Pinterest, Instagram and Pinners oh my!

Hey there Creatives! Rita here ūüėČ
Are you on Instagram and/or Pinterest? To be honest I love them both! They both revolve around beautiful pictures!
On Instagram you can easily check in and see what your friends are posting in your feed and get a quick “awww” moment! On Pinterest you can see categorize those pics and more, save them on different boards for later and find all sorts of topics.

So why am I talking about this? Well if you love the idea of Pinterest you would love a PInners Conference! I did not know there was such a thing until they came last year to Arlington! They are back again with all things Pinterest! It’s like Pinterest but in real life! You can take classes, shop and see beautiful creative things in person! I will be there tomorrow and I am going to do some live Facebook streaming! Join me on my Facebook page tomorrow – I don’t know what time so make sure you are following me on Facebook and check in between 10- 5 CST.

Now for giveaway news! I am doing another giveaway on my Instagram! You have already met one requirement by subscribing to my newsletter! Go to my Instagram @RitaBarakatArt and find the post to enter to win! I will announce the winner on FB Mixed Media Monday on Oct 2! See you then!

I published my first artsy book! Magical Theatre – A place where imagination takes center stage! As a long time believer in all things fun and whimsical, I am so excited to present Magical Theatre. A place where you will find enchanting dolls to put together with movable arms and legs, darling costumes and wonderful backgrounds to set the stage! Some of the dolls and backgrounds were purposefully left black and white for you to color and create! With the purchase of the book you may print as many dolls as you desire; you could make a choir or an entire dance troop of dolls! I would love to see what you create! Tag me #RitaBarakatMagicalTheatre

Purchase “Magical Theatre” here

A brand new book!

See a cute video here

Join me every Monday join me on Facebook! My name on FB is RitaBarakakt1

Let’s do this! ūüíú

Sharing the Creative Heart!

Hello creatives! Exciting stuff happening! I was asked to create artwork for a¬†really fun event that will happen in January at¬† AFCI‘s¬†Creativation! It’s called Sharing the Creative Heart.¬†Designers create small works of art and leave them in random areas of the showroom floor at Creativation. If you are lucky enough to find a piece you get to keep it! How awesome is that? Random Acts of Kindness – I love it! ¬†This is the finished piece, you can see the expanded version on the Creativation site! Continue reading

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 РI 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!

Rita Barakat LLC Pinterest
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! ūüėČ

And Cynthia – please email me with your mailing address at

Have a wonderful day!