Live, Create, Tell The Story- Booklet Journal Page

Hi, Artsy Bad Girls!  It’s Tuesday and I’m back with a journal page to share.  So funny because yesterday Dale Ann shared the same booklet page with her work on it. I just love this kraft booklet option!  It’s the perfect size and has the most adorable shapes to it.  So, I was really excited to work on this piece of art. I made a video of my entire process.  I created with the entire booklet.  You are getting 4 pages in one here!

There were plenty of things for me to choose from in the making of this booklet.  I used scraps, stencils, chipboard, acrylic die cuts, Haute Mess Mediums and more! It’s packed with little surprises and fun details.  Check it out!

First page, using paints, Molding paste and lots of stencil work.  I used my favorite stencil to create texture, design and shape to this page.

Scribbling with an India Ink pen and stencil is not only fun to do but it gives the page a hand drawn look.

Second page spread has more stencils and paint.  I used Gel Medium as an adhesive and protectant here.   More Molding Paste creates dimension and Glass Bead Gel gives more texture.

Glass Bead Gel and glitter make this title shine!

The 3rd page spread came together with the help of Molding Paste, glitter,  found objects and text, and paint!

I love that saying because it’s so true!  I just open myself up to possibilities and using my favorite materials leads me to create something fun!

It is a pretty long video but considering all the pages that went with this little booklet for the Haute Mess Art Journal.  The Haute Mess Acrylic Paints were perfect to give a splash of color to each page and the Mediums just are so fun to use!  I used so many in this booklet work of art!

Here are the colors and mediums I used:

Haute Mess Mixed Media Acrylic paints-

Drama Queen

Drop Dead Gorgeous

Bad & Tatted


Haute Mess Bad Girls Couture Mediums used-


Molding Paste

Matte Gel Medium

Glass Bead Gel

I hope you were inspired and get a chance to create today!  Thanks!

Wings Of Imagination Art Journal Tutorial | Donna Espiritu

Hello, Bad Girls! It’s Donna here back on the blog with another project. I added another decorated page in my Haute Mess Art Journal and I love how it turned out.

I started with dry brushing Naked Haute Mess Acrylic Paint to the pink canvas background

Then I added texture using a stencil and Grunge Haute Mess Acrylic Paint.

After the paints dried, I added the butterfly stack in the middle over some messy thread. I used foam tape to adhere the butterflies to the page.

Then I started adding embellishments using more foam tapes for dimension. This is basically done and just added some fussy cut florals and rhinestones to finish the art journal page.

And this is how it turned out…

I added some fussy cut florals in the middle of the butterfly instead of antennae and adhered rhinestones randomly for a bit sparkle.

I think it turned out pretty, don’t you think? I added another inspiring page into my Haute Mess Art Journal and loving it!
I hope you liked my project as much as I do. See you all in my next post!

Thanks for dropping by and happy crafting.

Supplies Used:
Haute Mess Art Journal Palace Princess

Haute Mess Acrylic Paints – Naked and Grunge

Kaisercraft Rosabella collection and stencil, white thread, adhesives

Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful Layout | Donna Espiritu

Hello, Bad Girls! Donna here for my first project this month of April. I’m gonna be sharing a simple mixed media scrapbook layout today using some Haute Mess Acrylic Paints, Mediums and a recycled item.

Collecting and cardboards, boxes, etc. are one of the things I like doing. So, basically, I’m a box hoarder lol! I use them in replacement of foam tapes when I need lots of them. For my project today, I used one not just to add a bit of dimension (height) to some elements in my layout but to add texture as well. If I’m not mistaken, this corrugated board is from an old toy box.

I painted the background with Couture Pink and Make It Rain. This is the first time I used Make It Rain and this combination is really pretty! Then, I did dry brushing as well as diluting the paints with a bit of water for a watercolor effect. I also splattered Bad and Tatted diluted in water as well.

I love how the dry brushed paints added texture as well.

The recycled corrugated board gave a bit of height to the elements in this layout.

I hope this one inspired you to be creative today! See you all in my next post and project.

Thanks for dropping by!

Happy crafting!

Supplies Used:
Haute Mess Acrylic Paints – Couture Pink, Make It Rain, Bad & Tatted

Haute Mess Mediums – Gesso

Kaisercraft Breathe collection, Paige Evans cut file, corrugated board, white thread, glue

Art-journal page Funny Granny by Elena

Hello, lovely friends! Elena here with my latest page for the Bad Girls Couture in my “COBBLESTONE LANE” Art Journal.

I have prepared a small tutorial for you, it will be a little lower.

Old age is not always sadness, disease and grumbling. It’s time to release your inner demons (or butterflies, who have both) and live the rest of  life to the fullest :)))

At least when I’m 80, that’s what I’ll do. :)))

My mini-tutorial:

First I made one layer of Clear Gesso.

Now it’s time to use paint! I chose these shades:  X-Rated, Drama Queen,

Million Dollar Baby,Naked, Bye Felicia and Oops! My Bad

Struck archival ink through the stencil. Once everything was dry, I complicated the background with stamps, tapes and archival ink.

Added stickers and a photo. 

Glued a butterfly aand  decorated sequins with Clear Gesso.

I hope you like my page today! Thank you for dropping by and until next time! Happy crafting!

Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti

Hey guys!  Michelle here and I’m getting all messy in my journal today and I know I say this every time…I am having way too much fun doing it!  Today’s piece didn’t end up anything like my original vision but it’s totally ok because I love how my vision for the page changed as I was working on it.  I did “junque” it up a bit by using a vintage hymnal page as part of my background.  So let me show you how it all came together!

I started out by preparing my page with a nice layer of molding paste

Next I painted over the dried molding paste with a thin coat of the Haute Mess Acrylic paint in “Grunge” and watered down some “Distortion” paint to give it a subtile aged effect.

Once those layers had all dried I moved on to applying the vintage hymnal page by brushing on a thin coat of matte gel under the vintage page and on top.  Again allow to dry before moving on.

Next I applied some strokes of Haute Mess Acrylics in “Last Sin” and “C-Note” with a pallet knife, making sure to leave some texture for added interest.

After that had dried I rubbed and dotted on some gold acrylic with my fingers before applying a thick line of Haute Mess Matte Gel with a brush to the center of towards the bottom of the page.

I then sprinkled coarse gold glitter over the matte gel (do not allow this to dry)

Before this has the opportunity to dry I came back over it and fanned it out with a brush and more matte gel medium.  This forms an anchor for my title and the photo that will go on the page.

Finally I applied some phrase stickers and a cardstock cutout of a vintage girl and inked the whole thing up with a black stamp pad.  Turns out it’s one of my favorite pages now!


Bad Girls Couture Haute Mess Molding Paste
Bad Girls Couture Haute Mess Matte Gel
Bad Girls Couture Haute Mess Acrylic Paint “Distortion”
Bad Girls Couture Haute Mess Acrylic Paint “C-Note”
Bad Girls Couture Haute Mess Acrylic Paint “Grunge”
Bad Girls Couture Haute Mess Acrylic Paint “Last Sin”
Phrase Stickers & Cardstock Photo Die Cut – Tim Holtz
Vintage Hymnal Page
Gold Glitter


‘Lost’ Art Journal Page by Lisa Amiet

Hello all!
It’s Lisa here today to share my latest Art Journal page,
from my Park Ave Penthouse Journal.


For this page I have the used the pink canvas page from my journal.
I started by adding a rough coat of Haute Mess Gesso to random parts of the page.

I have then added some Clear Bead Gel to random parts of the page, for some added texture.
I then started adding some colour using the random method again. Then some more colour using some stencils.

I have then added some Haute Mess Molding Paste, again using stencils.

Some more colour, and some hand additions with pencils.

Lastly I have used some word stickers to tie it all together.
I hope you like what I have created.


I have used the following Haute Mess Products:
White Gesso 

Glass Bead Gel

Molding Paste 

 Haute Mess Acrylic Paints in

Couture Pink

Last Sin

C- note


Bye Felicia

Fallen Angel 

Create From The He{Art} Art Journal Tutorial | Donna Espiritu

Hello, lovelies! Donna here back with a new project to inspire you today.

I decided to decorate my Art Journal cover and it was harder than I imagined. I wanted to incorporate stuff that I love most when creating. But I love a lot of *things* so I just trimmed down to my top 5:

*Color Pink

*Florals or flowers


* Texture

*And a bit of dimension

I started with an idea in mind but ended up with a totally different result afterward. You will see.

I applied clear gesso to the front cover of my Princess Palace Haute Mess Art Journal. Then dry brushed paints one after the other. I used Couture Pink, Broken Doll, Plastic Angel, Fallen Angel, and Mannequin. Then I used a stencil and modeling paste to add texture.

I also gathered some old stuff stored inside my box of crafty whatnots. I applied gesso before painting them with Fallen Angel, Couture Pink, and Sweet Candy Kisses.

At this point, I am still unsure of what to do with them. I have to be honest, I literally stared at them and stopped and then stared some more. I realized they’re kind monochromatic now that I arranged them as you see below. I stopped for a few days because nothing is coming to me. This is how I imagined it at first but then changed it halfway.

I also decided to add another layer of paint wash so I diluted Fallen Angel with water and brushed the surface for a subtle shade of pink.

I wanted to use “Create With Your Heart” and tried several ways to incorporate it. I tried to print, to write it, but I didn’t like how it looked. So I opted to use alpha stickers later on. I also thought of using a monogram letter as my focal point. I settled with the letter A for Art. I just printed this and used as a template. I adhered to a dark pink cardstock, backed with a patterned paper and mounted with foam tape for dimension.

I used Clique Kits’ February kit featuring Cocoa Vanilla’s Midnight collection. I especially love the ephemera pack especially the flowers and 6×8 papers. I love the combination of pink and blue-ish grey and of course, the flowers. I flickered some diluted Sweet Candy Kisses and Bad & Tattered as a final touch.

And here is how my Haute Mess Art Journal cover turned out

I wanted it to “look and feel” like my style and I think I achieved it, eventually. I’m really happy with the end result.

Bad Girls Couture Used:
Haute Mess Art Journal Princess Palace
Haute Mess Acrylic Paints – Couture Pink, Broken Doll, Plastic Angel, Fallen Angel, Mannequin, Bad & Tattered
Haute Mess Mediums – Gesso, Clear Gesso, Molding Paste

Other Supplies:
Clique Kits Feb kit Moonlight Sonata feat. Cocoa Vanilla Midnight collection, White thread, Kaisercraft wood flourishes, Blue Fern Studios wood chipboard, various flower, and leaf dies

That’s all from me today. Thank you for dropping by!

Until next time… happy crafting!

‘Fortune Teller Tags’ Art Journal Page + VIDEO

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

For this post I have worked on my ‘Tag Page’ from my Park Ave Penthouse Journal

This is how my page looks with the tags in their homes :)

And this is how my page looks with the tags pulled out.

I have gone for a ‘Fortune Teller’ theme for this page and I think it works really well.

I started by decorating my tags, first with papers and then some mixed media
with my Haute Mess Molding Paste.

I have then used my Haute Mess Acrylic Paints to add some of the natural browns to my tags.
I used “Dive Bar’ & ‘Distortion’ to achieve this.
I have then added some splashes of mists and some watered down ‘Bad & Tatted’ Acrylic Paint.

I have then decorated the page itself, using the same style.

I have then added some lace in matching colours to my papers.

I am so happy with how it turned out.
I’m trying to give myself the advice that in order to have good things happen,
you sometimes need to take risks.

I hope you like what I have created.
You can watch the process video to see how it all came together in the VIDEO below

Until next time!


Bad Girls Couture Products Used:

Haute Mess Molding Paste –

Haute Mess Clear Gesso –

Haute Mess Acrylic – Dive Bar –

Haute Mess Acrylic – Distortion –

Haute Mess Acrylic – Bad & Tatted –

Canvas Journal Page Tutorial

Hi everybody! Have you seen Bad Girls Couture’s one of a kind journals? These beauties are crafted by hand by artisans in the USA. These journals are hardbound and they are 100% cotton. They are one of a kind and there are no journals on the market like them.

I love how each page is held together using ribbon. You can also add more pages to the journal! Inside the journal, you will find a variety of mixed media pages such as Kraft, patterned paper, pocket pages, cardstock, canvas, and transparency that include a zig-zag, stitched border. Most importantly, these journals are Eco friendly.  We take pride in saving the environment. Therefore, these journals are made from recycle materials.

Seriously, the entire journal is beautiful!  If you want to make these journals your own, the canvas cover can be painted or inked! There are no limitations when it comes to these beauties. Grab yours today!

Today, I am sharing a canvas journal entry that I created using some molding paste, paint, punches and washi tape. These size was so easy for me to scrapbook since I tend to scrapbook smaller sized photos. To begin, I mixed some of the Haute Mess Drop Dead Gorgeous paint with some molding paste to thicken the paint up a bit. If you do not do this, the acrylic paint will smear underneath the stencil and your design will not come out clear.


I used a paintbrush to frame the edges of the page. While the gesso was wet, I added a strip of washi tape at the top and bottom part of the layout. The gesso will act as a glue so I was not worried about the washi tape not sticking.

I decorated the layout using hand-made die cuts I created using a variety of paint and stamps. Look for a tutorial soon on how I made the flowers and butterflies next Wednesday!


Thanks for visiting today! Hope you have a wonderful week!

Colorful Journal Page

I’m going to show you a page from the new journals today!  I needed more color in my life… it’s grey and snowy here in New York and I’m feeling a bit blah.  I love color!  It brightens even the dullest day!  So, for this page, I’m using a TON of acrylic color as a background.  I have a video to share with you on how I apply the Haute Mess acrylics and mediums here. Check it out!

This is my finished journal page.  I used a cardstock, stitched page from the new Bad Girls Couture Journal.   I love anything rainbow colored (I am an art teacher after all…)!  Starting with the following colors to create a background, brush a swipe of each across the page.

Haute Mess acrylic paints (from top of page to bottom):


Bad Girl Gaudy

Sweet Candy Kisses

Guilt Trip

Oop!  My Bad

First Crush

Caution Tape


Drama Queen

Million Dollar Baby

Kiss & Don’t Tell

Drop Dead Gorgeous

Make it Rain

Bye Felicia

Hippie in High Heels

Whew!!  That’s a lot of colors!  It makes a beautiful, rainbow background… sure to brighten any day!

I wanted lots of interesting fonts for the quote on this page.  I scoured my stash of stamps, letter stickers, and Thickers to create this fun quote.   My thought was to make it as artsy as possible.  I love this quote ” When we stop fearing failure, we start being artists”.  It is true.  Failures are chances to learn in art and learning helps us grow as artists.  Having fear of failure, stunts our growth because you will be afraid to start anything.  Materials can be pricey but if you just buy materials to look at them and not use them, well, are you really being an artist? or a collector?  Get that stuff out and play!!!  Haute Mess paints are so much fun to play with and I intend to use them right up!!!

I love the little containers that the Haute Mess containers come in and each one has a bit of twine with a tag painted in the color that the container has inside so you can see what it looks like dry.  It also has a beautiful metal key attached!  I took these off the container (I know… gasp!) and knew I wanted to use them on this page!  I tied them all together and make a little banner of sorts. It makes me super happy to see them all there!

I hope you enjoyed my journal page tutorial and are inspired to add a little color into your life (whatever season it is for you)!

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. Container can be repurposed.