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

Artistic Adventures, art journal

Ramona Samuels Art Journal
Hi! I’m Ramona Samuels and have always had a passion for journaling, so art journaling was a natural step for my creativity to take in my artistic adventures.  Making interesting pages with personal sentiments, which may or may not be obvious the average onlooker, has become not only one of my favorite ways to document my life, but also very therapeutic.

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I love expressive pages that give me a place to scrawl down thoughts, and with the Sweet Sisters stencil getting a gorgeous face has never been easier. I am working on an old photography book, altering it with my journaling and art. You could do this same technique on your own  art journal or printed paper or even a canvas. Begin by laying down the color of your choice. I wanted a very simple and limited color palette for this layout, so I used pink acrylic paint mixed with white gesso. I spread this with a credit card for a more encaustic and textured look.

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Be sure to wait for these layers of paint and gesso to dry completely before moving on to the next step. Drying with a heat tool can speed up the process, but the layers need to be well set before trying to use a stencil.

On the dry layers of background, lay the stencil where you want the image to be, and with a sharp pencil trace the stencil well, checking to make sure it is visible on your page. If you want to alter any part of the image (hair, eyes, etc) this can easily be done by skipping parts of the stencil or adding to the finished image. This is what my image looked like on the page.

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With your pencil fill in the lines to complete the image. Because the background page was very wispy and flowing, I wanted to add more hair and let it be the background space for my journaling. Once the lines are filled you can begin to add the colors you want to your image. I used acrylic paint and simple markers for this process. The texture is somewhat rough, as I left the layers underneath quite rugged, but I like the way it looked and felt so I left it that way.

Once you like the coloring of your face, you can outline it with a permanent marker to help finish off the image. After finishing the main image, I surrounded it with the fairy garden clear stamp, alternating directions of the stamp for a very layered and whimsical look- and to keep the color palette simple I filled in only a few of the flowers with watercolors. Acrylic paint smudged loosely filled in her hair, and I used the empty spaces in the layout for some loose journaling.

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I love the combination of the whimsical background, the beautiful face, and the free hand journaling that gives this art journal page a feminine and expressive feel. Rita’s tools make it easy to add layers of elements that give you a layout you will love and can still make your own. I hope this inspires you to start playing with your art and adding your personal touch and story to make it all yours. I can’t wait to use this stencil on more pages with different color schemes, and on a larger sized canvas. The possibilities truly are endless.

Thank you for reading!



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Sweet Sisters stencil

5 Handmade Ornaments for Christmas!

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Hey there artsy peeps! Its Christmastime, time to get those creative juices flowing with some Christmas Crafts! This is a perfect time to make some handmade ornaments for Christmas,I make some every year. This year  I am sharing 5 handmade Christmas ornaments! I made these sweet birds this year and am sharing some from years past. I have also made personalized ornaments for family members and friends and this is a good tradition to start if you don’t already do so! I made these sweet little birds for the tree just in time for todays Designer Crafts Connection blog hop. (You can see other designers ornaments by clicking on the hop forward/hop back linky on the right of my blog). I am not a seamstress, (as you can tell by my stitching lol) but for this handmade look you don’t need to be! Full instructions can be found on the Deco Art site , the project is called “On the wings of joy”. (Which is ironic since the letters I used are from a company called Joy .)
Here are the ornaments from years past and the links in case you want to know “how did she do that?” or what products I used!

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Friends Star Ornament

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Burlap Star and Blinged Bauble

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Little Red Bird

I hope you enjoy this post and  my 5 handmade Christmas ornaments! Please leave me a comment and tell me about your crafty Christmas traditions!


Mixed Media frenzy!

Hey there creatives! I have been busy creating away a little art. I have had a lot of people asking me to draw angels so I decided to make this angel on canvas board! I had a lot of fun playing with some Fluid Acrylics by DecoArt . It’s from their mixed media line that is now available at Joanns! If you haven’t used Fluid Acrylics before they are a thin acrylic paint with lots of pigment and you know I love color. So lets talk about a few things you can do with them.

You can mix them together and add a tinting base to make it more opaque  and matte. The fluid acrylics alone a satin finish, rich with color and are translucent. I mixed Burnt Umber and Pyrrole Orange with the white tinting base to make a flesh color for my girl.

The fluid acrylics also come in gold and silver metallic: I used a lot here for the base of the wings and her dress.
The sky color is Phithlo Turquoise mixed with the tinting base A few drop are all you need! It is highly pigmented!

I used a spatula to add Crackle paste over the winged area. While that part of my project was drying I painted all of her details. I used Quinacidone Violet for her hair. ( I know it doesn’t translate but the color is a beautiful burgundy wine color! And because the I paint is translucent I added layers in sections of her hair to add depth.


To hold her halo in place I used Liquid Glass, super shiny and strong. I used some of the Gold metallic on her eyes and the Quinacidone Violet mixed with tinting base for her lip. I use Burnt Umber for details on the face and Carbon Black for the eyes.

The pattern over the angels dress is a sticker I have had in my stash for a long time! I added some simple doodles with a white marker on her hair and face, she was perfect! I hope you enjoyed my little angel.

You can learn more about the mixed media line and where to buy them here. If you already have projects with them you can put them on Instagram or Twitter @decoart #mixed media , #decoartprojects and/or decoartmedia. Or on Facebook.

I would love to know if you have used liquid acrylics and what you think about them?
Please leave me your thoughts in the comments!


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Going Steampunk with ColourArte

Hey  artsy peeps go check out this project I have on the ColourArte blog today! There is a video tutorial!!!
Don’t forget to leave me some love and let me know if you have any questions! I think this new blue “Azurite” Twinkling H2o is my new favorite color!
P.S. Dont forget to check my class page if you want to take a class this summer!
Coming soon –

Great American Scrapbook Convention June 18-20, 2015
Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, Texas, June 18-20

Gelatos® 101
Thursday, June 18, 2015 ~  2:30 – 3:30 PM
Friday, June 19, 2015 ~ 5:30-630PM

Mixed Media De’mist’ified!
Thursday, June 18, 2015 ~ 4-5PM
Friday, June 19, 2015 ~ 4-5PM

What time is it?
Thursday June 18, 2015 ~ 1-2PM
Saturday, June 20, 2015~ 4 PM – 5PM


Back in the studio…

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Hey sweet friends! Finally awake and functioning enough to spend some time in the studio!
I have been quite tired and the studio is upstairs so I wasn’t up to going up there but today I was determined!
And I worked on several projects  for CHA, I thought you might want to take a peek and some works in progress…
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Can you guess what this is? No where near finished but it’s coming along.

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Here’s another one slowly but surely coming along. And so is my healing, coming along except some weird thing going on with my arm. Hope fully that will heal quickly as well. What are you creating these days? Leave me a link I wanna see!

Be blessed!


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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


Painting slick storage with Plaid Chalk Home Decor paint!

Oh yeah, I did it. I just can’y help myself, I see all white surfaces as a blank canvas. So yeah I painted my Ikea Alex drawer units. Did you know you could paint slick storage with Plaid Home Decor paint?  I did a guest designer spot for Plaid and they sent me this beautiful paint…

The pictures do not do it justice – this color Folk Art Home Decor Chalk paint has a matte finish, is rich in color and great coverage! Even on a slick surface! So you know I had to try it and this is Texas, go big or go home! Ha!

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Sometimes when I get ideas I just go for it, so no I did not prime my surface- I figured the worst that could happen is it would rub off…I am happy to report it didn’t! I used a sponge dauber and very little paint over the stencil, too much paint might seep under the stencil.

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I did not want brush strokes in the paint, especially because it was a slick surface so I used the dauber for the whole surface. It left a molted effect that was pretty cool So I decided to do both sets of drawers.

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I love the contrast, tried it out for a couple of days…

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Then decided to make it solid with another coat. (see first pic) I used a sponge paint brush for the solid parts, a tiny paint brush for some of the tiny stenciled parts. I wish you could see it in person – there is something about the chalk matte finish of this paint that is so gorgeous! Oh and what’s in the drawers? Check it out…

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More Embellishments!

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Metal Embellishments!

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Did I mention I love Plaid?

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Spray paints!

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Border Punches

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Ink pads and mini alpha stamps!

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Miscellaneous mediums

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Bakers Twine, lace and resin flowers

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Washi Tape and jute

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Specialty paints, powders, Spectrum Noir pens (acrylics are stored elsewhere).

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Fibers, needles, thread, We R Memory Keepers stich products…oh – and silly putty 😉

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 And in case you are thinking “wait a minute where are all her Faber-Castell products?” Well right here next to my desk of course!

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Double Scoops!

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Texture tubs are right here in this dish tub- the large tubs are the perfect size for the IKEA expedit but that is another post for another day!  I hope you  enjoyed my painting slick surfaces with Plaid Home Decor paint. Got any storage ideas or makeovers? Leave me a link!

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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 and freelances for a variety of manufacturers.

Projects, projects and more projects!

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Hey there creative peeps! I have been busy , busy, busy with projects,  projects and more projects lately!  I want to share a couple of those posts with you today as they are on other blogs!  Over on DCWV I did a post that involves a tutorial how to make these fun rockets with the kids!

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If you are looking for another fun and easy project here is another one I did for Plaid!  This was a really fun project involving screen print masks!! You have to check it out! If you do please leave me a comment over there!


Meanwhile this last week has been really memorable as a couple of our  youth young adults from our CO  have been here for a visit, we will be sad to see them go home tomorrow! We love these girls! Good times…

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I hope that you are having a blessed summer so far!

P.S. I do a monthly video free mixed media class every month! I just sent it out today, make sure you sign up so you don’t miss the next one!
All you have to do is subscribe to my newsletter on the top right! Here is a peek from this months class…

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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.

Banners of Hope Project “Never Lose Hope”

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Hey there sweet peeps! How goes your week? Well I am super excited to share  my finished banner

for the Banners of Hope project “Never Lose Hope” with you today! (In progress photos can be found in my previous post. )

I had lots of fun playing with all the different mediums, Gelatos, PITT Artist Pens, Pearl Pens, Gesso, Modeling paste…

I even added a few surprise elements like a banner made from the glitter stack paper by DCWV, a handmade ribbon flower

and a couple of flower gems. The tiny flowers in her hair are Heidi Swapp bling.

This is is being donated to the Banners of Hope project which will be on display at CHA, then at  Charity Wings Art Center in San

Diego,then in a traveling show to various children, veteran & senior hospitals. I think they will like it, I was happy how it turned out.

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I loved the flocked iron on letters for the word “HOPE” I have had those in forever, knowing I would use

them “one day”! It was a perfect addition to this piece! The string is embroidery thread I bought years ago;

I saw the sparkly  purple spool  and I had to buy it! (No – I don’t embroider! LOL! Am I the only one who does that?)

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It’s been overcast here so you cant see there is actually a nice glaze over her eyes and lips,

but you get the general idea!

I hope you are getting some creative time with all the hustle of the holidays!

Our schedule seems pretty crazy these days, between kids performances and Christmas parties!

I know I having to MAKE TIME to be creative! Luckily I have some wonderful people

in our lives that enjoy handmade gifts so I have to make the time to create them!

I hope liked my Banners of Hope project “Never Lose Hope”!

Rita Barakat