lena barakat

based in Dyer, IN, US.

  • 87 awards won
  • 1284 comments made
  • 19345 votes cast
  • Minted on Jun 29 2010
  • zeinalena.com
  • http://www.minted.com/creative/zeinalena

Awards

  • winner 12
  • editor pick 75

About lena barakat

Hello! I'm an illustrator and graphic designer based in the Chicagoland area. I have a deep passion for beautiful typography, fine paper and bold patterns. Thanks for stopping by!

designs by lena barakat


favorite artists

  • annie clark
  • Oscar & Emma
  • Paper Dahlia
  • Laura Hankins
  • kelli hall
  • Jody Wody

comments

amanda lawrence on Feb 12 2019
amanda lawrence
  • Minted Jan 13, 2013
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  • 1507 Comments made
  • 28394 Votes cast

Hi Lena - very best wishes and many thanks for all your support - Axx

amanda lawrence on Jan 31 2019
amanda lawrence
  • Minted Jan 13, 2013
  • 10 Awards
  • 1507 Comments made
  • 28394 Votes cast

Hi Lena - many thanks for your like and support and best wishes and luck in the challenge - I love your work! Amandaxx

Susan Brown on Aug 17 2018
Susan Brown
  • Minted May 18, 2011
  • 219 Awards
  • 2618 Comments made
  • 111160 Votes cast

Hey Lena, Thanks for the likes on my designs. I've been thinking of you and the fun we had on the van. Next time a drink for sure.

Loren on Apr 17 2018
Loren
  • Minted Jan 12, 2018
  • 19 Comments made
  • 999 Votes cast

Thanks so much for the like, Lena. Your work is wonderful and I wish you all the best!

Debb W on Apr 09 2018
Debb W
  • Minted Jul 14, 2011
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  • 104629 Votes cast

Appreciate the kind words and help choosing a photo, Lena! Hope you are having fun designing for holiday! :)

Kelly Schmidt on Nov 03 2017
Kelly Schmidt
  • Minted Jun 18, 2014
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  • 6036 Votes cast

Thank you so much for your feedback and sweet comments about my work, Lena!! You have so many amazing entries in Wedding and Save the Date!

Lori Wemple on Nov 03 2017
Lori Wemple
  • Minted Nov 19, 2011
  • 499 Awards
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  • 17564 Votes cast

Thank you for all the wonderful feedback! OMG I am just seeing your save the date and wedding entries, swoon!!!! :) x

Halik Helen on Oct 26 2017
Halik Helen
  • Minted Nov 2, 2013
  • 9 Awards
  • 16 Comments made
  • 9708 Votes cast

Lena, thank you so much for your constructive feedback! Best of luck to you!

peetie design on Jul 02 2017
peetie design
  • Minted Nov 27, 2011
  • 99 Awards
  • 468 Comments made
  • 13165 Votes cast

Thank you so much for the very kind comment, Lena. Your work is so lovely, it is a big compliment!

Four Wet Feet Studio on Jun 30 2017
Four Wet Feet Studio
  • Minted May 25, 2010
  • 160 Awards
  • 318 Comments made
  • 9279 Votes cast

Lena, Thank you for your sweet comment! :)

Chris Griffith on May 19 2017
Chris Griffith
  • Minted Aug 27, 2011
  • 159 Awards
  • 5722 Comments made
  • 48381 Votes cast

Lena thanks for the sweet note! Your designs in the challenge are stunning.

Jennifer Postorino on May 09 2017
Jennifer Postorino
  • Minted Dec 27, 2008
  • 218 Awards
  • 4690 Comments made
  • 56745 Votes cast

thanks for your help on my holiday designs today! i changed the newlywed wording just a bit... let me know your thoughts if you get a chance :) https://www.minted.com/design-rating/798287

Faith Dorn on Feb 21 2017
Faith Dorn
  • Minted Jan 19, 2014
  • 26 Awards
  • 1120 Comments made
  • 24670 Votes cast

thank you, Lena, for the like on baby's room. :)

Rega on Feb 20 2017
Rega
  • Minted May 8, 2016
  • 10 Awards
  • 1499 Comments made
  • 11461 Votes cast

Hi Lena, Thank you so much for the like on my rain forest :) You've made my day! I enjoy viewing your beautiful work here so much.Love your style-Best of luck on the challenge :)

Kelly Schmidt on Nov 04 2016
Kelly Schmidt
  • Minted Jun 18, 2014
  • 143 Awards
  • 1618 Comments made
  • 6036 Votes cast

Thank you, Lena! :) Best of luck in the wedding challenge, you've got some beautiful entries!

Mansi Verma on Oct 28 2016
Mansi Verma
  • Minted Feb 10, 2012
  • 92 Awards
  • 2263 Comments made
  • 10922 Votes cast

Hi Lena, Thanks so much for your Like on my work! Love your work, so huge compliment from you! You have some beautiful entries! Best of Luck in the challenges :)

frau brandt on Sep 21 2016
frau brandt
  • Minted Sep 19, 2015
  • 20 Awards
  • 2598 Comments made
  • 13943 Votes cast

Thank you so much for the like on my "delicate leaves" design. So great to see your wonderful work here.

Lisa Travis on Sep 04 2016
Lisa Travis
  • Minted May 1, 2009
  • 10 Awards
  • 810 Comments made
  • 10689 Votes cast

Lena, thank you so much for the like on my "Wrap It Up" entry, much appreciated!

Lisa Travis on Jun 15 2016
Lisa Travis
  • Minted May 1, 2009
  • 10 Awards
  • 810 Comments made
  • 10689 Votes cast

Lena, thank you for liking my entry "Domino", I love your work, it is very elegant.

Grace Kreinbrink on May 10 2016
Grace Kreinbrink
  • Minted Sep 22, 2013
  • 245 Awards
  • 313 Comments made
  • 7400 Votes cast

Hi Lena, Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment! Your designs are beautiful. Best of luck in the challenge!

Rebecca Durflinger on May 05 2016
Rebecca Durflinger
  • Minted Nov 12, 2011
  • 70 Awards
  • 259 Comments made
  • 13058 Votes cast

Thank you so much for the likes! You have some beautiful submissions! Love them all! :)

Laura Hankins on May 03 2016
Laura Hankins
  • Minted Aug 13, 2008
  • 187 Awards
  • 2774 Comments made
  • 10823 Votes cast

Lena, your new little one must be your muse-- your entries are gorgeous!! You have such a variety but they all of such a perfect attention to detail and polish to them. Beautiful! I see lots of file prep in your future :)

Hooray Creative on May 03 2016
Hooray Creative
  • Minted Nov 23, 2010
  • 605 Awards
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  • 23662 Votes cast

Thanks so much for the kind words, Lena!! That seriously made my day! You came up with so many awesome holiday designs too!! Wishing you lots of luck in the big challenge! :)

Christina Novak on May 03 2016
Christina Novak
  • Minted Nov 4, 2011
  • 51 Awards
  • 2263 Comments made
  • 29281 Votes cast

Thank you so much Lena!

Coco and Ellie on Apr 28 2016
Coco and Ellie
  • Minted Dec 9, 2008
  • 181 Awards
  • 1822 Comments made
  • 26528 Votes cast

Hi Lena, Thank you for liking my designs! Hope you and your babies are doing well. Your designs are stunning and be able to do it with the wee ones, is amazing! All the best and Hugs!!

Chris Griffith on Nov 19 2015
Chris Griffith
  • Minted Aug 27, 2011
  • 159 Awards
  • 5722 Comments made
  • 48381 Votes cast

Thank you so much and you are so welcome Lena. You have some fantastic entries that are sure winners!

Thuy Do on Oct 14 2015
Thuy Do
  • Minted Aug 2, 2015
  • 3 Awards
  • 110 Comments made
  • 471 Votes cast

Thank you for the like and support on "A Modern Love" Lena! :)

Kimberly FitzSimons on Oct 08 2015
Kimberly FitzSimons
  • Minted Jan 9, 2009
  • 183 Awards
  • 1112 Comments made
  • 15714 Votes cast

Lena, Thanks so much for your comment on my profile! It made my day! Congratulations on all of your save the date picks. Beautiful and well deserved!

Neeta Sawhney on Aug 07 2015
Neeta Sawhney
  • Minted Dec 4, 2011
  • 11 Awards
  • 3137 Comments made
  • 17714 Votes cast

Thanks so much Lena for the critique. All the best in the challenges also.

chocomocacino on Jul 29 2015
chocomocacino
  • Minted Feb 23, 2010
  • 323 Awards
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  • 42242 Votes cast

Hahahah yes just got it! Thanks!! I'm thrilled you choose my design =D.. hope they will be a great use to you..

Coco and Ellie on May 27 2015
Coco and Ellie
  • Minted Dec 9, 2008
  • 181 Awards
  • 1822 Comments made
  • 26528 Votes cast

Hi Lena, I just want to say hi and that you got gorgeous hair and twinsy ! :) Good luck with all the crazy design challenges.

Chris Griffith on Jan 17 2015
Chris Griffith
  • Minted Aug 27, 2011
  • 159 Awards
  • 5722 Comments made
  • 48381 Votes cast

Aww thanks Lena and congrats on your wonderful win too. Love it.

Carolyn MacLaren on Dec 08 2014
Carolyn MacLaren
  • Minted May 28, 2011
  • 266 Awards
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  • 22194 Votes cast

Thanks for such a sweet comment, Lena! Love your submissions as well - always so elegant and fresh :)

Phrosne Ras on Dec 08 2014
Phrosne Ras
  • Minted Jul 11, 2012
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Pretty girl! Lovely pic. ;)

Jan Shepherd on Nov 26 2014
Jan Shepherd
  • Minted Jul 5, 2014
  • 11 Awards
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  • 11384 Votes cast

Thanks for spotting my typo Lena! Sometimes I need to take more breaks - difficult to tear myself away though :)

Chris Griffith on Nov 02 2014
Chris Griffith
  • Minted Aug 27, 2011
  • 159 Awards
  • 5722 Comments made
  • 48381 Votes cast

Aww, thanks Lena. It is easy to be constructive with designs like yours. :)

Nazia Hyder on Oct 30 2014
Nazia Hyder
  • Minted May 8, 2012
  • 82 Awards
  • 6573 Comments made
  • 13861 Votes cast

Thank you Lena for your feedback in my One in a Melon design,really appreciate it :)

Kaydi Bishop on Apr 30 2014
Kaydi Bishop
  • Minted Jun 29, 2012
  • 167 Awards
  • 613 Comments made
  • 23855 Votes cast

Lena, thank you for the super sweet note a few days ago! I wish there was a like button for comments on here :) I love your work, so its always fun to see what great new things you are coming up with!

Carol Fazio on Apr 16 2014
Carol Fazio
  • Minted Jun 23, 2011
  • 41 Awards
  • 6428 Comments made
  • 26805 Votes cast

Thanks for your sweet note on my storybook win, Lena! I was so shocked, I about fell off my chair!

Clair Landers on Mar 19 2014
Clair Landers
  • Minted Oct 9, 2013
  • 5 Awards
  • 103 Comments made
  • 3025 Votes cast

Lena, thank you!! You grew up an hour away from my home town - how neat!! I love seeing other southern designers on Minted, such a small world! :)

Rebecca Bowen on Feb 27 2014
Rebecca Bowen
  • Minted Dec 9, 2011
  • 132 Awards
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  • 17669 Votes cast

Thanks Lena.. It's so funny you all say it screams me.. because I was thinking this totally didnt look like me at all, LOL..

Nazia Hyder on Feb 26 2014
Nazia Hyder
  • Minted May 8, 2012
  • 82 Awards
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  • 13861 Votes cast

Thanks Lena for your feedback. I did make the changes on my "Modern Stripes" entry as you asked. Please have a look when you find time. Thanks again. :)

Stacey Meacham on Feb 18 2014
Stacey Meacham
  • Minted Sep 3, 2011
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Thank you so much for your comment Lena. That is the highest compliment I could receive.

Laura Bolter Design on Feb 10 2014
Laura Bolter Design
  • Minted Oct 11, 2011
  • 164 Awards
  • 1713 Comments made
  • 42115 Votes cast

Glad I gave you a good laugh during this morning's craziness! And, thanks for your comments about my lettering and your suggestion on my chalkboard design. I've changed the name to white as suggested! Good luck! Your designs are gorgeous!

Hooray Creative on Jan 30 2014
Hooray Creative
  • Minted Nov 23, 2010
  • 605 Awards
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  • 23662 Votes cast

Thanks for your sweet comment Lena!!

Kimberly Morgan on Sep 10 2013
Kimberly Morgan
  • Minted Aug 2, 2009
  • 79 Awards
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  • 84183 Votes cast

Glad to be helpful. It's a lovely design!

Stacey Montgomery on Aug 04 2013
Stacey Montgomery
  • Minted Sep 11, 2012
  • 1554 Comments made
  • 24188 Votes cast

LOL! Thank you for your suggestion!

Lori Wemple on Aug 02 2013
Lori Wemple
  • Minted Nov 19, 2011
  • 499 Awards
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  • 17564 Votes cast

aww thank you - you too!

Robin L. Andrews on Jul 12 2013
Robin L. Andrews
  • Minted Mar 21, 2013
  • 5 Awards
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  • 59086 Votes cast

Dear Lena, thank you for your message, it is greatly appreciated. warmest wishes, Robin

cambria on Jun 12 2013
cambria
  • Minted Jan 19, 2010
  • 92 Awards
  • 186 Comments made
  • 21164 Votes cast

thank you for you comment on winter berry! It made me day!

Annie Holmquist on Jun 07 2013
Annie Holmquist
  • Minted Feb 15, 2010
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  • 33056 Votes cast

You are welcome Lena! Good luck to you as well, although I don't think you need it. Your designs are beautiful!

Lori Wemple on Jun 06 2013
Lori Wemple
  • Minted Nov 19, 2011
  • 499 Awards
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ah, thanks; you are so sweet. I actually feel like i'm pulling my hair out - just don't feel like i'm getting anything right and running in 100 different directions ;) You are on a roll yourself!! I am so in love with all your designs - especially winter waltz, and what a lovely name! It feels like dancing :)

Stacey Meacham on May 25 2013
Stacey Meacham
  • Minted Sep 3, 2011
  • 358 Awards
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Thanks so much Lena. Great catch. I really appreciate it :)

Rebecca Bowen on Apr 13 2013
Rebecca Bowen
  • Minted Dec 9, 2011
  • 132 Awards
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  • 17669 Votes cast

aww, you just made my weekend! thanks for being so sweet;)

Kimberly Morgan on Jan 30 2013
Kimberly Morgan
  • Minted Aug 2, 2009
  • 79 Awards
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  • 84183 Votes cast

Thanks so much, Lena. It certainly was a big surprise, I'll be in shock over for a while yet, I think :)

Snow and Ivy on Oct 13 2012
Snow and Ivy
  • Minted Mar 7, 2010
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Hi Lena - just wanted to say thanks for your sweet note, it totally made my day :)

Frooted Design on Oct 12 2012
Frooted Design
  • Minted Aug 4, 2009
  • 174 Awards
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  • 16244 Votes cast

Hi Lena, thanks so much for your sweet comments!! I'm loving your typographic designs for this challenge and wish you all the best too!

Carol Fazio on Oct 08 2012
Carol Fazio
  • Minted Jun 23, 2011
  • 41 Awards
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  • 26805 Votes cast

hi lena, sure, any time! I like the changes you made and feel free to comment on any of my submissions! I appreciate the feedback as well! good luck!

Angela Marzuki on Aug 23 2012
Angela Marzuki
  • Minted May 24, 2011
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  • 22084 Votes cast

Lena, you completely made my day! I'm incredibly flattered that you ordered Unidentified Bloom and so happy that you are loving them. I was so excited when I read your note that I even read it to my husband lol :) You're so sweet, thank you!

Molly Lentz on Aug 20 2012
Molly Lentz
  • Minted Apr 4, 2012
  • 55 Comments made
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You're so sweet, Lena! This is a fabulous community of beautiful designers -- so glad to be here! I look forward to many more interactions :-D

Phrosne Ras on Aug 20 2012
Phrosne Ras
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Hi Lena! thanks so much for your lovely comment on my retro flowers designs! I needed to hear that:)

Kim Dietrich Elam on May 31 2011
Kim Dietrich Elam
  • Minted Feb 10, 2011
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  • 37713 Votes cast

Hi Lena! Thank you for taking the time to critique my "Wreath of Love" - because of all the great comments I received I think it's so much better! I appreciate it.

Snow and Ivy on Apr 01 2011
Snow and Ivy
  • Minted Mar 7, 2010
  • 234 Awards
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  • 22029 Votes cast

Thanks for your help Lena!! I really appreciate it - I copied the calligraphy from Wiki - but I still wasn't too sure about it. I will make sure to update it, thanks again :) PS - congrats on your recent wins!!

Stacey Day on Nov 02 2010
Stacey Day
  • Minted Dec 4, 2008
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oh my gosh, lena! what a small world. what part of birmingham? i grew up in trussville -- and my husband and i live in trussville right now b/c my house seems to not ever ever want to sell.

Marabou Design on Sep 08 2010
Marabou Design
  • Minted Jan 18, 2009
  • 78 Awards
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  • 13374 Votes cast

Thank you Lena! Congratulations on your recent win!

Carrie ONeal on Aug 25 2010
Carrie ONeal
  • Minted Jan 17, 2010
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  • 20457 Votes cast

CONGRATS!!! What a way to start off! Can't wait to see all your other "wins" to come! Welcome!

Sydney Newsom on Aug 21 2010
Sydney Newsom
  • Minted Dec 1, 2009
  • 50 Awards
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Congrats on No 10 in your very first competition!! I think all 3 of your cards are great . . . wouldn't be surprised to hear about more wins :)