Periscope Hop!!!

Hey creatives!

I am so excited to be getting back to Periscope! And what a better way than a creative hop! SO if you are in need of crafty inspiration join us as we create live on periscope!!! Here is the line up – it is easier if you follow them all ahead of time! This is going to be fun!

The line up is from 9:30 am CST- 11:30 CDT CENTRAL Time –

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Thank you all who applied for the design team  – we are still going through the applications, so many fabulous creatives it’s going to be very hard to decide, so happy I don’t have to do this by myself! Have a great weekend and stay tuned!

Surprising ideas for Mixed Media!

Hey creatives! I recently tried some really fun products that created some surprising ideas for Mixed Media! Here I used CelluClay to create pointe shoes for my little ballerina! It’s instant paper mache, it adheres to any surface and all you have to do is mix it with water!  It was fairly easy to mix, add  as little or as much water to make it workable for you and shape  it. I made these little shoes and once they were completely dry they were solid -just as the hard as the tips of baby girls real shoes! I painted them with acrylic paint, added a little canvas paper to the backs(DCWV) and of course added glitter! I am loving it and to top it off I am so excited to share with you  a giveaway opportunity to win not only this but  a box of products from Activia!

So Activia generously donated some super fun goodies including the CelluClay for a giveaway that I will announce on Mixed media Mondays next Monday night on FaceBook! There is still time to enter but you must go to this post on  Instagram and find my giveaway post!  Another one of the products that they are including is Hearty Modeling Clay, I made a video for it below!

There are two more products in the giveaway and if you want to see then check out this post on my FaceBook page! These products are so versatile that I knew I would come up with some unusual and surprising ideas for mixed media!  Like using them on a mixed media canvas? How about creating terrain with the CelluClay on a canvas? The Hearty clay can be  embossed, engraved, formed to make any shape or form! Why not make a mixed media canvas over a foam ball? You are only limited  by your imagination and Monday I will share a few more alternative ideas! Make sure you tune in!

Have you come up with any unusual or surprising ideas for mixed media? I would love to hear about it! Leave me a comment about it below!




You can make art!

IMG_0135 Today I have a quick video for ya! A little work in progress! Have you every had a quote or scripture jump out at you and you wanted to remember it?  An easy way to do that is paint it! As soon as I read this, I knew this was the picture I wanted to paint. Now I know what you’re thinking, what if I can’t draw? or what if I hate my handwriting? No excuses! You can make art! Here are three alternatives to what I have done below.

I used various  watercolor mediums, the “crayons” are actually Neocolors in Chestnut and Flesh. The heart was painted with a Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor Stick in Permanent Alizarin Crimson. I am painting on mixed- media paper from Strathmore.
But you can use whatever medium you have.  I drew my picture but you could find a stamp or stencil that would work. Or even find a a picture in a magazine and collage it!

Don’t like your handwriting? I used an app – Adobe Spark app on my iphone for the lettering! Another idea would be to use alphas and stick them on or type it up on your computer, print it and paste it into place! You can do this!

I hope this inspires you to do your own painting! I promise you can make art!

In other news I want to make sure you are watching me on Facebook Monday nights!  If you haven’t I am doing Mixed Media Mondays is where I do some type of tutorial, project, tip around Mixed-Media. The exciting part is that I have some fun sponsors lined up to give away prizes! The very first giveaway is from Activa! Check out their website  and meet me of FB Monday nights!

Creativaton – the people

It’s all about the peeps! Well I am back from Creativation and while there are many, many pics of new and fantastic products seen at the show I would be amiss if I didn’t also share about the people. If you didn’t see my instagram feed you may have missed the post with Mr. David Tutera! (He has designed a new line with Sizzix.) I will share that I let him know that baby girl is quite enamored with all his wedding dresses, decorations and makeovers! She is in love with all things David Tutera so imagine my surprise when I found out he was at the show! Of course I had to go over and take a pic!  I told him about baby girl and not only did we take a pic he sent a private video for baby girl! Imagine her surprise when he says her name right into the camera! She has played this video over and over and shared it with all her friends!  She was thrilled to say the least – talk about making someone’s day! Thats a star in my book! 😉

One of the best things about the show is meeting up with your friends, your peers, your tribe. These are my peeps, we may only see each other once a year, or every few years because we all live in different states- even countries but when we get together we pick right where we left off! I love my peeps! Today is all about my peeps, I will do another post about product and another  about products.
~me, Liza Sivek (we have been friends since High School!) Cheryl Boglioli (we met at CHA years ago and hit it off right away!love this girl!)
(This is probably the one place in the world where nobody looks twice just because of your hair color!LOL)

~Carol Foldvary-Anderson, Cherish Flieder, me (chatty online and finally met in person!)

~Trish Cortez, Lynda Kanase, David Tutera, me, Gail Green – instant friends! Such a pleasure to meet these ladies and of coure David Tutera!

The Designers that attended the Designer Section Meeting! No goofing around here! LOL
We had such a good time! These ladies are all amazing designers! (And many were missed too!)

~Julia Sanvoss and myself in the Therm O Web booth, this lady is gorgoeus inside and out!

~Cathy Andronicou and myself in the Chameleon booth – one of these days Cathy is going to get me to work with these stunning pens!

The very sweet Shalini Mittal, thank you  <3

e & mitkamir

Dana Joy!  We met on periscope! How awesome is that? She is just as lovely in person!

me  &  Annette – Madsen Larsen

Me & Mettes1991

In the Art Foamies booth! Emmie (owner) is in the apron! Did you notice my pic on the wall with my new stamps!?!

Me & Betsy Burnett

It was a good show – and I didn’t take that many pics! There were so many other lovelies I saw and didn’t get pics with! Lots of drive by hugs with  Megan LLoyd, Seth Apter, Marjie Kemper and more!
My allergies were miserable in Phoenix and I wasn’t 100% when I left Texas in the first place!
We had a blast but it is good to be home! Stay tuned for part 2 of Creativation pics – Products and videos!

Blessings! Do you have friends that you can years without seeing
each other then pick up exactly where you left off?

Creativation or bust!

Hey friends well I am off today to Creativation trade show! See lots of details in my previous post; Where I’ll be if you are going, be sure to find me and say hello! I am excited to see old friends and some new ones too! I am super excited to share even more stamps with my designs from Art Foamies so be checking Instagram and FB to know when and where to watch! Anywho this girlis headed out so stay tuned friends!

And the winner is…


Hey there creatives! Here is the winner but not to worry if it isn’t you, I will have another giveaway really soon so make sure you are following me on FB, Instagram or Twitter! And while you here sign up for my Top Secret mixed Media class newsletter! Sometimes I do giveaways just for them! 😉

And Cynthia – please email me with your mailing address at rbarakat@ritabarakat.com

Have a wonderful day!

Mixed media classes

Hello creatives!! These are the last mixed media classes I am teaching in person this summer! I am super excited, this is going to be so fun! If you are in the Tulsa or Houston areas I would love to meet You!! Click in the tab above labeled “classes”  page (click on the class tab)to signed up. If you miss the online deadline to sign up you can sign up at the shows! ( if there is still room! 😮)!

Thanks for checking it out!!


Rita 😊

My final post with Faber- by Rita Barakat

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Hey there creatives, just in case you missed my post over on the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog. Five years is a long time, especially as designing goes so I thought it would be good to share this here:

Being one of the originals – or OGG, Original Gelato Girls I remember getting that first email before anyone knew what Gelatos were! I almost threw it out because I did not know the sender; but after a little time spent on Google I decided it was LEGIT! (LOL) And it’s a good thing I did because there was a whirlwind of activity to follow!

Here are a couple of my first projects I did on the team. Even then I loved color, so I knew it would be a perfect fit!

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As the core design team we had to wear aprons for CHA and I just couldn’t leave mine blank! I ended up falling in love with decorating aprons! (This was one of many over the years!  PITT Artist pens work great on fabric!)

I’ve had a lot of fun on this team, I loved traveling, doing demos and meeting other creatives in person!

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I loved teaching at CHA  and other venues…

I’ve loved the friends I made along the way. I learned a lot about the creative business, the art itself and I feel like I blossomed into who I am today creatively…

As fun as it’s been, when given the opportunity, I chose instead to start a new venture. This is my last post as an official design team member OGG for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft. As a Mixed Media Artist I know I won’t be giving up my Gelatos and PITT Artist pens anytime soon, but I am excited about what the future holds for me creative wise!  I am thankful I was able to work with some amazing people and products; to have met so many beautiful people in person and of course for the sweet blog readers.

It’s a new season.

P.S. What I didn’t say on the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog.
Sometimes when you are designing with a company for so long you lose your identity in promoting theirs (which means I did my job) and people think you are employed with that company (I wasn’t).  Designers are freelancers, we are contracted for a certain amount of time to do a job. I am an artist who does freelance design work for several companies. I feel very blessed to do what I love to do and get paid for it. Designing also comes with rules, sometimes exclusivity – as a mixed media artist I want to be able to use whatever products I feel regardless of what team I am on. Not to say I didn’t love the products – I have never been on any team that I didn’t already love the products! I just don’t like being limited. I would never promote or even mention any brand that I didn’t love and believe in. In addition I want to have my own products (some of you have already seen some!!!) and it’s hard to work on that and honor the commitments that go along with being on a design team.  I am one person with three kids under 12 still at home, I have to choose my battles! That being said I will continue to create, teach, demo and I am super excited to have my own products now. Starting with three new stencils! They debuted at GASC last weekend and did great! They were so well received and so may people were so excited to buy them, more will be shipping soon so I will have plenty for my etsy shop and more for Tulsa and Houston! (I am teaching at CKC at both these locations!Make sure to click on my classes tab for dates, classes and times!)

Also now that things are settling down I will be getting into a new routine, resuming my periscopes and adding to my youtube, Pinterest and FB accounts. I will be sending my next Top secret Mixed media class out on Monday so if you haven’t signed up now is the time! I will also be participating on Pass the Brush this Sat on Periscope !

Saturday, June 25th

12noon EST
11am CST
9am PST
starting with :
Andrea Gomoll

Cinnamon Cooney

Miss Meko

Rita Barakat

Susan Hiles

It’s like a live blog hop – different artists coming together to make this happen, each one sharing techniques for about 12 minutes! The easiest way is to follow everyone on the hop before the day of the hop so you have no interruptions. And start with Andrea at 11 CST then we will all go the next person on the list and so on. It will be fun so join us!

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Rita Barakat is a Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator, Designer & Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacturer websites and magazines. She designs, teaches workshops and  freelances for a variety of manufacturers. Not anywhere near a local event? Sign up for her newsletter and receive a Top Secret Mixed Media Class each month! http://ritabarakat.com/classes/ Written by Rita Barakat – Visit Website