Design Team Call! Whaaaatt?!?

Hey there Creatives! So a little MIA  lately? Yes that is me. Life is full of crazy surprises good and bad  – there have been a lot of both this past month but let’s focus on the positive shall we?

IRL Classes – I have added a classes tab onto my site that includes IRL (in real life) classes! This summer it includes Grapevine and Houston TX. I am super excited to share that TCW has joined me as one of the sponsors for my classes so please check it out! And if you are not local, hang in there there are more opportunities coming really soon!

Mixed Media Mondays- are still going strong on Facebook! If you haven’t been to one, every Monday night at 8pm Central Time  I do something related to Mixed media live on Facebook. Sometimes it’s a demonstration on a new product, or how something works, how to do something related to mixed media or a project. I do giveaways and it’s live so you never know what is going to happen! I love that people can leave comments during and after so I can answer questions as I go or even demonstrate something on the fly if it’s related. My peeps have the best ideas! Join me Mondays at 8 pm CST on Facebook at RitaBarakat1

And now the big big big announcement…DESIGN TEAM CALL!!!!
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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!