‘New Leaf’ Art Journal Page

Hello all!
It’s Lisa here today to share some inspiration with you.

Here is the art journal page that I have created,
from my ‘Park Ave Penthouse’ Journal.

I have gone for a natural feel to this page.
I have started with a coat of ‘Haute Mess Clear Gesso’, to seal my page.

I have then used ‘Haute Mess White Gesso’ and a stencil to sponge through my alphabet.
I have then used ‘Haute Mess Acrylic Paints’ in both ‘Grunge’ and ‘C-note’ to stencil on to my page.

I have then added the leaf stencil and ‘Million Dollar Baby’ to stencil through on to my page.
I have then added a simple word sticker to finish.

I hope that you like what I have created.


Bad Girls Couture Products used:
Haute Mess Clear Gesso
Haute Mess Gesso
Haute Mess Acrylic Paints in
‘Million Dollar Baby’

What My Dreams Are Made Of | A Paint Tutorial in Art Journal

Ever notice how there are no songs written about Tuesdays?  I guess Tuesday isn’t a very sexy day of the week.  But here at the Bad Girls Couture blog, we usually like to “Junque It Up!”  However, I didn’t use any junk for today’s post.  What I did do was take one of the amazing pages you can choose to have in your very own Haute Mess Art Journal, and I threw some paint at it and totally JUNQUED IT UP!!  Here’s how the lovely Pocket Page started out before I got my messy fingers on it.

As you can see, this page is beautiful just as it is.  It is made with a beautiful piece of card stock with handwriting on it, which I adore.  Then there are three little pockets with a scalloped edge, and it’s all stitched up so cute.  And of course there are these three tags, just begging to be drenched in paint!

This page was so adorable, it’s taken me eight months to get up the courage to make a single mark on it.  But I had so much fun once I got started!!  The first thing I did was try out a new technique I recently learned where you take a page from a magazine, and place a stencil  underneath it.  Then you take sand paper and rub it gently over the magazine page.  It’s kind of like making a rubbing of a coin.  It scratches the design of the stencil into the image and removes particles of the paper and ink in the process.  You just move your stencil around and keep sanding till you get it good and textured up.

The Tags

My next step was to cut out sections of these lovely images and glue them onto my tags.  Aren’t they gorgeous??

If I had stopped right there I would have been perfectly happy.  But, I didn’t.  I got out my Haute Mess White Gesso and splattered it around with a palette knife and through a polka dot stencil to get even more texture going.

I decided to let the colors in the magazine pages inform my color palette.  The colors I used are as follows:  Make It Rain, Kiss and Don’t Tell, Torrid, Sweet Candy Kisses, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Last Sin, Bad & Tatted, Grunge and White Gesso.  Next I took some of my favorite stencils and the paint, and I added these sweet images to the tags and then did some outlining in a black pen and white gel pen.

They just needed a little something more.  So I grabbed my ink pad, and inked up the edges and then splattered some watered down Bad & Tatted on them with a paint brush!  I put the ribbon and string back on them, and that did the trick! Here’s how they ended up.

The Finished Tags

The Pocket & Background

Now it was time to work on the background page and that scalloped pocket.  The first thing I did was sponge some of the Kiss and Don’t Tell paint on the pocket using an inexpensive make up sponge.  To protect the background paper I folded up a piece of clean paper and tucked it in the pocket, being careful not to get it on the page underneath.

Here’s a visual of the next few steps I took.

I couldn’t find the exact sentiment I wanted, so I just wrote out the words I wanted on it, then cut them out in strips.  Using a glue stick I adhered them to the page, and outlined them in black pen to help them stand out from the page.  Next I splattered some of that watered down Bad & Tatted on the background and pockets for some darker values on the page.

The Finished Project

That just about wraps it up for me.  I have lots more eye candy for you, so you can see more of this fun project. I hope you like it.

We are so glad you dropped by to visit today and check out this post!  While you’re here, go visit the shop and see all the fantastic products that Wendy has put together for you!  That’s all for me today, I will see you soon!

Dale Ann

Just As I Am

Happy weekend y’all!!  I hope you are having a wonderful one so far!  I’m going to be honest with you, when I sat down to work in my journal this week I was at a loss.  Creativity was not my friend and I just wasn’t feeling it.  I decided I was going to make a background and layer a few pieces and call it a day.  I had no really direction when I started.

Since I really enjoyed my sheet music page I did last week but didn’t have another page in my journal like that I grabbed a page from a vintage hymnal and brushed on some watered down “Fallen Angel” Haute Mess acrylic paint.

I then mixed some Haute Mess molding paste and mixed some “Kiss & Don’t Tell” acrylic paint and applied it over a stencil onto the page before removing the stencil to reveal the design.

Once the tinted molding paste was dried I applied a bit of “Grunge” Haute Mess” acrylic paint with a pallet knife.  I love that this paint is so nice and thick, it really lends itself to this type of application and still gave some great added texture.

Really loving the design at this point, I decided to add some diluted “Torrid” Haute Mess acrylic paint to give a watercolor effect to the center of the heart.  (this has become one of my favorite colors and favorite ways to apply it)

By this point I decided I was no longer just making a background.  I had found my design and realized I had just perfectly framed my title.  From there everything just totally made sense.  I inked up a distressed line rubber stamp with some “Bad & Tatted” Haute Mess acrylic paint and stamped it at the bottom of the page to give it an anchor point.

Then I added the butterfly diecut sticker and layered a Tim Holtz paper doll to reflect the them of the page.

Finally I added a metallic rub over the page to give it some shimmer.

Supply List:

Cobble Stone Lane Journal
Haute Mess Molding Paste
Haute Mess Acrylic Paints in the following colors:
Torrid, Fallen Angel, Bad and Tatted, Kiss & Don’t Tell & Grunge

Choose Happiness Canvas with Lisa Amiet

Hello Bad Girls!
It’s Lisa here today to share some inspiration with you all!
I have a canvas that I have created
‘I Choose Happiness’

I have started with a canvas that I had laying around.
I have first sealed it with a coat of ‘Haute Mess Gesso’.

I have then used a stencil and some ‘Haute Mess Molding Paste’,
to stencil a pattern onto my canvas.

I have then added some colour using my ‘Haute Mess Acrylic Paints’ in
‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’, ‘Sweet Candy Kisses’ and ‘First Crush’.
I have added water to them to get a natural flow on my canvas.

I have then layered some papers, elements and die cuts in
co-ordinating colours to build up a focus for my canvas.

I hope that you like what I have created,
and that it inspires you to have a play today.



Bad Girls Couture Products used:

Haute Mess Gesso
Haute Mess Molding Paste
Haute Mess Acrylic Paints in
‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’
‘Sweet Candy Kisses’
‘First Crush’ 


It’s The Little Things | Donna Espiritu

Hello, Bad Girlies. Donna here with a new Art Journal inspiration.

It’s a really simple and easy one to make and you re-create it yourself in a few steps.

I dry brushed strips of Bad & Tatted onto the background.

Then I used a stencil and added texture spreading molding paste using a spatula. I made this into a heart shape.

I watered down Caution Tape and splattered some once the molding paste has dried.

It’s time for decorating! I cut a heart shape from a piece of paper and adhered to the center of the heart-shaped textured surface. Then I mixed stickers and cut-apart to embellish the page.

The embellishing is simply basic I just decorated the heart shape in the middle. Super easy, right?
Something you can easily re-create with a couple of Bad Girls Couture Acrylic paints and mediums.

I hope this inspired you to create something today!
Thanks for dropping by and see you in my next post.

Bad Girls Couture Used:
Haute Mess Art Journal – PaperDoll Palace Pink Canvas
Haute Mess Mixed Media Medium- Molding Paste
Haute Mess Acrylic Paints – Bad & Tatted, Caution Tape

Happy crafting,

Enjoy Today Art Journal Page


Hi friends. I’m back with another art journal spread I created for Bad Girls Couture. My sister posted these maternity photos on FaceBook and I fell in love!! Of course, I had to scrap them…

To begin, I mixed some Last Sin and Broken Doll acrylic paint with some Molding Paste to give the paint more texture. Then I used the Rose Swirl 6″x9″ Stencil to create a pretty background for my spread.

Once the background was completely dry, I used some Pink Paislee embellishments to decorate the layout. The tiny tag is from Jillibean Soup.

I kept this spread pretty simple with the main focus on the adorable photos of my pregnant sister and her dog!

I’ve included a quick video so you can see how quickly this layout came together.

Thanks for visiting today!

Song Bird

Happy Monday y’all!!  I hope you are inspired today to create something beautiful!  I was inspired this week to create by this amazing sheet music page in my Haute Mess Cobblestone Lane Journal.

For this page I went to my scrap box and grabbed a few things to use that I thought would add interesting texture and layers and convey the feeling I was looking for.

My jumping off piece was this beautiful bird illustration and I just really went from there, gathering scraps of tissue paper and mesh that I liked.

I applied them down with some Haute Mess clear gesso and then secured the mesh down with some Haute Mess molding paste.  The background of the page also got a bit of a dry brushing of the “Naked” Haute Mess acrylic paint.  I added some extra texture and interest with some Haute Mess glass bead gel in some places and then gave the whole thing a light metallic rub.

The finishing touch was a sweet little die cut butterfly by Tim Holtz.

For a step by step instruction and more close up pictures, check out the link below

Thanks for stoping by today!!

Supply List:

Clear Gesso
Glass Bead Gel
Molding Paste
Naked Acrylic Paint
Cobble Stone Lane Canvas Journal

Photophone Shutters by Elena

Hi friends! Hope you are having a great day :)

For today’s post, I’ve created a altered-art project “Shutters”.

I’ve used newest papers from LemonCraft – ‘House of Roses Extra’ collection, HDF products by Agateria aand lovely amazing Bad Girls products!

For starters, I covered the blank with paint Grunge

Then I glued the paper and with a palette knife applied paint strokes Naked

To complicate the background and add color, added strokes of paints C-Note and Plastic Angel

Molding Paste added texture to the background.

Additionally decorated the background with stamps

Added Art-stones with  Matte Gel

More photos of the shutters:

Thanks a lot for your precious time :)

Stay Blessed!

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happiness | a mixed med{ium} art journal page by Dale Ann Cubbage

 Happy Saturday everyone!  I don’t know about you, but I’m so glad it’s the weekend!  That’s the time I get to spend at my desk playing and creating the most!  I love this layout I have for you today, and I hope it inspires you to get creative and paint and play sometime this weekend!  Take time to express yourself, you deserve it!

a mixed med{ium} art journal page

Okay, so I’m calling this a mixed “med{ium},” page, as opposed to a mixed media page, because I’ve layered on the Haute Mess paints and THREE Haute Mess Mediums, combining all of them to get that grungy texture that we all love so much!  This page has it all, and I smile everytime I look at it! I hope it has the same effect on you!


Wanna know what makes me happy when I’m creating art?  COLOR!  I love all the colors!  I played with some different colors this time around, and I love the results!

I have used one of my faves, Drop Dead Gorgeous, which is a delicious teal blue color.  For my contrast colors I have used Bad & Tatted and some White Gesso.  However, the star of this page is that happy yellow we call Caution Tape!  It’s like sunshine in a jar!  I love how that yellow makes the sweet stitching on this card stock page just pop off the page!

And don’t get me started on those tiny flowers!!  I created those with some air dry clay in a mold, then I painted them in the Caution Tape. I filled in their little centers with a black gel pen.  You will also see some doodles across the page that I drew with a white gel pen.

texture, texture, texture

I’ve already mentioned one of the Haute Mess Mediums used here, the White Gesso, which I love to spread around to create space for the eye to rest. In addition to that I layered on the Matte Gel Medium to protect surfaces as I went. I like to do that in case I make a move I regret! When that happens, I can just remove the mistake with a clean baby wipe! It also keeps my pen doodles from smearing.

The third medium I used was our amazing Glass Bead Gel. This stuff is pure magic! I love the texture it creates anywhere I spread it on!

I’ve added some paper elements to my page, and used several stencils and washi tape to add more texture and depth to my page.

I really love how my Paper Doll Palace  art journal is filling up!  This journal is unique in so many ways! One of my favorite features is that it can grow with my art!  Not only can I add more pages to it if I want, but it expands to accommodate my chunky and dimensional elements I like to use in my work!  My fun little flowers wont get smushed or broken in this journal. It allows me to be fearless and create whatever kind of pages my creative little heart desires!


Well, that’s it for me today! I hope you’ve enjoyed this little glimpse into my creative world.  Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out the store, where you can play and build your own Haute Mess Art Journal, just the way you want it!

Wishing You Happy Days, Dale Ann

Art-journal page Retrospective by Elena

Hello dear friends!
Today I’m with a new Mixed Media project – and it’s again Art-journal page.
I came up with a little story that this page illustrates.
“The courtyard was a garden of Eden Paradise. They were like Adam and eve, and gave the names of flowers, herbs, and stray cats.
Youth kicked out of Paradise and scattered across the universe, leaving vague memories of happy childhood games.
Year and miles separated them, then to bring together and never separate.”
It seems to me – it is a great happiness – to find “your” person and live a long and happy life with him!
Hope you like and I have video for you to watch if you would like to see my process.

 I have made with the incredible products by Bad Girls Couture.

Haute Mess Mediums:
Haute Mess Paints:

Thank you so much for joining us today. I hope you enjoyed your time here on the blog.

Till next time, have fun and enjoy your creative time.

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