Making art with Coloring Pencils

making art with coloring pencils

Hey there Creatives! It seems to me like everybody’s on this coloring craze so I thought it would be appropriate to use some coloring pencils and show you how easy it is to get depth with colored pencils. I made this short video to show you how easy it is by using layers to create depth with your coloring pencils in on all your coloring projects enjoy!

If you like this video you might want to go ahead and check out my YouTube site I have a bunch of different techniques for your mixed media projects at RitaBarakat1

And if haven’t filled out my questionnaire you can still do so! It’s pretty short, not too many questions and there’s a giveaway at the end just saying!
So you might want to check that out as well!

 

Help a girl out?

Hey there creatives! A different kind of post of today! Today YOU do the writing! OK more like check the box and some fill ins! But you could be rewarded! I am doing a giveaway to one lucky winner who fills out this survey! I am constantly trying to think of ways to make this blog to better suit your needs so can you help a girl out and complete this survey? Simply click on the word survey!

I can’t wait to hear your responses!

Mixed Media Ballerina on Canvas


Hello Creatives! If you follow me on social media you know I have been working on this mixed media ballerina!  I have been working on her all week and I am super excited to her with you! This work is for my baby girl, I am not sure she is finished yet, there is something more I may want to add but I am not sure yet… Either way there are so many very cool techniques in this project that I just couldn’t wait to share them with you!   Continue reading

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_0135Today 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!

Avoid these 3 common mistakes most beginning artists make!

3 common mistakes most artists make

You’ve spent times pouring over you latest masterpiece,  you think you are finished but something is not quite right…How do you fix it? Here are five common mistakes that most artist make and how to fix it!


3 common mistakes most artists make

Mistake 1: Using the wrong paper, starting off with the right type of paper is so important for good results. I wasn’t paying attention and I used a paper form my drawing pad instead of watercolor or mixed media paper. When you paint on drawing paper it makes the paper warp and if you are using a lot of water or heavy mediums you can make the paper start to pill or worse you could make a hole in the paper! Yes you can gesso it first, and that is what I did once I realized it was the wrong type of paper (of course I had to do it in front of a live audience! ha!) and it helps, but it’s not enough. It also is not meant to take paint – so you don’t get even coverage. Most drawing paper is a lot thinner than watercolor or mixed media paper. I like a lot of layers of paint, textures, blending directly on the project, so the paper gets very wet with all these mediums.

'If you are going to abuse your paper you had better make sure it's strong enough to handle it! RitaBarakat.com' quote='If you are going to abuse your paper you had better make sure it's strong enough to handle it! Click To Tweet“(giggle)

*Solution: the right paper – I prefer at least 90lbs watercolor, mixed media or bristol paper. (Most watercolor has texture I like it, some prefer smooth especially for faces which is when I reach for the bristol.)

Mistake 2 : Scale and proportion: Often times I (especially when doing videos) I forget to take a step back a look at my piece perpendicular to me. Let me explain, most of us are drawing, painting on a flat surface (a desk or table). It is easy for the proportions to be skewed from this point of view. Which is why many artists use an easel.

*Solution? You could use and easel. Or simply stop every once in awhile and hold that picture up –  look at it for balance. Especially for faces – our eyes naturally look for balance. Had I stopped and looked I would have noticed one eye is slightly larger than the other, Can you see it? I also have an issue with the eyebrows – I prefer that they be more similar.

3 common mistakes most artists make

Mistake 3 : You know something is wrong maybe It’s in the details…because I blog, do videos, post on social media I take pictures of all my work. Nowadays everyone has a camera on their phone. You can take a picture blow it up and look at it up close! There are small details you can live with – for example I don’t mind that the eyebrow is not perfect because when I look at the overall picture is not noticeable. However when I looked at it close up I didn’t like some things- I had more white dot highlights and it just felt like too much. I decided to take it back a notch and simply grabbed a marker and went over some of those areas. When I stepped back it looked much better without them. If you look in whole photo above, you can see a little red mark on her neck where the hair color bled. I only noticed it when I did the close ups, an easy fix if you catch it. two suggestion when using watercolor: Get a wet paint brush and work it in (BLEND) or lift it off. Use a clean wet paint brush, “paint” the are to be removed and wipe the paint onto a towel, repeat until the paint is gone or blended in. If you are using acrylics get your gesso,cover it up and paint again.

If you watch my videos you have heard me say this so many times…

'Gesso is your friend!'Click To Tweet

There have been times (when I have rushed) I even forgot to paint something, in my classes the most common mistakes I see when doing faces is they forget eyebrows and/or eyelashes. When you look at  your picture in pieces you will find those mistakes.

*Solution: Take a close up. take a picture up close, (you don’t have to print it) just look at it on your camera; you can see things you didn’t even know were wrong! Make sure the pieces are all painted, fix mistakes and all body parts are present! lol

(This project is on my latest periscope called “hey let’s do something creative, are you with me?” Most of the paints are from Daniel Smith. That fantastic color I got on her hair is by using Daniel Smith Gold grounds first then adding red watercolor on top!)

We all make mistakes as artists, even those of us who have been doing this a long time so slow down, try these tips and see if your work doesn’t improve! Do you have any tips? I would love to hear them, leave them in the comments below!

Creativation product pics, video and themes!

 
Hey Creatives! I have more Creativation pics, videos and themes for you! Last weeks post was on the people at Creativation and this weeks focus is more on the products! I didn’t get a whole lot of pics but I will share what I have. There were a lot of popular themes like Disneys’ movie Frozen. ( Are you singing? My granddaughter loves that movie, at two she already has all the songs memorized.)

 
I noticed a lot of tiny lights in cards and oversized paper decorations and quilling.

 
There were a lot of fairy themes – you know I loved that! I can’t wait to have these tiny fairy kits!

  
Bible journaling and planner supplies were still making a splash!

 
Everywhere you looked there were coloring pages, coloring books and of course tons of markers,  pencils and watercolors!

Continue reading

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

m
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!