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!

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! ūüėČ

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 Р6:30 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 Р8:00 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 Р6:30 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!


Classes, giveaways and stencils oh my!

RitaBarakat Giveaway

Hello creatives! Well I am back from Tulsa and I have some business to take care of!

1. I ¬†have a giveaway winner to announce!¬†Not to worry if you don’t win I will be doing another huge giveaway in a couple of weeks to one of my Top Secret Mixed Media subscribers (so if you haven’t signed up make sure you do so on the right side of my blog!)

2. I am reminding those of you in the Houston area to come sign up for one of my classes if you haven’t already at CKC (see the classes page- you can sign up when you get there is they are not sold out!) (Did I mention I do giveaways in my classes too? just sayin’)

3. My stencils (samples below) will only be available for a limited time in my Etsy shop. Last year I only ended up with 10 after the Tulsa show and I had lots of people ask for that stencil( I only had one last year) which is no longer available(This year I have three). I am not a store, I ¬†have these products made from my art and once they are gone they are gone. So if you got one , yay and if you didn’t I am so sorry just know that’s what I have to do as I am not a manufacturer. I am just trying to share my art. ¬†Below are some samples for the three current stencils available.

4. Thank you to the many wonderful students in GASC and CKC Tulsa! You guys are so fun and I love doing what I do!

Rita Barakat Stencils

So this weeks winner is LINDA MARVIN! Please send me an email at so I can send out your prizes!

Meanwhile do come watch and participate on FB Live tonight – it’s mixed media monday! At 8pm CST! Rita Barakat1 we will be creating live from your prompts! ¬†Catch you then!

Rita ūüėČ

Water Lily

While I am away teaching in Tulsa enjoy this finale video – she looks like a water Lily to me…I started on periscope but it kept cutting out so I filmed it instead and posted it here for your enjoyment! You can still watch the previous videos on periscope ¬†– there are three walking you through each step! ¬†I will be pulling them next week for my top secret mixed media peeps! A special newsletter so make sure you are signed up! if you are looking for supplies I used in each class this weekend the list is on this post¬†


Mixed Media Classes!

Hello Creatives ! First of all just checking in as I have been MIA with getting ready for classes and traveling! ¬†I am super excited to share photos of today’s festivities and such but this girl is exhausted! I will however be sharing the different amazing sponsors of my summer classes! Please do give them a shout out and go find their fabulous products! And a special shout out to all the lovely ladies today in all of my classes! I can’t wait to share their beautiful designs with you! ¬†In the meantime ¬†here are the products from today’s classes and if you will be at GASC dont forget to sign up for my classes if you haven’t already!

Momenta adhesive stencil, Teal Semi Gloss Stencil Paint
ARt-C Ultra Chalk soft matte paint Victorian Pink
Beacon Zip Dry Glue
Clearsnap Gold Pigment Ink & Stamps
DCWV pattern papers
Testors Paint Brush

IMG_2601-001 Roc-Lon Multi Purpose Cloth
DecoArt Americana Paint- pistachio mint, blue grass green, blue-violet & Gesso
Testors Paint Brush
DCWV Stencil
Clearsnap Gold Pigment Ink

Deco Art  Americana Acrylic Paint (radiant set) & Gesso
Beacon Zip Dry Glue
Momenta Gold word stickers
Testors Paint brush
Sakura Pigma & Permapaque pens
DCWV Printed musical paper
DecoArt modeling paste


IMG_2597-002 Testors Craft Paint Sunshine, Avocado, Turquoise  & paint brush
DCWV papers
Beacon Zip Dry
Momenta Metallic Stencil Paint


Please make sure to thank these fabulous companies and use these hashtags

#Decoart #permapque  #sakuraofamerica #dcwv #clearsnap #colorbox #my_artc #stencilpaint #testors #beacon #Roc-Lon #ritabarakat

decoart_logo Testors momenta Beacon Clearsnap DCWV Beacon    RocLon Sakura

Fabulous Companies

decoart_logo      DCWV Clearsnap

momenta Testors

RocLon Beacon   Sakura.png

What do these companies have in common??? These are the fabulous companies sponsoring my summer classes!I can not wait for you to see what these companies have provided! The supplies are rolling in and it is getting very exciting! Not to mention I will three brand new stencils out! As soon as I have them I will share! So if you haven’t signed up for ¬†a class with me check my class page for links to see if there are any seats left! Arlington is just weeks away! This is going to be FUN!!!!!!!

IRL (in real life) events! Novi, MI

Great Lakes Scrapbook Events IRL IRL events Novi MI
Hey sweet friends! Needing to do some serious scrapbook shopping?
Today I am at the ¬†Great Lakes Mega Meet!¬†I will doing demos for Marcos Paper using¬†Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft¬ģ today through Sat! So if you are in the area, come by and say hello!!! I only do these IRL events a few times a year and this is one of them this year! Make sure you introduce yourself and let me know where you follow me from! It’s always fun to meet peeps in person!

I am looking forward to creating lots of fun designs and I brought two of my art journals with me if you want to take a look! ¬†No worries if you are not local, I am hoping to do some periscopes in action from the show if the wifi is good enough… you never know! ¬†Cross your fingers peeps!

Also IRL event classes are coming up soon, I am teaching at ¬†GASC, CKC Tulsa and CKC Houston! Those classes will go fast and once they are full that’s it for a while! So sign up, you know I will have some fun giveaways and special surprises!

And last but not least – it was brought to my attention that my newsletter sign up¬†link does not show up on a mobile device so I am adding that to the bottom of my posts so you don’t miss the next top secret mixed media class!
Be blessed!

Bible journaling and more!

Hey there creatives! This is my project from yesterday’s periscope – if you are not watching you should download the app as I do projects live on Periscope! ¬†On Fridays I am doing Bible journaling so make sure you tune in at 3pm EST.
As promised the products I used on this project :
From Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft – Gesso, Gelatos in Lavender, Guava, Peach, Red Cherry, Chocolate, Metallic Grape, PITT Artist pen in black and red, Glitter Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Whipped Spackle
The stencil is from Prima (I’ve had this one for ¬†a few years so i don’t know that you will be able to find it.)
Here is a close up! I also promised to share the details of my next class it’s a mixed media canvas…

This is the first of many classes I will be teaching at Sparks Studio in Arlington TX.
Mixed Media Mayhem March 16. There are plenty more classes coming, I will put them on my classes page as they become available. There are several classes that have already been approved for different shows in Dallas, Houston and Tulsa, in addition to Sparks Studio I am just waiting for the times and dates.

In the meantime please check out my Periscopes (RitaBarakat1) and my¬†youtube¬† channel – I will be adding some of my scopes there as well as more videos. I am trying to catch up with everything my top secret mixed media class newsletter will be going out soon too so don’t forget to sign up!

Have a blessed weekend!


Whats going on! changes and new products!

It’s that time again, seasons change and time to say goodbye to another team. I love, love, love the ColourArte products but with all the teaching, demos and working on the other end (creating products- did I mention my new Fairy Stencil? See the previous post!) my schedule is really full! I hope you will visit¬†the ColourArte blog¬†for my last post there where I talk about Epic fails and this project.

Meanwhile today is the last day to order my stencil from my Etsy shop РI will be pulling the leftover inventory tomorrow morning and taking it with me to Tulsa CKC where I will be teaching this weekend! Hopefully you got a spot- I am told most of my classes are sold out YAY! If you are coming make sure to stop by the From Cover 2 Cover booth where I will be selling the stencils I have left!


And last but not least I am on Periscope now, I am hoping to do my first scope sometime today and several from the show if all goes as planned! Please follow me I will be lots of tips and maybe a giveaway- just saying! And sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss out!

Class updates, live, online and in real life!

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Good morning peeps! Happy Wednesday! ¬†I am so super excited I was told today almost all of my classes this summer have only 4-5 spots left so if you haven’t signed up you’d better hurry! (They sold out in Dallas!)
Here  are the dates and links Рthe details on my classes  are on my class page!

CKC~ TULSA, OK Aug 21-22. 2015

Gelatos¬ģ 101
Fri, Aug 21, 2015 ~  8:30-9:30 am
Sat, Aug 22, 2015 ~  8:30-9:30 am

Mixed Media De’mist’ified!  
Fri Aug 21, 2015 ~ 2:30 ‚Äď 3:30
Sat ¬†Aug 22, 2015 ~ ¬†2:30 ‚Äď 3:30

What time is it?
Fri Aug 21, 2015 ~  4-5pm
Sat  Aug 22, 2015 ~ 4-5pm

CKC Houston Aug 28-29

Gelatos¬ģ 101
Fri Aug 28, 2015 ~ ¬†8:30 ‚Äď 9:30
Sat Aug 29, 2015 ~ 1:30 ‚Äď 2:30

Mixed Media De’mist’ified!
Fri ¬†Aug 28,2015 ~ ¬†5:30 ‚Äď 6:30pm

What time is it?
Sat  Aug 29, 2015 ~ 4-5 pm


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This class will be held on Ustream on Wednesday (8/12) at 2PM EST with
Rita Barakat
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*To enter our Ustream giveaway, comment in the social stream or chat box during the Ustream show. ¬†Winners will be announced at the end of class. ¬†We’ll be giving away three sets of the following prizes at the end of the class:¬†Chalkboard Paint¬†(1) Gel Medium (1).¬† To enter in our grand prize, go to our blog after the class and leave a comment.¬† The grand prize winner will be announced the next day on our blog. ¬†The grand prize will consist of the following prizes: Dolce 2, and the Chalkboard Technique Kit.
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P.s. I have some super exciting news I will reveal this Friday!