The Crafters Workshop

“Sweet Sister Star” Stencil Art Journal

 

Good Morning Creatives!

Keri Sallee here and today I am sharing with you an art journal piece I recently did using one of Rita’s Sweet Sisters Star stencil.

Creating my Background.

For my background, I used my Gel Press plate to mono-print my background. Monoprinting is a super easy and fun way to create background with loads of color and texture. Having a textured background helps you stencil POP!

I starting by gathering my art journal (this one is a Dylusions Journal by Dyan Reavely), fluorescent acrylic paint and my largest gel plate.

Using a stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop, I used a brayer to roll my fluorescent green paint through my stencil on to my gel plate.

When you remove the stencil you will have these great leaf patterns. Allow it to dry slightly before braying over a light coat of a bright color. I chose fluorescent pink! Once my color was down, I pressed bubble wrap on to a few places to add visual texture.

Flipping my journal over onto my gel plate was the easiest way to transfer my image.

Look at all the YUMMY texture!! Since i knew I would be using a stencil later, I made sure to keep all my paints and textures flat. This will give me a better stencil image when I get ready to transfer it.

To add my next layer, I started with some fluid acrylic smoothed all over my plate using a brayer. I chose a purple so that it would be a high contrast to my bright background.

Using my same stencil, I placed it on top of my paint and then pressed my journal in different places all over my background.

Here is my completed background:

 

Next it was time to add my image. I find that using a .7 size mechanical pencil works the best when transferring stencils.

Then…I went to town! Wanting her to be different and unusual, I gave her turquoise eyes and lime green hair with purple highlights.

I intentionally didn’t add the stars that are part of the stencil. By omitting things like that you can completely personalize your project and get more “bang for your buck” when it comes to stencils.

 

 

What does it mean?

I chose the phrase “Find your peace and hold on tight” because it can be so easy to let others steal our joy.

Right?

That one girl at work makes a snarky comment about your outfit and ruins your day.

Your already running late and jerk goes 10 miles under the speed limit…making you even later.

Your husband doesn’t help with the laundry or dishes and you feel overwhelmed and under appreciated.

All of these things can ruin our day…if we let it.

I’m not saying it’s easy…I know life isn’t always rainbows and unicorns, but while we might not have control over the external circumstances, we DO have control over how we react to it. We can choose whether or not we let it take root in our minds, our hearts and our spirits.

I hope today….in the midst of the negativity of life…you will make the choice to hold tight to your peace and NEVER let someone else take it.

You are the master of your ship…don’t let someone else direct your sails.

Until next time,

XOXO,

KERI

 

I love Mermaids

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Hey there arsty peeps! Lately I have been making mermaids! I love mermaids! I still have a few more ideas in the works so be on the lookout! I made this mermaid project for my last post on The Crafters Workshop. A tutorial on how I made the background on this project is on their blog – I would love it if you went and checked it out. I loved my time over at TCW and wanted to leave an awesome project for my last one. If you ever get the chance to work with TCW you should totally do it! Now lets talk mermaid tails!

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I started by coloring my mermaid with various Gelatos® Colors.

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Using a wet paint brush to spread the color gave a molted effect and then I grabbed some Chroma Crackle.

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When its wet it looks slick, as it dries it turns white.

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Once it dried completely I grabbed Twinkling H20’s to make her shiny and iridescent.

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Once it was dry I added a layer of glaze. I added some bling into the wet glaze.

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The bling turned out to be a perfect addition to the project!

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Here is a close up once it was all dry!

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And if you missed this Mermaid I made for  Design Memory Craft you can go check it out on their blog!

I hope you like me mermaids, I would love to hear any great ideas for mermaids!

Blessings!
Rita

 

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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®,The Crafters Workshop, DCWV, Deflecto, ColourArte and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

 

 

 

 

More sneak peeks! Color, color, color!

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Hey hey blog readers another quick post today  – more sneak peeks! Full of color, color, color! If you want to see the completed projects go check out my post on The Crafters Workshop! I had lots of fun creating these and I have a tutorial of how I did so I hope you go check it out and leave me some love! Also dont forget to leave me some love on FB I am sharing 5 days of artwork and I have a surprise on the 5th day so if you dont follow me already make sure you do!

And it’s almost time for my free mixed media class so if you haven’t signed up for that make sure you do on the right of my blog!

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Blessings!
Rita

 

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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®,The Crafters Workshop, DCWV, Deflecto, ColourArte and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

 

Mixed Media Art Journal Page – tutorial

Check out How to Make Mixed Media Art – Art Journal by Rita Barakat by Rita Barakat on Snapguide.

Happy Friday Peeps! Here is a quick tutorial I created on Snapguide. What do you think? I kinda like the format.

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Remember this project? Last year I submitted a mixed media piece for the this blogger contest and it didn’t dawn on me to ask people to vote for me until I saw a ton of others asking for votes but you can only vote once. So this year I am asking for you to take a moment to go vote! This is the project I entered 😉 just in case your were wondering which one is mine. Voting is open until march 10!  http://www.favecrafts.com/contest/blogger-contest  tell your friends please !!! 10407169_10152791191217523_5151969522949816767_n

Blessings!
Rita

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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®,The Crafters Workshop, DCWV, Deflecto and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

 

MiXed MeDia projects

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Hey there peeps – how is it going?  I am feeling better these days. Good thing to since the kids have been off for the last two days for snow days! Since we have been housebound I have been doing tons of Mixed media projects – here is a sneak peek of some of the mixed media projects I have been working on! This one is for the Crafters Workshop on Friday!

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I have a mixed media tutorial over on the  Faber – Castell Design Memory Craft blog I would love for you  to go take a look and leave me some love!

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And if you what a snow day looks like in Texas! LOL! But seriously the roads gets iced over and they are not equipped to deal with it here so it gets very dangerous. My  slope n my drive way was about 2 inches of solid ice! Luckily this is TX by the weekend it should be back in the 60’s!

I hope you are keeping warm where you are!

 

Rita

 

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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®,The Crafters Workshop, DCWV, Deflecto and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

 

 

 

Sneak peeks and updates

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Hey hey there peeps! Here is a sneak peek of my project for tomorrows post over on the Crafters Workshop blog, not only is there an art journal page there is a video! This is from a drawing I did a long time ago – it was nice to go back and finish it.

I am super excited for a little announcement I have on Saturday but meanwhile I thought I’d give you a little update. I am currently editing this months Top Secret Mixed Media class so if you haven’t signed up yet  make sure you do on the right side of my blog before the 15th!

In other news, health wise thank you for those who have emailed me. I am thankful that I have mostly recovered from my surgery and feeling much better. I am still awaiting for some test results for some weird side effects after the surgery and am hopeful that it will be a good report. (And hopefully no more testing!)

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And last for today I tomorrow I am in a Faber-Castell blog hop so make sure you stop by for a chance to win some prizes!
Here’s another  little sneak peek for that post!

Blessings!

Rita

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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®,The Crafters Workshop, DCWV, Deflecto and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

My favorite techniques

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Hey hey there artsy peeps! Ahh its good to be back to creating so today I have a post with lots of photos for you!!!

Its the first Monday of the month and time for the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop, make sure you click on the back and forward link to the right of my blog. This months hop is favorite tools and/or techniques.  My favorite tools are probably paint brushes, or spatulas to spread texture pastes- but you just never know I am always up for something new. My favorite technique is changing up colors, adding layers and textures!

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For this mixed media piece (and all my pieces) I needed lots of color. After drawing my piece I usually start with the face, for me that’s the most important part, if I don’t get that right the rest won’t matter. I grabbed some fun colors in Twinkling H20s and Silks acrylic glaze.

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If you’ve never used Twinkling H20’s they are translucent, have a shimmer to them and are dry – you have to activate them with water. I like them because they dry out (easy to store and great for travel) and you just reactivate with water  – like watercolors, but the when they are wet they have deep vibrant colors and they are not thin like water colors they have a gel consistency.

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After the first layer of paint I grabbed a stencil (The Crafters Workshop) and some whipped spackle.

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*Tip lift the stencil straight up so you don’t smudge any paste. Work on another part of the canvas while this dries completely.

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This is the Silks  – gorgeous color. (When this dries you will not see streaks.) But this is just a first layer of many.

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Now that it’s dry I take the silks and put on another layer of paint over the entire stenciled area.

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Before it dries I will wipe away some of the color with baby wipe  to get variations.

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Here’s  the end result subtle but it’s there.

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After another layer of Silks on the background and more stenciling.

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Here’s another close up.

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Layers of paint on corrugated adhesive backed border pieces (Little B) .

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Yes there was some flicking of paint going on.

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Here is one of the pieces before attaching it to the main piece.

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Oh and yes – I painted some buttons.

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OOH  you can really see the shimmer/metallic look here. Wouldn’t these look great on a black coat? Hmmm I might have to try that, but that’s another day!

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After adding a little more texture and color here are the finished results!
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The quote says

“The more I think it over, the more I feel  that there is nothing more artistic than to love people.” by Vincent Van Gogh

Some finishing touches – Prima beads, PITT Artist Pens and a white Sharpie for outlines. I punched out the dress border with a border punch from Little B. (*Tip – all pieces were attached with Gel Medium.) I mounted this on a adhesive backed Styrofoam.

So what do you think about my favorite techniques? Ready to try your own mixed media piece? What are your favorite techniques? I would love to hear about them!
For  Silks and Twinkling H20’s
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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®,The Crafters Workshop, DCWV, Deflecto and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

 

 

 

CHA reveals and tutorials

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 Hey there artsy friends I have  two more sneak peeks from my display for CHA this weekend! I can’t believe it’s  this weekend! This is the first time I will have my own display so if you are going I hope you stop by and check it out! I made this and have a tutorial for the background over on the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog!

 

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I also made this sweet girl. I have a tutorial for making the back ground for this project over on The Crafters Workshop blog!
I hope you will go visit these blogs and leave my some love!

I will have these projects and more on display at my CHA booth #19 so if you go come check it out!
I will be walking the floor most of the time but I will be doing these demos please stop by!

Sat 2-3pm ~Demo* at Bella Crafts Booth #1903

Sun & Mon 12-1pm ~ Demo* in the
Designers Showcase #1237 station AC3

Sun 2-4pm~ Make & Take at Deflecto Booth #2375


Or let’s meet Sun at the
Designers Meet & Greet #1237
I will be here from 4-5:30pm

 

Happy Crafting,
Rita

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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 Crafters Workshop, Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®, DCWV, Deflecto and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

 

A birdie project with TCW

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Hey there artsy peeps! Today I have a project over on TCW’s blog! I couldn’t help but give you a couple of peeks here because I love how this came out! I hope you will leave me love here and on the TCW blog – for all the details and products used  go check it out !

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What do you think? I think it came out pretty cute and it’s hanging out in my kitchen right now!

(TCW – stencils – Foam base – Fairfield – Foamology !   I used a foam Rigid Tile and Panel Size 12X24, papers-top and bottom DCWV Candy Cane Stack, Whipped Spackle & Gelato from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft )

Be blessed!

 

Rita

 

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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