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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

You Do You: An Art Journal page using stencils

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Good Morning Creatives!

Keri Sallee here and today I am sharing with you a recent art journal piece I made using Rita’s “DIVA” stencil for Brutus Monroe. 

I LOVE this stencil! She just looks so happy and joyful, so I wanted to make her look like she was the kind of person who just REALLY enjoys life.

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Products Used:

“Diva” Stencil

Mechanical Pencil

Black Fine Tip Sharpie

PrismaColor Color Pencils

Tim Holtz “Small Talk” Stickers

Close-Up!!

I wanted her hair to reflect her joyful nature….bright, funky and fun. I used a medium turquoise, a lime green and a bright yellow, that I blended together with a PrismaColor Blender pencil.

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Food for Thought

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Along with her joyful looks, I wanted her to say something…maybe put a little challenge out into the universe:

DO MORE THAN EXIST

DO YOUR BEST

DO WHAT YOU LOVE

I think they are all connected in a way….especially if you read them from the bottom to the top.

If you do what you LOVE…you will always want to do your best.

If you are doing your BEST…you will thrive in your life instead of just existing.

And it all comes back around…if you are MORE than EXISTING…you will LOVE life more and the cycle continues.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project and you are CHALLENGED to THRIVE in your life and not just exist.

Until next time,

XOXO,

KERI

Rita’s “DIVA” stencil for Brutus Monroe. 

Bible Journaling with stencils!

Good Morning Creatives!
Keri Sallee here and I am BEYOND happy to be sharing my first design team post for Rita. She is not only an amazing artist but also a great friend and fantastic person. I am so honored to be on her team and help her reach her dreams!!

Today I am sharing a recent bible journaling page I made using Rita’s 6×6 “Sweet Sisters Heart” Stencil. I followed the exact directions on the back (1) Trace (2) Connect the lines (3) Color and Add Details! It’s really that easy!

I started by prepping my Bible page with some clear gesso. I find this serves 3 purposes (1) Strengths my page from getting fragile when I add water (2) minimizes bleed through of my colored products and (3) allows my mediums to move more freely over my page.


My colors of choice for this page are Derwent Inktense Blocks. They are GREAT for mixed media bible journaling because they are solids that are activated with water and once dry, they are permanent. This means you can add lots of layers and not worry about messing with you colors!

I finished up my girl with a black fine point sharpie.


I hope you enjoyed today’s project. I’ll see you next time!!

XOXO,
KERI

6×6 “Sweet Sisters Heart” Stencil

We would love to see what you are using in your Bible Journaling pages! Leave us a link!

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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

Whats going on?

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What is going on? Well this girl is super excited to share with you not one but three new stencils I have in my etsy shop!  I just got some more in and I am excited to share these samples with you! I have been so excited to share these with you because this is an easy way to get  you drawing faces! I finished this sample on a recent Periscope. Since my classes at GASC it has been one crazy thing after another so I am excited to  get back to blogging & periscoping again.

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So here are some samples of each stencil, I have been working on these and some other things (coming soon!!!) And I have  completely rearranged my studio (I will be posting about this when it’s done!) I really feel like my artsy  life is going in a different direction so I needed to make adjustments to work better in my studio! Right now things are in in the wrong place – it seems  as though things have multiplied when I pulled them out of the cabinets and drawers to rearrange! Does that happen to you?

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Well I will be happy when I get this done  and organized!
What crafty things are you up to?
Blessings!

My First Fairy Stencil!

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Hey hey creative peeps I am super excited! This is the news I have been dying to share!
What you are looking at is my  First Fairy Stencil!!!! 
This summer has been crazy busy with kids, teaching, building my brand and creating so this release has been a long time coming! This is a test run, a limited edition – I only have a limited amount made and when they are gone they are gone! I made several examples with it so that you could get an idea of how versatile they are! It is a 12×12 heavy weight stencil made by The Crafters Workshop (so you know this is a good strong solid stencil).  There are two girl faces and two wings meant to use separately or layered together.  You can use this as a template and draw in your lines first with a fine tip permanent pen (the PITT Artist small tip pen fits), mechanical pencil or use a variety of mediums with the stencil, limited only to your imagination!

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You can use the girls separately or with the wings. You can place the wings, or part of the wings anywhere you wish. Here are two samples of the same girl, different coloring to render different feelings (of course when I do my girls they always have fantasy colored hair! But you can see that these girls could be any color and by adding your own accents you can change her up a bit, making my First Fairy Stencil a very versatile stencil. (Blue hair girl has Whipped Spackle for hair and colored with  Twinkling H20’s, her face is colored with Gelatos®  and PITT® Artist Pens. Purple Hair girl was colored with PITT® Artist Pens, PITT® Pastel Pencils and wings have chalk paint.)

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Here (Aqua hair) I used the new fairy stencil to draw my picture in pencil. I painted outside the lines to give her a little fuller face which makes her look a little younger. I used the same girl  on the other girl (green hair), extended her hair (gave her extensions lol), added accents and because this girl on my First Fairy Stencil has fuller lips I was able to leave the center white (teeth) for a different look. (Aqua hair girls  hair was colored with Gelatos®, her face PITT® Artist Pens & PITT® Pastel Pencils, and her wings- Texture Luxe™. Green haired girl face and lips Gelatos® & PITT® Artist Pens, hair & wings are colored with Twinkling H20’s and PITT® Artist Pens.)

 

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Here is a look at the  entire First Fairy Stencil. If your are super excited like me, you are thinking how can I by this exclusive stencil? I am putting it in my Etsy shop for one week! That’s all – I only have a limited number and I am going to Tulsa next weekend to teach at CKC and I will take them with me to sell at the show in the From Cover 2 Cover booth. If you have ever been to one of these shows you know how crazy busy they are and the shopping madness that goes on! I am hoping to sell out! (side-note if you haven’t signed up for one of my classes and will be in Tulsa or Houston check out my classes page – some of my classes only have 3 spots left! Click on the class tab above to check it out! ) If you will be at one of these shows, or are local, want to buy a stencil before they sell out and do not want to pay shipping & handling email me at rbarakat@ritabarakat.com and I can make a special arrangement for you. The First Fairy Stencil is $7.99 plus S&H. I brought the sample with me to the Detroit show and everyone wanted to buy it so I know I will sell out quick! If for some reason they don’t I will sell the remaining stencils at the Houston show.

I am hoping this will be the first of more stencils (maybe stamps) to come, I have already been asked to do more girls with different hairstyles, ethnicity and expressions – I have been doing a lot of drawing and have lots of ideas! I hope you like it – I would love your feedback and ideas! (Unfortunately the size 12×12 prohibits me from shipping outside of the US at this time.)

Blessings!

Adventures with Glaze

Hello Monday Peeps! Wow time flies I cannot believe tomorrow is the first of OCTOBER
and do you you think I would have something fall festive like on my blog?
Ha ha nope, at least not today anyways. But that’s alright, right?
So I have another tutorial today, I was doing a little experiment with glaze…
 I laid a stencil down on a sheet of  DCWV Fabric Adhesive Stack
and added Faber-Castell Glaze on top.
 Here it is wet – set that aside to dry. 
 Here is the back, I colored with Gelatos then went back with a wet paint brush and blended.
I did the same thing on the front when the glaze dried.
 Then I glued the two sides together to make my little heart. 
It was a fun little project and I was really quite pleased with the glaze, 
I will definitely be trying this one again!
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Amazing…an art journal page

Hey bloggers it MiXed MeDiA Friday!
 I have another art journal page today- seems like I have been doing alot of that lately!
My girl was painted with  Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Gelatos® and PITT® Artist Pens.
The highlights on my girls hair and eyes is the Inka Gold! Love this stuff!
 I have people ask all the time what kind of paper I use and I have used all kinds but I prefer a heavier weight, watercolor or mixed media paper. If you like a smooth surface, I really like the Visual Journal from Strathmore, the paper is really thick so it stands up to water and abuse! With all the different mediums and techniques I use I dont want it falling apart after all the work I put into it. 
Mine is handmade paper so it has a lot of texture and is pretty thick. 
I love the texture but I do have to use gesso first (think of this as your primer when painting walls- you don’t have to use it but you never know what you are going to get if you don’t!) or it tends to soak up my paint, sometimes leaving blurry lines. Bottom line- test your paper before going all out!
* I will also tell you to test gessos too before buying a lot of one brand. I do a lot of fine detail work with the my girls faces and I like to be able to use a superfine point PITT ® Artist Pens for details like eyelashes. I have noticed if I use clear gesso it wont work on top of the clear gesso, even over paint. I can use a thicker point pen or clear gesso- bold or bigger,
 but if I use white gesso I can use any tip pen I want..
This was really fun, I used Inka Gold in Green Yellow with the “tree of Life” stencil 
from the sacred Geometry series first. I used a stencil brush to rub in the color. This paint is creamy, like a paste and the metallic acts as a resist for the Silks acrylic glaze I used next!
I used stamps with a Stampers Big Brush Pen and smeared more Inka Gold in Steel Blue with my finger around the page. I added thw white dots on top with a Stampers big white pen and all my journaling with a PITT Artist pen. I went over the project (masking my two journal spots first) with  Adirondack s Color Wash in Denim. I used Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Gelatos®
for the journal spots.

Are you working in an art journal?  I would love to see it, leave me a link! 
P.S.
Thank you again for all the comments & support with the situation with my mom.
We are still adjusting, (good and bad) at least she is getting the help she needs.