Artistic Adventures, art journal

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. 

Fairy Magic!

Hi there,

I’m Karen Jiles and I’m super excited to share my first post as a member of Rita’s Design Team. Working with Rita’s products was so much fun. The products are versatile and easy to coordinate with inks and other mediums. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the stamped images come to life as I used inks with them.

Today I’m sharing a card that I created using stamps from Rita’s Collection: Fairy Garden Background stamp and Fairy Magic.  I love these stamps together. They give you an opportunity to just simply play and create some fun artwork. I coordinated the stamps with some Tim Holtz Oxide inks, corrugated board, and jeweled adhesive paper.

 

I began this card with inking some plain manila tags with Tim Holtz’s Oxide inks and water. The use of inks provided a great background layer to build upon.  I used oxide colors: vintage photo, worn lipstick, wilted violet, broken china, cracked pistachio, fossilized amber and spiced marmalade.  I loved these colors together. Inking many tags, gives you additional inked bases for future use. I also used the remaining loose ink from the tags to coordinate ribbon for this project.

 

After my tags were dry, I stamped the Fairy Garden Background stamp and Fairy from the Fairy Magic stamp set onto separate inked manila tags using black ink. The stamped Fairy Garden Background tag was used as the base tag and I cut the Fairy out to be used on the base tag.

 

I then created a crackled effect on the tag and fairy by applying Versamark ink to the inked tag and the Fairy. Then I added clear embossing powder to both and heat set them. I gently bent the tag and fairy in various ways, cracking the surface. I added coordinated ribbon that I made after creating the tags. I flattened the tag out and applied adhesive.  The tag was then adhered onto an inked layering size of corrugated board.

 

I stamped sentiments and another Fairy from the Fairy Magic stamp set onto one of the inked tags that I created, cut them out and adhered them to the tag. I added a coordinating jeweled adhesive layer to the green card base that I chose, added some additional inked ribbon and adhered the tag onto the layered card base. All paper layers were aged with vintage photo ink.

 

This was a super fun project. The stamps were so easy to use and fun to play with.  I hope that you enjoyed this project as much as I enjoyed creating it.

The stamp sets that I used can be found using the links below:

Fairy Garden Background Stamp

Fairy Magic Stamp Set

Thanks so much visiting today.

Karen

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

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

Design Team Introductions!

Starting something new! Wow, July already and so many new things in store! I have been swamped (and this is a good thing) with creating new art for various products I just can’t wait for you to see what is coming! With all the new releases I realized I seriously need a little help not only getting the word out but also help to keep up with blog posts, and samples with the new products! I feel very blessed to have these ladies helping me out! Each one of them has a totally different style and each one is so incredibly talented! I can’t wait to see what they do with the new products and for you to get to know their style! Say hello to the new Design Team…

Meet the most amazing right hand I could ever have Miss Kate Morrow, my creative Design Team lead from Arlington, TX!
Kate is a floral designer, jewelry maker, mixed media guru and creative maker! She teaches classes and can handle pretty much anything you can throw at her!

She has been a tremendous help to me in this new adventure and I am so happy to have her on board!
Folllow Kate on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/kathrynsmorrow1/


Meet the stunning Shilpa Nagaonkar, from Kalhapoor, India

Shilpa is a Mixed Media style Artist. She loves to make Altered Art, Art Journals, Canvas, tags, ATCs. She enjoys experimenting with old and new creative techniques and sharing creativity with others. Shilpa likes to work with various art mediums in various styles, which comes out as colorful, lively and vibrant mixed media pieces. She loves to try out new products…a lot.

Shilpa posts her art creations regularly, many times with tutorials on her blog and Youtube channel. She loves to share what she makes and what she is passionate about. She is active on many social media sites. Shilpa works with some fabulous craft supplies stores in India and abroad. She also conducts workshops to teach various mixed media arts and techniques. Follow Shilpa on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/shilpanagaonkar



Meet the incredible  Karen Jiles from Mount Holly NC

Karen is a wife to a wonderful husband and mother to beautiful twin girls. They currently reside in North Carolina, where she is a Risk Consultant by day and Mixed Media Artist, Stamper and Scrapbooker by night. She began her love of crafting years ago as a child. She says it was just something about creating with her hands that had her intrigued and inspired to continue creating on into adulthood.

Karen has been crafting professionally for 15 years. Her love for crafting has enabled her to share her talents through the creation of mini albums, altered items, canvases, mixed media pieces and jewelry. Karen can be found in her Stampin Palace @ www.stampinakapalace.blogspot.com every evening enjoying what she truly loves and is very passionate about.



Meet the spectacular Miss Keri Sallee, from Bella Vista AR

Keri has always been a lover of all things creative, from writing to art to cooking to music. Before shifting her focus to paper crafting and mixed media, she trained in music ministry and studied as a classically trained soprano. She loves pushing herself and trying to think outside the box, particularly in trying to make art fun, but still affordable.

She believes that art should be an outpouring of who you are inside. For her, that means expressing her faith as a Christian is her art, whether it’s through art or bible journaling, 3-D projects or whatever happens to be on her mind.

If you ask her what her motto is in life, she would tell you she has two: (1) Picasso once said: “Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.” Even if she feels “uninspired”, she always makes the choice to go into her studio and just play. Sometimes it works out…sometimes it doesn’t, but she feels she would never know either way unless she gets her hands dirty. (2) Genesis 1:1 starts out “In the beginning GOD CREATED….” This verse is actually her newest tattoo on her right wrist. It is her constant reminder that she can only do what she does because God FIRST created her and her gentle nudge to leave her pride at the door.
Follow Keri on her blog http://KeriSallee.com  


Meet the astounding Miss Jenn DuBell ST Creswell OR

Jenn is a lifelong Oregon resident who loves all things, Art! Creating beautiful things is what she does and is her motivation for nearly everything!  As you will see in her Pinterest gallery, she is a very versatile designer.

Jenn loves to try new things as well as create her own techniques to share with others! Her passion for creating is what drives her and keeps her going! Jenn has a major in Art and studied Business Marketing.

Follow Jenn on Pinterest here https://www.pinterest.com/jenngary1/my-creations/


Meet the extraordinary Miss  Ramona Samuels Salem, UT
Ramona is an avid art journaler, travelers notebook filler, creative practice seeker who loves to use new products and inspire other artists to just sit down and create whenever they can!!! She loves the idea of using new products and inspiring artists to try new lines in their art and journals.

Ramona collects massive amounts of inspiration on Pinterest- however, Instagram is her addiction of choice. She loves the interaction it provides with other artists and the ease with which it lets her post her projects.
Follow Ramona on Instagram @ramtalk https://www.instagram.com/ramtalk/?hl=en

 I can’t wait to see what they come up with! I hope that you will welcome these ladies to the blog!
P.S. Don’t forget to watch Mixed Media Monday at 8 pm CST tonight!

A brand new book!


Hey Creatives!  I am SOOOO excited to announce something I have been working on for months!
Welcome to Magical Theatre! A place where imagination takes center stage!
As a long time, believer in all things fun and whimsical I am so excited to be
putting some of my characters in book form for creative play!
This book has enchanting dolls to put together with movable arms and legs,
darling costumes and wonderful backgrounds to set the stage!
Some of the dolls and backgrounds were left black and white for you to create and color!
I can’t wait for you to see it! For one week you can purchase it for 30% off the regular price! 

Check it out here! http://bellacraftspublishing.com/magical-theatre-paper-dolls

Blessings!

Rita