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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

CHA Paper Arts Blog Hop today!

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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;

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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.

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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).

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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!

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And last but not least I made her sweet little slip with a few Bo Bunny doilies cut in half! I hope you enjoyed my project today!

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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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Don’t forget, registration is now open for the CHA Paper Arts+ Show in Chicagoland where you’ll see, touch and learn about product, like the products that were donated for this Blog Hop by BoBunny.  Paper Arts+ is A CRAFT FUSION experience with exhibits offering everything from paper to jewelry to mixed media materials.  The industry will be there looking for fourth quarter trends and new product SKUs. Members attend for FREE! For more information and to register, visit www.craftandhobby.org/paperarts.
And please sign up for my newsletter/Mixed Media class!

Blessings!
Rita

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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

A mixed media gilded bird cage

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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…

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On this piece I wrapped the ribbon/trim around the base of the gilded bird cage and tucked it behind my little bird.

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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.

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On this base I weaved the ribbon/trim through the bars of the bird cage and yes the ribbon trim comes with the tulle attached! So pretty, perfect for a wedding trim.

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I used Gelatos® Colors and Twinkling H2o’s for the shimmer on the birds. A quick dot with a PITT® Artist Pen makes for easy and permanent bird eyes!

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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.

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A chipboard monogram covered with white glitter house on crackle painted chipboard makes for the perfect centerpiece. The lattice is a laser cut paper from DCWV.

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Ahh the lovebirds- it’s a happy day!

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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!

Blessings!
Rita

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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®,The Crafters Workshop, DCWV, Deflecto, ColourArte and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

Projects, projects and more projects!

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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!

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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…

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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…

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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 the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® team, DCWV, The Crafters Workshop and freelances for a variety of manufacturers.

DIY Friday! Frame edition!

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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! May 2014 013100 So I took my project outside  and covered my grass! It is spray paint and you need proper ventilation! May 2014 014100 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! May 2014 015100 After a couple of coats the color was gorgeous!!!!And look at the coverage!!! (I am no expert sprayer!lol) July 2014 004 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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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 the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® team, DCWV, The Crafters Workshop and freelances for a variety of manufacturers.

Exciting stuff going on!

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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!
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Then remember this sneek I showed you? Well tomorrow (Tuesday) you can see the full reveal, my first blog post for The Crafters Workshop!

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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!!!

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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. In addition to the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® team she designs for DCWV, The Crafters Workshop and freelances for a variety of manufacturers. 

Mixed Media Canvas! Voting and a video!

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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!
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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! rbarakat4100
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!

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Getting back to normal after CHA!

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 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?

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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!

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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.

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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!

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First Official Post!!! mixed media art

©Rita Barakat, All Rights Reserved  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.

© Rita Barakat, All Rights Reserved  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!

 

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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!

Rita Barakat
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