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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.

Ramona Samuels Art Journal
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.

Ramona Samuels Art Journal
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.

Ramona Samuels Art Journal
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.

Ramona Samuels Art Journal
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!

Ramona

 

fairy garden clear stamp
Sweet Sisters stencil

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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”
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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.
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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.
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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

Hot Air Balloon Love!

 

Hello Everyone!  Shilpa here. I am so happy to share my first creation as Design Team member for Rita Barakat Designs.  I have created an art journal page using Rita’s Hot Air Balloon stamp Zen Doodle. Honestly, this is the first time using an Art Foamies stamp and I love using it!

To start my journal page, I stamped the balloon image on a white piece of paper using acrylic paint. The paint gives the perfect image showing all the lovely detailed designs on it. Next, I cut the balloon out it to use as my focal point on my journal page.

On the journal page itself, I first adhered dictionary papers.  Because I was going to use acrylic paint, I applied a layer of white gesso as a primer to the whole surface. I then covered almost the whole page with yellow acrylic paint and let it dry completely. At the edges of the page, I used blue acrylic paint. Before it dried, I put a net stencil on it and removed some of the blue paint with a baby wipe. For the next layer, I stenciled hearts with pink acrylic paint.  For more texture, I used blue archival ink and a texture stamp, and randomly stamped the image on the page.  I also printed circles with a bottle cap and some paint.  Lastly, I adhered the Hot Air Balloon Zen Doodle to the journal page.

Here is the link to purchase Hot Air Balloon stamp Zen Doodle.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Shilpa

Fairy Stamps!

Hello All! I’m Kathryn Morrow, the Creative Design Lead for Rita Barakat Designs. I am thrilled to start off posting for the new design team.
We have amazing artists that will be showcasing the new RB Design products, designed by the ever-talented and most delightful artist, Rita Barakat.

I had so much fun using the new fairy stamps, both the background stamp and the set of individual stamps. I created a 6×6 card, starting with stamping the background stamp in Archival black ink on a separate piece of card stock. I then stamped the fairy, sun and clouds, mushroom and that oh so cute bunny also in archival black ink.

I cut out the images and added a thin layer of matte gel on all pieces, including the background image. By using matte gel, you can color with Pitt markers, heat between layers, and achieve nice shading.

I then used several different Wink of Stella glitter markers to add that subtle glimmer. I adhered the background to a piece of blue card stock and then used 3D dots to add the individual pieces.

It was so relaxing coloring such magical images. I can almost hear the flutter of the fairy’s wings and the smell the sweet scent of the flowers. I am blessed to be able to work with Rita’s sweet fairy stamps. They are so versatile! Thank you for reading and I hope you get some inspiration from this card.

Here are the links to purchase fairy stamps:

Fairy Magic

Fairy Garden Background Stamp

Thanks again!

Kathryn Morrow
Creative Design Lead

What are the best last minute gift ideas?


So what are the best last minute gift ideas? Some of are completely ready for the holidays, but some of you…Ok some of us are so not ready!  Surely by now you are thinking, well forget it or I’ll just buy something…anything so that I have a present. But what if I can offer you another solution? Instead of going shopping why not grab a loved one and spend some time together creating something special (in addition to memories you make! hello!)! Most recently my baby girl(now 11) and I made over these covers for our  journals! You can make any type of journal, recipe book, planner into something special for someone and they would love it. Look complicated, you say? Did I mention baby girl is 11? Her’s (on the left) is a composition book and mine is a travel notebook. You can make over any type of book for that special someone and here’s a video to show you how (recorded live on periscope). An easy and fabulous last minute gift idea!

Now on the other hand if you are done with your Christmas shopping and need a little something for yourself read on friends!


I am so excited to share these  two new foam stamps! These are the first of several foam stamps I designed and are currently available at ARTFOAMIES.com!!! (Links below)
I don’t even have them yet and as soon as I do I will be making some videos and projects with them!
(More designs coming soon! )
Rita Barakat_ Cowboy Boot
Rita Barakat_ Zen Doodle Cloud

I am also super thrilled to share some new products in my shop! There  If you click on the pic it will take you right to the page! ( The steampunk pillow with the fire hair will be available next week)
There are only a few of each so if you want one you’d better grab it quick!*

I designed this calendar for a sweet friend then I thought maybe somebody else would like one too, so I ordered a few more and they are now available! *Limited quantities! So order quick!

Also if you are local and want one please contact me and I will pull it to avoid shipping charges.

*If they sell out and you really want one I would have to re-order – you would receive it in new year – please email or message me and I will put a special order on the site for it.

I wish these items came out sooner so that they could have been ready for Christmas but it’s not always my timing!
I will get it shipped right away but with weather being unpredictable in some areas there is no guarantee.
Either way I am ecstatic and feel like 2017 is going to be a very exciting year!

What are your best last minute gift ideas? I would love to hear them, please share in the comments!