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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

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!

Art inspired pillow designs

Hey there artsy peeps! Well today is a pillow fight with the  Designer Crafts Connection! A blog hop with Fairfield World, so if you click on the Designer Crafts Connection icon on the right of my blog you can see what the other designers did with the pillow forms! Of course I had to do something artsy inspired for my pillow design! And it also had to be a “no sew” pillow!

The pillow form does not come with a case but does have a zipper case to be washed. I am not into sewing- I do not get along with my sewing machine! So I had to find out another way to cover this pillow! It just happened to fit an old standard pillow case if I folded the ends in! All I had to do was give it a splash of color! I used Tulip’s tie die fabric paint.

Here is a close up on how the colors actually turned out!

I put it in the dryer, when it was dry I put some alphas to spell the word “cherish.” I used a PITT Artist pen to make lots of doodles. The PITT pens are filled with india ink so they are lightfast and waterproof once dry. (It dries pretty quick.)

I peeled the letters off to reveal my design! So easy – no sewing involved! These pillows are super soft and comfy too!
For this blog hop you can use this  code  AMYCOUP  to recieve 20% off orders through the month of June on www.fairfieldworld.com. How awesome is that? Happy hopping & shopping!

A mixed media gilded bird cage

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Hey there bloggers today I have for you a mixed media gilded birdcage and a blog hop for Designer Crafts Connection and Decorative Trimmings! The Designer Crafts Connection  is a group of Arts and Crafts industry designers coming together to promote crafting. On the right hand side of my blog you can click on the logo to go forward and back and visit the other designers on the hop!  This hop was sponsored by Decorative Trimmings , they make the most gorgeous detailed trimmings- as soon as I saw the little flowers, pearls and tulle the sweet wedding theme came to life! I decided to make a birdcage (or three) as a decorative hanging  – for the wedding theme I left  the birds outside of the gilded cages; the birds symbolizing the couple leaving the nest and forging new lives together, with parents and other loved ones looking on. I used a chipboard kit from Maya Road for the base and a lot of paint to guild my cages! Below are close up so you can see the details…

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On this piece I wrapped the ribbon/trim around the base of the gilded bird cage and tucked it behind my little bird.

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The chipboard cage is covered with acrylic paint in gold, bronze,beige and black paint. I also used Chroma crackle medium. Gel medium keeps all the different pieces in place.

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On this base I weaved the ribbon/trim through the bars of the bird cage and yes the ribbon trim comes with the tulle attached! So pretty, perfect for a wedding trim.

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I used Gelatos® Colors and Twinkling H2o’s for the shimmer on the birds. A quick dot with a PITT® Artist Pen makes for easy and permanent bird eyes!

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This beautiful trim comes with the tulle and pearls intertwined! It’s delicate and makes a perfect home for these little birds. A ready made chipboard frame makes for a great base to  attach this trim/ribbon.

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A chipboard monogram covered with white glitter house on crackle painted chipboard makes for the perfect centerpiece. The lattice is a laser cut paper from DCWV.

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Ahh the lovebirds- it’s a happy day!

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I hope you enjoyed my mixed media gilded bird cage project! Let me know if you have any questions and please visit Decorative Trimmings they have tons of trimmings to choose from, even sequence! (Just sayin’!)

And if you missed my post about Namta make sure you check it out below!

Happy hopping peeps!


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

Mixed Media Sneak peek


Just a quick post today, this is a sneak peek for a mixed media project over on the ColourArte Blog !
On my facebook page for the next 5 days I am sharing five days of art so please check it out here and follow my page if you don’t already!
There will be a surprise on day 5!



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

Preserving memories blog hop

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Hey there artsy peeps! Today I am participating in a little blog hop with some other very talented artsy peeps form the Designer Crafts Connection! So if this is your first time on my blog welcome! The theme of the blog hop is how do you preserve your memories or vacation memories. Because of the way we live we don’t do vacations like other people – we do weekend trips or places we can drive to because we have a big  family and special needs kids. So diverting from “the schedule” or normal routine is difficult and we try not to do that. That being said we have visited many places, together we have lived in four different states, I lived in one other state and I was born on an island. We have visited many of the states that are adjacent to the states we have lived in. We have spent significant amounts of time in 16 states. Not world travelers I know but the best thing about traveling is the time spent with people we love and the memories we made!

Hence the quote! Here is a little mixed media piece I did just for this hop. (Details below)

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I am quite freakish about the way I preserve our memories and although I could have done a book on the places we have been to,  I don’t organize my layouts that way. Here is a picture of  our bookshelf (Ikea) in the living room. there are eight cubbies in the bottom filled with scrapbooks. We have five kids each of them has their own book for the first year and 2-3 more books individually. The kids individual books focus on their personalities, milestones, birthdays, their friends and interests. I also have scrapbooks separated by the year, these are family albums- all the group pictures, family and friends. Any traveling adventures go into the yearly books.

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Having been on several design teams I have a lot of mini books – usually I fill these with my favorite pictures of the year. A few are my favorite holidays – Thanksgiving and Easter but mostly the focus is on my little blessings – my kids.

So by now you think wow this girl is organized! Ummm…


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While I would like to pretend I totally have it together, being on design teams sometimes means producing a lot of work and quickly! And it can start adding up fast! LOL! Hubby is so awesome he found this unit on wheels by the dumpster!!!! It is perfect for 12×12 layouts and yes, they are separated by child or family albums. When I get around to getting them into albums at least they are already separated!

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So here are the details I promised – this is a chipboard matte board with layers and layers of Gelatos, PITT Pens, stencils, stamps(Stampendous), gel medium, gesso, tissue paper, rub letters and glaze as a top coat! I had so much fun I will definitely do this technique again!

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Tip: got old rub ons or stickers that dont match? Cut them up to make your own words, mix and match! Also Gel medium works great to seal in those rubons – sometimes rub ons stick great , sometimes…This makes sure they wont go anywhere!

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Tip: Don’t have the right letters for what you wan’t to say? Get your PITT pens and write it in – it’s less intimidating when you don’t have to do a whole paragraph! Add character with dots, lines and doodles.

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The texture stamps are from Nathalie Kalbach -one of her new lines for Stampendous! Aren’t they cool? Thanks Nathalie!

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Here is a good close up of the layers involved- layer 1 gesso, 2 Gelatos, 3 gel medium & glaze tissue paper, layer 4 more Gelatos, layer 5 stamps and rub ons, layer 6 gel medium and Glaze. I love color!


Just click on the DCC logo on the right of my blog to take you to the next blogger on the hop!
And before you click to the next blog – make sure you sign up for my newsletter, I do a new Top Secret Mixed media class each month but you have to be signed up for the newsletter to gain access! Did I mention free? 😉 14 days until the next class!

Thanks for stopping by, much love peeps.


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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®, DCWV, The Crafters Workshop, Deflecto and freelances for a variety of manufacturers.

Art Journaling with Penny Black

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Hey sweet bloggers! I bet you have been wondering where I’ve been! With school letting out it has been a crazy time- but not crazy that I did not have time to create! Here is my latest girl and she needs a name, any thoughts? today I am sharing Art Journaling with Penny Black.


I had originally made this for the Penny Black  and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog hop but I forgot to use the Paper Crafter Crayons so I had to start over, but I loved this project so of course I had to share it!



After some experimentation I found it better to stamp first then use the stencil later. I am using Stampers Big Brush pens and Gelatos.


A dry sponge works best with stencils and Gelatos, added right on top of the stamped images.


Then I drew and painted my girl on another paper.





Added her onto my journal  with Gel Medium.

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And here is the finished art journal page! Dont forget to stop by these blogs for the blog hop – my day to post is Friday but it’s going on all week!


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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 the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® team, DCWV The Crafters Workshop and freelances for a variety of manufacturers.







Exciting stuff going on!

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Hey there artsy peeps! Exciting stuff this week! First off go check out this fun & easy tutorial I did on the  Design Memory Craft blog!
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Then remember this sneek I showed you? Well tomorrow (Tuesday) you can see the full reveal, my first blog post for The Crafters Workshop!

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And if that’s not exciting enough come back here is a sneak for Wed, a blog hop and PRIZES!!! Woo hoo I told you it was going to be exciting around here!!!Please leave me a comment so I know you stopped by!!!


 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® team she designs for DCWV, The Crafters Workshop and freelances for a variety of manufacturers. 

Blog Hop with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and Taylored Expressions


Hey there crafty peeps!  Fun stuff today is a blog post with Taylored Expressions and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft!!

I had the pleasure of working with Taylored Expressions Chalkboard Elements stamps & Birthday Treat Toppers dies!
I prepared a step by step tutorial in case you would like to create something similar!

Gather your supplies: From Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT® Pastel Pencils, Stamper’s Big Brush Pen & a black PITT® Artist Pen. From Taylored Expressions Chalkboard Elements stamps & Birthday Treat Toppers dies.  Stick pins, glitter, watercolor paper, scor tape, candle, pencil, foam squares, Q~tips, eraser.


First I drew my girl & wings – If you don’t draw grab some stamps and stamp a fairy! I drew a circle in the center where my die will go later.


Trace your lines with a black PITT® Artist Pen, erase any extra lines before the next step. I also stamped my sentiments on the same paper.


Use PITT® Pastel Pencils to add color to your project.


I used Q~tips to blend the colors- you can use your fingers. I use different Q~tips for different colors as to not muddy the colors.


I used an eraser to make highlights on my project – it erases any mistakes from the pencils too.


I cut out my pieces.


I used  Birthday Treat Toppers dies & colored them with PITT® Pastel Pencils.


Put Scor-Tape to make adhesive stipes on the candle.


I added the  Birthday Treat Toppers dies to the adhesive stipes then covered the rest of the adhesive with glitter.




I wanted the top sentiment to pop a little so I used foam squares on the top sentiment. I glue the wings to the girl and stick pins to hold her onto the candle.


I used foam squares on the bottom of my fairy to make sure she stays in place.

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Happy hopping!

To participate in the blog hop and be eligible for prizes simply comment on any (or all!) of our Blog Hop posts from April 24-April 25. For each comment, you will be entered into a drawing to win one of two fabulous prizes: One lucky winner will receive a $75 Faber-Castell prize pack of Gesso, Glaze, Gel Medium, and 10 new Gelatos Double Scoops and one lucky winner will receive a Taylored Expressions stamp set and die of choice! Comments close Sunday, April 27 at 8pm PST.

There are two days of posts in this blog hop here are todays :

Taylored Expressions Blog: http://tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/


April 25

Taylored Expressions Blog: http://tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/

Jen Matott: http://arttalk-sigmagirl.blogspot.com/

Courtney Kelley: http://courtneykelley.typepad.com/

Limor Webber: http://www.limorwebber.com/blog

Amy Crockett: http://www.scrappingmommy.com/

Tiffany Johnson: http://iheartartblog.com/

Emily Lanham: http://createserendipity.blogspot.com/

Faber-Castell Blog: http://designmemorycraft.typepad.com/