Hello, creative friends! The design team has been hard at work transforming our Haute Mess Art Journal covers into unique works of art. I am sharing what I did to my cover today!
I have the Haute Mess Postcards From Paris Art Journal and love the script and images on the canvas. I didn’t want to cover it completely. I was also going through some artwork that I recently created for an art exhibit this summer and was inspired to pull some elements from my encaustic mixed media piece below. I have a fascination with honey bees and wax. I love the way it smells, feels and is applied to a substrate. So, encaustic is a natural art form that I fell in love with. I infuse drawing paper with wax and then add pastels, metal leafing and image transfer on top.
Jennifer Matott “Hive” Encaustic Mixed Media
So, for my journal I pulled many items from my stash that fit my “theme” of honeybees. I have honeycomb shapes, chicken wire, and bee images.
First, I used the Haute Mess Gesso to tone down some of the areas of the script. I brushed it lightly over the outside edges of the book. Then, I started gluing the chicken wire to my cover using a fabric glue and then applying the Haute Mess Modeling paste over areas to hold it down . The modeling paste is thick and flexible. It dries pretty fast and I can paint over it later!
I used the Haute Mess Acrylic paints over the Gesso and Modeling Paste areas. I also painted some of the chipboard and the frame (after applying several coats of Gesso to the metal). The colors I used were: X-Rated, Caution Tape, Guilt Trip, Dive Bar, and Drop Dead Gorgeous (my favorite color!).
I used a sponge to dab paint through a stencil using X-Rated first and then layered Caution Tape and Dive Bar over before pulling the stencil off. It created the honeycomb look. Once dry, I outlined some areas with a black pen.
This frame is metal and it was a bronze color. I wanted it to blend in a bit more. I covered it with several layers of Gesso. Then I could add color to it. The chipboard letters were added inside.
I die cut this cute bee from some patterned paper scraps I had. It was attached with a Pop dot and sits inside another metal frame.
Some more details of the stenciling and chipboard. I splattered gold ink over the surface as well.
I love this crown on the Haute Mess Art Journal. It has just the right amount of gold and I didn’t want to cover it up. After all, it feel it represents the Queen Bee that I am.
It was so fun to work on this art journal cover! I love these journals so much! There is even a little pocket inside the cover to hold brushes or whatever little treasure you want.
The Bad Girls Couture supplies I used to complete this project are:
Haute Mess Art Journal: Postcards From Paris
Haute Mess Mediums: Gesso and Modeling Paste
Haute Mess Acrylic paints: X-Rated, Caution Tape, Dive Bar, Guilt Trip, and Drop Dead Gorgeous
Everything else was from my stash!
I hope you get creative with a theme that inspires you! I hope our bee population comes back and thrives and I want to continue to celebrate these little artists/ builders in my artwork as a way to bring awareness and love to the bee! I’m inspired by their hard work, beauty and final products they create. Bee inspired by the world around you! (See what I did there??)