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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

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If you are looking for art journaling techniques, you are in the right place!
Hi there! My name is Jenn DuBell and I am so excited to be a part of this new team! I have admired Rita Barakat’s artwork for a while now so I was excited when she announced her DT call and now I am truly honored that she has chosen me to be a part of it!
Today I am sharing my art journal layout called “Dreams in Circles”
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I had so much fun trying out Rita’s new stamps and stencils with several different art journaling techniques to see the endless possibilities! For this page I used Sweet Sisters Hearts face stencil. As a little tribute to Rita herself, I used watercolor pencils in hues of blue and purple to get the amazing hair color. I used pinks and peaches for her sweet little face and added some bright greens for her eyes.
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Next, on to the fun background of my page! I used some teal stencil paint through a bubble stencil and some sprays of pink and purple. I added the same teal paint to Rita’s Art Foamies Zen Doodle stamp and then a high impact white gel pen for highlights. For the circles, I used several acrylic paints in coordinating colors onto white cardstock with a Gelli plate and circle stencil. I then stamped them with Rita’s Whimsical Fairy Garden Background stamp and Fairy Magic stamps.
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Next, I punched out circles in three different sizes and adhered them onto my pages, highlighting the outer edges with a black watercolor pencil and a water brush. I wanted to add some pops of red here and there so I used Dylusions paint pens. I also added a few white highlights to the bubbles and some wording. I enjoyed all the bright colors and watching how Rita’s creations come to life!
Here are some closer views. I just love the sweet faces you can create with Rita’s stencils and bright colors!
Here are the links to get Rita’s stamps and stencils!
 Thanks so much for reading and I hope you get some inspiration from this layout.
Jenn DuBell
Designer

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!
Shilpa

Fairy Stamps!

Hello All! I’m Kathryn Morrow, the Creative Design Lead for Rita Barakat Designs. I am thrilled to start off posting for the new design team.
We have amazing artists that will be showcasing the new RB Design products, designed by the ever-talented and most delightful artist, Rita Barakat.

I had so much fun using the new fairy stamps, both the background stamp and the set of individual stamps. I created a 6×6 card, starting with stamping the background stamp in Archival black ink on a separate piece of card stock. I then stamped the fairy, sun and clouds, mushroom and that oh so cute bunny also in archival black ink.

I cut out the images and added a thin layer of matte gel on all pieces, including the background image. By using matte gel, you can color with Pitt markers, heat between layers, and achieve nice shading.

I then used several different Wink of Stella glitter markers to add that subtle glimmer. I adhered the background to a piece of blue card stock and then used 3D dots to add the individual pieces.

It was so relaxing coloring such magical images. I can almost hear the flutter of the fairy’s wings and the smell the sweet scent of the flowers. I am blessed to be able to work with Rita’s sweet fairy stamps. They are so versatile! Thank you for reading and I hope you get some inspiration from this card.

Here are the links to purchase fairy stamps:

Fairy Magic

Fairy Garden Background Stamp

Thanks again!

Kathryn Morrow
Creative Design Lead

Design Team Introductions!

Starting something new! Wow, July already and so many new things in store! I have been swamped (and this is a good thing) with creating new art for various products I just can’t wait for you to see what is coming! With all the new releases I realized I seriously need a little help not only getting the word out but also help to keep up with blog posts, and samples with the new products! I feel very blessed to have these ladies helping me out! Each one of them has a totally different style and each one is so incredibly talented! I can’t wait to see what they do with the new products and for you to get to know their style! Say hello to the new Design Team…

Meet the most amazing right hand I could ever have Miss Kate Morrow, my creative Design Team lead from Arlington, TX!
Kate is a floral designer, jewelry maker, mixed media guru and creative maker! She teaches classes and can handle pretty much anything you can throw at her!

She has been a tremendous help to me in this new adventure and I am so happy to have her on board!
Folllow Kate on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/kathrynsmorrow1/


Meet the stunning Shilpa Nagaonkar, from Kalhapoor, India

Shilpa is a Mixed Media style Artist. She loves to make Altered Art, Art Journals, Canvas, tags, ATCs. She enjoys experimenting with old and new creative techniques and sharing creativity with others. Shilpa likes to work with various art mediums in various styles, which comes out as colorful, lively and vibrant mixed media pieces. She loves to try out new products…a lot.

Shilpa posts her art creations regularly, many times with tutorials on her blog and Youtube channel. She loves to share what she makes and what she is passionate about. She is active on many social media sites. Shilpa works with some fabulous craft supplies stores in India and abroad. She also conducts workshops to teach various mixed media arts and techniques. Follow Shilpa on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/shilpanagaonkar



Meet the incredible  Karen Jiles from Mount Holly NC

Karen is a wife to a wonderful husband and mother to beautiful twin girls. They currently reside in North Carolina, where she is a Risk Consultant by day and Mixed Media Artist, Stamper and Scrapbooker by night. She began her love of crafting years ago as a child. She says it was just something about creating with her hands that had her intrigued and inspired to continue creating on into adulthood.

Karen has been crafting professionally for 15 years. Her love for crafting has enabled her to share her talents through the creation of mini albums, altered items, canvases, mixed media pieces and jewelry. Karen can be found in her Stampin Palace @ www.stampinakapalace.blogspot.com every evening enjoying what she truly loves and is very passionate about.



Meet the spectacular Miss Keri Sallee, from Bella Vista AR

Keri has always been a lover of all things creative, from writing to art to cooking to music. Before shifting her focus to paper crafting and mixed media, she trained in music ministry and studied as a classically trained soprano. She loves pushing herself and trying to think outside the box, particularly in trying to make art fun, but still affordable.

She believes that art should be an outpouring of who you are inside. For her, that means expressing her faith as a Christian is her art, whether it’s through art or bible journaling, 3-D projects or whatever happens to be on her mind.

If you ask her what her motto is in life, she would tell you she has two: (1) Picasso once said: “Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.” Even if she feels “uninspired”, she always makes the choice to go into her studio and just play. Sometimes it works out…sometimes it doesn’t, but she feels she would never know either way unless she gets her hands dirty. (2) Genesis 1:1 starts out “In the beginning GOD CREATED….” This verse is actually her newest tattoo on her right wrist. It is her constant reminder that she can only do what she does because God FIRST created her and her gentle nudge to leave her pride at the door.
Follow Keri on her blog http://KeriSallee.com  


Meet the astounding Miss Jenn DuBell ST Creswell OR

Jenn is a lifelong Oregon resident who loves all things, Art! Creating beautiful things is what she does and is her motivation for nearly everything!  As you will see in her Pinterest gallery, she is a very versatile designer.

Jenn loves to try new things as well as create her own techniques to share with others! Her passion for creating is what drives her and keeps her going! Jenn has a major in Art and studied Business Marketing.

Follow Jenn on Pinterest here https://www.pinterest.com/jenngary1/my-creations/


Meet the extraordinary Miss  Ramona Samuels Salem, UT
Ramona is an avid art journaler, travelers notebook filler, creative practice seeker who loves to use new products and inspire other artists to just sit down and create whenever they can!!! She loves the idea of using new products and inspiring artists to try new lines in their art and journals.

Ramona collects massive amounts of inspiration on Pinterest- however, Instagram is her addiction of choice. She loves the interaction it provides with other artists and the ease with which it lets her post her projects.
Follow Ramona on Instagram @ramtalk https://www.instagram.com/ramtalk/?hl=en

 I can’t wait to see what they come up with! I hope that you will welcome these ladies to the blog!
P.S. Don’t forget to watch Mixed Media Monday at 8 pm CST tonight!

First Ever Design Team!

Rita Barakat first ever Design Team
Announcing the first ever Design Team and Brand Ambassadors for Rita Barakat Designs! I can’t tell you hard it was to choose!
I am super happy I did not have to make this decision by myself! So we now have 6 fantastic design team members and four fabulous Brand Ambassadors!
Please congratulate and look for these ladies to be making a splash here on the blog and on social media! I am super excited to have these wonderful ladies on my team!

To all those wonderful ladies that did not make the team please know that it was VERY difficult to narrow down the applicants! SO many talented ladies!!!
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Our Designers

Shilpa Nagaonkar

Keri Sallee

Ramona Samuels

Jenn DuBell

Karen Jiles

Kate Morrow  * Creative Design Team Lead

Our Brand Ambassadors

Cheryl Boglioli

Yvette Farrell

Liza Sivek

Margie Higuchi

Don’t forget tonight is Mixed Media Monday! RitaBarakat1 on Facebook at 8 PM CST

And this weekend I will be at GASC doing demos for TCW in the Craft Fancy booth during the day and teaching classes in the evening make sure you stop by and see me!

 

Design Team Call! Whaaaatt?!?

Hey there Creatives! So a little MIA  lately? Yes that is me. Life is full of crazy surprises good and bad  – there have been a lot of both this past month but let’s focus on the positive shall we?

IRL Classes – I have added a classes tab onto my site that includes IRL (in real life) classes! This summer it includes Grapevine and Houston TX. I am super excited to share that TCW has joined me as one of the sponsors for my classes so please check it out! And if you are not local, hang in there there are more opportunities coming really soon!

Mixed Media Mondays- are still going strong on Facebook! If you haven’t been to one, every Monday night at 8pm Central Time  I do something related to Mixed media live on Facebook. Sometimes it’s a demonstration on a new product, or how something works, how to do something related to mixed media or a project. I do giveaways and it’s live so you never know what is going to happen! I love that people can leave comments during and after so I can answer questions as I go or even demonstrate something on the fly if it’s related. My peeps have the best ideas! Join me Mondays at 8 pm CST on Facebook at RitaBarakat1

And now the big big big announcement…DESIGN TEAM CALL!!!!
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