color inspiration

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!


How changing color can completely change your art

Princess in Progress white color Rita Barakat
Hello color creatives! Well things are getting crazy around here! ¬†I am creating like crazy, teaching classes and getting ready to head to MI ¬†to demo for a convention! Should be fun times! Meanwhile I have been doing some fun live videos on Periscope – have you been watching? I am trying to figure out an easy way to transfer those videos to Youtube... but I digress…

Here are some pics from yesterday periscope. This one is before I added color to her hair ¬†– notice the feel of the piece. I find it interesting that changing even one color can ¬†change your perspective and the feel of a apiece. I think I will do this again and leave her hair white, I like it. ¬†Here is ¬†a close up of the background…

Yellow and fushia color Rita Barakat
These are the textures before I did a final layer of Gesso to soften the look, notice the different feel when I change the color…

Pink color Princess Rita Barakat art journal
Totally different look with Gesso and pink hair color right? night and day! I loved both outcomes, even though they are so different! The pink and pastel yellow color ¬†background seems to make it more warm, magical, ethereal, fairytale-ish. ¬†The white color against the bold background feels like winter, more modern, easy to imagine in a children’s book. Amazing the power of color!

Pink color Princess Rita Barakat
Here is a close up of her face, isn’t it interesting how color can completely change the feel and look of the same painting? Here she is again on an art journal page…

Yellow color Princess Rita Barakat art Journal
On this page she has a different background and fluorescent yellow hair color. Same girl different feel. And depending on who you are and what you like you will favor a different ¬†girl. I actually drew her here first in my art journal. Most of the time this is where I start, making sketches in my art journal or sketchbook. I don’t always color all of my sketches but as soon as I finished I knew she would be the perfect subject for the commissioned piece, ent on to do that and then came back to paint this one.

Yellow color Princess Rita Barakat
What is very interesting here is that her hair is actually fluorescent – it doesn’t show in the photos but it is amazing bright fluorescent yellow in person and on a video. I really like all three versions. Here you can see again how changing colors makes such a dramatic difference in the feel of a piece. It makes me want to be more proficient in photoshop! LOL ¬† It also makes me think about how we choose color – sometimes it’s good to experiment!

I think you will be seeing this girl again- any name suggestions for these girls? Please leave me a comment!

How to make color layers

Rita Barakat Color Layers
Hello creatives~ Color layers are not hard! Have you ever wondered how to make color layers!?!
Sometimes creativity looks so complicated and here’s a secret- it doesn’t have to be!

Using Stampers Big Brush Pens I started with the lightest color -light green 171.
I colored all of the leaves in this color.

Rita Barakat Color Layers
Then I added another color layer with  May Green 170. Already this is looking sharp! You can do this!

Rita Barakat Color Layers
For the third color layer I added permanent Green Olive 167 and just look at those layers!
I used Sky Blue 146 for the sky and Nougat 178 for the trees. You can do this!
What will you do on your next coloring page?

The paper is from Marion Smith¬†Wonderland Colorable Cardstock¬†and has all the fabulous images from Lewis Carroll‘s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) by illustrator John Tenniel. (I will be doing more from this collection – I just love it so much I can’t decide what to do with ¬†them! Any thoughts?)





Live Class!

Happy Friday peeps! ¬†I know it’s late but hopefully you stopped by the¬†ColourArte Blog¬†to see if you are one of the winners from the Altered Shoe hop!

In other news I hope you will be around next Wed for my free Ustream class!!!

Got an empty wall?  Give it a pop of color with this customizable Textured Wall Art!
This class will be held on Ustream on Wednesday (8/12) at 2PM EST with
Rita Barakat
RSVP here
*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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Going Steampunk with ColourArte

Hey  artsy peeps go check out this project I have on the ColourArte blog today! There is a video tutorial!!!
Don’t forget to leave me some love and let me know if you have any questions! I think this new blue “Azurite” Twinkling H2o is my new favorite color!
P.S. Dont forget to check my class page if you want to take a class this summer!
Coming soon –

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 mixed media sneak peek!


Hey there Artsy peeps! Wont you join me over at ColourArte today? I ¬†have my very first blog post over there today! Here is a mixed media sneak peek! And bonus – there is a video! Just sayin’ ūüėČ



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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 and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

The color purple

 I am so excited I had to share!
 First of all Рthat is not editing, yes my hair is shades of blue and purple!
I have been wanting to do this for so long and now I don’t know why I waited!
I love it! I draw all these girl with such fantastic hair color and now I have 
creative hair of my own! (Yes hubby thinks I am a little nuts! LOL! But that’s ok!)

 Here is another look Рit is getting long. The entire underneath is dyed but the
back looks normal. It is fun when I put it in a ponytail and half is blue and purple!
I love it so much that the next time I am going to go 
for it all the way around. I have a few highlights on top as well…
I did it myself (My DD helped in the back)-I used a brand called Special Effects,

 I did my oldest daughters as well Рbut she wanted a hot Pink color.
 I did bleach our hair first.
I used another brand before and it was so dark purple
that it looked black and it wasn’t vibrant like this.

What does this have to do with artsy stuff – it’s artsy hair of course!
And I have always loved purples and blues…
In high school I had a small streak of purple – back in the day only a hairdresser
could do it. (I did it in Hollywood!)
Then I went away to school, (Massachusetts) joined the swim team and after one
dip in the pool my gorgeous purple hair was white! In Mass I could not find a hairdresser
that had purple, I had to settle for Hot Pink – I was not happy!
And it didn’t match my purple Vans and jeans! :0
(I am not, nor have I ever been a pink person-it’s just not me.)¬†

I am a purple girl- even my luggage is purple! 
Speaking of which I am so sad that the zipper on my suitcase is broken.

 I have never seen such cute purple luggage
since I bought these years ago from the Disney store.
(Tinkerbell was bonus!) They don’t carry this anymore, but I have
to say it has lasted through lots of flights and trips!!!
I am on the hunt for equally cute, functional and affordable luggage-
I am partial to purple (as if you haven’t noticed) but I am open to blues
and greens as well. Or just something different!
(Maybe I might have to paint on it?)
If you see any please leave me a link!!

Here is one of my fairies in purple.
I just love color. Vibrant, rich colors.
How about your favorite colors?
Would you dye your hair that color?
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