The Bee’s Knees…

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??)

Jen

4 replies
  1. Michelle Sanders
    Michelle Sanders says:

    ohhhhhhhh! I LOVE!! I too love bees and the hex shapes! I just did a mini canvas with them! There is such beauty and architecture in them! Your cover is gorgeous! SO beautiful!

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