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

Making faces, drawing eyes

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The eyes are the window to the soul… You’ve heard it a thousand times right? Well it’s true in art as well. There is something about a painting that draws you in…color, composition and something significant about it…If it is a portrait type (making faces) it very well could be the eyes. So it’s very important we focus on doing a great  job on the eyes when we are making our faces. When making my faces, they are more whimsical; I want to take the real and make it light, sweet, innocent and fun. So it is ok to exaggerate features, break some rules for making faces and create fun little surprises like glitter in their eyes, or star tattoos to accentuate the eyes!

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This girl has metallic copper eyes and hair’ I love the gorgeous color and texture! (I used copper Texture Luxe) But important to note, the basic eye shape is there. I love the way Jane Davenport does her girl eyes; they are exaggerated but still beautiful and whimsical. The eyes don’t have to be perfect (nobody is) but if they are not very close in size and placement to each other they quickly become the focus (in a bad way). Also if they are missing any basic elements – eyelids, eyelashes, pupils, light (white) and eyebrows (the ultimate accessory to the eyes- and PLEASE do draw hairs not one continuous line) -they look very odd.

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Don’t be afraid to experiment with color, who says eye color only come in browns, blacks, blues and greens? Who says hair color in shades of brunettes, reds and blondes? Art should be fun and freeing, my art has no limits except my imagination; Yours too! So have fun with it and practice, practice, practice eyes if you are making faces!
Are you making faces? If so I would love to take a look at your work can you leave me a link?

*If you are in Texas and would like to learn more about making faces make sure you sign up for my  IRL(in real life) class “so you say you can’t draw” class  at the GASC show in Arlington June 16,17,18!

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

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


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.

Blog Hop with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and Taylored Expressions


Hey there crafty peeps!  Fun stuff today is a blog post with Taylored Expressions and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft!!

I had the pleasure of working with Taylored Expressions Chalkboard Elements stamps & Birthday Treat Toppers dies!
I prepared a step by step tutorial in case you would like to create something similar!

Gather your supplies: From Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT® Pastel Pencils, Stamper’s Big Brush Pen & a black PITT® Artist Pen. From Taylored Expressions Chalkboard Elements stamps & Birthday Treat Toppers dies.  Stick pins, glitter, watercolor paper, scor tape, candle, pencil, foam squares, Q~tips, eraser.


First I drew my girl & wings – If you don’t draw grab some stamps and stamp a fairy! I drew a circle in the center where my die will go later.


Trace your lines with a black PITT® Artist Pen, erase any extra lines before the next step. I also stamped my sentiments on the same paper.


Use PITT® Pastel Pencils to add color to your project.


I used Q~tips to blend the colors- you can use your fingers. I use different Q~tips for different colors as to not muddy the colors.


I used an eraser to make highlights on my project – it erases any mistakes from the pencils too.


I cut out my pieces.


I used  Birthday Treat Toppers dies & colored them with PITT® Pastel Pencils.


Put Scor-Tape to make adhesive stipes on the candle.


I added the  Birthday Treat Toppers dies to the adhesive stipes then covered the rest of the adhesive with glitter.




I wanted the top sentiment to pop a little so I used foam squares on the top sentiment. I glue the wings to the girl and stick pins to hold her onto the candle.


I used foam squares on the bottom of my fairy to make sure she stays in place.

*If you enjoyed this tutorial (and like giveaways) make sure you sign up for my *newsletter*!
Happy hopping!

To participate in the blog hop and be eligible for prizes simply comment on any (or all!) of our Blog Hop posts from April 24-April 25. For each comment, you will be entered into a drawing to win one of two fabulous prizes: One lucky winner will receive a $75 Faber-Castell prize pack of Gesso, Glaze, Gel Medium, and 10 new Gelatos Double Scoops and one lucky winner will receive a Taylored Expressions stamp set and die of choice! Comments close Sunday, April 27 at 8pm PST.

There are two days of posts in this blog hop here are todays :

Taylored Expressions Blog: http://tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/


April 25

Taylored Expressions Blog: http://tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/

Jen Matott: http://arttalk-sigmagirl.blogspot.com/

Courtney Kelley: http://courtneykelley.typepad.com/

Limor Webber: http://www.limorwebber.com/blog

Amy Crockett: http://www.scrappingmommy.com/

Tiffany Johnson: http://iheartartblog.com/

Emily Lanham: http://createserendipity.blogspot.com/

Faber-Castell Blog: http://designmemorycraft.typepad.com/