Tag with Cupid by Elena Martynova

Hello! Today, Elena is with you.

Creative people are very interesting personalities. For years, we can save up all the garbage to one day remember about it, and turn it into something beautiful.

Here I am! I bought a knife sharpener that was attached to a wonderful cardboard tag! What scraper in his right mind can throw away this treasure?

I decided to decorate it with a funny picture of the boy-Cupid, which I found in Pinterest.
For a start, I painted the tag with Premium White Gesso, and then made the background brighter with colors Couture Pink and Sweet Candy Kisses

I added stamps and cut out pictures from AB Studio paper. Chipboard 2Crafty in the form of a dial attached to the plaster thing. I wanted  to contrast it with the background, so I painted it shades of blue and green: Make it rain and Million Dollar Baby

Added a sticker with the inscription from 7 DOTs.

Combined all the elements with a Glass Bead Gel
It perfectly stuck to the micro-beads, art-stones and glitter.

  I made brighter Stamps and cut flowers . Just spread the paint with water and ran a brush on the elements.
The Bunny holds in paws the same key that was attached to paint cans.

I was glad to inspire you today! See you soon, bye-bye!

Products by Bad Girls Couture.

Haute Mess Medium – Glass Bead Gel

Haute Mess Paints:

Bad & Tatted 

Make it rain

Repurposed Treasure with Cristin

Happy Thursday!

Today it’s all about re-purposing. Turning trash to treasure! I LOVE this kind of project and today I had the PERFECT base to work with — pieces from old furniture. I loved it for it’s size and exposed hardware but admittedly, it doesn’t look very pretty . . . yet.

Haute Mess mediums helped create a PERFECT surface to work with!
Here, I used gesso and matte gel to collage and prepare the surface. Once the mediums were totally dry, I went in with a pencil and sketched out an idea. Just to give me a place to start!

For that extra texture I used Haute Mess modeling paste and then pushed stamps into it while it was still wet.

These stamped textures really come to life when you start to add paint. I like it because the stamped image isn’t perfectly clear, so it adds some grunge.

Once you have your design sketched out and outlined you can start to add color (the best part!)
Here, I’m using Haute Mess “Plastic Angel”, “Broken Doll” and “Oops! My Bad”

I couldn’t resist taking a photo of all the paint pots lined up, isn’t it a beauty?


Next I’m going to incorporate two of my favorite Haute Mess colors: “Torrid” and “Drop Dead Gorgeous”. As you can see, at this point the portrait is really coming together.

And, I added fun splatters of “Bad Girl Gaudy”:


To finish up, I added in some Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Wax in “Amethyst” and of course – some glitter! I used Ice Stickles Glitter Glue in Pink.


Thanks so much for joining me today for this fun repurpose. I hope it inspires you to take a look around and turn some trash into treasure.

“You Are Loved” Mixed Media Art Journal Page

Good morning, lovelies!  It’s Dale Ann, back with another art journal page for Colour Splash Wednesday! For my page today, I’m going to show you some different ways I used my Haute Mess Molding Paste to create textural interest on my page! There are many different ways to use it and apply it, but I prefer using an old credit card.

I had cut out a shell type pattern on my Cricut to push some Molding Paste through for the first layer on my page. I decided to add some “Sweet Candy Kisses,” from the Haute Mess Paint Collection to the paste, cause this girl loves her some pink! So I mixed it together and then scraped it on!

I really wasn’t sure where I was going with the page at this point, but I decided to tone down the pink with some Haute Mess Gesso.

I remembered after I did that, I had some new scrapbook paper I bought over the weekend,( for 50% off btw, thank you Hobby Lobby!)  It’s all these shabby pink and black & white papers with handwriting, with just the right amount of shabby grunge on them!  I knew they would be perfect for this page! Suddenly I had a vision for this page!  Tore off some pretty parts and used the Haute Mess Matte Gel  Medium to apply it, under and on top!

After sticking that down I used a Distress Crayon to add some color to the stitching around the edges of the page.

Since I love the combination of pink, black and white, I added some of my favorite washi tape, stuck that on, then I grabbed my brayer (rollie paint spreader thingy) and my Haute Mess “Porcelain Doll” pink, and rolled some of it around the page. This made the paint application more random.

Since it is Colour Splash Wednesday, how about adding some Haute Mess “Drop Dead Gorgeous” to the mix? I love this color!

Did you know that these paints are created by hand in small batches right here in the United States?  Each adorable jar is numbered by the batch, to ensure product freshness!  One of my favorite things about these paints is you can tell how Wendy and her team put so much love and artistry into each jar of paint! You can really see the heart of the creator, who is herself a mixed media artist, in these products. Wendy worked really hard to bring us beautiful paints, mediums and Art Journals that would not only be safe for the environment, but that would also be a joy to create with!

I found these little heart cutouts laying on my desk that were left over from another project, and I knew they would be perfect for this page. I of course painted them in “Couture Pink,” immediately. LOL

Then my Haute Mess Molding Paste started calling my name again . . . so I grabbed this bird stencil and my credit card, and made some little birdies on my page!

I ended up putting three layers of molding paste through the stencil to get a really good raised image. They turned out so cute, I think!

You can see I also scraped some Molding Paste around the heart cutouts, it kind of looks like snow drifts on them!

My final steps were to add some pieces of a scalloped cutout I had left over from something else on to the corners of the page, and my sentiment that is from Illustrated Faith.  I wanted this page to remind us all that we are most definitely loved! Every single human, no matter what color your skin is, what religion you are, where you live or what you look like, YOU ARE LOVED by the Creator of the Universe! So go ahead, live like you’re loved!

Another thing I would like to bring to your attention, is the sweet script that was on the scrapbook paper I had collaged on. . . it kind of got hidden by paint. However, if you’ll remember I had put the Matte Gel medium on top of it. That acts like a protective barrier. So I was able to take a baby wipe and wipe some of the paint away to reveal more of the script in the final piece!  These products are all so versatile!

Here is the final page. I hope you like it!

The products used in this page are as follows:

Haute Mess Paper Doll Palace Art Journal

Haute Mess Acrylic Paints in: Sweet Candy Kisses, Broken Doll, Drop Dead Gorgeous and Couture Pink

Haute Mess Mediums:  Molding Paste, Matte Gel Medium, White Gesso

Thanks for stopping by today, please feel free to leave me a comment if you have any questions for me! And keep watching for those amazing Haute Mess Art Journals to hit the store!!

Love, Dale Ann

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??)


Broken Hearted Mixed Media Journal Page

Happy Sunday y’all!  I hope you have had a wonderful weekend so far!  This week when I sat down to create in my journal I didn’t have a real idea of what I was creating I just was creating.  I knew I wanted to create something with lots of color and saturation and I wanted to make some scratch marks into my wet molding paste.  Other than that I didn’t know what the page would look like or even a theme.

I knew I would be getting my paints and mediums pretty wet so I removed the page from my Haute Mess journal.  It’s awesome to have the freedom to be able to remove a page when you need to if you want to work on something outside of the journal for a bit more elbow room and know you will be able to easily place it back in the journal when you have completed the page.

So I got to work applying my Molding Paste with a pallet knife to 3/4 of the page and allowed it to dry a bit (you can use a heat gun to speed this up)…but you don’t want it to fully dry yet.  Then I took my pallet knife and scratched a series of marks into the semi dried Molding Paste.

One the molding paste is completely dry I brushed a few strokes of “Torrid” Haute Mess paint (it really didn’t take a whole lot because the saturation is amazing!)

I immediately brushed over the “Torrid” paint with a water brush to make more of a saturated wash over the entire area that has been covered with molding paste.

Next I dropped a few drops of gold metallic on top, making sure the area stays wet so the ink kind of floats around a bit.  If needed drop a few drips of water near the gold ink to help with the flow effect.  Use a heat gun to help dry it blend the colors well.

It became very apparent to me as I was working my page was looking like a wounded heart.  I immediately knew where this page was going from here.  I love how when you are working in your art journal a page will organically just transform and begin become something that is so apparent.

Needless to say a wounded heart needs to be healed & bound up, so that is exactly the direction I took with this.  I applied a large scrap of cheese cloth by brushing on a thick coat of Matte Gel to my journal page, laid the cheese cloth down and then brushed on more Matte Gel to secure it.

Lastly I added my title with a scrap of  self adhesive tape I had in my art journal scrap stash and some cool safety pins

Now ya’ll go get some texture in your art today and show us!

Park Ave Penthouse Journal Cover – Dream Journal

Hello Bad Girls!
It’s Lisa here today to share some inspiration for you.

I have finished decorating the cover of my Park Ave Penthouse Journal,
and it is everything that I had imagined!
I hope you like it as much as I do….

I have started by using my Haute Mess Acrylic Paints in ‘Mannequin’ and ‘Last Sin’,
to add some colour to the edges of my journal.

I have then used a stencil and Haute Mess Molding Paste, to add some vintage script texture.

I have used a resin frame, that I have first used ‘Last Sin’ Acrylic paint to coat the entire piece.
I have then used a dry brush with a slight amount of ‘Fallen Angel’ Acrylic Paint, to lightly brush over the top.

I have also used some of the Haute Mess Glass Bead Gel.

Lots of flowers and vintage finds 🙂

I really love the natural tones and I am really happy with how this came together.


Thanks so much for stopping by!
The Design Team has lots more to share with you.
Trust me, you’ll love it!


New life of the old hook-hangers)))

Hello! Looked for inspiration! Today I will show you how to transform the old broken clothes hook!Once it was a very beautiful hook and I could not throw it away … I am glad that today I can do something from it))) First you need to cut several colors of different sizes from thick white paper. I used the Cameo plotter!

I painted the paper flower petals pink, I decided that the large petals would be lighter and chose Haute Mess Broken Doll!This is an incredibly delicate pink color!

Smaller petals painted in color Couture Pink. Paint cans are very beautiful))) For work, I used a synthetic brush, and after work the paint is easily understood with the brush.

While the preparation of the flower has not yet dried out completely, I pressed the ball on the petals. They slightly changed shape and became more rounded.

I did this with all the petals and glued them into a flower.

I filled the middle of the flower Glass Bead Gel. When the gel was dry, I painted in yellow, it turned out very beautiful!

I am pleased with the result))) Have a nice day and creativity in the soul) Change the world for the better!

Stitched Journal Page: Altering Flowers with Gesso

Happy hump day all! How’s your week going? I’ve been having so much fun working with my art journal from Bad Girls Couture. Since I scrapbook mainly 8 1/2″x11″ layouts, the size of the journal works well for me! For this stitched journal page, I decided to use  white premium gesso on my flower to mess it up a bit. It was too pretty… LOL

To create this distressed look, I simply used a small paint brush and gesso and rubbed the brush along the edges of the petals and between the creases. Super simple and easy. I wanted the flower to blend in with the layout. The brown needed some hightlights.

I love this flair button that I bought awhile ago from 7 Dots Studio. It went perfectly with this journal spread. The butterfly was created by painting gesso onto white cardstock and letting the gesso dry. Once the gesso was dry, I punched the butterfly out using a punch and added the heart.

See, gesso isn’t so scary to use after all. I love that you can use gesso to paint different embellishments if you are out of white paint. It works just the same.

Thanks for visiting today!


“Grow In Him” Art Journal Page

Good morning, lovelies!  Dale Ann here this morning with today’s Inspire Me Monday art video!  Today my video is a walk through my latest journal page in my Paper Doll Palace art journal from the Haute Mess Collection!  These incredibly beautiful journals are almost here!!  Watch the shop and our Instagram pages for the shout out when you can order your very own!

My page is titled, “Grow In Him.”  I chose to work on one of the cardboard pages from my journal, with sweet stitching around the edges!

The face I used in this project is a sketch from Li Li Wee, one of my favorite artists! You can find her work on Instagram at @weelili_art.  She is fabulous, and I’m proud to say she’s my friend!

I also used a paper cut out of some vintage flowers in my stash.  I had it printed out for another project and didn’t use it.  So in the video you see me reconstructing it! LOL

I adhered the face to my page use the Haute Mess Matte Gel medium. This stuff is great to use like glue, and also to put a protective coating on your pieces.  I apply it all with a brush, but then I scrape it with an old credit card to get all the air bubbles out and make sure it’s stuck on well. At one point in the paint process I accidentally got paint on the eye of the face. But since I had put a layer on top of the Gel medium, I was able to wipe it right off with a baby wipe!

I scraped two luscious colors across this page, first “Hippie In High Heels,” and “Last Sin.”  I love these creamy paints so much!!

My next step was too scrape some Haute Mess Molding Paste through a stencil for texture. I use a credit card, because it gets it down into the nooks and crannies really well! This leaves raised texture on my page that reminds me of a stone walkway.  Make sure you get this layer really dry, so it stays raised and doesn’t smear! I use a hairdryer between layers to speed up the drying process!

My next color choice was “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” which I also used with my handmade number stencil.

The next thing I do is use some Tim Holtz Distress Inks with an Illustrated Faith cling stamp and to distress the edges of the page.  I also use a Dylusions Shimmer Spray to amp up the color on the flowers, along with a gelato on the leaves.

I decide to do some more color around the eye, with a flower stencil and the color, “Bye Felicia.”  It’s a pale lavender! So pretty!

My page was looking a little pale now, so I used some “Bad & Tatted,” watered down and sprinkled on the page with a paint brush for contrast!  I also use some on a piece of bubble wrap like a stamp.

How about some bling on that page?  I used some Haute Mess Glass Bead Gel on my flowers and then use a credit card to scrape some around the whole page. This adds more texture goodness and some sparkle!

I finally stick those flowers down with some Matte Gel medium, and trip up the edge.  For some more drama, I use my Signo Ball Gel pen in white to add some high lights to the eye and make the sketch more my own.

I use a sentiment from Illustrated Faith’s Wordfetti, outline it with a black pen, and voila! I hope you like it!

Here is the video for your viewing pleasure!

Feel free to leave me a comment below with any questions or just to gush about how awesome it it!  LOL

Thanks for watching, til next time!

Love, Dale Ann

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There is a unique BATCH NUMBER on every single bottle of paint. We are able to tell by that number who mixed your paint and what date it was mixed on. 

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We are Eco-Friendly. No VOC’s. Recyclable container. The container can be repurposed. Haute Mess Paint and Mediums swatch book included. Swatch book is ACTUAL paint and mediums. NOT computer generated images. What you see is EXACTLY what you get.

Decorating the Haute Mess Journal with Cristin


Hello everyone! Cristin here, and today I’m going to decorate the cover of my Haute Mess journal with Haute Mess paints, mediums and a little embellishment.


The supplies I’m using today:
Collage Paper
Haute Mess Matte Gel
Hot Glue
Haute Mess Clear Gesso
Palette Knife
Haute Mess Modeling Paste
Haute Mess Bad & Tatted
Haute Mess Torrid
Haute Mess Naked
Prima Art Alchemy – Amethyst Magic
DecoArt Media Mister – Carbon Black & Magenta
Waxed Linen Thread
Relics & Artifacts – Visage
Relics & Artifacts – Rising Spirit II

I hope that you enjoy this video that I created of my process:


How will you make the cover of your Haute Mess journal all *you* ?