Mixed Media

Heart Wing Creations

Hello creative souls, Ramona here, and I am so excited to share a few ideas for your art journaling, snail mail, and gift-giving projects. If you are new to the world of Art Foamies you are in for a treat.  They are versatile stamps that give you lots of options as you create your paper craft and mixed media projects.  I am a believer in using what you buy and really getting your money’s worth out of the little investments you make for your craft stash. With that in mind, I wanted to show you 3 easy ways to utilize the Heart Wing stamp in Rita Barakat’s beautiful Art Foamie line. Once you play with your own foam stamp you will find endless ways to use them.

 started by using different mediums with the Art Foamie Heart Wing stamp.  The brown ink is a heavy duty archival ink, and I wanted it to look layered and textured, so I stamped it on an old recycled dictionary page.  The pink is a very inexpensive ink that I already had in my stash, and I stamped it down on a piece of cardstock.  When using ink pads you may need to adjust your Art Foamie across the ink pad to get a proper inking of the entire surface before you stamp it. The foam stamp is firm enough that you do not need an acrylic block to use it, making it easy to grab and move around on any surface you choose. 
Finally, the lovely grey is acrylic paint, which I thinly spread out on a piece of drip paper and gently stamped my foam stamp in. It distributes the paint in such a gorgeous way and has a lovely textured feel to it.  After using the foamie I stamped it on a wet paper towel a few times to clean any remaining paint and ink off the image.
Here are the ways I decided to use my three little-winged hearts ;
Project One: Gift Tag
With a stabilo pencil (you can use any type of distressing tool for this) I quickly outlined the image and the heart. This loose outline adds a bit of definition and gives the wings a loose feel.  I added a small greeting to the heart- you could stamp your own or add lettering here for a personal message, then I cut the wings out for a die-cut feel and slipped it on to the small wrapped gift.  How simple is that?
Project Two: Snail Mail Envelope
Nothing brightens the day of a fellow art loving soul more than some beautiful mail waiting for them in the mailbox.  This is a simple way to add whimsy and love to you envelopes – and it looks so cute!  For this project, get a nice heavy duty marker to color in the heart.  This will work well if you used a lighter color of acrylic paint, as you can see the red had no problem covering the grey paint.
On a small strip of paper stamp the sentiment you choose to share, and simply glue it in the heart, taking a moment to edge the words with a marker or pencil, adding definition and interest.  There would be so many fun ways to use this on an envelope or card, and I am not kidding when I say I can not wait to make loads of these for my stash!
Project Three: Art Journal Collage
I am an avid art journaler, as you may know from my last post, and exploring emotions through collage and mixed media is one of my favorite ways to spend my creative time.  This was such an easy way to add interest and focus to a collage, I can’t recommend it highly enough!
I had this painted background already on this page.  I often smear paint on several pages and walk away, leaving the backgrounds waiting for me later when I have time to sit and create. This background was ready for me this time around,  but you could use patterned paper or any other medium that you would like for the project.
 I cut this image out of an old magazine (ask your friends to save you theirs and donate them to your studio!) and she sat so perfectly with those wings, I knew they were a match made in heaven.  I glued them both down on my dried background, and added some lettering to express my mood today.
I hope these little projects give you ideas for all the ways you could use the gorgeous Art Foamies from the Rita Barakat line as your work to push your creative skills.  I am so pleased with the way each one of these turned out, and I look forward to many more uses for these adorable wings.
Product Featured: Heart Wing Art Foamie

Hi, I’m Ramona, a mother to 3 boys (well, men at this point!) who craves creative time to express herself and make pretty things. You can stop by my blog for a peek into my life, or check out my artistic journey on Instagram.

Journal page using Cowboy Boot Stamp

Hello Everyone, Shilpa here,

I am sharing with you a fun journal page using Rita’s Cowboy Boot stamp.

To start with, I used black archival ink on this stamp to get a lovely crisp image on my textured paper.

To create the background on the white mixed media paper, I applied white gesso first and let it dry completely.

I sprayed teal and yellow inks and dried it on the surface by using a heat tool.

I created splatters with same inks and brush.

Then I added the Cowboy Boot stamp image onto the surface.

I created outlines around the Cowboy Boot stamp. using a black marker.

Lastly, I added journaling words and sequins…. and my Cowboy Boot . art journal page was ready.

You could turn this into a card, invitation or even a canvas! We would love to see what you create, please leave us a link below or tag us on FB @RitaBarakat1 or Instagram @RitaBarakatart!

Thanks so much for stopping by.








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

My First Fairy Stencil!

Hey hey creative peeps I am super excited! This is the news I have been dying to share!
What you are looking at is my  First Fairy Stencil!!!! 
This summer has been crazy busy with kids, teaching, building my brand and creating so this release has been a long time coming! This is a test run, a limited edition – I only have a limited amount made and when they are gone they are gone! I made several examples with it so that you could get an idea of how versatile they are! It is a 12×12 heavy weight stencil made by The Crafters Workshop (so you know this is a good strong solid stencil).  There are two girl faces and two wings meant to use separately or layered together.  You can use this as a template and draw in your lines first with a fine tip permanent pen (the PITT Artist small tip pen fits), mechanical pencil or use a variety of mediums with the stencil, limited only to your imagination!

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You can use the girls separately or with the wings. You can place the wings, or part of the wings anywhere you wish. Here are two samples of the same girl, different coloring to render different feelings (of course when I do my girls they always have fantasy colored hair! But you can see that these girls could be any color and by adding your own accents you can change her up a bit, making my First Fairy Stencil a very versatile stencil. (Blue hair girl has Whipped Spackle for hair and colored with  Twinkling H20’s, her face is colored with Gelatos®  and PITT® Artist Pens. Purple Hair girl was colored with PITT® Artist Pens, PITT® Pastel Pencils and wings have chalk paint.)

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Here (Aqua hair) I used the new fairy stencil to draw my picture in pencil. I painted outside the lines to give her a little fuller face which makes her look a little younger. I used the same girl  on the other girl (green hair), extended her hair (gave her extensions lol), added accents and because this girl on my First Fairy Stencil has fuller lips I was able to leave the center white (teeth) for a different look. (Aqua hair girls  hair was colored with Gelatos®, her face PITT® Artist Pens & PITT® Pastel Pencils, and her wings- Texture Luxe™. Green haired girl face and lips Gelatos® & PITT® Artist Pens, hair & wings are colored with Twinkling H20’s and PITT® Artist Pens.)


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Here is a look at the  entire First Fairy Stencil. If your are super excited like me, you are thinking how can I by this exclusive stencil? I am putting it in my Etsy shop for one week! That’s all – I only have a limited number and I am going to Tulsa next weekend to teach at CKC and I will take them with me to sell at the show in the From Cover 2 Cover booth. If you have ever been to one of these shows you know how crazy busy they are and the shopping madness that goes on! I am hoping to sell out! (side-note if you haven’t signed up for one of my classes and will be in Tulsa or Houston check out my classes page – some of my classes only have 3 spots left! Click on the class tab above to check it out! ) If you will be at one of these shows, or are local, want to buy a stencil before they sell out and do not want to pay shipping & handling email me at rbarakat@ritabarakat.com and I can make a special arrangement for you. The First Fairy Stencil is $7.99 plus S&H. I brought the sample with me to the Detroit show and everyone wanted to buy it so I know I will sell out quick! If for some reason they don’t I will sell the remaining stencils at the Houston show.

I am hoping this will be the first of more stencils (maybe stamps) to come, I have already been asked to do more girls with different hairstyles, ethnicity and expressions – I have been doing a lot of drawing and have lots of ideas! I hope you like it – I would love your feedback and ideas! (Unfortunately the size 12×12 prohibits me from shipping outside of the US at this time.)


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!


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!
My password for you is : to

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!


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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!


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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

Did I mention prizes?


Happy  Monday Peeps! Exciting things happening around here! On Wed I am doing a live mixed media Ustream class for Faber -Castell Design Memory Craft! Did I mention there will be prizes?
Join us for a free Ustream class next week on Wednesday (3/25) at 9PM EST with Rita Barakat!

This class will be a true mixed media class and will feature a variety of our favorites including  Chalkboard Paint, Gelatos®
Double Scoop, and the PITT® Artist Pens!
RSVP here

*To enter our Ustream giveaway, comment in the social stream or chat box.  Winners will be announced at the end of class.  We’ll be giving away three sets of the following prizes at the end of the Ustream class: A tub of the Chalkboard Paint and the Gesso.  To enter in our grand prize, go to our blog and leave a comment.  The grand prize winner will be announced the next day on our blog.  The grand prize will consist of the following prizes: 3 Gelatos® Double Scoops and a 3ct. Metallic PITT® Artist Pen Set.

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Also if you have signed up for my newsletter this is one of many projects and techniques that I will be covering in this months
Top Secret Mixed Media Class!! (You can sign up on the top right hand of my blog) (The card base  – DCWV Burlap stack)

And now the news you have been waiting for – the winner of the apron!

List Randomizer

There were 9 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

  1. Heather
  2. thatzuneek
  3. Sharon
  4. April
  5. Linda Ann
  6. Margie
  7. LisaS
  8. Liz
  9. Ann

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The Winner is Heather! Please contact me rbarakat@ritabarakat.com with your address and any particulars about your apron. You have 24 hours then I will contact the next person on the list. You all had wonderful ideas – stay tuned the next few weeks I have  already started drawing some of your ideas!

Speaking of winners – make sure you check in on Friday for a mixed media blog hop btwn DCWV and Tombow! Did I mention there will be prizes? Yes! More prizes!



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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

Art, aprons and mixed media snippets

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Good morning artsy peeps- I usually write my posts at night but when I am super tired the words don’t come – I think I stared at the screen for about an hour before giving up last night! (I might have nodded off a few times! LOL) Anyways, this morning I am sharing a little art, mixed media and reminding you tomorrow is the last day you can comment on my post for a chance to win an apron original – painted  and signed 😉 by me. Please comment on the previous post http://ritabarakat.com/2015/03/16/who-wants-to-win-an-original-painted-apron/
to enter the giveaway I will announce the winner on Monday!

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Sometimes the most wonderful ideas come from you – blog readers – one of you suggested a steampunk girl, so I drew her – she needs a name any suggestions? I did a little search  before starting my mixed media piece and saw the most outrageous and fun (and crazy) fashions! It also happens that Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® has a Gelatos®Colors set called Steampunk so I used only those colors for this project. There will be a post about this project on the  Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® blog either today or tommorrow – not sure when it’s going up but watch for it on their blog.

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Here is another peek, not my usual color palette  but I love how the colors came out! Speaking of color…

Here is a sneak peek for the Ustream mixed media art class I am teaching live on the 24th for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®
You can always watch later but to win prizes you need to be there when it goes live so you don’t want to miss it!

Don’ forget to go comment on the previous post to enter to win an original painting  by me just for you!

And please leave a suggestion for a name for my steampunk girl!



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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

More sneak peeks! Color, color, color!

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Hey hey blog readers another quick post today  – more sneak peeks! Full of color, color, color! If you want to see the completed projects go check out my post on The Crafters Workshop! I had lots of fun creating these and I have a tutorial of how I did so I hope you go check it out and leave me some love! Also dont forget to leave me some love on FB I am sharing 5 days of artwork and I have a surprise on the 5th day so if you dont follow me already make sure you do!

And it’s almost time for my free mixed media class so if you haven’t signed up for that make sure you do on the right of my blog!

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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