Art Journaling

We asked Rita to share a few thoughts about her time on our Design Team! "Five years with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft" by Rita Barakat

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Hey there creatives, Rita Barakat reflecting on the past five years I have spent here at Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft. Being one of the originals - or OGG, Original Gelatos Girls I remember getting that first email before anyone knew what Gelatos were! I almost threw it out because I did not know the sender; but after a little time spent on Google I decided it was LEGIT! (LOL) And it's a good thing I did because there was a whirlwind of activity to follow!

Here are a couple of my first projects I did on the team. Even then I loved color, so I knew it would be a perfect fit!

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As the core design team we had to wear aprons for CHA and I just couldn't leave mine blank! I ended up falling in love with decorating aprons! (This was one of many over the years!  PITT Artist pens work great on fabric!)

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I've had a lot of fun on this team, I loved traveling, doing demos and meeting other creatives in person! 


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I loved teaching at CHA  and other venues...

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I've loved the friends I made along the way. I learned a lot about the creative business, the art itself and I feel like I blossomed into who I am today creatively...

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As fun as it's been, when given the opportunity, I chose instead to start a new venture. This is my last post as an official design team member OGG for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft. As a Mixed Media Artist I know I won't be giving up my Gelatos and PITT Artist pens anytime soon, but I am excited about what the future holds for me creative wise!  I am thankful I was able to work with some amazing people and products; to have met so many beautiful people in person and of course for the sweet blog readers.

It's a new season.
Good luck to the new team and make sure you check in with me at RitaBarakat.com.


Blessings!
Rita Barakat
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Rita Barakat is a 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, manufacturer websites and magazines. She designs and teaches workshops for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® and freelances for a variety of manufacturers. Not anywhere near a local event? Sign up for her newsletter and receive a Top Secret Mixed Media Class each month! http://ritabarakat.com/classes/ Written by Rita Barakat - Visit Website


Layered Stenciled Journal Page with Jen

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Hi Artsy Friends!  It's always fun to share a journal page that I have worked on with you!  I am doing a sort of "round robin" journal swap with fellow art teachers in my school district and this page was one of them using lots of stencils and layers.  I wanted to try some different materials together and use different techniques.

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Coloring Book with PITT Artist Pens

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Hi Artsy Friends!  Jen here to share a fun way to destress from crazy times!  This time of year is full of sports, end of the year school events, and lots of stress!  I am sitting at a child's sports practice at least 3 times a week!  So, I loved bringing something to do when I'm waiting.  I packed up a bunch of PITT Artist Pens in a variety of colors and a fun coloring book to take with me for soccer practice.

 

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Mixed Media Art with Rita Barakat!

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Hey there creatives Rita Barakat here! I get so excited about mixed media projects and this one is especially fun because of the way it came about! Grab your Paper Crafter Crayons, Gesso and Gelatos®  and come back!

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OK first of all, I was thinking of a project to make and sharpening my Paper Crafter Crayons when I thought I am wasting the crayons. So I decided to put them on my art journal page...

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I had several colors going and decided to melt them with my mini iron.

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I know it doesn't look like much at first, but sometimes that's how mixed media is - messy and unpredictable. You just have to enjoy the process and  keep working it.

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I grabbed a Blueberry Gelato® and drew around the outside, at this point I am thinking it can't hurt right?

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I used a wet paintbrush to spread the color around. The melted Paper Crafter Crayons do make a solid hard surface that resists the Gelatos®.  (These aren't your kids crayons!) Once I filled in any empty areas I did work the melted areas a bit more until I liked how it looked, it goes back to a solid state super quick! Then I decided to dip a paper cup in gesso and makes some circles- it was a perfect finishing touch!  If you don't have Paper Crafter Crayons you should give them a try in your next mixed media project and if you do have them you have to try this technique!

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Blessings!
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

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Art Journal Page by Jen Matott

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I have been working in an art journal lately with other art teachers.  We trade journals every month and create a page that explores techniques, images, ideas and lessons that we are inspired by for our students.  Our hope was that we might have a collection of professional art, ideas and lessons in which to share at the end of the year.   So, for this page, I was exploring some pen drawing and areas of color using Gelatos® watered down as well as splattered on.   As an Art educator and artist, I like working out ideas in a journal so that I can possibly use them on a full sized canvas or paper.  

 

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Art Journaling with Rita Barakat

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Hey creatives, Rita Barakat here. Have you been art journaling? I thought I'd share this insert I made in my art journal today. Sometimes you run across a great quote worth preserving; this one is from a song "If we're honest" by Francesca Battistelli. The minute I heard it I knew I wanted to do something with it putting it in my art journal was a perfect choice.
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First I had cut this page in my art journal book, just to break it up - it makes for a good place to hide journaling. I had some paint spilled on it previously but that's ok, sometimes you work with what you have.  I drew some lines and the words in pencil, then traced the words with a PITT® Artist Pen and erased those pencil lines.
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Then the fun part began! I don't know what it is but there is something very relaxing about drawing  doodles! Decorating my letters, not really worried about how it turns out...just doodling. Art journaling is perfect for trying out things, no worries, just be creative.
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Here is how it turned out, now it's time for color!

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I grabbed my Stamper’s Big Brush Pens and filled in some color.
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This is when it takes on a life of it's own, more doodles, more color... I used a little gesso to cover any unwanted spots of previous paint when I decided I wanted a clean look.
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Here is a close up, anything goes, sometimes you just have to be creative for the fun of it! I loved the way it came out. I also ended up using PITT® Pastel Pencils for the background, they blend easily for a soft look.  I used to do these all the time and I forgot how much fun it is! You definitely need to try this - what will you create?
 
Stampers Big Brush Pens -121 pale geranium lake, 102 cadmium yellow, 171 light green, 154 light cobalt turquoise, 199 black
PITT® Artist Pens in black - XS & S tips
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Blessings!
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, manufacturer websites and magazines. She designs for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

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Create-Inspire- Art Journaling Page by Keren Tamir

 

Hi Everyone,

Its Keren here with another post this month for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® .

I've created a double spread art journaling page. I designed the page over a water-color paper and then cut it in half to add to my spiral bound Art Journal.

Below is a video on how I created this page.

 

Here is the video:

 

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City Mini Album by Jen Matott

 

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Hi Artsy Friends!  Jen here to share a mini album I made with Metallic Gelatos® colors and our new Cement Texture Paste and Asphalt Texture Paste.  These mediums are so fun to use and create amazing texture to you projects!  Here are some of my pages and a few tips to share about them.

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Creating Under the Sea Art Journal and the Winner of the CardMaker Blog Hop!

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Aloha Guys!

This is Joyce from Enjoyscrappin2 and today I have an underwater art journal for you.  I love how this water scene turned out with all the fun little creatures!  I hope you like this journal and if you did, please check out the video below.  Thank you so much and I'll see you soon.

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