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Hey there sweet peeps Rita Barakat here! How goes your week? Well I am super excited to share  my finished banner for the Banners of Hope project "Never Lose Hope" with you today!I had lots of fun playing with all the different mediums, Gelatos, PITT Artist Pens, Pearl Pens, Gesso, Modeling paste... I even added a few surprise elements like a banner made from the glitter stack paper by DCWV, a handmade ribbon flower and a couple of flower gems. The tiny flowers in her hair are Heidi Swapp bling. This is is being donated to the Banners of Hope project which will be on display at CHA, then at  Charity Wings Art Center in San Diego,then in a traveling show to various children, veteran & senior hospitals. I think they will like it, I was happy how it turned out.

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I loved the flocked iron on letters for the word "HOPE" I have had those in forever, knowing I would use them "one day"! It was a perfect addition to this piece! The string is embroidery thread I bought years ago; I saw the sparkly  purple spool  and I had to buy it! (No - I don't embroider! LOL! Am I the only one who does that?)

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  It's been overcast here so you cant see there is actually a nice glaze over her eyes and lips, but you get the general idea! Here are some pictures in progress... 

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In addition to Gesso and drawing on my canvas  I am adding letters, altering them with modeling paste and Gesso so I can paint them whatever color I want to use for my project. The green letters are iron ons- I will do those last, they spell the word "hope".

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I used Gelatos to color her face- I always start with the face, for me that is the most important part; Once the face is how I want it everything else falls right into place.

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Lots of color with Gelatos and a wet paint brush, for me  I continue to add color until it looks the way I want it to.  I hope this inspires you to make your own banner of hope!

Happy Creating!


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Lisa - papergrace

Absolutely STUNNING, Rita!!! So many gorgeous little details. Love how you used the embroidery thread and blended the Gelatos. Fabulous!

I agree that this will be a big hit on the traveling Charity Wings road show. As a veteran I know seeing something this beautiful that says "Never Lose Hope" would be a true inspiration for me.

Stacy Harper Watson

Fantastic Rita!! Love the color. It makes my heart happy!


Love this wonderful creation! Thanks for sharing all the tips and inspiration. Jane


Absolutely Gorgeous! Thank you, Rita!


Thanks Rita for sharing! I it's an awesome creation. Love it :)


Just another stunning piece of art, Rita!! TOTALLY MAKES ME SMILE :) SOOOoo good to see you at CHA and hang a little bit with you - miss you already, dear friend xo

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