Good morning friends! Last year I subscribed to Dropps to help make the planet a better place by cutting down the amount of plastic goods I buy. I also recycle everything I can… as I was about to throw this box away, I thought it would make a cute gift box… or a cute box to have on my scrap desk.

To begin, I coated the box using clear gesso. I like using clear gesso because the paint stays true to their colors! Bad Girls Couture carries their own Clear Gesso…I ran out. White gesso could make the colors lighter.

I used a heat gun to speed up the drying time. Once the clear gesso was completely dry, I used the Kiss & Don’t TellBad & TattedCaution Tape and Sweet Candy Kisses acrylic paint to cover the entire box on the outside. I used the heat gun to dry the paint in between colors so the colors would not smear.




Once the paint was dry, I added some yellow circles all over the box. Then I mixed the Bad & Tatted acrylic paint with some molding paste to smear over the flower stencil from my stash.


I used Matte Gel to glue the stickers and die cuts down then covered them using the gel.


I used some heavy body gel to glue the buttons and chipboard pieces down.




This box was soooo much fun to alter. I can’t wait to alter another one.

What do you think? Have you re-purposed anything recently? I’m always thinking of fun things to alter instead of throwing them in the trash!

Thanks for visiting today!

Finger Prints | an Art Journal Page by Dale Ann Cubbage

I don’t know why, but I love rainy days and Mondays.  I know it’s weird.  I also love autumn, it’s clearly the best time of the year.  All of these things get my creative juices flowing!  {Yes, it is raining while I’m writing this post, btw.}  So let me inspire you today on this Monday, with a new page in my Paper Doll Palace art journal.  This one feels right on brand for a Bad Girls Couture Artist!  You are also going to get to see the whole process in my video below.

I hope you found some inspiration to create something fun and lovely today.  Here are some photos of my finished page.

Bad Girls Couture Products Used

For this project I started with the Tab page in my Paper Doll Palace art journal, you can order and customize your very own Haute Mess art journal here.  Here is the list of Haute Mess acrylic paints and mediums used.

White Gesso

Naked acrylic paint

Bad Girl Gaudy acrylic paint

Sweet Candy Kisses acrylic paint

Matte Gel Medium

Thanks so much for coming by to check out the blog! Come back often, and check out all the beautiful art work being posted by the talented Bad Girls Couture Artists.

Till Next Time,   Dale Ann

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A Romance of Life

Happy Friday girlies!!

Today I’m mixing things up with some vintage sheet music, a tag, some string and fun embellishments.  And of coarse the yummy Haute Mess mediums and acrylic paints.

I started out by using the Matte Gel to apply the sheet music on to my Cobble Stone Lane Haute Mess Journal.  Then I smeared on some gold crackle medium I had in my art stash and allowed it to dry well.  As that was drying I moved on to my tag.

For the tag I wrapped some twine around the tag and then smeared it with a generous amount of molding paste and allowed it to dry well.  You can use a heat tool to speed the drying process up a bit.  Once dried I applied some watered down acrylic “Dive Bar” paint.

I then applied the tag as well as my other embellishments on to the page.  I painted the ribbon flower with the same watered down “Dive Bar” paint and then painted the center stone with “Drop Dead Gorgeous” as well as doing some dry brushing along the edges of the flower.

I added some Haute Mess Glass Bead Gel and allowed to dry to various places on the page.  Next I applied some watered down “Drop Dead Gorgeous” just under the embellishments and added some paint splatters of watered down “Torrid” and “Million Dollar Baby“.

I finished it off with a Tim Holtz paper doll die cut, some title stickers and a metallic gold rub.

Thanks for stoping by today!  Now y’all go make something beautiful this weekend!


Hello dear friends!
Today i’m with a new Mixed Media project.
I was inspired by the sophistication of ancient statues.
 And I wanted to make an object reminiscent of that era.
Confess I never liked decorating bottles, and this time I was pretty skeptical.
However, the result that came out thanks to the chipboard exceeded all my expectations!
I got great satisfaction from both the process and the result!
Now I urgently need bottles of all sizes and shapes because I just fell in love with this format!
First, I primed the bottle with Premium White Gesso and stuck the chip:Checkerboard Panel
I wet the chipboard with water so it wouldn’t break and stuck it to the bottle.
Then I painted it with Bad Girls Couture paints. I used these shades: Make it rain и Last Sin
If you look closely you will notice a lot of gears of different sizes under the main composition.
Since they are painted to match the bottle, they are difficult to immediately notice.
However, they add volume and layering to my composition.
I used three sets of gears.:
One of the main decorations – chip Crown.
 I painted it with paints:
In the same colors I painted the Clock Face Frame and covered it with Glossy Accents by Ranger.
And additionally a little tinted alcohol ink
I took this lovely little key off one of the paint cans.
To add flicker to my work I tinted with wax
None of my work is complete without toppings.
I glued beads and glitter with Clear Gesso
I have made with the products by Bad Girls Couture:
I shall be delighted if you like my work and inspire you to create your own unique bottles.
Don’t be afraid to try something new and come back to topics you didn’t like before!
Life is full of amazing discoveries, let them fill your life!
Love, Elena!
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Good morning friends! My term with Bad Girls Couture is coming to an end and I am just now decorating the first page of my art journal. It’s been such a fun year playing in my one of a kind art journal. I have to admit, I wasn’t so sure I could do art journal spreads… the first few months were a challenge. After a few pages into the journal and stopped trying to hard and I just did whatever I liked. Some months, I scrapbooked a page in the art journal and others, I just pulled out my paints, molding paste and stencils and just created a fun mixed media background. SUPER FUN.

For this page, I used washi tape to create the triangles. Then I carefully added the stencil on the right side and created the pattern using molding paste. Once each triangle was completely dry, I made the others, touching up lightly here and there. Simple, but fun.


I used foam squares to mount the chipboard sentiment to the center then I glued the yellow gems below the chipboard to make it more feminine. I just love this page.


I am totally loving the color combination as well. I used Kiss & Don’t Tell and X-rated paint.


Come back on the 20th. I am going to create a fun flip through video of all the pages I created this year. If you haven’t purchased your Art Journal, do it today because you WILL love it. I have a brand new art journal waiting for me… This one is almost full!

Thanks so much for visiting. Hope you have a fabulous week!

A Girl And Her Gelli Plate | a Mixed Media Tutorial by Dale Ann Cubbage

Good morning all you crafty bad girls!  Are you sleeping in this morning?  I wish I was!  By the time you’re reading this I will be on my way home from a weekend out of town.  I am writing this post on Friday, before I leave.  Can I tell you, I am already tired and I haven’t even left yet?  Probably because my laptop locked up on me, and I have been working feverishly all week to get this video tutorial together, edited and uploaded from my husband’s tiny tablet, so you could watch it today.  It has been a traumatic ordeal to say the least.  With that said, let me apologize for the quality of photos and video, as I have had to operate without my usual tools, and am feeling very insecure about the results you are getting ready to see.  I’m hoping the content will make it worth the poor quality visuals.

But enough about that, how about we talk about one of my favorite mixed media tools, the totally sexy Gelli Arts printing plate!  That’s right, this little piece of gelatin like, squishy rectangle is so hot right now!

There happens to be an Instagram challenge going on right now with Birgit Koopsen, centered around this magical tool.  So, I decided to do a tutorial video with mine using my Haute Mess Acrylic paints! That’s right, the Haute Mess collection is fabulous on the Gelli plate!  Here are a couple of my favorite prints from this session.

I do have a tip when using your Haute Mess paints with the gelli plate. Since our line of acrylic paints are thick and creamy, and made with the best ingredients, they do tend to dry quicker than those craft paints you can buy at WalMart.  This is a testament to quality of our product. However, when working with the gelli plate, I like to create layers with stencils and multiple colors. Using a cheaper craft paint that contains more water in it as your last layer will help to pull the entire print off the plate.

You can use stencils and any kind of mark making tools you would normally use in your mark making.  I have used the end of a paint brush, my fingers, various sized lids, toilet paper rolls, straws, bubble wrap and clear polymer stamps.  The possibilities are endless!

You can get great layered affects by putting on a layer of paint or marks, then letting it dry naturally or use a heat tool or hair dryer.  Once completely dry, you can add another layer of color or marks.  The more you play with it and experiment the more fun you will have!

You will see that I like to use a selection of different kinds of papers to print on.  In this session, I have used art paper, card stock, paper bags, printer paper, vintage book pages and paper tags. I also like to use magazine pages, waxed paper, parchment paper and sheets music.

Once I’ve created these prints, I use them as the base for lots of things!  I usually add doodles or more paint to them, and then use them as collage papers or make things like tags and cards out of them.  I am currently using them to create a unique and very personal junk journal. But that’s for another day.

Here’s a look at some of the tags I made.

I have prepared a video for you,  so you can see the process. I hope you

Thanks for watching friend! If you have any questions, you can leave a comment here, and I’ll happily answer!

Until Next Time,  Dale Ann


Playing with Molding Paste and X-rated Paint

Good morning friends. It’s my favorite time of year! I LOVE fall. I love the crisp, cool air and the changing leaves. And my neighborhood is beautiful with all of the trees. I’m looking forward to taking a few pictures. Today I’m sharing a fall layout that I created using molding paste, stencil and X-rated paint.

I kept this layout pretty simple. I wanted to focus on the photos, but I love the leaves stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop and had to find a way to use it!

I used Creative Memories’ Gather Together collection to embellish this layout.

I hope I’ve inspired you today. Thanks for stopping by!

Art-journal page Wonderland by Elena


Autumn is my favorite time of the year, magical .. Fresh cool air, warm light of windows, nature incredible colors and sun rays illuminating this splendor.

And all of this inspired me. I created a page in my “COBBLESTONE LANE” Art Journal.

To make the background I used Haute Mess Paints.

I chose both bright and delicate shades. I wanted to combine them together for the best result.

To make a dark background, I painted Natural Cotton Canvas Page  with Bad & Tatted and then  Make it rain

I added paper cutting, hand-made flowers, metal key and photo of girls-caterpillars. Finally I added  paint splashes. The last one was the inscription.

 I have made with the products by Bad Girls Couture.

Haute Mess Paints:



Your Elena

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Fly Home Mixed Media Journal Page

Happy Tuesday girls!!  Ready to get junqie?!  So today I’m in my Haute Mess Cobblestone Lane mixed media journal showing you some more ways to incorporate found junk in your journal and make it part of your art work!

For this page, I used some paper packing mesh as well as some old silk flowers I had hanging around.  I’m telling you…you can throw just about anything that will fit on a page, cover it in molding paste and texture and it’s beautiful!  Art journaling is so much fun when you just look around and this about the possibilities around you!

I’ve made a process video to show you how this page came together but long story short, I just slathered on a bunch of Haute Mess Molding paste under and over that paper packing mesh and used that as my starting point then added the flowers in the same way.

I waited for it to dry then white washed it a bit with “Fallen Angel” Haute Mess Acrylic and once that dried I gave the whole page a coat of Haute Mess clear gesso to prepare if for some color.

For the color I dabbed on some “Make it Rain” Haute Mess Acrylic paint and blended it well with some water.

I applied glass bead gel for texture and added some metallic touches with a rub of gold acrylic.  Then I added some Matte Gel to the areas where I wanted to apply the glitter to, sprinkled the glitter and pressed it in well.

I finished the whole thing off with my photo, butterfly embellishments and title stickers.

Click HERE for the complete process video and more details on this page! 

It really was a fun page.  The Molding paste & glass bead gel are my favorite products so I always have a ball and love the results when I use them on a page or project!  I hope this encourages you to go find some junk and make it into some fabulous art today!


It’s that time again and we are EXCITED to see all of the new entries!

Bad Girls Couture Design Team Call


Entry Period: 9/24/19-10/8/19

Open to all US and INTERNATIONAL Artists


Wanna be BAD??!!!!


Bad Girls Couture is a private label, small batch manufacturer specializing in state of the art mixed media acrylic paint , art journals, embellishments, and authentic vintage products. Bad Girls Couture prides ourselves on being a green company, helping to sustain our environment by manufacturing products that are eco friendly. We believe in providing our community with an exceptional experience through a team of artists who come together to teach, inspire, and instill an ever evolving atmosphere of innovation. Matter of fact… if you are a RULE BREAKER then you are in the right place! We are looking for artists who create art with no fear and are not afraid to break every single rule, push the envelope, and who have no boundaries! If you want to join the best in the industry and at the same time gain some really good exposure,  and get to create with some of the best products then you are who we are looking for!




Passion for creating art journaling pages and projects with a broad knowledge of mixed media, and the ability and desire to grow as an artist and try new products. You must be adept at working with acrylic paint, art journals, mediums (gesso, moulding paste, gel medium, clear gesso, etc.)

Proficient with excellence in photography and knowledge of video taping tutorials and classes. Must have prior Design Team experience with knowledge of typical duties and the mixed media art industry.

Must be a self starter and knowledgable using a WordPress Blog interface.


Must work well under pressure and tight deadlines.


Must be a team player and participate in Bad Girls promotions and contests.


Must be active on at least two of the top Social Media sites (Facebook, You Tube, Pinterest, Instagram, & Twitter). We will be looking at your Social Media for someone who shares often and has a good following.


Other Manufacturer and Kit Club design teams are acceptable. Our paint line is 27 different custom and unique colours and we expect our Design Team members to promote our paint solely in your online and print work.


You must be able to contribute a minimum of 1 Video Tutorial and 2-3 Blog Posts per month.


You must be able to commit to posting all your work for us on your Social Media, Blog, and Online Galleries where permitted.


Graphic Design experience is not required, but a definite plus.


Entry Requirements:


Submit  3 art journaling pages and one mixed media altered art or give us a link to a gallery on a  Social Media account that features a good selection of your artwork.  Make sure this is your best work and it epitomizes your unique style and abilities.


Submit your resume, links to any online galleries, your Blog, your Social Media accounts, and anything else you deem highlights the exposure of your art, social media, and ability to advertise it.


Please indicate which Design Teams you are currently on.


Tell us why you would like to be a BAD GIRL! What makes you a good fit for our team? What would you like for us to know about you?


You may submit your completed entry to:

In the Subject Line please write Design Team Entry/Your Name


Include your name, address, email address, phone number.


Artists will be notified no later than 10/12/19.


If you have any questions or comments please send to:


Good Luck to all you BAD GIRLS!!!