How to Use a Face Stencil on a Plate

Rita Barakat has a clever line of stencils to help people draw faces. The first thing I wanted to do when I got my hands on her face stencils was to put it on a plate! These stencils are unique in that they lay the base, but the artist really shines through by adding in the details, focus and colors according to personal style. My passion is hair.

I have created numerous journal pages with these stencils. Finally, I was able to get one on a plate!

Directions:

Gather material making sure to choose paint colors.

This plate had a perfect 6 by 6 square in the center that held the stencil.

Trace the image with sharp pointed object. A pencil works, but the color will transfer, so do so with caution.

Paint the image according to your desire. Make sure to do at least two coats per area!

Once the paint has dried, place the stencil back on the image and trace again.

Connect all the lines on the face.

Start to add the details.

Working with pottery paint is forgiving. Do not worry if you paint something and it does not turn out. I had to replace her mouth three times.

Use puffy paint for details.

Create eyelashes and eyebrows by laying a thick layer of puffy paint, allowing it to dry and going back in with a needle to remove hair like spots.

Once the face is to your liking, have it fired and glazed.

I really like crazy hair and spent a lot of time adding color and texture to her mane.

Rita Barakat stencils can be used on so much more than paper. Think outside of the box. You never know where your creativity will take you!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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How to Stretch a Paper-crafting Subscription Box

I recently found a subscription box that I really like! It is bright, cheerful and whimsical. It is a bit heavy on the paper though, so using it all up can be challenging. There are not any mixed media elements to it, so I pulled in a few things from my stash to round it out. When I received my Rita Barakat limited edition die cuts I knew they would be perfect with the December 2018 Fairy Tale Club box! I also found some snowflake buttons on sale at Joann’s on Black Friday that I wanted to use on these cards.

IMG_E3192C These cards were fairly easy to create. I only used two sheets of pattern paper from the box along with a few die cuts. I pulled in some Rinea Foiled Paper in Ruby and Sapphire that I ran through my embossing machine. I cut 11 3.75 by 5 inch bases from those sheets. I cut 11 2 by 3.75 inch strips and crumpled up the extra foiled paper as another element of texture. The dollies are one of my favorite things to use on projects! I cut three up into fourths — one for each card. I assembled the cards making sure to use a few of the die cut pieces from the Fairy Tale Club box and snowflake buttons.

I did pretty much the same thing on each card, but they each can stand alone. They look like a set — but not a cookie cutter set. These were so much fun to make!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Fairy Tale Mixed Media Page with Rita Barakat and Art Anthology Hop!

The Rita Barakat and Art Anthology designers have teamed up to bring you an amazing blog hop! All you have to do is jump in, be inspired, and leave a comment to be entered into a fabulous giveaway! I do have a personal request too! I recently started this website because my old blog was not keeping up with what I wanted to provide my readers. I would love it if you would click that “follow” button. It lets the Google Gods know that I am here and helps get it out in cyber space. Plus, I want to have good content and be of value and inspiration to other crafters.

For this hop I created a spread in my art journal! IMG_2698YT

I used the limited edition Rita Barakat Fairy Tale die cuts, paint and stencil from Art Anthology to create this page. I wanted the spread to be cohesive, yet seperate. I did not intend for it to be a “Ying and Yang” type page, but it totally did! We have the timid desperate for attention Little Red Riding Hood on one side:

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And the ever so confidant and sassy Jasmine on the other:

IMG_2688I uploaded a video on how I created this page. Watch it come to life here. You will learn a few new tricks on working in an art journal and a sneaky peaky into the one I am currently obsessed with and adding to weekly.

Now, it’s time to get hopping! Make sure you leave a comment first and hop on to the next designer: https://youtu.be/AsewQo-8cSU

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Christmas Blog Hop with Rita Barakat

I am so excited! Today is the Christmas Blog Hop with some wonderful designers. I am sharing a fun countdown I made for the hop and can’t wait to see what everyone else has created!45732298_1849648018465965_360526194845679616_n

So excited for this hop! A bunch of your favorite designers getting together to bring you Christmas early!
If that isn’t enough we have over $100. In crafty prizes including the entire line of Rita Barakat diecuts/ephemera and fabulous paints and glitters from @plaidcrafts! This is going to be awesome!!!
To enter to win you must visit and comment on each post! Bonus, stop by Plaid and like their FB Page! https://m.facebook.com/InspiredByPlaid
You have one week and Rita will announce the winner live on Facebook Monday, Nov 19, 8pm CST on Mixed Media Monday! @ritabarakat1

Christmas Countdown projects are so much fun! My Mom teaches Preschool and the children are extremely excited for Christmas. Rita Barakat’s whimsical stamps and sweet little fairies are the perfect combination for a countdown calendar for her class.

Paint a substrate green. I used  7 gypsy Art Board and Plaid Paint in Green

Take a napkin and remove the white layer. Using Clear Gesso adhere napkin to the board. I used Prima, but I like this one

Top it off with Color Shift in Green and a few fun confetti pieces.

Using a slow drying pigmented ink stamp images and emboss with Fairy Wings. Both can be found here

Find the rest of your supplies and finish canvas. The sweet little fairy is by Rita Barakat. Canvas Corp Brands has great chalkboard sheets and Christmas pattern Paper. Tonic Studios has a wonderful selection of glitter and clear drops.

Using craft foam sheets to adhere all the elements to the canvas, set aside to dry.

Here is a wonderful and informative video showcasing how to create this project as well as a ton of tips for creating mixed media masterpieces.

Countdown Calendar

The line up includes :
Joe Rotella https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.createncraft.com%2Fportfolio-items%2Fdiy-cookie-box-and-amaretto-apricot-chews-cookie-recipe%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR1R3bJR56sWYS3wx7WYm9M95uBMt8ugvGgcnM9W4tXy3if8EBxjEzjqQAo&h=AT3Dz0jLE1xgDS-tNcHWf45Jcav_YT0o6E1TlHStEEO7LP9WAq7uQ06p4i_6c78huZ6q7UmuPK7GVxMnpaV1jd1MYw-Z9LoS5QeXFPMtHXose4WmeiWrudE5-XNDQTFi77ew0w
Candy Rosenburg: https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fcandyscraps.typepad.com%2Fscraps%2F2018%2F11%2Fholiday2018bloghop.html%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR3jTp4GU3pARtAgwMXt2AoqSrDedQMC2CLld6WUxUUGfTaOr0PDTdpPcEo&h=AT21dAS7woPCJmR0ypS0pCzMt6Ygq1zEJmaA_GlIMKvxzGJ_Z72-0pJibyW-VVhN1k5ZX_lu2KiuuGRsKCy9gVW4VRE8E15XrOnpInCbIDNcP2Iio1A9IlHMPmsOzJx8qHoM
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

You are My Person

I created this piece for one of my dear close friends. I am super happy that it is a magnet and she can hang it on her fridge or at work. It was a lot of fun to make!

I have a friend whom I met about three years ago at a mixed media camp. Her and I hit it off quick and she has been an amazing person to me. For my birthday she found a company that specialized in gluten free cookies (I have Celiac Disease and can not have gluten) and had a box sent to me. She is thoughtful, smart, talented and loyal. She is my person and the inspiration behind this piece.
To create this I found a large heart magnet at my local craft store (It is 6 by 6!). I added a layer of clear gesso, let it dry and then painted it Victorian Purple by Plaid Folkart paint. Once it dried I stamped Rita Barakat’s background art foamie stamp on the heart with Plaid Color Shift Paint in Purple. As it dried I cut a circle by hand from a piece of cardboard that I used the pouring technique with Plaid Folkart paint and Extreme glitter. To see how I did it check out my video here: 

 I inked the edges of the hand cut circle and heart magnet with clear embossing ink. I dipped all the edges in Rita Barakat’s Dragon Egg’ Embossing powder and heat set it. I stamped my sentiment and placed it in the circle adding some gems from my stash. Finally I stamped the BFF image, colored it in with Copics, cut it out and used pop dots to adhere it.


Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!
Betz Golden