You and Me: Playing with Clear Gesso

Good morning girlies! I have a fun art journal spread to share with you using some clear gesso and acrylic paints on the pink stitched cardstock Art Journal Page. I used the clear gesso to prep the page so the acrylic paints held their true colors. Sometimes, white gesso will turn the paint to a pastel color and I did not want that to happen.

Once the clear gesso was completely dry, I added the paint to the background. I used Drama Queen, Sweet Candy Kisses and Last Sin.

I used a heart stencil and platinum molding paste from my stash to add a shiny effect to the page. Then I added lots of papers and embellishments. Super simple, but fun.

Here is a link to my process video! Thanks for stopping by today!

Art-journal page Follow your dreams by Elena Martynova

Hello dear friends!
Today I’m with a new Mixed Media project – and it’s again Art-journal page.
 I chose the pink canvas page to create my project.

Hope you like and I have video for you to watch if you would like to see my process.

I painted background using Haute Mess Acrylic colors:

I applied the Molding Paste through a stencil, and then another Glass Bead Gel.

After drying, it gives an interesting texture and beautifully shimmers in the light!

   I took photos from different angles, so it was better to see how to lay this gel

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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Hope Anchors The Soul Art Journal | Donna Espiritu

Hello, Bad Girls. It’s Donna here today with a new project using Haute Mess products.

I created another page in my Palace Princess Art Journal and it was fun playing and experimenting with mediums and paints to add texture and interesting details.

I started with one of the pages in the Haute Mess Palace Princess Art Journal as my base or background. I applied clear gesso before adding texture with modeling paste and a stencil.

I based the acrylic paints colors on the Kaisercraft Antiquities collection I used. So I chose Caution Tape, Make It Rain and Bad & Tatted as main colors. The combination of yellow and bluish gray is beautiful.

I have a process video you can watch.

I hope you liked my project today! See you in my next post.

Thanks for dropping by and happy crafting!

Supplies Used:

Haute Mess Art Journal Palace Princess

Haute Mess Mediums: Clear Gesso, Molding Paste

Haute Mess Acrylic Paints: Naked, Fallen Angel, Caution Tape, Make It Rain, Bad & Tatted

Kaisercraft Antiquities collection (papers, stickers, stencil, stamp), Pearls and Rhinestones, Kaisercraft Chestnut Ink, White Thread

“Seek Refuge In Him” Mixed Media Journal Spread

Hey Y’all!  For today’s Color Splash I thought I would show you how to spice up your gesso!  I used gesso as a background medium for a fun paint pulling technique I’ve been wanting to try and I thought you would enjoy it too!

I did a quick little process video to show you how I used the Haute Mess Gesso mixed with a bit of Metallic Mixing Medium and then layered with a coat of Floetrol as a base for this cool paint pulling technique.  Check it out and then see the pics for more details of how I pulled the entire spread together.


After I was finished with the feathers (as seen in the video) I dropped some gold metallic acrylic ink and allowed it all to dry well then rubbed a bit more gold over the top to highlight the texture a bit.  I then used the Bad & Tatted Haute Mess paint and freehanded the title as well as using some foam letter stamps to stamp the rest of the title.  I also made some freehand cross marks and then took a black ink pad and distressed both pages.  See the supply list below for a list of all supplies used.

Supplies Used:

Haute Mess Gesso
Haute Mess Acrylic Paints – Bad & Tatted, Torrid, First Crush, Caution Tape, Make it Rain, Kiss & Don’t Tell and Dive Bar
Gold Acrylic Ink
Black Stamp Pad
Acrylic Pearlescent Mixing Medium

Color Blocking Journal Spread

Hi everyone. I decided to mix a few acrylic paint colors that I normally would not use together. I wanted to create a pretty, but funky layout! This helps me step out of my comfort zone a bit to try new things.

I painted the chipboard art journal page using the black a Haute Mess Acrylic Paint (Bad & Tatted). This paint is so pretty once it is try. It is more of a charcoal color!

Once the black was dry, I used washi tape to create lines across the chipboard to create a fun color block background. Watch the video at the end to see how this was done! Then I painted in between the washi strips using the X-rated and Broken Doll Haute Mess Acrylic Paints.

I added a few strips of washi tape down the center of the spread to add more designs and color to the spread. Then I added some black foam butterfly stickers on the black to add dimension.

I used a Matted Gel Medium to stick the book pages down on the chipboard prior to embellishing. Then I used Molding Paste and a stencil to create the butterfly. I did not plan on using so many mediums on this piece, but I was feeling very creative! This layout was so much fun to make. I really enjoyed the process.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope I inspired you to try different mediums on your next project. My video will show you how simple these mediums are to use!

Mixed Media Trinket Box + VIDEO


Hello Bad girls!
It’s Lisa here today to share a project with you.
I have created a Mixed Media Trinket Box,
using my favourite Haute Mess Mediums & Paints.

I have started with a simple cardboard trinket box from my $2 shop.
To start, I have added some lace around the edge of the lid and a chipboard frame to the centre,
with my Haute Mess Matte Gel Medium.

I have then coated it all in Haute Mess White Gesso.
I have adhered tissue paper and other elements with my Matte Gel Medium.
I have then used my Haute Mess Glass Bead Gel, to add texture to the box.

After more gesso, I have added some colour!
I have used my Haute Mess ‘Kiss & Don’t Tell’ Acrylic Paint.

I have then lightly brushed it with Haute Mess ‘Fallen Angel’ Acrylic Paint.

To finish I have lightly rubbed it with some metal wax.

You can watch the VIDEO below.

I have used the following Products from Bad Girls Couture:

Haute Mess White Gesso

Haute Mess Matte Gel Medium

Haute Mess Glass Bead Gel

Haute Mess Acrylic Paint ‘Fallen Angel’

Haute Mess Acrylic Paint ‘Kiss & Don’t Tell’

“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

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!


Vintage Art-journal page with Elena + Tutorial

Happy Wednesday!! A huge welcome to you my Bad Girls friends!

Today I’m working with two gesso and many paints to create a  mixed media page in my “COBBLESTONE LANE” Art Journal.

I chose to decorate Canvas page.

This time I decided to remember that time, when I tried decoupage.

I still have a small collection of napkins with interesting drawings.

Why not try to use them when creating a page in an Art Journal?

All the more in Art Journal from Bad Girls there is page reminiscent of a canvas.

Dense cardstock and primed fabric.

First I made one layer of Clear Gesso. Then pasted pieces of pages from the old dictionary and a layer of napkins for decoupage.

It is better not to cut pictures from napkins, and tear them off. So the edges are more thin and uneven, which will better implant them in the background.

Added another coat of Clear Gesso.

Added strokes with Premium White Gesso to muffle the bright color of the pieces of paper and combine them together.

Once everything was dry, I complicated the background with stamps and archival ink.

Applied a Molding Paste through a stencil

Now it’s time to use paint! I chose these shades:

I didn’t like that the edges are too much white, so I tinted them with Bad & Tatted .
Added a little splashes

I was satisfied with what turned out to be a page, but something was missing…

So I decided to revive it with bright green paint Million Dollar Baby,

and purple Hippie In High Heels

Added sticker by 7 Dots Studio.

I love to use napkins for decoupage. That I’ve put a few more on hold for the next projects!

I hope you were interested and you also decide to try my way to create pages in an Art Journal!

and some close-ups

Well that is all from me today.
Until next time happy scrapping.
Elena xo

Products used:

Haute Mess Mediums:

Haute Mess Medium – Clear Gesso

Haute Mess Mixed Media Medium  – Premium White Gesso

Haute Mess – Molding Paste

Haute Mess Paints:

Bad & Tatted 

Plastic Angel


Hippie In High Heels

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Best Day

        Hello to creative girls)))) Today is Wednesday, which means the rubric “Color splash” and I have an incredibly bright and cheerful card for you. The set of March Kit “With Sprinkles On Top” is so bright and life-affirming that it is obvious – to create bright projects)))) I took several sheets of Shimelle “Glitter Girl” by American Crafts: “Snap To It” and “Make Magic”

I was inspired by the inscription “Today is the best ever”))) I made it the main one in this project. I cut out the card from the sheet and worked the edges a little, First with a blade of scissors, and then shaded them with bureau color.

   Bright pictures on the sheets can become independent elements of the decoration of your project. Just cut what you like! My choice is a small raspberry camera. Gently cut it out along the contour and have a gorgeous decoration!

This postcard has several layers. On the workpiece from the white cardstock, first glue the cover from the yellow paper into the crimson asterisks. The second layer is a smaller-sized cover from a turquoise leaf to a yellow strip. Lastly, paste a card with an inscription! All covers are glued to adhesive two-sided adhesive tape.I often use in my projects a strip with a patterned border – this is the bar on which the bar code and the name of the collection. I cut off these strips and then play with them, using them for decoration. 

All the decorations I glue on bulk adhesive pads to create volume and emphasize many layers.

The main decoration of this postcard was a kite! From the patterned leaf we carve a lilac rhombus. And then we make a contrasting turquoise substrate under the diamond, it is obtained from two layers.Between the layers attach a yellow waxed cord. It will perfectly complement the composition in terms of texture and free attachment. It is important not to stick the cord along the entire length! Only a few fixing points! I decorated the rope of a kite with colorful bows made of one-colored cardstock and patterned paper.

This postcard will get a real Splash of color! It will give you the mood and inspiration for today! Have many better days in your creative life by my creative girls! We are waiting for your work in the gallery of the blog)))) I’ll see you soon, thank you for visiting our blog!