Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft

Emotions Journal Layout


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.


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

Learning and staying inspired

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Hey creatives! A little eye candy for you today.  I have a tutorial about it on the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft site! I’ve in a little MIA, at least on the blog front. I’ve been spending hours on the computer learning Adobe Illustrator – this is no easy task for me and it’s not easy on the eyes staring at the computer day after day. I much more prefer a hands on in person approach like on the art journal page above…

I’ve also been plugging away at my summer classes, trying to get lots of goodies for my peeps! (Oh – you’d better sign up~ links are on my class page,  this is going to be good!) I’ve been writing directions, making samples, organizing schedules… I took a break on Saturday to go the womens’ Business Boutique where women in business or starting a business go to learn from the best, network and be inspired. Amazing women like Christine Cain, Amy Porterfield, Rachel Cruz, Lysa Terkeurst and of course Christy Wright to name a few. I’ll be honest – with everything I have going on right now I seriously contemplated not going I am so glad I did! I learned so much! If  you ever get the chance to go you should totally do it, it was two days I could only go one day, but it was so worth it! They even talked to women who were in the “dream” stage of their business – I wish I would have gone to this conference before I ever got started but better late than never! It definitely made me feel better equipped and inspired for the future.



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Have you ever done anything that cost you but you knew it was worth the risk?

Sometimes you have to not only step out but step into your dreams!


Meeting my peeps at the Mega Meet!

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Friendly faces ~ I love being out and about with my peeps. Here are some pictures form the Mega Meet in Novi MI! Including this island girl piece of art I worked on while at the show!
I love when I am able to go out and chat with my peeps that have seen me on Periscope,  Youtube, Instagram or from my blog! I feel super blessed to meet so many awesome ladies!
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IRL (in real life) events! Novi, MI

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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® 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!

Mixed media & Paper Crafter Crayons with Rita

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Hey there creatives Rita Barakat here! I get so excited about mixed media projects and this one is especially fun because of the way it came about! Grab your Paper Crafter Crayons, Gesso and Gelatos®  and come back!

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OK first of all, I was thinking of a project to make and sharpening my Paper Crafter Crayons when I thought, I am wasting the crayons! So I decided to put them on my art journal page…

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I had several colors going and decided to melt them with my mini iron.

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I know it doesn’t look like much at first, but sometimes that’s how mixed media is – messy and unpredictable. Sometimes you just have to enjoy the process and  keep working it.

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I grabbed a Blueberry Gelato® and drew around the outside, at this point I am thinking it can’t hurt right?

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I used a wet paintbrush to spread the color around. The melted Paper Crafter Crayons do make a solid hard surface that resists the Gelatos®.  (These aren’t your kids crayons!) Once I filled in any empty areas I did work the melted areas a bit more until I liked how it looked, it goes back to a solid state super quick! Then I decided to dip a paper cup in gesso and makes some circles- it was a perfect finishing touch!  If you don’t have Paper Crafter Crayons you should give them a try in your next mixed media project and if you do have them you have to try this technique!

How to make color layers

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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.

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

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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?)





Ustream class TONIGHT!


Learn how to make this mixed media canvas with Rita Barakat using

Gelatos, PITT Artist Pens, Texture Gems Ice, Texture Luxe, Gesso, and Aquarelle pencils!
This class will be held on Ustream on Wednesday (4/6) at 9PM EST with
Rita Barakat 
RSVP here
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*3 sets of the 15 ct. Gelatos Sets will be given away at the end of class.



Simon Says Stamp!

Hey there creatives! I am super excited to share that I am doing a guest blog post over at Simon Says Stamp with this girl and doggie! Why yes, it is  a mixed media project! (This is just a little sneak peek!) I didn’t use any stamps, I did draw my own image, a dog based on Simon using the latest Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® products! Please go over there, check it out and leave me some love sweet friends!

Happy Monday peeps!

Steampunk in a box!

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Good morning peeps! Steampunk in a box! This  is a new project I have to share with you,  I had so much fun with this project I couldn’t wait to share it with you! I loved taking different ideas, combining it together to make something very cool. I combined two themes I love to paint, steampunk and Alice in Wonderland. Note the eyes on my girl?  It just reminded me of Alice, the pocket watch theme is so prevalent in both themes. It also reminds me the time is fleeting…(but  I digress…)

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So I made this box for the Prime Publishing Fave Crafts Best Blogger Crafts Idea book for 2016 and contest that will be published soon! You can see last years free ebook here. (I have a project in that one too.)  One of the really fun things about going to the CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) Mega show is the Prime Publishing  Blogger party were manufacturers and designers (me) get together and chat about how we can help each other. Then some of them send products for designers to try and  make projects for the idea book & contest! When they post the contest, people vote for their favorites – I will update as soon as they post it so keep checking in! You can vote here! Steampunk in a box is one of three that I submitted for the book! I will be sharing these projects all week!

When I see a  cool project I always want to know what they used to make it (not to mention I got some really cool products to use!) so I will share by each side of the Steampunk in a box! This  side I drew my girl and used Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®  Gelatos® and PITT® Artist Pens for the girls face and clothes. (They were not a part of the Prime Publishing blogger party.) Her Glasses and necklace  were drawn in with a Gold metallic Enamel Paint Pen from Testors. Did you know they made those markers? They write over everything – even slick surfaces! I love that! I used that marker and gold DECO FOIL™ from Thermoweb on the wings to give it that gilded antiqued gold look! The  DECO FOIL™ is SO fun! It comes in every color imaginable! (You know I will be making fairy wings with the rainbow sheets!) All the chipboard pieces were covered this way – the chipboard pieces (SA Crafters LLC) were not a part of the party but  a perfect addition to this project! Pay close attention the background of the box- I was super excited to try this new Tint It spray paint from Design Master – first of all this color is gorgeous! Second it’s translucent so you can layer it to make it more opaque. I sprayed it over the  Permapaque pens from  Sakura and it looks fabulous (even better in person)! It doesn’t hide the natural patterns in the wood, it dried very quickly and still let me see clearly the design I drew with the pens. You probably knew about Sakura as they are the makers of your Gelly Pens but I had no idea they made so much more!  The Permapque pens are permanent so I wasn’t worried about them bleeding or smearing (I wrote on the wood box without sealing it and they did not bleed!). These pens write on any surface (even slick) and come in tons of colors! They come in different tip sizes and don’t bleed through paper (even Bible pages!) Lastly I put all these elements on this unfinished wooden box from Walnut Hallow . (This was not a part of the party but became the perfect venue for this magical Steampunk in a box! I love painting on wood and recently did a fairy on another piece on my previous post.)
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You really see the guiding on the wings with this side view of the Steampunk in a box! I purposely did not cover them entirely to make it look aged.
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Keeping with the theme here is the top & side view. Later in the week I will give a more detailed look at that steampunk shoe, it has so much detail, it deserves it’s own post!

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A last look and close up for today – I used  a lot of different products and techniques a tutorial will appear in the ebook I will give you the link here when it’s published so don’t forget to check back! Remember to vote!  ALso make sure you sign up for my newsletter! I share a full class each month and give you the inside scoop to giveaways and other fun things!