Coloring Art Frame giveaway!

Hey Creatives!  First of all Happy Easter!!!
I hope that you are having a wonderful day with friends and family! And if you are not too busy take a few minutes to check out my latest video and enter to win your own Coloring Frame Art so generously  donated by http://BlissFuStudio.com ! To enter make sure you are following me on Instagram, following Color Frame Art on FB and are following me and tuned in on FB live for Mixed Media Monday the 17th at 8 pm CST! Make sure to let me know you did those things and I will do a drawing on Monday! I will give away two sets and each set has four different designed frames to color and assemble!

See you Monday!

How to make skin tones with colored pencils

Hey Creatives! Todays video is showing how to make skin tones with colored pencils! It is is the third video in this series (see the previous post if you missed the first two!) using colored pencils to shade and create beautifully colored faces! I am so pleased on how she turned out – you know me, I am a mixed media guru but every once in awhile it’s good to go back to basics or simply give yourself limits and watch those creative juices flow! Have you ever tried limiting yourself? I have also tried limiting myself to five items on a scrapbook page, only three colors, work with colors that aren’t my normal and on and on. It’s a great way to challenge yourself!

I am so excited for you to watch this video!! Make sure you watch all the way until the end- there is a cool surprize there!

UPDATES*
If you are are in Texas, I will be in Grapevine this weekend at the Scrapbook Expo at the Gaylord Resort! I will be in the Craft Fantastic booth doing demos for TCW! We are talking mixed media products peeps! brand new textures and stencils and paints OH MY! Seriously fun stuff, so come by and see me if you are there! And make sure you let me know you follow my blog and I will give you one of my buttons! 😉

I am not teaching at this show, but I AM teaching at GASC! In Arlington TX on JUne 16 & 17th! I will be busy all day long doing demos again so I am only teaching three classes!

 

Course Name: Art with Heart [VIEW DETAIL PAGE]

 

There is so much negativity in the world that we need to find healthy ways to express our feelings and get those feelings out! Join Rita Barakat, Mixed Media artist and instructor as she shares some tips and secrets to be able to share your heart, get your feelings out and onto your art without having to tell the audience everything that is going on. The art is really for you to be able to express your feelings (and hopefully get through them). It’s not just about the art, but the heart behind the piece. Together we will create a mini masterpiece with your secret recipe of what is going on! Rita will provide with a cheat sheet for future projects and as always, we learn fun, artsy-techniques using the latest products from DCWV, Sakura, Art Foamies, Therm O Web and more!

How long class lasts: 1 hour
Class price: $35 PRE-REGISTRATION, $37 AT EVENT

Date and Time: Friday    5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Skill Level: All Levels

 

Course Name: Secrets to Art Journaling! [VIEW DETAIL PAGE]

 

Have you wanted to art journal but it seems overwhelming? Have you wanted to art journal but don’t know how to get started? Are you friends art journaling and love it but you just don’t get it? Join Rita Barakat, mixed media artist and instructor as she reveals fun tips, tricks and techniques for art journaling! Together we will create our covers and some pages to get you started in this fun and relaxing artsy way of life! We will be using the latest products for stamping, painting, stenciling, collage and more brought to you by DCWV, Sakura, Art Foamies, Therm O Web and more!

How long class lasts: 1 hour
Class price: $35 PRE-REGISTRATION, $37 AT EVENT

Date and Time: Friday    7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Skill Level: All Levels

 

Course Name: Faith-Builders [VIEW DETAIL PAGE]

Part devotional and part project. Join mixed media artist and instructor Rita Barakat as she shares an alternative to Bible journaling – off the page! Although you love the idea of Bible journaling some of you are hesitant to color in your Bibles and that’s OK! In this class, we will cover the concept of Bible Journaling and take The Word off the page and onto other projects you and your family can enjoy! This class will cover concepts for a variety of projects that you can in addition or instead of coloring in your Bible. We will be completing a painted canvas in class so bring your aprons! (*There will be some fun bonus products in this class!)

How long class lasts: 1 hour
Class price: $35 PRE-REGISTRATION, $37 AT EVENT

Date and Time: Saturday    5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Skill Level: All Levels

 

I will be doing these classes at CKC in Houston as well, I hope you will join me! This will be so fun and the projects will be so awesome and unique!
I am super excited to share them with you!
Well I think that’s it for now! Please let me know how you like my how to make skin color with colored pencils video!

 

Coloring with pencils Part 2 – lips!

coloring with pencils Part 2 - lips! RitaBarakat.com

Hello creatives! Today’s video coloring with pencils Part 2 – lips! (Part 1 is on the previous post!) Today I have used Leisure Arts pencils to create intense colored the lips on this starlight beauty I drew! You can easily create similar depth by layering different color pencils in one area! (watch the video it’s quick!) I am working on several video projects for you from the survey you filled out! If you haven’t filled out the survey yet I would love to hear from you! I will close it on Monday.( Did I mention there is a giveaway to be chosen from one of the people who participate? Just sayin!) Continue reading

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!