Mixed Media

Heart Girl

Hello Everyone, Shilpa here,

If you are like me who don’t do sketching… here is the answer for it… We can use Rita’s Fairies stencils. Rita has introduced three different stencils with beautiful Girl’s images.

She sent me this stencil bundle, last week and I couldn’t stop to try it in my art journal, right away…. Continue reading

Love Noted Journal

Karen Jiles http://stampinakapalace.blogspot.com/

Hi there,

Karen here, sharing a journal “Love Noted” created with Rita’s Hot Air Balloon Artfoamie stamps. The Hot Air Balloon is sold in 2 pieces; the hot air balloon and the basket. The hot air balloon measures 5 ¼ x 4 ½ and the basket measures 2 ¼ x 2. I coordinated the stamps with some oxide inks, wooden embellishments, paper straws and dyed ribbon to create the journal. It measures 7 3/4 x 5 ½.

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I began this journal cover by inking some watercolor paper with various oxide inks and water. I used oxide colors: abandoned coral, picked raspberry, lucky clover and antique linen.

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After inking the watercolor paper, I resprayed the remaining loose ink with water and inked the Hot Air Balloon Artfoamie stamps with the ink. Then I stamped onto some blank watercolor paper. I created several stampings of the hot air balloon and the basket to create several color variations for use in the project. I cut the stampings out and set them aside. I also used the remaining loose ink to coordinate ribbon with the journal.

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Next, I trimmed the inked watercolor paper down to layering size and distressed the edges. I then embossed the inked watercolor paper using a crackle stamp, Versamark and white embossing powder. The embossed watercolor paper was adhered to the front of the journal.

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Next, I adhered 1 of the hot air balloon stampings to the front of the journal. I then adhered paper straws to the back of another hot air balloon stamping and added it and the basket to the journal.

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I applied some picked raspberry ink to the wooden word and adhered it to the journal. I added dyed ribbon and additional wooden embellishments to finish the journal.

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I loved creating with the Hot Air Balloon stamps. The images were crisp, versatile and perfect for this journal project. The stamps can be found using the links throughout the tutorial and the link below:

Hot Air Balloon

Thanks so much visiting today.
Karen

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Joyful Fairy Diva Art Journal Layout


Hi there Barakat Creatives! Ramona back, and I am excited to share another set of art journal pages with you. If you have seen my previous posts you know I am a passionate art journaler. I find that playing in an art book without too many expectations for myself has allowed me to grow creatively. I have been able to experiment with acrylic, watercolors, stencils, lettering, collage work and expressive journaling in ways I would not have done without my art journals. I am thrilled to share another layout with you, using the Rita Barakat Diva Stencil and Art-Foamies Fairy Wings.


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Let’s Get Started!

First, using a sharp pencil trace the lines of the stencil on your page. Remember the lines don’t completely connect, so you will be filling in the spaces when you are done with the stencil.

Using a permanent ink pen ( I use a fine tip Sharpie) finish up the lining of your  Diva stencil. You can also erase lines and alter the image if you would like. I generally start light with my lines, to get a feel for how the image looks on my page. After completing the line connections I go back and fill in the thick areas, like the lashes around the eyes, using the stencil for a reference. You can see how easy it is to get a beautiful face with the Diva stencil Rita has created. I love her joy!

I also stamped the Fairy Wings Art-Foamie for her wings. I used a corner of my under paper (yes, I save everything and use what I can!) because I like the splotchy way it looked. Once the acrylic paint dried, I outlined the wings with a ballpoint pen for definition and cut them out. Using Matte Medium I positioned the wings and smoothed them onto the page.

Splash of Color!

Now, you get to add the color to pages. Using watercolors I started by painting the face. Watercolor paint is so versatile, I am beginning to love them in my journals. I prefer a loose and free fill in my journals, so this was a great way to get that airy color but still look vibrant. Here is where it really matters what type of pen you use to finish up your image, as non-permanent inks will smudge with the addition of water.

Try to use the colors you choose in more than one place on your layout. Making sure there bits of color that repeat on both sides of the layout will add to the cohesive feel of your pages.

The Finishing Touch

Once you have your focal image filled in and your background covered, you are ready to add some finishing touches to your pages. This where you will decide what you want the sentiment to be. I often use quotes or loose journaling depending on my mood as I create. I just finished reading the book “Wonder” by R.J. Pallacio, and I have to ponder the message of kindness that struck a chord as I enjoyed that novel. I wanted this joyful image and bright color to remind me about kindness, and also remind me of my time spent reading and contemplating the book.

I enjoy how layouts may appear fairly general to the average onlooker, but when created with a purpose you will have a whole intention and memory associated with your pages. I used the lettering to fill the entire page, edging the pages with a few swatches of washi tape.

Take the time to play with art. Record things that you are thinking about, things that move you, and things that are part of your life.  Not only will you create a keepsake for yourself and your family, but you will grow as an artist as you use new products and try new techniques.

Happy crafting! <3

XOXO

Ramona

Ramona is 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 her blog for a peek into her life, or check out her artistic journey on Instagram.

Wonderful Things Keepsake

 

Hi there,

Karen here, sharing a little Keepsake that I created with the Fairy Magic stamp set and oxide inks. I absolutely love this stamp set. It’s perfect for all types of projects of all sizes. This keepsake measures 5 1/2 x 5 1/2. It’s a great gift giving idea and always perfect for art décor in your crafty space too. The base of this project is a shadow box that I found clearanced at a local craft store.

 

I began this keepsake with inking some watercolor paper with various oxide inks and water. I used oxide colors: broken china, fossilized amber and spiced marmalade. I trimmed my watercolor paper down to a layering size.

Using black ink, I stamped fairies and sentiments onto the inked watercolor paper and then heat set the ink. I stamped multiple fairies and sentiments to be used in other projects. A fairy and sentiment were then cut out with scissors.

 

Next, I distressed the edges of the watercolor paper, fairy and sentiment with coordinating oxide ink.

 

Next, I applied oxide inks to resin embellishments using a paint brush.

 

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Then, I adhered some jeweled adhesive paper to the shadow box as the base layer of the keepsake.

 

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Next, I adhered the inked layer and resin embellishments to the keepsake.

I then added the “Wonderful Things” sentiment and fairy to the keepsake using 3D tape.

 

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Lastly, I adhered coordinating flowers, clear beaded spray stems and a crystal charm.

 

This was a super easy and fun project that came together very quickly. The use of the fairy and sentiment added just the right touch to make this gift special. The stamp set can be found using the link below:

Fairy Magic Stamp Set

Thanks so much visiting today.
Karen

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Heart Wing Canvas

 

heart wing canvas - Shilpa Nagaonkar for RitaBarakat.com

Hello Everyone, Shilpa here, I’ve mixed media canvas to share with you today, for which I’ve used Heart Wings stamp.

It is an Art Foamies stamp which gives perfect image!!

heart wing canvas - Shilpa Nagaonkar for RitaBarakat.com

I applied different colors of Distress Oxide inks on Heart Wings stamp and got multiple images.. isn’t it cool? 🙂

heart wing canvas - Shilpa Nagaonkar for RitaBarakat.com

To create background, I applied modeling paste through stencil, let it dry completely. To bring color

on the surface I used yellow, pink, purple and blue spray colors.

Further, I created more stenciling layers with black ink.

I adhered mini doll on heart wings image.

heart wing canvas - Shilpa Nagaonkar for RitaBarakat.com

I also adhered linen tape and plaque number for more interest.

heart wing canvas - Shilpa Nagaonkar for RitaBarakat.com

And here is my finished canvas!!

Hope you would like to create your own version of canvas with this Heart Wings stamp set.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

 

Shilpa

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Imagine mixed media Journal

Karen Jiles http://stampinakapalace.blogspot.com/

Hi there,

Karen here, sharing a mixed media journal created with Rita’s  Heart Wing Art Foamies stamp. The stamp measures 5 ¾ x 3 ½. The size of the stamp was perfect for this journal. I coordinated this fun stamp with some oxide inks, dyed cheesecloth and dyed ribbon. The journal measures 7 3/4 x 5 ½.

I began this journal by inking some watercolor paper with various oxide inks and water. I used oxide colors: worn lipstick, wilted violet, and fossilized amber. These colors compliment each other well.

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After inking the watercolor paper, I resprayed the remaining loose ink with water and inked the Heart Wing stamp with the ink. I heat set the inked watercolor papers and continued adding inks until I was happy with the end result. Then I stamped onto some blank watercolor paper. I created several stampings of the Heart Wing to create several color variations.

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I also used the remaining loose ink to coordinate ribbon and cheesecloth to be used on the mixed media journal.

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Next, I trimmed the inked watercolor paper down to layering size and tapped some cracked pistachio oxide ink onto the inked watercolor paper. I adhered the inked watercolor paper to a coordinating layer of cardstock. I also cut the Heart Wing stampings out and inked the edges with cracked pistachio oxide ink.

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Next, I added dyed honey comb die cuts and cheesecloth to the journal. I then layered 2 Heart Wing stampings together with 3D tape and adhered the Heart Wing layer to the journal.

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I applied some wilted violet ink to wooden words and adhered them to the journal. I added dyed ribbon and a crystal charm to finish the journal.

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I really enjoyed using the Heart Wing stamp on this journal. The stamp measures 5.75” x 3.5” and can be found using the link below:

Heart Wing

Thanks so much visiting today.
Karen

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Touch of Magic Tag

Hello creative friends! Ramona here, and I am so excited to share my latest mixed media altered tag project with you. This is a beautiful craft that will look great with any little gift or treat you may be sharing with someone. Using the Fairy Magic stamp set from the Brutus Monroe collection you can take any tag and transform into a whimsical and magical scene. Rita Barakat has created the sweetest stamps that help you make any tag or card stand out.

Start by creating the background you desire on your tag.  I used a combination of ink spray and distress markers, blending them together with a water loaded brush.  I like the finished look a distressed edge gives any piece, so I decided to distress the edge of the tag by gently scraping the sides of it on my ink pad.  I used my water on a brush once again to blur some of this color in.

By having the images stamped on card stock they were ready to color and cut out while my tag dried.  It is important to let the layers dry before you start to adhere them together.  This also helps you see what the true colors of your project are and make any adjustments you need.

Next, I do a ‘stash grab’, where I quickly browse through my supplies and grab several bits and baubles that may work on my tag.  I love new products and craft supplies, but I am a real promoter for using what you have and taking advantage of the little supplies you may normally overlook.  Because my tag and images were already colored, this helped me stick to a specific color palette as I was grabbing. I do this quickly and don’t over think it!

Deciding on which embellishments to use usually easy for me once I start to play with them all together.  I quickly settled on the purple daisies (although the yellow center was not my favorite, so I ended up covering them completely with glitter!) and some wispy yarn and ribbon. I also stamped the dragonfly on the back ground and added a few more dots just to give another layer of texture and interest before gluing on the final images.

Here is another look at the finished tag after assembling all the elements together. I kept imagining how fun this would be on a cellophane wrapped treat for a friends birthday, or on a cute little gift basket for a new favorite teacher.

 

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The details of the stamp set are just beautiful, and they imprint so well on card stock.  Take your time coloring in your fairy, and you can’t go wrong with her sweet and beautiful face. I can’t wait to see what you make with your Fairy Magic stamps- be sure to post a link in the comments or tag us on your post!

I hope this inspires you to add a little magic and beauty to your next gift <3 Please leave a comment and tell me how you will be using your tags, or post a link to share your project with us.

Fairy Magic Stamp Set 

XOXO

Ramona

 

Ramona is 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 her blog for a peek in her life, or check out her artistic journey on Instagram.

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
XOXO
Ramona

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.