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5 Tips for Mixed Media Success with Rita!


Hey there artsy peeps, Rita Barakat here today with 5 tips for mixed media success! I think sometimes we overthink it, if you feel like you can't do mix media I know you can so gather your favorite art supplies, I will gather mine and let's get started!


1. Add texture with Texture pastes - tip one for mixed media success! One of my favorite things to use is  texture paste! On this project I used Whipped Spackle, Glass Bead Glitter Gel, and Asphalt Textural Paste. Use a spatula and a stencil to wipe on the pastes and set aside to dry or use a heat tool to spread up the process. Later I added Cement mixed with Red Cherry Gelato® dots on the page. * Be careful with the Glass bead glitter Gel though - it's best to let that one dry by itself!


2. Add a surprise element- tip two for mixed media success! I added a little black glitter on top of the Asphalt Texture paste before it dried to add a personal touch! Don't be limited to what you see online - create your own masterpiece by added personal momentos or items that make your mixed  media piece yours!


3. Add color - tip three for mixed media success! I used several color Gelatos®  to make this mixed media piece; Lavender, Red Cherry, Boysenberry, and Grape! Don't be afraid to mix and match colors! Each  color was blended with a wet paintbrush.


4. Splatter and stamp- tip 4 for mixed media success! The splatter makes the whole piece come together cohesively. Use gesso and a very wet paintbrush to add drops of paint all over the piece. Also use found objects, dipped in gesso or pearl Texture Luxe to stamp shaped onto your  work. I used paper cups for my circles!  (Note the dots? Cement texture paste mixed with red cherry Gelatos®.)


5. Let go- tip 5 to mixed media success! Sometimes the art is random, sometimes very deliberate but the bottom line is let go and just do something, start somewhere. It doesn't have to be in this order, just create something! And if you still looking for ideas make sure you check out Ustream on the 9th and the 23rd I will teaching two different mixed media classes! I can't wait to see what you do, make sure to link us up!  

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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auntie em  (emily)

Love the colours and textures. Your tutorial all laid out step by step makes it feel doable! I think probably #5 is the most difficult for me. I have to learn to let go!
Thank you for sharing :)

Debbie Siddle

Who are your latest challenge winners please?

Helen Gullett

These are very helpful tips as newbie in Mixed Media. I often nerveous to create a project and feel the preasure to blend media. But Rita, Thank You so much for sharing them. For me these tips very encouraging to just keep creating :)

Jean Marmo

Wonderful tips!!

Brandy Williams

Wonderful tips! Thank you!

Rita Barakat

Thank you ladies!! You can do this!!

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