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
Good morning artsy peeps! I am super excited to share this sweet project I made for todays CHA Paper Arts Blog Hop! All week long several CHA Designers will be working with different CHA Manufacturers to bring you lots of fun projects and tutorials! Oh and did I mention prizes? But I digress…
I was thrilled to find out I would be working with Bo Bunny! As soon as I saw these beautiful Juliet papers I was inspired to make this mixed media little girl. She stand almost 18 inches and is covered in the various paper designs from the Juliet Collection by BoBunny!
To make this project I drew my girl, traced it onto various patterned papers and foam core board, cut them out and glued the pieces back together! Here are some details;
To create her skin and hair I used gesso and various Gelatos® Colors to paint her features on the polka dot paper collection from BoBunny. The sweet flower in her hair is also BoBunny! Easily attached with a little Gel Medium.
Of course I added this little bunny in honor of the Bo Bunny name! Tip*to make pieces pop, make sure you ink the edges! Did you notice the little pocket? I added a little pearl flourish! (Also Bo Bunny).
Did you notice her sparkly ruby red shoes? The paper is from a Juliet 6×6 paper pad – same paper as her dress just a little smaller. Then I topped it of with a little Bo Bunny glitter paste – the color is blush and although it’s pink it really shines on top of red!
So for a chance to win!!!
Follow along on the CHA Blog from May 18 – 22 to see which products the Designers used and the creations they came up with. PLUS, you’ll learn how to make the projects yourself!
Win Prizes! (HELLO $500.00!)
There will be a “password” at the end of each designer blog post. Make sure you keep track of the password each day. At the end of the hop you’ll need to use the “passwords” to form a phrase.
The first two people to tweet us @Craftandhobby the correct phrase will win:
- 1st Prize: $500 toward travel to the Paper Arts+ Show
- 2nd Prize: $25 AMEX gift card
Be sure to follow the #CHAShow hashtag on social media to share in all of the Paper Arts+ Show fun!
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Rita Barakat Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator and Designer & Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacture websites and magazines. She designs for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®, DCWV, Deflecto, ColourArte and freelances for a variety of manufacturers
Hey there bloggers today I have for you a mixed media gilded birdcage and a blog hop for Designer Crafts Connection and Decorative Trimmings! The Designer Crafts Connection is a group of Arts and Crafts industry designers coming together to promote crafting. On the right hand side of my blog you can click on the logo to go forward and back and visit the other designers on the hop! This hop was sponsored by Decorative Trimmings , they make the most gorgeous detailed trimmings- as soon as I saw the little flowers, pearls and tulle the sweet wedding theme came to life! I decided to make a birdcage (or three) as a decorative hanging – for the wedding theme I left the birds outside of the gilded cages; the birds symbolizing the couple leaving the nest and forging new lives together, with parents and other loved ones looking on. I used a chipboard kit from Maya Road for the base and a lot of paint to guild my cages! Below are close up so you can see the details…
The chipboard cage is covered with acrylic paint in gold, bronze,beige and black paint. I also used Chroma crackle medium. Gel medium keeps all the different pieces in place.
This beautiful trim comes with the tulle and pearls intertwined! It’s delicate and makes a perfect home for these little birds. A ready made chipboard frame makes for a great base to attach this trim/ribbon.
I hope you enjoyed my mixed media gilded bird cage project! Let me know if you have any questions and please visit Decorative Trimmings they have tons of trimmings to choose from, even sequence! (Just sayin’!)
And if you missed my post about Namta make sure you check it out below!
Happy hopping peeps!
Rita Barakat Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator and Designer & Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacture websites and magazines. She designs for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®,The Crafters Workshop, DCWV, Deflecto, ColourArte and freelances for a variety of manufacturers
Hey there creative peeps! I have been busy , busy, busy with projects, projects and more projects lately! I want to share a couple of those posts with you today as they are on other blogs! Over on DCWV I did a post that involves a tutorial how to make these fun rockets with the kids!
If you are looking for another fun and easy project here is another one I did for Plaid! This was a really fun project involving screen print masks!! You have to check it out! If you do please leave me a comment over there!
Meanwhile this last week has been really memorable as a couple of our
youth young adults from our CO have been here for a visit, we will be sad to see them go home tomorrow! We love these girls! Good times…
I hope that you are having a blessed summer so far!
P.S. I do a monthly video free mixed media class every month! I just sent it out today, make sure you sign up so you don’t miss the next one!
All you have to do is subscribe to my newsletter on the top right! Here is a peek from this months class…
Hey there bloggers!!! It’s Friday! And to a lot of people it means DIY – do it yourself makeovers! I bought this 16×20 wood ornate frame at at Hobby Lobby on clearance for $14.00 because the glass was broken! That’s not a big deal to me – with 3 rough and tumble boys glass doesn’t last long in this house! I knew the first thing I was going to do was make it a cork backing . I removed the back and replace it with cork , then covered it with linen type fabric. At the time I wasn’t sure what colors I was going to use in my studio so I left it and that was OK for a while. Now that I have my colors it was time to do some makeovers! I was super lucky to receive Design Master Color Tool Spray in Turquoise and it matched my room! Perfect for DIY Friday! Frame edition! So I took my project outside and covered my grass! It is spray paint and you need proper ventilation! Now I could have primed it- but when I get an idea I just run with it! So I didn’t but it covered quite beautifully! After a couple of coats the color was gorgeous!!!!And look at the coverage!!! (I am no expert sprayer!lol) And here it is finished and hung – not the greatest lighting but you get the picture! (I don’t know why I didn’t take the picture outside! too excited and I forgot!) I love color and this makes me so much more happy than neutrals! Even if they are metallic! So there you have it DIY Friday! Frame edition! What will you create this weekend?
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Hey there artsy peeps! Exciting stuff this week! First off go check out this fun & easy tutorial I did on the Design Memory Craft blog!
And if that’s not exciting enough come back here is a sneak for Wed, a blog hop and PRIZES!!! Woo hoo I told you it was going to be exciting around here!!!Please leave me a comment so I know you stopped by!!!
Rita Barakat Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator and Designer & Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacture websites and magazines. In addition to the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® team she designs for DCWV, The Crafters Workshop and freelances for a variety of manufacturers.
Hello friends, I am so excited to share this project with you that I have on the Fave Crafts website for best blogger craft of the year!! How exciting is that? Of course there are other fabulous projects over there and you can vote over there to vote for your favorite!
If you click on the project on the Fave Crafts website it will give you instructions and a supply list. In addition to Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft products I got to use many fabulous products from Plaid, Darice, Coats and Clark, Fiskars to name a few!
I thought I had videotaped the making of this entire project and when I was almost done I realized it didn’t tape AT ALL! 🙁 But I did manage to get this…
You can vote for this project or others at Fave Crafts for best blogger craft of the year!
Have a great weekend!
Good morning!!! So I am finally starting to get back into the swing of things
at home! I love traveling , especially to CHA but I also love being home with my
family and creating ! I am thankful to my awesome hubby who takes time off of
work so that I can go the CHA! He did an amazing job keeping up with the laundry and
dishes! (Well… they ate out almost all the time- the kids tattle!) But still a fine job!
Usually I go crazy cleaning before I leave making sure everything is done and do it again
when I get back (three kids under 11 = lots of laundry!) but I didn’t have to do that this time
so I was able to return to my normal schedule of doc appointments, school, and creating much faster!
Which is a good thing in the last four days I made 6 cards, 3 altered items and 3 layouts for
an assignment for QVC! Shhh!!Here is a sneak peek! Although you will not see these anytime
soon I thought I would let you know what I was up to!
Speaking of which – did you check to see if you were the winner of my giveaway Friday? winner
I gave away not only one but two prize packs and the first winner has not contacted me. I don’t know
why that happens I guess we all get busy and forget to go back and check. So if you know her, maybe
you could let her know?
Meanwhile I still have some unpacking to do! My art supplies and various
DT items I need to work on! Woo hoo – love new stuff!
And I have been working on some ideas for future projects in my sketch book.
Is it just me but you do find it difficult to just sit and listen? I am always doodling
and coming up with ideas and if I don’t write them down somewhere I will keep
thinking “about it and then I can’t pay attention! LOL . While I am drawing I can do both!
hmm. ADD or creative brain? I’m just saying.
Here is a little something else that has been on my mind a lot – it’s a line out of song.
Something has been bothering me a lot and I think I want to write a post about it- this will
probably be the title so keep an eye out, it might affect you.
Thats all I have for today! I hope your day is full of blessings!
Hey hey there bloggers!
Well if you are reading this you have officially made it to my new site! Yay! My First Official Post! I had to make the move to incorporate all the new changes going on with my work! Years ago when I started blogging it was all about scrap booking and although you will still occasionally see some scrap booking on this blog you will see a lot more mixture of art & mixed media projects.
If you have been following my blog you know my work has evolved, I love a challenge and when I challenged myself to do faces I fell in love with drawing girls! Sharing all my art has led me to try my hand at licensing! Here are a couple of samples I made up for my portfolio.
Here is another picture – showing the back of the handbag I made! This collection is called the Fashion Gals and it also comes in lime green. Originally done on canvas this mixed media piece was altered digitally to make this tiny little tin pail and (below) some round containers, you can never have too many containers for all your treasures!
I think it might be ironic that I picked that quote, this website has been rough! If you know me on my blog you know that I am not a computer person and I have been working very hard for weeks on my portfolio and designing this new site. The last thing I had to to do was move my old blog over and I did it! But then I did something wrong and with one small stupid code it was all gone…the new website, five years posts from my old blog GONE! I had no access to my dashboard, I was in a panic! What a mess!
Luckily my server was able to recover from Sun- unfortunately I had been working like crazy Sun- Tues as my goal was to have it finished by Thursday so there was a lot of work that was lost! I am thankful I had almost everything backed up so it was just a matter of doing it all again. (I lost two days! Uggh I could easily go a week without looking at a computer right about now!) But at least it is all done, I learned a lot and I am proud that I did the whole site by myself! (Just don’t ask me how I did anything! LOL!) So I hope you enjoyed my first official post and you like the new site~ take a look around. If you see anything that you think is missing and I should have let me know in the comments. I hope you also take a look at my portfolio – if you are familiar with my blog I am sure will recognize some of the work, some is new. Thanks for joining me in my new mixed media art venture! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!