Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Fabulous Mixed Media How To With Faber-Castell & Rita Barakat

Hello My Fellow Creatives!
Welcome to INSPIRE!

Today is and exciting day here on the blog.
Why you ask?
It is a collaborative Blog Hop with 
Rita Barakat Designs & Faber-Castell!

And do I have a a fun mixed media project to share with you!

I found a rustic style wood clipboard in one of those dollar bins at Micheals and had been waiting for the perfect time to use it.
This hop was that moment!

To begin, I used Faber-Castell White Gesso over the entire front surface of the board, and let set. Once the gesso had dried, I began the process of adding color and finishes to the clipboard, using a variety of Faber-Castell Gelatos in shades from the Iridescent & Metallic collections.

Once I had layered the colors, and blended with a light spritz of water and my finger, I added interest by using Faber-Castell Stencils.

I added additional interest to the Gelato stenciled butterflies using Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen Brushes in White & Black. 

I also used the Faber-Castell PITT Big Brush Pen, on a stamp with a handwritten design, randomly stamped allover the surface, making a ghosted background.

Next I added Faber-Castell Transfer Images in a floral motif, along one side and bottom corner of the clipboard to coordinate with the floral die cut from 
Rita Barakat's Be True Die Cut Collection.

Using Gelato's & Faber-Castell Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils, I colored in the transfer images, using water & a fine tip watercolor brush.

I also used this technique with the other Faber-Castell Transfer Images used on the clipboard.

To give a more rustic look to the design, I used PLAID Painted Finishes in Rust on the clip to give an aged look.

To finish the design, I added a beautiful cowgirl die cut from Rita Barakat's Wild And Free Collection, using Scrapbook Adhesives.

And there you have it, a clipboard to sit on your creative surface, or desk to clip creative ideas to, or use to clip on daily inspiring verses or quotes.

NOW........it is time to Hop along!

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  1. Michelle! This turned out SUPER CUTE! Thanks for sharing your step outs :)

  2. Just gorgeous! Love the colors and the beautiful details!

  3. This is just adorable! I have seen those sorts of boards before, but haven't had an idea of what to do with it. So now I am thinking that I can use my Gelatos and Rita's die cuts and make some cute boards--maybe one for each season. THANKS

  4. This is fabulous. I love the pastel colors
    in the background. The cowgirl is a fun
    addition. The flowers are colorful. I'd
    love to use this for my calendar that I
    leave on my table. thanks for sharing

  5. I love how you blended the background

  6. really cute project. I have the same clipboards, thanks for the idea.

  7. Michelle, I love your project....the design and colors are awesome. All of the elements come together so beautifully.

  8. Really loved all the details on the wooden background... loved how u stenciled and everything.. totally mixed media

  9. Fabulous work on this
    clipboard! Love the
    colors on it and the
    Cowgirl is adorable.
    Carla from Utah

  10. This is lovely! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Fabulous design, love the image, hugs, Lori m

  12. Marisela Delgado said: What a fabulous project! LOVE IT! mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

  13. This is so sweet. I love your design
    The flowers are colored so nicely, I love everything about it what a fun clipboard Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.


  14. This is very lovely. What a great technique! I love the use of the gelatos and then the colored pencils. I need to try this. Thank you.