Red, White and Blue Journal Page with Jen Matott

 

 

Hi, artsy friends!  I’m back with a Haute Mess Art journal canvas page  project and video.  I was inspired by our Independence Day celebrations.  The 4th of July holds special meaning for us here in the United States.  We celebrate our forefathers and the freedoms we hold dear.  As we continue to strive to be better and a country, we remember all those that fought in order to give us the freedoms we have.  It’s a patriotic holiday with lots of traditions that we share with family and friends.  So, I made a page that reflects our flag’s colors and feeling of unity.

 

In my tutorial video, you will see that I start by adding some Haute Mess Mixed Media White Gesso to the page.  I added the letter stencil over that using and sponge to dab Haute Mess Mixed Media Acrylic Paint in Bad Girl GaudyFallen Angel, and Make it Rain through it.  It created a sort of Ombre effect with the 3 colors.   I did the same with each color on a canvas banner piece.

I mixed the Haute Mess Mixed Media Molding Paste with Bad and Tatted Acrylic color. I put that through a stars stencil.   Once dry, I embellished the page with metal pieces, found objects and twine.

If you live in the USA, Happy Independence Day!

 

Appreciate Beauty – Tabbed Journal Page

It’s Make Art Monday… I’m going to share one of the tabbed pages from the wonderful Haute Mess Art Journals! Before I created on the page, I had a bit of fun with Gelli plates!  My 4th grade students are starting a project using the Gelli plates and learning about printmaking in my classroom so I thought I’d bring one home and have a little art making fun myself!  The Haute Mess Acrylics work beautifully on the plate!

Here are some of the beautiful prints that I made during this process:

 

The Gelli plate is a gelatin based printing plate that you can reuse over and over.  I love how the Haute Mess Acrylics work on this plate and how wonderful they transfer to paper! You will have endless possibilities and lots of papers for your journals, artwork and anything else your heart desires!

After my prints dried, I took a few and ripped them to create a finished page with.

 

Here is the process video that I made while printing and putting my finished journal page together.  Enjoy!

I hope I’ve inspired you today to try printmaking with the Haute Mess Acrylics!

Bad Girls Haute Mess products used:

Haute Mess Acrylic:

X-Rated

First Crush

Drama Queen

Guilt Trip

Sweet Candy Kisses

Caution Tape

Mannequin

Drop Dead Gorgeous

Modeling Paste

Matte Gel

 

 

 

Faith In The Unknown – Mixed Media Art Journal Page

Good morning and happy Saturday, all you lovely bad girlies out there! This is Dale Ann here with you today, and I hope your weekend is off to a good start!  As you’re reading this, I am on the road on my way to my hometown, Kansas City! Whoo hoo!  That means I am going to be eating some gooooood Mexican food!  I live in Oklahoma, and we have NO GOOD Mexican food here! It’s a real bummer! So I’ve already decided where I’m eating when I get to town! How sad it that? LOL

Getting Started

The project I’m sharing with you today is a mixed media masterpiece!  (Of course I use the term “masterpiece,” rather loosely here!)  I have combined some gorgeous paints from the Haute Mess acrylic paint line, as well as some of our fabulous Haute Mess Mediums! So let’s get started!

For the first step, I covered my page from my Paper Doll Palace art journal with a layer of Clear Gesso, to prepare the surface.

  

During the second step, I have used a stencil mask from Stencil Girl and sponged some Bad & Tatted paint over it.  I just use a cheap makeup sponge from the Dollar Tree, because they are cost effective and are great at getting that paint down in the crevices of the stencil!

 

After I got that on, I went ahead and covered the rest of the page in the Bad & Tatted paint. Then I used some Caution Tape paint to fill in the flowers that were created by the stencil mask, and then splashed some more of that lovely yellow across the page.

A Protective Layer

Now, about this point in any project I do, I like to cover what I’ve done in a layer of the Haute Mess Matte Gel medium. The reason I do this to protect the work I’ve done so far.  That way if I screw up the next step, I can easily remove mistakes with a baby wipe and I haven’t ruined the whole project!

 

Because I wanted the background to have the illusion of clouds, I grabbed this fun stencil, also from Stencil Girl, and my Haute Mess Molding Paste. Since I wanted the clouds to be more whimsical, I wanted some color to them, but I also wanted the texture of the molding paste to give them some dimension.  As a result, I  added some beautiful Drop Dead Gorgeous paint directly to the molding paste.

I really liked where this was going, but those clouds needed something. So how about some more Bad & Tatted through another stencil?  Eventually, I ended up going over it in white gesso, but the darker layer helped give a hint of a shadow.  Because I’m a sparkly kind of girl, I was needing a little bling.  This called for some of our amazing Glass Bead Gel in the middle of all the flowers, and then some Torrid red to the beads for color in the middle!

How About a Color Fix?

Because I still thought it needed more color, I splashed some Drop Dead Gorgeous and Torrid, as well as some white gesso, across the whole page. That was what it needed!  Finally, I selected my sentiment from my Illustrated Faith Wordfetti, and called it done!

I cannot say enough about these acrylic paints! They are not only gorgeous colors, but they are so creamy and easy to work with! They blend really well, and have I told you how nice they smell?  These paints are formulated to be environmentally friendly and easier on those of us who suffer with allergies!  The colors I used on this project are some of my favorites!

The Fabulous Haute Mess Paints & Mediums

 

All the supplies I used from the Haute Mess line are listed here:

Here is my final page, I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it! And thanks for visiting the Bad Girl Couture Blog today!

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Love,

Dale Ann

Turning Junk Jewels into Treasured Art

You may or may not know that when I’m not playing with my beautiful collection of Bad Girls art supplies, I’m also a jewelry designer.  I’ve made jewelry from old bits and pieces ever since I was 13 years old, so as you can imagine, I’ve acquired quite a bit of old junk jewelry.  Recently I’ve decided to start incorporating some of those old pieces into my art.  So today’s repurpose challenge is a perfect time to share some of that with you!

Today I started off with this old costume brooch.  It has pretty pink and red stones but it has honestly seen better days so I decided to give it a good coating of Haute Mess White Gesso to give it a white washed look.

I was careful to save the stones to paint over for last so it wouldn’t dry too quickly on me because I wanted to dampen my cloth and wipe the paint off the stones to reveal the stones but still have the paint all in crevasses and settings of the stones.

Once it was dry I flipped it over and removed the pin back from it so it will have a flat backing and set it aside for later.

I then turned my attention to a cute little mini canvas.  I prepared my canvas by spreading a thick coating of the Haute Mess Molding Paste.

Use a pallet knife to smooth the paste out but make sure it still maintains a good deal of fun texture to hold a lot of dimension when we apply the paints.

Finally once the Molding Paste was dry I began layering on the paints.  I started in the center of the canvas with the darker color, “Torrid” and then applied my lighter Haute Mess color “Couture Pink”, making sure to keep my brush nice and wet with water in between for good blending.  I also made sure my canvas stayed we with a light brushing of water where needed too and gave some of the stark white areas a light was of the watered down “Couture Pink”.

Then I took my bright red “Bad Girl Gaudy” color and dabbed and flicked little bits of color on the dampened canvas.  Since the canvas remained wet it allowed the paint great movement and achieved a really nice effect without any extra blending product.

Once those layers were dry I glued on the brooch and then smoothed on a good bit of the Haute Mess Glass Bead Gel for my favorite texture effect.  I work from the edge of the brooch out and fan it out with my finger to give it an organic, natural feel.  I then finished off the entire piece with a sprinkling of some coarse glitter and a metallic rose gold rub.

This is the finished piece in my home next to my last piece of art I shared with you!  I hope you are inspired to go repurpose some old junk jewelry finds!

 

Love is In the Air – Custom Cover for My Paper Doll Palace Art Journal!

Hey all you Bad Girls!  This is Dale Ann here with you, with a Bringing Sexy Back Sunday!  My post today is proof that love is in the air! With Valentine’s Day coming up this week, I was inspired to create this romantic, dreamy custom cover for my Paper Doll Palace art journal, from the Haute Couture Collection!

This beautiful art journal comes with a beautiful pink canvas cover already, which made it the perfect base to create a masterpiece on!  You have to hold this journal in your hot little hands to get just how luxurious it is!  For my cover I decided to go with my favorite colors from the Haute Mess Paint collection and the fantastic texture building mediums also included in this collection!

I started building my layers with paint and molding paste scraped through a stencil . . .

Just look at that crazy texture!  Be sure to let that layer dry really well, and that texture will stay raised and awesome!  I painted over all the raised texture with some Couture Pink! Next, I made some paper cutouts using my Cricut Air Explore machine.  I painted these pieces with some of my favorite colors . . . Fallen Angel, Plastic Angel, Naked, Broken Doll, Last Sin and Mannequin. These paints are so creamy and dreamy, y’all!

I started layering the pieces on the canvas, adhering with the Matte Gel medium.  I also applied more Molding Paste and some Glass Bead Gel medium, as well as some Deco Art crackle medium.

I layered on leaves, butterflies and a swirly frame.  I also added some glitter, then flicked some Bad & Tatted paint (watered down a little) all over for some contrast.

Next, I adhered a cutout of the word “love,” and a tiny flower I made from some rolled scrapbook paper.

It all came together in soft and sweet muted colors, a little sparkle and a whole lot of love!

I hope you enjoyed following along with me, and I hope I’ve inspired you to create all the crafty love projects this week for your special loved ones!  Be sure to follow me on Instagram at @lovingoutloud_ministry to keep up with all my crafting!

Til’ next time, Dale Ann

 

Haute Mess Paint is made by hand by artisans here in the USA (Southern California).
We are a SMALL BATCH COMPANY. Every single color is mixed by hand ONE GALLON AT A TIME to ensure freshness.

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.

Haute Mess Paint is completely free of VOC’s. (Volatile Organic Compounds). Paint
has chemicals that can stay in the air for years. It can also give you headaches,
allergies, nausea, and other health problems. Not Haute Mess!

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. Inspirational Post Card with ideas to inspire your muse.

 

Textured Sea Glass Canvas featuring Haute Mess Molding Paste

Hey guys!  Michelle here!  I’m excited to show you a fun way to use your Haute Mess Molding Paste in a great on trend home decor art project today!

For this project you will need a small canvas, Haute Mess Molding Paste, Haute Mess Glass Bead Gel, Haute Mess Matte Gel, Haute Mess Acrylic paints in your color choice (I used Drop Dead Gorgeous and Make it Rain), a hot glue gun, a pallet knife and coarse glitter.  You may also want to have a heat gun or blow dryer to speed up drying times.

I started by applying my Molding Paste with with the pallet knife to the canvas, making sure to leave lots of texture but thin enough that it won’t take forever to dry.  (use a heat gun or hair dryer to speed up drying if needed)

Next I began applying the acrylic paints. I stared in the center with the darker color (Make it Rain) and blended the lighter color (Drop Dead Gorgeous) with water while both paints were still wet.  I feathered the paints at the top and bottom as well and kind of gave the paint a watered wash over the top and bottom of the canvas, leaving the saturation of color more towards the center.  Again I set a side to dry (or you can speed up the drying with a drying tool).

When dryer completely I stacked and applied the sea glass, securing it to the canvas with hot glue.

Finally I added the finishing touches by giving it more texture with the Haute Mess Glass Bead gel first and then later adding some Matte Gel to some of the cracks to nestle some coarse glitter in for extra sparkle.  I also added a slight rub of some metallic rose gold paint for some shine as well.

I love how this make such an impact like a high end piece of art and how you could easily mix it up with all sorts of other options and combinations!  I know you will have a blast playing around with these techniques!

 

February Bad Girls Couture DT Challenge

Welcome! We are ready to inspire you with challenge projects that we created using the February Kit! If you love fabric, this month’s kit is for you! It has a variety of fabrics to make your heart happy! The girls had fun incorporating fabric on their projects! Take a look at what they created and learn a technique or two.

For this layout, I decided to use a big piece of fabric to help frame the photo. The peach fabric blended in nicely with the papers. I used some glue to glue a small piece of fabric towards the top of the tag to add more texture which helped frame the photo nicely. Then, I decorated a manila tag that I had in my stash using strips of ribbon that I cut about 1/4″ then tied them through the hole to add a little home spun touch to the layout.

Nicole Martel
 
 The vintage looking fabrics included in this month’s kit inspired me to scrap this vintage photo of my mom with her first car. I just love the way the photo looks on that pile of pretty fabric! She named the car “Crash” and you can be sure there is more to that story… that’s why I left that empty white space on the left… for her to add her own journaling! Lots of the lovely chipboard pieces finished off the bottom and of course help set off the fun stenciling that I did using the Molding Paste and the Prima stencil included in the kit. I just love scrapping vintage photos! Do you?
Ashli Oliver
 
 Irina used the tulle fabric with an embroidery hoop to create a gorgeous piece of art!
Irina
We totally love how Michelle used the fabrics to create a gorgeous album!! This is absolutely incredible.
Michelle Sanders
 
These fabrics are so pretty! I decided to make flowers and leaves out of them. I cut strips of the green fabric and sewed them to make them look like leaves. I used a die to cut out some flower pieces of the dark and light peach colored fabrics. I topped the large flower with one of the Prima Marketing flowers from the kit. I took the lighter fabric and hand cut it to make two rolled flowers. I topped off the flowers with some glass beads to add a bit of sparkle!
Rae Moses
Thanks so much for visiting today! Please don’t forget to check out our gallery for more inspiration. We would love it if you would follow us on Instagram (BadGirlsCouture2007) so you don’t miss out on all the crafty inspiration that our Design Team has created! We are here to inspire and motivate you to create something fun, challenging and new for yourself!! Don’t be afraid to cut into that fabric to create something beautiful for your projects! Just don’t forget to use sharp scissors!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

January Bad Girls Couture DT Challenge

Welcome! We are so excited to inspire you with the January Kit! There are so many possibilities with this kit. It is chocked full of gorgeous patterns, florals, fabric, a mini book, chipboard, flair and paint! This month, we challenged the girls to create something awesome using this sketch!

 

Take a look at what they created. We are so inspired with their creativity! We just love how everyone thought outside of the box to create such beautiful projects. If these aren’t inspiring enough, we aren’t sure what is?! We’ve also included their thoughts on the sketch; what inspired them to create the layout they created using the sketch as inspiration.

 Ashli Oliver
I love working from a sketch! It is always the perfect starting point for a layout. For this page, I turned the sketch on it’s side. I took a literal approach to the floral element and then layered up my photos. For the long rectangular element under the flower, I used one of the cool old bingo cards that came as a mini book in the kit. I was also inspired by the border element of the sketch and used one of my border punches to create some texture along the left side of the layout. I just love the way it turned out and it was the perfect jumping off point to scrap about hubby and I clearing out the creek on our property!
Nicole Martel
For this layout, I was inspired by the trio of frames and the scalloped edges of the sketch! Lots of layers and textures make me happy! 🙂
 
Michelle Sanders
The sketch inspired me to use multiple photos.  I used four photos as in the sketch and Sizzix dies to cut paper flowers and leaves to create a little bouquet as in the center of the catch but it didn’t really work in the center of my photos so I placed it more to the left of my photos.  I also took a little grouping and placed it at the bottom similar to the illustrated beading or string on the bottom of the large photo square in the sketch.    It seemed to come together well without looking too  literal and has a very natural flow.  Using the sketch really helped me gather my thoughts in my process.
 

 

Rae Moses

Sketches are so much fun! As for my take on this one,  I started by creating the background layers- I used the Daisy D paper for the base, which I “gutted” a 10X10 square out of so I could use it for the background and also for the layer on the left side. I used a Martha Stewart Border punch in a distressed way on the pink 7 Dots paper, and then curled it up with my fingers ro to make it more dimensional. Instead of using three square pictures, I decided to cut out some doilies from the grey 7 Dots paper: I inked them with black chalk ink, and added some of the Northern Lights circle stickers. I also added three flowers on top of the doilies- the light darker pink ands purple ones are from the kit- I took the brads out and out of the layers, and then reshaped them so they were more dimensional and smaller. The lighter pink flower is from my stash, as well as the resin corner. I added some pearl trim from my stash for a border around the design, and completed the layout with a light whitewashing of everything with some diluted Bad Girls Couture gesso!

Thanks so much for visiting today! Please don’t forget to check out our gallery for more inspiration. We would love it if you would follow us on Instagram (BadGirlsCouture2007) so you don’t miss out on all the crafty inspiration that our Design Team has created! We are here to inspire and motivate you to create something fun, challenging and new for yourself!! Don’t be afraid to flip  sketches to make them work for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make Craft Storage Pretty with Bad Girls Couture

In today’s culture, we are definitely working towards more recycling, re-purposing and up-cycling which is phenomenal for the earth and our pocket books.  When thinking of re-purposing an item as I sit at my craft desk, I come across a pet peeve of mine.  I like pretty storage, it helps to inspire me in my creating.  So as I sat there looking at my very un-inspiring small stack of drawers on my table, I had an idea.  Let’s make it PRETTY!  A sheet of paper, some ribbon, an alphabet stamp set, kraft paper and some glue…easy peasy!

 

You can see here just how uninspiring this little storage unit is, so lets make this bad boy PRETTY!
Cut out strips of paper to the height of each drawer, measure across but give yourself some extra length as this unit has a dipped in middle.  So I accounted for that.

Using a small alpha stamp set, stamp on kraft paper the category of items in each drawer. Cut them out, ink the edges and adhere to the drawer. Then add your choice of ribbon, this one was over an inch thick with design on each edge, I decided to cut it down the middle and then alternate the textures.

 

Do not forget the top to complete the look.

 

Hope this inspires you to repurpose not only items on your craft desk but all around your home.  The possibilities are endless.

 

Welcome to the December Bad Girls DT Challenge!!

 

Welcome! We are so excited to inspire you with the December Kit! The colors in this kit just screams fun!! And they totally made us happy. Do you find yourself in a happier mood when playing with pretty, colorful kits? I know I do! This month’s kit is chocked full of colorful patterns, florals, ribbon, transparency and glitter to get your mojo going! The girls were challenged to use this magazine cover as inspiration for their projects! When I first saw this cover, I immediately thought of using two photos, some flowers and thickers for the title, but then I saw that everything on this cover is symmetrical… So, I couldn’t wait to see what the girls did. I just knew that everyone would spin this a complete different way.

 

Take a look at what they created. We are so inspired with their creativity! We just love how everyone thought outside of the box to create such beautiful projects. If these aren’t inspiring enough, we aren’t sure what is?!

 Ashli Oliver
I was immediately taken with the pattern on the floor, shown in this beautiful photo. With that in mind, I chose the Amy Tangerine paper with the blue hash lines, mimicking the diagonals from the floor. To further reference the photo, I placed the pattern toward the bottom of my page. I then used glossy accents to “write” a title and cover it with the hot pink glitter from the kit. This is a direct nod to the magazine’s title, of course. And finally, inspired by the plant life featured on the table in the photograph, I fussy cut some leaves and flowers to tuck around my page as embellishments. I just love how it came together and had so much fun taking inspiration from this cover!
Irina Volzhina
 I was inspired by the color palette of the VERANDA store cover. I cut out floral motifs from a sheet of patterned paper and added golden colors. First I made glimmering watercolor stains on the ball, and then I placed a LED garland from Prima inside the balloon, and then decorated the top with flowers.
 
Michelle Rossibell

 For this layout, I used an oversize backer card for my background and pulled the colors of the frame and duplicated it around the picture of my Niece, also adding florals to tie the whole look in together. 

 
Michelle Sanders
 I was inspired to use the visuals as a guide to my overall placement and flow on my layout.  I knew I wanted to use the Hambly overlay and it would be perfect to mimic the flowers coming out of the vases so I just had to find something that they could be flying out of.  The trees seemed like a natural thing to use so I used my Sizzix and cut some out of the papers in the kit and it worked out perfectly.  As for the pattern on the floor, it just made sense to me to use the stencil and some molding paste to create the arrow pattern at the bottom of the page.  I really love these types of challenges!!  They push me in great ways!!

Rae Moses

Doing this month’s design team challenge based on the inspiration photo was so much fun! The bold color combo in the December kit really made it easy to get started. Here’s how the photo inspired me: the first thing that I noticed in the picture were many colors (that I would probably never pair myself), and they had a bold, yet natural flow to them in the ivory room with beautiful gold accents. When I looked through the kit,  I chose the teal green and oranges, and paired with black, white and gold/beige, and I felt like these colors in these patterns gave me a lot to work with and balance! The result is something that I don’t think is my typical style, but I definitely enjoyed leaving my comfort zone to play with bold colors and patterns! I added some gold gems to the black triangles, and some flowers, some handmade and some from my stash, which I felt gave some balance and softness to the layout.

Candy Rosenberg
My inspiration was playing off the colors of the cover and the overall minimalist feel and clean lines.
 
Melissa Larson
I was inspired by the title of the Challenge photo, The Joy of Color. I noticed there were two paintings over the table with bright colors.
Thanks so much for visiting today! Please don’t forget to check out our gallery for more inspiration. We would love it if you would follow us on Instagram (BadGirlsCouture2007) so you don’t miss out on all the crafty inspiration that our Design Team has created! We are here to inspire you and motivate you to create something fun, challenging and new for yourself!!