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

Loved – Tag In A Bag | an art journal page by Dale Ann Cubbage

Is it Monday again already?  I’m afraid so, lovelies!  So, in an effort to cheer us up, I have a new project for your viewing pleasure!  Today I’m sharing a page in my Paper Doll Palace art journal that I have done up in my favorite Haute Mess acrylic paint colors!  Being a shabby girl at heart, you know those colors are Couture Pink, Bad & Tatted, Grunge and Drop Dead Gorgeous, of course!  Plus, I’ve loaded up the texture on this page with some white gesso, some of my hand made stencils and a handful of my favorite bits and bobs laying around my desk.  This page is one of my favorites now, and I hope you like it!  Be sure to read all the way to the end, as I have included a process video to show you how I put this all together, and as an added bonus, I show you a new technique I learned involving a magazine page, a stencil and a sanding block.  Intrigued?  I hope so.  Let’s get to the eye candy, shall we?

Some Photos of the Final Page

You can’t get any shabbier than the beautiful combo of pink, blue and black & white in my opinion!

I’ve been hoarding that little black and white bag forever, waiting for just the right project to use it on.  I have used it as my focal point on the page, and it holds a sweet little tag I made tucked inside, for a peek-a-boo effect!

Peek-a-boo!  Here’s the tag making it’s debut!  The inspiration for this page was a sermon I heard recently, reminding me that I am loved.  Period. End of story.  And so are you, friend.  I hope this layout can serve as a reminder to you today, that you are absolutely loved and adored!

I’ve got texture and color for days on this spread!

Process Video

Hugs and kisses, darling!  Thanks so much for coming by and checking out my post today!  Don’t forget to watch the video I made for you!

A Rose By Any Other Name | a Mixed Media Canvas by Dale Ann Cubbage

Good Morning, all you bad girl art beauties! I hope you’re ready for some color and bling this morning!  Today I am sharing a mixed media canvas I created using the magical Glass Bead Gel from the Haute Mess Medium Collection, right here in the Bad Girls Couture shoppe!

This product is just pure magic, girls! I cannot explain in words just what it does and how it makes your projects glimmer and shine! So I guess I’ll just have to show you!

Up Close and Personal

The first thing you see is the awesome texture it brings to the canvas, right?  But you can actually see it creating three different effects in this one shot!  In the upper left corner, you can see how it looks when you put it on top of painted and inked surfaces.  On top of paint it looks like little diamonds glittering on the page!  When it’s on top of inked surfaces, it absorbs the ink, making the color sparkly!   Down the left side of the canvas you can see how it looks when it’s thick on the page, and this is what it looks like with white gesso on it.  All you have to do is spread it on with a palette knife.  Then on the right side of the top of photo, you can see just a few pieces of it scattered out. It reminds me of glistening snow flakes or ice crystals!  Girls, I’m telling you, this stuff is dreamy and delicious!

In this photo you can see how it just soaks up all that incredible color from the Haute Mess acrylic paints!  Also, notice how I put some of it on the clay element . . . it just adds to the grungy elegance on this piece!  I also used it on the bottom of the element, where it cracked and broke.  By filling in the crack with the Glass Bead Gel, it disguised the crack, making it stand out like it was done on purpose!  It is such a versatile product.

Color Splash . . .

For my color splash today, I chose our Haute Mess paints in these colors:

Drop Dead Gorgeous

Oops! My Bad!

First Crush

Kiss And Don’t Tell

Couture Pink

These are the Haute Mess Mediums used in this project:

Glass Bead Gel

White Gesso

Mixed Media Canvas

I have used molds and air dry clay to create the dimensional pieces on my canvas, as well as cut out flowers and butterflies from some scrap paper.  That little frame I found at a yard sale for 10 cents!  I used some white acrlic ink and a shimmer mist spray in teal.  But the real star of this project is the Glass Bead Gel, in my opinion!  What do you think?


Well that’s it for me today! Be sure to click on the links in my post for details on the products used here, and while you’re here, check out the previous blog posts from the other Bad Girl Couture Artists. There are some amazing and inspiring projects to get you creating with the Haute Mess line of art supplies! Thanks for looking today!

Dale Ann

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:


First Crush

Drama Queen

Guilt Trip

Sweet Candy Kisses

Caution Tape


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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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


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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!
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!!