Coloring Art Frame giveaway!

Hey Creatives!  First of all Happy Easter!!!
I hope that you are having a wonderful day with friends and family! And if you are not too busy take a few minutes to check out my latest video and enter to win your own Coloring Frame Art so generously  donated by ! To enter make sure you are following me on Instagram, following Color Frame Art on FB and are following me and tuned in on FB live for Mixed Media Monday the 17th at 8 pm CST! Make sure to let me know you did those things and I will do a drawing on Monday! I will give away two sets and each set has four different designed frames to color and assemble!

See you Monday!

Coloring with pencils Part 2 – lips!

coloring with pencils Part 2 - lips!

Hello creatives! Today’s video coloring with pencils Part 2 – lips! (Part 1 is on the previous post!) Today I have used Leisure Arts pencils to create intense colored the lips on this starlight beauty I drew! You can easily create similar depth by layering different color pencils in one area! (watch the video it’s quick!) I am working on several video projects for you from the survey you filled out! If you haven’t filled out the survey yet I would love to hear from you! I will close it on Monday.( Did I mention there is a giveaway to be chosen from one of the people who participate? Just sayin!) Continue reading

Making art with Coloring Pencils

making art with coloring pencils

Hey there Creatives! It seems to me like everybody’s on this coloring craze so I thought it would be appropriate to use some coloring pencils and show you how easy it is to get depth with colored pencils. I made this short video to show you how easy it is by using layers to create depth with your coloring pencils in on all your coloring projects enjoy!

If you like this video you might want to go ahead and check out my YouTube site I have a bunch of different techniques for your mixed media projects at RitaBarakat1

And if haven’t filled out my questionnaire you can still do so! It’s pretty short, not too many questions and there’s a giveaway at the end just saying!
So you might want to check that out as well!


Help a girl out?

Hey there creatives! A different kind of post of today! Today YOU do the writing! OK more like check the box and some fill ins! But you could be rewarded! I am doing a giveaway to one lucky winner who fills out this survey! I am constantly trying to think of ways to make this blog to better suit your needs so can you help a girl out and complete this survey? Simply click on the word survey!

I can’t wait to hear your responses!

Mixed Media Ballerina on Canvas

Hello Creatives! If you follow me on social media you know I have been working on this mixed media ballerina!  I have been working on her all week and I am super excited to her with you! This work is for my baby girl, I am not sure she is finished yet, there is something more I may want to add but I am not sure yet… Either way there are so many very cool techniques in this project that I just couldn’t wait to share them with you!   Continue reading

Every year at Rita Barakat LLC

Rita Barakat LLC

Happy New Year Creatives! I am so glad 2017 is here! Every year at Rita Barakat LLC,  do a little inventory on what worked and didn’t work, do you do that? I am doing inventory on 2016 right now, I would love your input on what you would like to see from me in 2017.  Here are some things that I feel went well and will continue or start in 2017 :

Blogging:  After years of blogging, (sometimes daily) I took a break and then I came back at once a week. For now this is working – I post every Thursday unless I am involved in a blog hop or something special.

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Mixed Media Mondays on FaceBook Live!  Every (well most) Monday night at 8pm CST I do some type of Mixed Media project or technique live on Facebook. If you have never watched sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, that’s what’s so fun about doing it live! Sometimes the audience  throws in suggestions, sometimes they are super quiet!  The same way you post a comment on a FB post you can comment or ask questions while I am doing the live show- I can see it and answer it live. I try to keep it about a half an hour but you can catch it later if you miss it live. ANd even if you watch it later I will still see your comments because it’s FB. It’s a lot of fun, I would love to see you there!

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Instagram  & Periscope are totally fun! I will continue both but in different capacities. Instagram is mostly posting pics, looking at pics and commenting. I post reminders on Instagram when I will be posting on Periscope and Mixed Media Mondays.  Periscope is another live streaming event -only more casual. Periscope is an app for your smart phone that you can download, watch and broadcast live.  You can comment if you are on the app only when it’s live. If you don’t want to download it you can watch it live for 24 hours after it was live from your computer or laptop; but you can’t comment. This year I tried to do it three times a week at 2pm CST, then I tried the mornings but with five kids and a grand baby something always happens. Will I still do it? Yes, but unless the kids happen to be in school I can’t guarantee what time. I will always give a heads up on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter when I am going to be doing  a Periscope. My periscope topics can be anything related to art, craft, mixed media, bible journaling, art journaling, art/craft/scrapbook shows and sometimes a little worship.

Rita Barakat LLC Top Secret Mixed Media Class
Top Secret Mixed Media Class Once a month I offer a free Mixed Media class – it’s a full class project in real time! Sometimes there are bonuses like a coupon or giveaways. I share where I will be teaching or demoing as well.
I am super excited as this year as I will have a sponsored giveaway each month! The picture is from this months class, I just sent it out yesterday! Are you signed up?
Rita Barakat LLC ETSY
Etsy – I’ve not done much with Etsy although I have been on here for a couple of years. This year I got a little better grasp of it and added more items like stamps, stencils, calendars, pillows and more. I was ecstatic that my artwork was picked up in 2016 to be used for stamps and I am hoping for more products in the near future! I will continue to add products as they become available!

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I haven’t done much with Pinterest this year, I spent more time learning Periscope and FB Live and now that I have it down I am ready to go back to Pinterest! I love Pinterest, but I think I will need a timer as I can easily get distracted by all the really cool pics! Does that happen to you?  I would like to make some boards that relate to my Top Secret Mixed Media Videos, so I can offer you more options related to the topic of the current months class. I think it’s going to be an exciting time!

I need your input – what would you like to see in the next year? What types of topics, classes, techniques, products? How can I help you? Do you review your year?

Next week on Wednesday I will have a post on the Therm O Web site!  If you have never made a vision board you won’t want to miss this post!




And the winner is…


Hey there creatives! Here is the winner but not to worry if it isn’t you, I will have another giveaway really soon so make sure you are following me on FB, Instagram or Twitter! And while you here sign up for my Top Secret mixed Media class newsletter! Sometimes I do giveaways just for them! 😉

And Cynthia – please email me with your mailing address at

Have a wonderful day!

MiXeD media week and giveaway alert!

Hey creatives! It’s Mixed Media Week Live this week! Everyday this week I am going live on a social media channel and sharing new mixed media products! I will be comparing similar products and showing how you can use them ! Last night I did my first live segment on FB live on Pan Pastels and other chalks you can check it out on my Facebook page .  Make sure you are following me on social media to find out when and where I will be live I will announce each day on Instagram, Facebook (link above) and Twitter !

In other news if you have not entered already today is the last day to enter my giveaway! Go to Instagram and enter! On Instagram my name is RBARAKATART

*If you are reading this after the 20th stay tuned there will be more giveaways to come!


Giveaways and summer wrap up!

Hello Creatives! Well this summer has been a whirlwind of activities, mostly teaching classes! I can’t tell you how much fun it is to meet up with so many of you in person! Let’s take a look at some pics! Some class photos…

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Now seriously things get pretty crazy when things get going and you can have several classes go by and forget to take pictures! I am super thankful to wonderful sponsors like these that were so generous to work with me and my fabulous students!
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It was a good time for all! I even got to share (and sell  a ton of) my own stencils! (Available in my Etsy shop!)
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Here are some of my samples –
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And some of my amazing students using my stencils…
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It’s been so fun to watch so many create! If you have a picture of yourself with something you created with my stencils I would love to see it!
Please tag me on Instagram #rbarakatart

Speaking of Instagram…this brings me to this weeks giveaway!!!!  Since I have been rearranging my studio I have found LOTS of goodies!
If you have won a prize on my blog before you know that I am very generous! I will pack this  box

Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Precious Cargo Box
Inside Dimensions: 11 3/4″ x 11 1/4″ x 2 5/8″
Outside Dimensions: 12 1/2″ x 11 3/8″ x 2 3/4″

FULL of scrapbook/art/mixed media goodies – you do know that I have A LOT of supplies (just sayin’).
What do you have to do to win?
This one will be and Instagram giveaway
1. You must follow me on Instagram
2. You must comment on the giveaway post (hint it says giveaway) and tag two  friends who like artsy stuff
3. Repost and tag me @rbarakatart

I will post a winner on the 20th and the winner will have three days to contact me – I will post the name here and on my Instagram account on the 20th.
If I don’t hear from that person within 3 days I will pick again another name!

If you are not on Instagram –  keep checking in because this is only the beginning baby! Let the RAKS (random acts of kindness) begin!

Have an idea for a giveaway, class or future stencil? Please leave me a comment below!

P.S. Did you know I am on Facebook – live every Monday night at *pm CST? Join me for Mixed Media Mondays! Where you  suggest products or techniques you want to see and I do them live in front of the camera  so  you can ask questions as I go!
Have a great day!