Rita Barakat Round-up….Part 1

Good Morning Creatives!

During my blogging break, I have had the privilege of working with a fantastic friend of mine, Rita Barakat.

She is an amazing artist who is known for her whimsical faces and I am so excited that she has branched out to her own products! Her face stencils make it so easy to add faces to your projects if you are the person who things you just CAN’T draw. She also has beautifully hand drawn stamps through Brutus Monroe as well as an e-book (soon to be printed!) called “Magical Theatre” through Bella Crafts Publishing.

I have been posting two projects a month for her, so I am happy to finally be sharing them here for you! There are many of them, so I figured I would break it up into a few posts.

I hope you enjoy!

Hope in a Box

This project was a two-fold project for me.

It was time for the annual Saving Grace Mentor/Mentee retreat and this year they asked me to make a bunch of boxes for the girls to give and take little inspirational notes in. (that post coming soon. I’ll link it when it’s done!)

I wanted to use one of Rita’s Stencils as the focal point for one of them.

Rita Barakat Saving Grace

You can see more details here: Hope in a Box for Rita Barakat.

“We Rise” Art Journal Page

I am in LOVE with Art Foamies! If you haven’t heard of them, they definitely aren’t your typical foam stamps. They are thicker and have incredibly intricate textures and designs. Their tag line is hilarious: If it doesn’t move…STAMP IT!

Rita has a beautiful hot air balloon foamie complete with whicker basket so you can make a full balloon if you want to.

Rita Barakat Art Foamies

You can see more here: We Rise by Lifting Others Up

Sweet Sister Star Art Journal Page

Like I said, Rita is well known for her faces and her stencils allow others the chance to draw like her!

She has 3 that are all “sisters”: star, heart, and flower.

For this page, I used Gel Press® to make my background and Rita’s “Sweet Sister Star” stencil to make my girl.

Rita Barakat Sweet Sister Star


You Do You: An Art Journal Page

If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you know that I am an advocate for authenticity. I spent a lot of my life being fake… not “Mean Girls” fake, but rather being a chameleon. Changing my skin based on what I thought the people around me wanted. What I thought would make them happy.

In the last few years, I have learned who I really and have learned that it is OK if everyone doesn’t like me. Everyone else’s happiness shouldn’t come at the expense of mine. Yes…I love people because we are all God’s children, but I’m not going to be someone else just to make them happy.

That’s what this art journal page is all about.

Primsmacolor Color Pencils

You can see more here: You Do You: An Art Journal Page.

Closing Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed Part 1 of my Rita Barakat Round-up! Part 2 (and maybe 3! LOL) Coming soon. I also have so many other projects to catch up sharing with you so I hope you are ready!



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