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

Mixed media & Paper Crafter Crayons with Rita

Rita Barakat Mixed Media Art
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!

Rita Barakat Mixed Media Art (1)
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…

Rita Barakat Mixed Media Art (3)
I had several colors going and decided to melt them with my mini iron.

Rita Barakat Mixed Media Art (4)
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.

Rita Barakat Mixed Media Art (5)
I grabbed a Blueberry Gelato® and drew around the outside, at this point I am thinking it can’t hurt right?

Rita Barakat Mixed Media Art (6)
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!

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.



Steampunk in a box!

Steampunk in a Box!Rita Barakat
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…)

Steampunk in a Box! Rita Barakat
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.)
Steampunk in a Box! Rita Barakat
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.
Steampunk in a Box! Rita Barakat
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!

Steampunk in a Box! Rita Barakat
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!


Who wants to create a fairy on wood?

Hello friends, I am super excited to share today’s fairy on wood surface project! I did a sneak peek on my social media channels yesterday and this is the completed project for my newsletter going out later today! If you haven’t signed up make sure you do and quick! Just click on the box on the right and sign up!  I was super ecstatic to receive this Basswood Country Round from Walnut Hallow – the wood piece is gorgeous, it comes plain, smooth, perfect for all your creative designs! Of course you knew I had to add a fairy on the wood!

After drawing my fairy on wood I painted with fluid acrylics by Deco Arts and I used Gelatos for skin tone shading and depth. I used pearl medium mixed with fluid acrylics for that shimmering effect. And those  tiny swirls? Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen! Gorgeous colors right?

This fairy on wood  also has beautiful  shimmer on her lips by adding the Sakura pen over the top of fluid acrylic! Fun right? It’z not just metallic it actually sparkles! Even more so in person!

If you want to watch this project in progress and learn how to create a fairy on wood yourself make sure you sign up for my newsletter, I will be sending it out with the video link later today!  I will also be on Periscope later today as well, I hope you will join me! Have a great weekend!

5 tips for MiXed Media success!

5 tips for mixed media success is the topic of today’s post! I think sometimes we overthink it, if you feel like you can’t do mix media I know you can so gather your favorite art supplies, I will gather mine and let’s get started!

1. Add texture with Texture pastes – tip one for mixed media success! One of my favorite things to use is  texture paste! On this project I used Whipped Spackle, Glass Bead Glitter Gel, and Asphalt Textural Paste. Use a spatula and a stencil to wipe on the pastes and set aside to dry or use a heat tool to spread up the process. Later I added Cement mixed with Red Cherry Gelato® dots on the page. * Be careful with the Glass bead glitter Gel though – it’s best to let that one dry by itself!

2. Add a surprise element- tip two for mixed media success! I added a little black glitter on top of the Asphalt Texture paste before it dried to add a personal touch! Don’t be limited to what you see online – create your own masterpiece by added personal momentos or items that make your mixed  media piece yours!

3. Add color – tip three for mixed media success! I used several color Gelatos®  to make this mixed media piece; Lavender, Red Cherry, Boysenberry, and Grape! Don’t be afraid to mix and match colors! Each  color was blended with a wet paintbrush.

4. Splatter and stamp- tip 4 for mixed media success! The splatter makes the whole piece come together cohesively. Use gesso and a very wet paintbrush to add drops of paint all over the piece. Also use found objects, dipped in gesso or pearl Texture Luxe to stamp shaped onto your  work. I used paper cups for my circles!  (Note the dots? Cement texture paste mixed with red cherry Gelatos®.)

5. Let go- tip 5 to mixed media success! Sometimes the art is random, sometimes very deliberate but the bottom line is let go and just do something, start somewhere. It doesn’t have to be in this order, just create something!
And if you still looking for ideas make sure you check out Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Ustream on the 9th and the 23rd I will teaching two different mixed media classes! I can’t wait to see what you do, make sure to link us up!


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!


Freebie Friday

Hey there creatives! Happy Friday! Today I have another digital Friday Freebie for ya!
(Original artwork made with Gesso, Deco Art paint, Gelatos, ColorArte Twinkling H2o’s, PITT Artist Pens)
Feel free to download and share on your social media. I am super busy creating fun things to
share and this Sunday I am a part of a HUGE blog hop (see Below)
There are so many participants it lasts three days! Oh and the prizes are unbelievable so check
it out and don’t forget to check back here on Sunday! (I may have a little prize of my own!)
Until then, Happy hopping!

Rita Barakat
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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® and freelances for a variety of manufacturers


Blog Hops and prizes

Hey Creatives! Here’s an opportunity to not only see some cool projects but to win some product too!
Today my project is featured on the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog  and it’s a blog hop with Linnie Blooms so go check it out!  One winner will receive $50 in Design Memory Craft products. Linnie Blooms is also doing a giveaway so check them out as well! The giveaway will end on 9/27. Good luck!
Now if you want the full tutorial you have to subscribe to my newsletter! The newsletter with this months Top Secret Mixed Media class video will be out this week!

P.S. About the project: With all the crazy drama in this world we still have a choice in how we react to it. I choose joy – you can find joy in the little things no matter what circumstances surround you. What’s your choice?



Rita Barakat
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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® and freelances for a variety of manufacturers