Altered Arts

G is for Grateful!


What are you going to make with the Mixed Media Set - 50's Diner that's now available at Barnes & Noble? How about a home decor piece for Thanksgiving? The colors are just perfect for Fall, there's plenty of fun tools in the kit and the fabulous Texture Luxe Silver to add texture with a great collection of stencils! Here's the project I made. .

Hi fellow bloggers, Mou here with today's Mixed Media Kit inspiration!

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Pinterest Inspired project with Rita Barakat

1-RBarakat Hey there creatives, Rita Barakat here! Today I am sharing a project inspired by Pinterest! I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest, while I love seeing so many creative ideas I hate that you can easily lose track of time looking and pinning ideas that you may never get around to doing! I have been especially inspired lately by people who have mad skills using an Xacto knife! I am not one of those but I thought I would give it a shot of course on a much smaller and simplified scale!

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Decor Bulletin Board - with Lisa


Hi there my crafty friends! It's Lisa back on the blog to share a really fun home decor piece that I created just for ME! Since I just recently moved, I've been wanting to make something that's my style, but is also pretty to look at and serves as a landing spot for all of my schedules. This is what I made today. I love it so much! I hope you do, too.

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Painted pumpkin with Rita Barakat


Hey there Creatives Rita Barakat here today sharing my fall pumpkin made with PITT Artist pens, Gesso, chalkboard paint and Texture Gems!  I love fall; the change in the weather, kids going back to school and fall decorations! I love decorating with warm fall colors like oranges, browns, reds, most of my home is traditional but I also like to shake it up a bit by adding unexpected decorations like this this black and white painted pumpkin!!( Could it be that this purple and blue haired girl likes to shake things  up? I am thinking so!

If you want to paint a pumpkin, first you need to wash and dry it. 
It has a slick surface so you need to coat with a layer of Gesso. (Of course you can use a craft pumpkin but I used a real one - painting is much better than carving in my opinion! (Besides the inside make my hands itch, but I digress...) 
I started out drawing sections with a pencil. Then I added different designs but after a few sections I started thinking; I am going to have trace these sections with a pen so I decided to grab my PITT pen in black and just go for it! 
Once my designs were done I grabbed a small paint brush and the chalkboard paint and filled in some of the areas. 
I liked how it came out but I felt like it needed a little polish so I grabbed Texture Gems in Gold, drawing lines, small dots with a Qtip and big dots with the sponge tip applicator. It was a perfect finish!  The Texture Gems really does look like liquid gold! Those mixed media products really come in handy when decorating for fall! Do you paint or carve your pumpkins? 

Rita Barakat
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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® and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

Altered Canvas with Zoey



Hello everyone!

Zoey here today to show you how I altered this 8X8 Canvas!

I used the canvas backward and I covered parts of the canvas with pieces of paper scraps. To glue the pieces down I used Gel Medium. I also used Gel Medium  to stiffen up the canvas board in order to make the canvas really strong yet playable.

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Mixed media Art Journal pages with Rita Barakat

RitaBarakatMixedMediaArtJournalGrace Hey there creatives Rita Barakat here and today I want to talk to you about layers! One of the things about art journals and mixed media is anything goes! I want to show you how I started these pages in my art journal with left overs! Yes left overs! When I have paint or Gesso leftover on my paint brush or spatula while working on a project I wipe it on another page on my art journal for future use. Yes, sometimes I like to start with a clean canvas, but sometimes I don't- it makes it a little bit of a challenge but also more interesting.

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Blog Hop with Linnie Blooms, Day 3 with Mou


Thanks for stopping by our blog hop with Linnie Blooms!  We'll be sharing easy, mixed media projects this week.  To enter in our giveaway, make sure to stop by each day and leave a comment.  One winner will receive $50 in Design Memory Craft products.  The giveaway will end on 9/27.  Good luck!

Hey everyone, Mou here with today's hop project and it's a banner!

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Linnie Blooms Blog Hop with Rita Barakat

Hey Creatives Rita Barakat here! Thanks for stopping today I am excited to sharing my project on this blog hop with Linnie Blooms!  To enter in our giveaway, make sure to stop by each day and leave a comment. One winner will receive $50 in Design Memory Craft products. The giveaway will end on 9/27. Good luck!

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Take the Challenge with Mou, September 2015 Edition

Hi everyone, Mou here! I'm back with Take the Challenge with Mou with the September 2015 edition.

If you are new to this blog, let me fill you in about Take the Challenge. Every month, on the first Monday, I'll post a challenge and my take on it. You'll have 12 days to take this on. Leave a comment to the challenge post with a link to your creation based on that challenge. We will pick TWO winners from among the readers who participated in that month's challenge. And the winners will get a prize from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.  

For September, my challenge for you is to alter something, anything you already have.

During our move, a lot of forgotten items were rediscovered. One was this wooden letter "M". I had some paper stuck on it but nothing special. With my stash of mixed media supplies, I decided to alter that letter to suit my current aesthetics. Here's the final result.


Here are the supplies I used to alter my wooden monogram.

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents & Tools: Gesso, Gel Medium, Whipped Spackle, Texture Luxe™ Gold, Texture Gems™ 3ct Metallics, Stencils 10 ct. 101  and 10 ct. 201 collections,  Gelatos Tool set

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos®: RED set, BLUE set

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush pens: BLACK

Others: wooden letter, patterned paper, tissue, string, stamps.


Here's how you can go about altering your letter.

Cover the letter with a layer of patterned papers and seal it off with Gel Medium.

Whitewash with Gesso.

Add texture with circles stencil from Stencils 10 ct. 101 set using Whipped Spackle.

When dry, color with Gelatos®. Blend colors with water. Let some colors drip down.

When dry, rub some Texture Luxe™ Gold to accentuate the texture.


Ink up stamps with BLACK Stamper's Big Brush pen. Stamp all around.

Tie some string to the letter.

Attach some tissue paper here and there to add interest to the wooden letter with Gel Medium. Also attach some patterned paper cutouts.


Choose a bird from the birds stencil from 10 ct. 201 set and apply Whipped Spackle through it. You can choose your favorite stencil that fits the look you are going for.

Using Texture Gems™ 3ct Metallics GOLD, create small dots to embellish the bird. Let dry thoroughly.


Attach a favorite saying to the letter to finish.

Don't forget to share your challenge creations with us... just leave a comment to this challenge post with link to your project image(s) by Sunday, 9/20 and we will pick TWO winners randomly to win these.

The prize for this challenge is: One pack of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stencils 201 Collection.

Don't forget to check back on Monday, 9/21 to see if YOU won! Good luck to all!