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MIxed media - in 5 steps or less with Rita!

RitaBarakatMixedMediaLavendarCanvas 2d

Hey there artsy friends Rita Barakat here with a mixed media canvas! This one is out of my  comfort palette of colors but you know, weird thing, of all the canvas' I have made lately this is my favorite. I love it when it all comes together! I do try to use all types of colors but I tend to use my "go to" colors - blues, purples, greens (have you seen my hair? LOL) but I have two sweet daughters that LOVE pink so of course I have to go there...sometimes. So let's get started!

1. I alway gesso my canvas first, then I add some scrap paper with a little Gel Medium. I always have things with music notes around, I am a singer so I feel like it adds a little bit of "me" into the project. 

2. Then I add some Gelatos® colors in lavender and bubble gum - baby girls favorite color combo! A few spritzes of water and blend with a paint brush. 

3. While it is still wet I grab a paper towel and lay it on top, when I lift it off you see the pattern on the paper towel. Then I added some Texture Gems ™ in Gold and Pearl. Use a spatula to spread the color down the canvas.

4.  I like to use whatever I have around me for shapes and other textures, I added gold on the bottom of the pearl Texture Gems ™ and used that to stamp small circles on the canvas. 


5. This step optional - put a girl on it! (LOL you didn't really think I was going to leave that canvas blank did you? I just can't do it!) You can paint directly on the canvas or on watercolor paper like I did and adhere it to the canvas with a little gel medium! 

This is spring, number three canvas I have completed in my four seasons series. I love how she came out, even if it wasn't in my comfort zone of colors. It reminds me of baby girl, my little ballerina (she just completed 5 years of ballet!) . So there you have it - a mixed media canvas in five steps (or less if you don't put a girl on it!)  What do ya think?

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


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