A few years ago I ran across a black art journal and just had to have it. I liked it because it was different. Once I got it home I played in it a few times and then set it down. This was not intentional. I had every aspiration to use the entire thing, but I started to draw a blank on what to do in it.
That all changed when Faber-Castell sent me a box of goodies to use for a hop with Rita Barakat. One of the products they sent me were gelatos. I knew I had to try them in my art journal! They also sent WHITE pens! To my delight they work beautifully on black paper.
The Details Behind the Art
To create this page I used this stencil by Rita Barakat and attached the lines with the white pen by Faber-Castell. To color in the image I used a few different techniques with the gelatos. It was fun to see how different the colors interacted with the dark paper versus white paper.
Sometimes I get overwhelmed with all the options in the craft industry. Options of the same type product are everywhere! Trying to figure out what is best or right for you can be a challenge. A product that has a lot of options and every company claims their’s is the best is ink! I must confess, I have fallen into the “I must have it all” marketing game. A few years ago I vowed to stop buying ink pads unless something really wonderful came along.
In 2018 at Creativation I met Catherine Pooler and was introduced to her ink. I am not going to lie — I rolled me eyes in my head and thought “here we go again!” After I politely tuned the demo out I walked away — happy to escape the pitch. Over that year I slowly started to see what people were creating with her ink and I was impressed.
In 2019 I went back to the booth (willingly) and filmed a demo. There was a table in her booth in which people could play with the ink — which I did. I was impressed and saw the value of it in the craft room. The next five months I spent trying to talk myself out of purchasing it. In the spring Catherine Pooler released mini pads. That was it — I was sold. I went out and bought the Life of the Party collection and have been hooked ever sense.
Using washi tape that I fuzzed on my shirt, I adhered the stencil to cardstock.
I selected three colors of ink and carefully shaded in the stencil. I would be trimming this down and did not care if I went over the edge of the stencil.
Once I removed the stencil I noticed the images did not pop as much as I wanted them too. I placed the stencil back on the cardstock and traced a fine line around each image. I then added threads to the top of each decoration.
To assemble the card, I layered the stenciled cardstock on a glittered black sheet and adhered it to the card base. For the sentiment, I placed it on a piece of tissue paper I had from packaging and placed it on top.
Though the card is relatively clean and simple it is striking! The important thing is it was fun to make and I am one step closer to completing my Christmas cards!
Drawing is one of the most challenging things in the art world for me. That is why I am a huge fan of Rita Barakat’s stencils! I have used them on everything from paper to ceramics. Once you get the trace marks down you can pretty much add whatever you want to it to make your drawing unique.
Another thing I like to do with them is just focus on one area of the stencil on a smaller substrate. For this project I created a selfie of my favorite feature.
I used liquid glass (Glossy Accents) on the eye and stickles through out the hair. A the base of the hair color burst was added! And, yes, I defidently exaggerated my hair color. I do have red undertones thanks to my stylists, but this is art so I really amped that up!
Here is your challenge: create an up close art selfie. Pick your favorite feature and create it without a photograph. You can use a photgraph as a reference, but don’t use the photograph as your selfie. Once you create it upload it in the Rise and Shine group with Rita Barakat. The challenge is open through the month of July! Make sure you tag me so I can see. On August 1 I will pick one winner to send a few goodies too 😉
Lately, I have been trying to get as much use out of my supplies as possible! I am embarrassed to admit this, but the first time I saw a stencil I did not know what to do with it. Was I suppose to trace it? Dab paint through it? After receiving one in a kit over two decades ago I just tossed it aside and moved on with my crafty life. Three years ago I became fascinated with them. Stencils look cool, but I was still intimidated by them. I started to buy them. Finally, I set out to learn how to use them!
The May 2019 Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart is darling! It pairs well with a Prima stencil I had. I set out to create some cards using it as the background. Here is a video I created on five different ways a stencil can be used:
Up Close Pictures
The set was suppose to be pinks and grays. However, I forgot that as I colored in the images. Thankfully, they turned out lovely. Cards sets that flow and not perfectly matched are my style!
The next time you play in your craft room with stamps, challenge yourself to use the set at least five times. Do the same with your stencils! You will be amazed at what you create.
If you did not see my three minute video on how to use Rita Barakat stencils, please find it here:
This is the follow up of coloring in my girl! I took a ton of pictures of each step that are self explanatory. This is the stencil I used on the video and what she looked like after I connected all the lines:
I used these to color in her face:
I added several shades and I colored in her eyes with Scribble Sticks:
I used a wet paint brush to smooth out the texture. I traced around her face with a darker color:
I filled in her eyebrows with one of the darker pencils. I used the black pencil to give her eyelashes (I love a lot of eyelashes!):
I used scribble sticks to fill in her lips by tracing around the edges and pulling the color into her lips with a wet paint brush.
I colored in the stars:
Now it got fun! The hair! I absolutely love to create hair! I used scribble sticks and a wet paint brush to color.
I finished her with a little bit of glitter streaks in her hair and white dots on the purple strand:
I can not draw, but this stencil made it super easy! I can’t wait to create more in my art journal with Rita Barakat Stencils!
I had the privilege of meeting Ken Oliver at the Mixed Media Convention in July of 2017. I got a one on one demo and lesson on how to use Color Burst and have been addicted ever sense! I made these two cards using the new Color Burst for Brutus Monroe !
For this card I used a background stamp and applied the color burst on top of it after I embossed it.I stamped the bow pieces and sentiment. I adhered it all the a glitter card base and topped it off with a few bottle cap sequins.
The next card I used a stencil to lay the Color Burst on making sure I stuck with colors that would not create a muddy look. I stamped the cute fist and used my Scan and Cut to cut them out. I stamped the sentiment on a circle I had die cut out. I adhered a few acrylic bubbles to finish it off.
This last background I created with this particular image in mind. I used a piece of watercolor paper to lay the Color Burst out on. I wanted the background to resemble a jungle so I used Cabbage and Zest. I sprinkled the color and misted it. At first it was to bright (yes, believe it or not it was brighter than this!), so I immediately dabbed it with a paper towel which picked up the excess color. I slowly sprayed droplets over it and was happy with it.
Here is a video showcasing different techniques and basic color theory to keep in mind when using Color Burst:
If you are interested in any of the products I used you can find them all here: Brutus Monroe Shop
I know it is not even Halloween yet, but I am trying to get a head start on my Christmas cards. I just can’t resist the snowy fun things out right now — probably because I don’t live in the snow!
I used a fun build your own snowman as the base for this card! I added some stickles to look like a pile of snow and some bottle cap sequins. One of my favorite things to do is not only emboss the sentiment, but also the edges. To create the background I applied white pigment ink on a snowflake stencil and embossed it with icicle embossing powder.
For all the supplies to make this card please visit Brutus Monroe .