Spring Shoes by Jen

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Hi Artsy friends!  Jen here with another of my shoe creations!  I love altering shoes to wear with my basic outfits.  I always feel great wearing something that I created and something that is one of a kind. These shoes were purchased a local large store and were canvas.  Perfect for altering with Gelatos® colors!  I used Margarita Mix, Metallic Mint, Snow Cone, Lemon, Mango, and Passion Fruit for these shoes.  

 

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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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How to make color layers with Rita!

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Hello creatives~ Rita Barakat here with a layering technique for color! How to make color layers! Sometimes creativity looks so complicated and here's a secret- it doesn't have to be!

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Using Stampers Big Brush Pens I started with the lightest color -light green 171. I colored all of the leaves in this color.

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Then I added another color layer with  May Green 170. Already this is looking sharp! You can do this!

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For the third color layer I added permanent Green Olive 167 and just look at those layers!
I used Sky Blue 146 for the sky and Nougat 178 for the trees. 
Will you try this? 

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


Blog Hop with LDRS Creative

 

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One winner will win a $50 LDRS store, and we'll also give away one $50 prize pack!  For a chance to win, stop by our blog every day this week and leave a comment.  Don't forget to stop by the LDRS blog too!  This giveaway will close on 3/28.


Hey there creatives! Rita Barakat here today on day 4 of the blog hop! I  received these darling stamps LDRS CReative  and  today I have for you a little tutorial! Gather your Gelatos® , Stamper’s Big Brush Pen in black and lets get started!

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Blog Hop with LDRS Creative

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One winner will win a $50 LDRS store, and we'll also give away one $50 prize pack!  For a chance to win, stop by our blog every day this week and leave a comment.  Don't forget to stop by the LDRS blog too!  This giveaway will close on 3/28.

When I got these products, I immediately thought of Frida Kahlo with that image on the stamp.  Frida was an amazing female Mexican artist in the 1940's-1950's.  She used her heart and soul in every artwork she created and you can see the story of her life in her work!  She went through so many tragic and painful experiences but didn't let that affect her ability to make art.  In fact, it was therapy for her! 

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