Mixed Media

Heart Wing Creations

Hello creative souls, Ramona here, and I am so excited to share a few ideas for your art journaling, snail mail, and gift-giving projects. If you are new to the world of Art Foamies you are in for a treat.  They are versatile stamps that give you lots of options as you create your paper craft and mixed media projects.  I am a believer in using what you buy and really getting your money’s worth out of the little investments you make for your craft stash. With that in mind, I wanted to show you 3 easy ways to utilize the Heart Wing stamp in Rita Barakat’s beautiful Art Foamie line. Once you play with your own foam stamp you will find endless ways to use them.

 started by using different mediums with the Art Foamie Heart Wing stamp.  The brown ink is a heavy duty archival ink, and I wanted it to look layered and textured, so I stamped it on an old recycled dictionary page.  The pink is a very inexpensive ink that I already had in my stash, and I stamped it down on a piece of cardstock.  When using ink pads you may need to adjust your Art Foamie across the ink pad to get a proper inking of the entire surface before you stamp it. The foam stamp is firm enough that you do not need an acrylic block to use it, making it easy to grab and move around on any surface you choose. 
Finally, the lovely grey is acrylic paint, which I thinly spread out on a piece of drip paper and gently stamped my foam stamp in. It distributes the paint in such a gorgeous way and has a lovely textured feel to it.  After using the foamie I stamped it on a wet paper towel a few times to clean any remaining paint and ink off the image.
Here are the ways I decided to use my three little-winged hearts ;
Project One: Gift Tag
With a stabilo pencil (you can use any type of distressing tool for this) I quickly outlined the image and the heart. This loose outline adds a bit of definition and gives the wings a loose feel.  I added a small greeting to the heart- you could stamp your own or add lettering here for a personal message, then I cut the wings out for a die-cut feel and slipped it on to the small wrapped gift.  How simple is that?
Project Two: Snail Mail Envelope
Nothing brightens the day of a fellow art loving soul more than some beautiful mail waiting for them in the mailbox.  This is a simple way to add whimsy and love to you envelopes – and it looks so cute!  For this project, get a nice heavy duty marker to color in the heart.  This will work well if you used a lighter color of acrylic paint, as you can see the red had no problem covering the grey paint.
On a small strip of paper stamp the sentiment you choose to share, and simply glue it in the heart, taking a moment to edge the words with a marker or pencil, adding definition and interest.  There would be so many fun ways to use this on an envelope or card, and I am not kidding when I say I can not wait to make loads of these for my stash!
Project Three: Art Journal Collage
I am an avid art journaler, as you may know from my last post, and exploring emotions through collage and mixed media is one of my favorite ways to spend my creative time.  This was such an easy way to add interest and focus to a collage, I can’t recommend it highly enough!
I had this painted background already on this page.  I often smear paint on several pages and walk away, leaving the backgrounds waiting for me later when I have time to sit and create. This background was ready for me this time around,  but you could use patterned paper or any other medium that you would like for the project.
 I cut this image out of an old magazine (ask your friends to save you theirs and donate them to your studio!) and she sat so perfectly with those wings, I knew they were a match made in heaven.  I glued them both down on my dried background, and added some lettering to express my mood today.
I hope these little projects give you ideas for all the ways you could use the gorgeous Art Foamies from the Rita Barakat line as your work to push your creative skills.  I am so pleased with the way each one of these turned out, and I look forward to many more uses for these adorable wings.
Product Featured: Heart Wing Art Foamie
XOXO
Ramona

Hi, I’m Ramona, a mother to 3 boys (well, men at this point!) who craves creative time to express herself and make pretty things. You can stop by my blog for a peek into my life, or check out my artistic journey on Instagram.

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

Looking for art journaling techniques?

   looking for Art Journaling techniques? Dreams in circles
If you are looking for art journaling techniques, you are in the right place!
Hi there! My name is Jenn DuBell and I am so excited to be a part of this new team! I have admired Rita Barakat’s artwork for a while now so I was excited when she announced her DT call and now I am truly honored that she has chosen me to be a part of it!
Today I am sharing my art journal layout called “Dreams in Circles”
looking for Art Journaling techniques? Dreams in circles
I had so much fun trying out Rita’s new stamps and stencils with several different art journaling techniques to see the endless possibilities! For this page I used Sweet Sisters Hearts face stencil. As a little tribute to Rita herself, I used watercolor pencils in hues of blue and purple to get the amazing hair color. I used pinks and peaches for her sweet little face and added some bright greens for her eyes.
looking for Art Journaling techniques? Dreams in circles
Next, on to the fun background of my page! I used some teal stencil paint through a bubble stencil and some sprays of pink and purple. I added the same teal paint to Rita’s Art Foamies Zen Doodle stamp and then a high impact white gel pen for highlights. For the circles, I used several acrylic paints in coordinating colors onto white cardstock with a Gelli plate and circle stencil. I then stamped them with Rita’s Whimsical Fairy Garden Background stamp and Fairy Magic stamps.
looking for Art Journaling techniques? Dreams in circles
Next, I punched out circles in three different sizes and adhered them onto my pages, highlighting the outer edges with a black watercolor pencil and a water brush. I wanted to add some pops of red here and there so I used Dylusions paint pens. I also added a few white highlights to the bubbles and some wording. I enjoyed all the bright colors and watching how Rita’s creations come to life!
Here are some closer views. I just love the sweet faces you can create with Rita’s stencils and bright colors!
Here are the links to get Rita’s stamps and stencils!
 Thanks so much for reading and I hope you get some inspiration from this layout.
Jenn DuBell
Designer

Design Team Introductions!

Starting something new! Wow, July already and so many new things in store! I have been swamped (and this is a good thing) with creating new art for various products I just can’t wait for you to see what is coming! With all the new releases I realized I seriously need a little help not only getting the word out but also help to keep up with blog posts, and samples with the new products! I feel very blessed to have these ladies helping me out! Each one of them has a totally different style and each one is so incredibly talented! I can’t wait to see what they do with the new products and for you to get to know their style! Say hello to the new Design Team…

Meet the most amazing right hand I could ever have Miss Kate Morrow, my creative Design Team lead from Arlington, TX!
Kate is a floral designer, jewelry maker, mixed media guru and creative maker! She teaches classes and can handle pretty much anything you can throw at her!

She has been a tremendous help to me in this new adventure and I am so happy to have her on board!
Folllow Kate on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/kathrynsmorrow1/


Meet the stunning Shilpa Nagaonkar, from Kalhapoor, India

Shilpa is a Mixed Media style Artist. She loves to make Altered Art, Art Journals, Canvas, tags, ATCs. She enjoys experimenting with old and new creative techniques and sharing creativity with others. Shilpa likes to work with various art mediums in various styles, which comes out as colorful, lively and vibrant mixed media pieces. She loves to try out new products…a lot.

Shilpa posts her art creations regularly, many times with tutorials on her blog and Youtube channel. She loves to share what she makes and what she is passionate about. She is active on many social media sites. Shilpa works with some fabulous craft supplies stores in India and abroad. She also conducts workshops to teach various mixed media arts and techniques. Follow Shilpa on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/shilpanagaonkar



Meet the incredible  Karen Jiles from Mount Holly NC

Karen is a wife to a wonderful husband and mother to beautiful twin girls. They currently reside in North Carolina, where she is a Risk Consultant by day and Mixed Media Artist, Stamper and Scrapbooker by night. She began her love of crafting years ago as a child. She says it was just something about creating with her hands that had her intrigued and inspired to continue creating on into adulthood.

Karen has been crafting professionally for 15 years. Her love for crafting has enabled her to share her talents through the creation of mini albums, altered items, canvases, mixed media pieces and jewelry. Karen can be found in her Stampin Palace @ www.stampinakapalace.blogspot.com every evening enjoying what she truly loves and is very passionate about.



Meet the spectacular Miss Keri Sallee, from Bella Vista AR

Keri has always been a lover of all things creative, from writing to art to cooking to music. Before shifting her focus to paper crafting and mixed media, she trained in music ministry and studied as a classically trained soprano. She loves pushing herself and trying to think outside the box, particularly in trying to make art fun, but still affordable.

She believes that art should be an outpouring of who you are inside. For her, that means expressing her faith as a Christian is her art, whether it’s through art or bible journaling, 3-D projects or whatever happens to be on her mind.

If you ask her what her motto is in life, she would tell you she has two: (1) Picasso once said: “Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.” Even if she feels “uninspired”, she always makes the choice to go into her studio and just play. Sometimes it works out…sometimes it doesn’t, but she feels she would never know either way unless she gets her hands dirty. (2) Genesis 1:1 starts out “In the beginning GOD CREATED….” This verse is actually her newest tattoo on her right wrist. It is her constant reminder that she can only do what she does because God FIRST created her and her gentle nudge to leave her pride at the door.
Follow Keri on her blog http://KeriSallee.com  


Meet the astounding Miss Jenn DuBell ST Creswell OR

Jenn is a lifelong Oregon resident who loves all things, Art! Creating beautiful things is what she does and is her motivation for nearly everything!  As you will see in her Pinterest gallery, she is a very versatile designer.

Jenn loves to try new things as well as create her own techniques to share with others! Her passion for creating is what drives her and keeps her going! Jenn has a major in Art and studied Business Marketing.

Follow Jenn on Pinterest here https://www.pinterest.com/jenngary1/my-creations/


Meet the extraordinary Miss  Ramona Samuels Salem, UT
Ramona is an avid art journaler, travelers notebook filler, creative practice seeker who loves to use new products and inspire other artists to just sit down and create whenever they can!!! She loves the idea of using new products and inspiring artists to try new lines in their art and journals.

Ramona collects massive amounts of inspiration on Pinterest- however, Instagram is her addiction of choice. She loves the interaction it provides with other artists and the ease with which it lets her post her projects.
Follow Ramona on Instagram @ramtalk https://www.instagram.com/ramtalk/?hl=en

 I can’t wait to see what they come up with! I hope that you will welcome these ladies to the blog!
P.S. Don’t forget to watch Mixed Media Monday at 8 pm CST tonight!

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 http://BlissFuStudio.com ! 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!

How to make skin tones with colored pencils

Hey Creatives! Todays video is showing how to make skin tones with colored pencils! It is is the third video in this series (see the previous post if you missed the first two!) using colored pencils to shade and create beautifully colored faces! I am so pleased on how she turned out – you know me, I am a mixed media guru but every once in awhile it’s good to go back to basics or simply give yourself limits and watch those creative juices flow! Have you ever tried limiting yourself? I have also tried limiting myself to five items on a scrapbook page, only three colors, work with colors that aren’t my normal and on and on. It’s a great way to challenge yourself!

I am so excited for you to watch this video!! Make sure you watch all the way until the end- there is a cool surprize there!

UPDATES*
If you are are in Texas, I will be in Grapevine this weekend at the Scrapbook Expo at the Gaylord Resort! I will be in the Craft Fantastic booth doing demos for TCW! We are talking mixed media products peeps! brand new textures and stencils and paints OH MY! Seriously fun stuff, so come by and see me if you are there! And make sure you let me know you follow my blog and I will give you one of my buttons! 😉

I am not teaching at this show, but I AM teaching at GASC! In Arlington TX on JUne 16 & 17th! I will be busy all day long doing demos again so I am only teaching three classes!

 

Course Name: Art with Heart [VIEW DETAIL PAGE]

 

There is so much negativity in the world that we need to find healthy ways to express our feelings and get those feelings out! Join Rita Barakat, Mixed Media artist and instructor as she shares some tips and secrets to be able to share your heart, get your feelings out and onto your art without having to tell the audience everything that is going on. The art is really for you to be able to express your feelings (and hopefully get through them). It’s not just about the art, but the heart behind the piece. Together we will create a mini masterpiece with your secret recipe of what is going on! Rita will provide with a cheat sheet for future projects and as always, we learn fun, artsy-techniques using the latest products from DCWV, Sakura, Art Foamies, Therm O Web and more!

How long class lasts: 1 hour
Class price: $35 PRE-REGISTRATION, $37 AT EVENT

Date and Time: Friday    5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Skill Level: All Levels

 

Course Name: Secrets to Art Journaling! [VIEW DETAIL PAGE]

 

Have you wanted to art journal but it seems overwhelming? Have you wanted to art journal but don’t know how to get started? Are you friends art journaling and love it but you just don’t get it? Join Rita Barakat, mixed media artist and instructor as she reveals fun tips, tricks and techniques for art journaling! Together we will create our covers and some pages to get you started in this fun and relaxing artsy way of life! We will be using the latest products for stamping, painting, stenciling, collage and more brought to you by DCWV, Sakura, Art Foamies, Therm O Web and more!

How long class lasts: 1 hour
Class price: $35 PRE-REGISTRATION, $37 AT EVENT

Date and Time: Friday    7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Skill Level: All Levels

 

Course Name: Faith-Builders [VIEW DETAIL PAGE]

Part devotional and part project. Join mixed media artist and instructor Rita Barakat as she shares an alternative to Bible journaling – off the page! Although you love the idea of Bible journaling some of you are hesitant to color in your Bibles and that’s OK! In this class, we will cover the concept of Bible Journaling and take The Word off the page and onto other projects you and your family can enjoy! This class will cover concepts for a variety of projects that you can in addition or instead of coloring in your Bible. We will be completing a painted canvas in class so bring your aprons! (*There will be some fun bonus products in this class!)

How long class lasts: 1 hour
Class price: $35 PRE-REGISTRATION, $37 AT EVENT

Date and Time: Saturday    5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Skill Level: All Levels

 

I will be doing these classes at CKC in Houston as well, I hope you will join me! This will be so fun and the projects will be so awesome and unique!
I am super excited to share them with you!
Well I think that’s it for now! Please let me know how you like my how to make skin color with colored pencils video!

 

Coloring with pencils Part 2 – lips!

coloring with pencils Part 2 - lips! RitaBarakat.com

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!