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

Art journal page and thoughts for today, love heals…

Rita Barakat Art Journal Love Heals
Love heals…How do you know when God is talking to you? He has never come to me  in a burning  bush or audibly. For me it is the simple nudging of the Holy Spirit – or sometimes when I am tuning in to broadcasts over different media or devotional time and all of them have the similar messages that come to the same point, for me  it’s an “aha ” moment”- God is trying to tell me something. And this is a good thing because I am not always quick to listen!  I have to remember to tune in because life is hard and you can quickly find yourself feeling alone in your struggles, but we are not alone. God loves us and His love heals what hurt divides.
Rita Barakat Art Journal Love Heals
Lately I feel like He has been talking to me about how I am using my talents, being who God made me to be and not allowing condemnation to enter in. It would be easy to quit and concentrate on my problems. You are thinking What you have problems?”
yes,  I know I am the happy upbeat girl always ready to greet you with a smile and yes, I have problems, we all have problems. I can admit I am not always able to keep it together. Those who have been reading my blog for a while know that my mother with Alzheimer’s & dementia . I won’t get into that now, (that could take up a few posts by itself) but I am taking care of her needs in spite of my upbringing. Not to say poor me, but because it’s the right thing to do.  It would be easier to say it’s not my problem, but that is not who I am. In spite of who she was, she is a human being and I would want someone to make sure my needs were being met and not being taken advantage of  if I was incapacitated. It wasn’t easy at first but for the moments of lucidity, I have been able to see another side of her I would never had seen had I not stepped in and started taking care of her needs.
Love heals…
Rita Barakat Art Journal Love Heals
I am a mother of three children with special needs (5 total) and let me tell you this year has been a roller coaster of emotions between medical and behavioral needs. I am blessed to be able to work from home because I can control my hours and my schedule is flexible; it has to be, things happen quickly – if I were at a job elsewhere it would cause me to leave all the time for emergencies or to not go in at all, I would be let go for sure.

Rita Barakat Art Journal Love Heals
But God. I love those words. But God is so amazing that He would give me a talent that I can use  from home, create an income and love what I do. I love to create, scrapbooking helped me to focus on the things that were going right with each child, art  helps me relax and not stress. I would be a basket case if I just concentrated on the things that are wrong or could go wrong.

Rita Barakat Art Journal Love Heals

He is faithful. I don’t believe or care for that saying “He never gives you more than you can handle”. That’s not true- He does give you more than you can handle because  He can handle it. I don’t know how people can do it without Him, I can’t. He always gives  me what I need to endure whatever is going on. In all of this I am also the worship leader at our church and I can’t tell you how many times the enemy has whispered, “you lost it today with the kids – you shouldn’t be worshiping, much less leading anything.”  Or  “see you are too busy that’s why your kid is falling apart.” Lies. My kid is falling apart because of the drugs his bio mother took while she was pregnant and he is in the best possible scenario to grow up healthy (also another  post for another day). Love heals. Considering all their challenges and background my kids are doing remarkably well.

Rita Barakat Art Journal Love Heals
The word tells me in Romans 8:1, There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Jesus doesn’t condemn us, the Holy Spirit does not condemn us, God does not condemn us, He sees us as His children. He loves us and corrects us but does not condemn us. When our children do something wrong we must correct them, but we don’t stop loving them. Love heals and keeps us together.

Rita Barakat Art Journal Love Heals
They may disappoint, frustrate and make us angry but it doesn’t change our love for them. We can still take joy in them today even if they made us angry or let us down today. Love heals…Romans 8:38 says “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow–not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” And so it is with God’s love – you can’t disappoint Him enough for Him not to love you, use you or disown you. His love covers all… And you will mess up – we all do (Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;) but nowhere in the bible does it say quit or give up – it says persevere! Pick up sword! Lift up your heads! Ok that’s a lesson for another day…

The point is if you are feeling condemnation it is not from God and you don’t have to receive it. And believe me – I have to remind myself all the time because the enemy does not want you to succeed. He want’s to tear you down – don’t let Him. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you! (paraphrased – Phil 4:13) He loves you and His love heals all things that can make you feel separated from Him.

Just a little encouragement for today my friends, no matter where you are or what you are doing God has this covered. Just sayin’.

Join me on Periscope today at 3 pm EST for bible journaling, by the way have I told you, you look awesome today! See you on Persicope! (And if you don’t have the app you can watch on your computer for up to 24 hours after the broadcast https://www.periscope.tv/ritabarakat1 )

(For a tutorial on this page visit the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog


Mixed media on walls? Yes!

Mixed media on Walls Rita Barakat
TGIF peeps! Mixed media on walls? Yes! If you saw my live periscope a couple of weeks ago you saw me using stencils (DCWV) and Texture Paste (White Crackle Media and Texture Fierro – Deco Art ) on my walls! Just like we use mixed media techniques on paper and canvas I wanted to add texture on my accent wall! It was a fun and easy project – you can do this!  This is the end result! Someone had a question about repainting and what would I do, it is a raised surface so you would have to sand it down a bit before repainting. I am always doing all kinds of techniques around the house this one was quite simple which is what I wanted in this room. I needed it to be calm and  serene, a place to relax.

Mixed media on Walls Rita Barakat
Here you can see the new floors and the plain walls before the furniture came back in. When we moved into our house the living room and dining room had hardwood floors and we always felt like the front room (office) and master bedroom connected to it should have been hardwoods; unfortunately that was already decided  before we bought the house. With our anniversary coming up we wanted to do something for us. Every house we ever bought we decorated the living areas first, then the kids bedrooms and our room never seemed to make it on the to do list!) It’s going to be our 25th anniversary (yes I was a child bride lol!) and since we have special needs kids we can’t exactly go on a trip or anything; so we have decided to do a room makeover. We got new floors, I painted the walls, got a new bed and chairs for the room!  The floors alone alone make it look so much bigger!

Mixed media on Walls Rita Barakat
Here is the wall with the bed, my little nightstand will actually go in between the chairs as it is too short for the high bed!  I had to get a new bedspread to match the new walls and bed! I  found this one at Target- since the walls look more blue than grey in person I bought this one that has light blue, tan and grey in it! I got lucky! I am going to make a sign for over the bed, it will say “I have found the one my soul loves ” from Song of Solomon 3:4.  Not sure what it will look like but it will be a mixed media piece!  You can use your mixed media supplies on other surfaces…even your walls! You have to think out of the box!