot Air Balloon stamp Zen Doodle.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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

Blog Hops and prizes

Hey Creatives! Here’s an opportunity to not only see some cool projects but to win some product too!
Today my project is featured on the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog¬†¬†and it’s a blog hop with Linnie Blooms so go check it out! ¬†One winner will receive $50 in Design Memory Craft products. Linnie Blooms is also doing a giveaway so check them out as well! The giveaway will end on 9/27. Good luck!
Now if you want the full tutorial you have to subscribe to my newsletter! The newsletter with this months Top Secret Mixed Media class video will be out this week!

P.S. About the project: With all the crazy drama in this world we still have a choice in how we react to it. I choose joy – you can find joy in the little things no matter what circumstances surround you. What’s your choice?



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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¬ģ and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

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Remember a while back I asked for suggestions on new girls for aprons and I said someone would win one? This is what I came up with and thought you might want to take a look! ¬†I put a tutorial on how I made this over on the¬†Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft¬ģ blog¬†¬†I hope you will go check it out! Here is a close up!
Well I am feverishly putting together class kits for my classes next week! Some of my classes are already sold out but some of the classes have ¬†a few spots open! Did I mention giveaways?¬†So many exciting surprises in store! If you are in TX and haven’t signed up yet you can still come and sign up at the eventt!

Check my class page  samples and other places where I will be teaching this summer!

Great American Scrapbook Convention June 18-20, 2015
Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, Texas, June 18-20

Gelatos¬ģ 101
Thursday, June 18, 2015 ~ ¬†2:30 ‚Äď 3:30 PM
Friday, June 19, 2015 ~ 5:30-630PM

Mixed Media De’mist’ified!
Thursday, June 18, 2015 ~ 4-5PM
Friday, June 19, 2015 ~ 4-5PM

What time is it?
Thursday June 18, 2015 ~ 1-2PM
Saturday, June 20, 2015~ 4 PM ‚Äď 5PM

A canvas mixed media mini and giveaway!


Hi there peeps today I am sharing a¬†Canvas Corp¬†6×6 Canvas Stitched Mini¬†I decorated with a few of my girls and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft¬ģ. I had so many pictures I made a little video of the finished mini portfolio below but here is the cover! And a few tips and tricks!

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I wanted to use some of the girls I had painted before so I decided to use ¬†this Transfer Artist paper! It was so easy to use, I printed my images the paper (as per instructions) ironed it onto my canvas…

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¬†And peeled the backing to reveal the transfer! It worked in black and white and color! Now you know I couldn’t leave it like that, I had to do more embellishing!¬†
Here is my finished project…

For more techniques and tips go see my post on the¬†Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft¬ģ blog!

¬†To enter to win go to¬†¬†Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft¬ģ¬†blog and leave a comment (they are giving away ¬†a $50 prize)!
One random winner will be selected on April 20th. Good luck!

And if you are going to CHA/Namta in Denver come see me in booth 701! I will be painting, painting, painting in the booth for the next four days!



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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¬ģ,The Crafters Workshop, DCWV, Deflecto, ColourArte and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and ICE Resin Blog Hop!

Hey hey Creative peeps! 

Today I’m honored to be part of a¬†Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog¬†hop as we team up with¬†Ice Resin. If you are new to my blog WELCOME! If you are one of my fabulous regulars, thanks for being so awesome!

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I got to play with ¬†new cool stuff ~¬†ICE Resin¬ģ, 1 oz. syringe,¬†ICED Enamels¬ģ¬†Ivory Relique and¬†ICED Enamels¬ģ Medium! Can you see them here??? Let me walk you through my project…
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First step: prime my canvas with Gesso, draw on the canvas.
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Step two: Drips with Iced Enamels Medium (this is actually  for metal surfaces but this turned out  really cool!)
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Step 3 Cover with Iced Enamels Relique. shake off any excess powder and pour it back into the container.
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Step 4 Use a heat gun to melt ! the right two drips are done, the left are still wet. It looks like stone!
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Step 5  I used my Stampers Big Brush Pens and a wet paintbrush to add color to my drawing.
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Step 6 I used packaging and more medium and Iced Enamels for large circles on the page. Heat embossed those too.
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Step 7 Add color on my background with¬†Gelatos¬ģColors.
Step 8 Spread the color with a wet paint brush.
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Step 9 Add more color, fill and blend,
Step 10 Use¬†PITT¬ģ Artist Pens to outline, add sentiment and highlight.
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Step 11 Add Glass Bead Glass Bead Gel, wait for it to dry (it looks better if you let this dry by itself ¬†as tempted as you are to speed things along don’t do it!!! It will turn white and bubble if you do~ if you wait it will be gorgeous!
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Step 12 Add¬†ICE Resin¬ģ, 1 oz. syringe to the eyes and lips!
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Step 13 Add flowers …

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And there it is all finished!


The generous folks at Ice Resin and Faber Castell Design Memory Craft have a fantastic prize package…
…simply leave a comment to be entered to win.
The blog hop projects will end on Friday but you have until midnight Eastern time on Sunday, May 18 to post a comment. Winners will be announced Monday, May 19.  Two winners will win a Designing with Gelatos kit OR a  prize pack from Ice Resin (a Resin Plunger, a Bezel, Medium and a Relique). 


Hop Info:

Monday May 12

ICE Resin: Kathy Cano Murillo
Faber Castell: Jill Foster

Tuesday May 13
ICE Resin: Jennifer Priest
Faber Castell: Jen Matott

ICE Resin: Tatiana Allen
Faber Castell:  YOU ARE HERE! Rita Barakat  

Thursday May 15
ICE Resin: Jamie Dougherty
Faber Castell: Tiffany Johnson 

Friday May 16
ICE Resin: Jen Cushman
ICE Resin: John Creighton Petersen
Faber Castell: Mou Saha

*If you enjoyed this tutorial (and like giveaways) make sure you sign up for my *newsletter*! Upper right hand corner! 
Happy hopping!


¬†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. In addition to the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft¬ģ team she designs for DCWV, The Crafters Workshop and freelances for a variety of manufacturers.¬†

Banners of Hope Project, part I

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Hello sweet blog readers!
Today is a new day and it is still chilly here in Texas!
Today I am sharing  a little project I am working on for CHA.
It’s for the Banners of Hope Project

The Craft and Hobby Association,The Fabric Arts Council, Charity Wings
will work to coordinate a traveling exhibit of the Banners of Hope project
providing a message of Hope at hospitals, veteran, children’s and senior homes/centers across
the country, as well as provide continued exposure for CHA and the Fabric Arts Council.
I am one of many artists participating in this project that will be unveiled at CHA in Jan.

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In addition to Gesso and drawing on my canvas  I am adding letters, altering them with modeling paste and
Gesso so I can paint them whatever color I want to use for my project.
The green letters are iron ons- I will do those last, they spell the word “hope”.

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I used Gelatos to color her face- I always start with the face, for me that is the most important part; Once the face
is how I want it everything else falls right into place.

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Lots of color with Gelatos and a wet paint brush, for me  I continue to add color until
it looks the way I want it to.  Come on Thursday to see the finished project!


Hi sweet bloggers.  How are you doing?
I am struggling a bit- I started the week off good-
I did – I was so busy, working on lots of different artwork including this one.
Then stuff happened with my mom. 

As you know she is in assisted living and has¬†Alzheimer’s & Dementia. ¬†
I would like to say that knowing that she is safe is enough but it is not.
I have yet to get myself to a place where I can stop internalizing 
the hateful things she says, the¬†¬†stress and guilt trips she puts me through –¬†
even I know that is not her it is hard not to let it get to me.

We had a very rough visit on Friday, on the way back to her home she yelled at me for over 
a half an hour because “there is nothing wrong with her”, she doesn’t remember why she is “that place”,¬†she does not want me to take her back and she wants me to buy her plane tickets to CA right now!¬†I kept my cool and I reminded her in a very calm and quiet voice that she is yelling and the kids are in the car and we could discuss this later without the kids.
She just got louder and said she would not stop screaming unless I took her to the airport right now!¬†She repeated this over and over (and some other ugly things I won’t repeat)-¬†
I only told here this twice and stopped talking because
 I knew it would not do any good; the kids were silent the entire time.
I took her straight back home, she didn’t a word as we walked her to her room.
I told the kids to say goodbye and we left. I was shaking.
Not even a half an hour later she calls and I don’t answer- I am still reeling, my head hurts,
and I have had enough. Seriously with this disease and these type of visits I understand why relationships are strained and people do not visit their loved ones. It is very difficult to be around people who are so negative, mean and rude I pray that it wont always be like this – some people with this disease are not like this. ¬†She made me so angry I did not want to go back…EVER, I knew it was unrealistic but I thought it, even if just for a moment (or two).
And here she is calling me like it never happened (because in her mind it didn’t!) saying she needs to run up to the store and could I come by when I get the chance.

I painted this instead.
I noticed many times whats going with me personally reflects in my work.
And this was the biggest piece I was working this week and even though is stuff with my mom is hard there is truly nothing I can do about it. So I pray and I draw, and I paint.
And God gives me peace to let it go. And I share. 
It’s a good process I think.¬†

It was pretty intense so I have only one in process picture.

Then it became like therapy  РI was in the zone.  

I did play with a little editing though.
Funny how a color¬†changes¬†the whole feel of a piece son’t you think?
I hope your weekend was better than mine.

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