Altered Pencil Holder

Good morning friends! It’s almost Friday, thank GOD! Nicole here with a fun altered project. I had this wooden pencil holder on my desk for awhile now and felt it was time to give it a make-over. It was originally, plain wood, un-finished wood.

To begin, I used a heavy gel medium to glue down the metal embellishments. I let it sit overnight. Then I coated the pencil holder using black gesso. I knew that if I used black gesso, it would help make the colors look really bright and that’s the look I was going for… so I thought.

I used my fingers to paint the different colors onto the surface. The paints used for this project include Oops! My Bad, Last Sin and X-rated. These are my absolute favorite colors from the shop! I really love how thin these paints are. They are so easy to work with! Note to self, must order more paint.

After I finished painting this, I wasn’t sure about the black… I don’t know if I like it or hate it at this point. So I decided to spray it with two coats of White Spray Mist. It completely changed the look…and I must say, I like the white much better. And it will blend in nicely with my craft room.

 

 

 

I may add a few layers of the paint over the white in the up-coming weeks because I’m still unsure about this pencil holder! What do you think? Ready to get messy yet?

Thanks for stopping by today!

THERE’S SOMETHING GOOD IN EVERY DAY

 

Good morning friends! Wouldn’t you agree, if we looked closely… There’s something good in every day. Some days it might be a challenge searching for the goods and that’s what I try to do when I feel like it’s one thing after another… mostly bad. But then I try to think of the positives. It helps sometimes. I created this art journal spread on a Sunday afternoon. I put on Madame X and grabbed some paint, my magazine, white gesso, and matte gel. I had no plans on what the outcome would be. All I knew was that I wanted to play with my paint and get my hands dirty.

To begin, I used the Cream Cardstock page as the base for this art journal page. Then, I cut out several patterns from an Allure magazine. After I finished cutting the pieces out of the magazine, I mounted them down using matte gel. I waited for the gel to dry before I covered the entire spread with clear gesso. The clear gesso helps the magazine from tearing once wet.

Before I started this spread, I had planned on creating a collage layout, but once I started working on this page, it took on an entirely different look.

After the clear gesso was completely dry I painted all over the page using Last Sin . Then, I used Million Dollar Baby to paint around the edges to create a nice border.

After the first layer of paint dried, I could see bits and pieces of the magazine patterns through the paint. I totally love this! Some of the magazine bunched up from the wetness of the gesso but it created a nice texture.

I painted the flowers using Sweet Candy Kisses, Million Dollar Baby, Fallen Angel, X-Rated and Make It Rain. I must say… I am really glad that I have all of the color paints listed in the shop because I am never restricted when it comes to selecting colors for my projects. I used several colors on this piece and they all look so pretty next to one another. The stamp sentiment is by Precious Remembrance Shop!

I painted the yellow sun and then added the flower to the center to add more dimension.  Once the flowers were dry I glued the cork heart and button to the center of the flowers.

What do you think? Are you ready to get your hands dirty yet?!! Come get yourselves some paint and a journal and start playing!

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Watercolor Art Journal Page

Good morning!! I have a fun tutorial to share with you today. For today’s project, I decided to experiment a little with my acrylic paints to create a watercolor background using the Vintage Music Note Page. I must admit, I love, love, love how this layout turned out. It is sooooo freaking pretty. I can’t stop looking at it. And…I created a video so you can see, step-by-step how to apply this technique the next time you want to get your hands dirty.

Before I applied the paint, I covered the Vintage Music Note Journal Page with Clear Gesso. Once the gesso was completely dry, I mixed a tiny drop of acrylic paint with a teaspoon of water using three different colors of paint: Caution Tape, Sweet Candy Kisses and Drop Dead Gorgeous. Then I covered the background using all three paints, using a heat gun to dry each color one-by-one before adding the next color to prevent the colors from bleeding.

I especially love the stitched trim along the edges. It looks sooo nice with the watercolors and I didn’t even have to pull out my sewing machine.

I mixed the Molding Paste with a little of the Caution Tape to add stars in the background.

I used Pink Paislee’s Horizon collection to embellish this layout once the paint paint was completely dry!

Here it is! I just love it… I hope you will take a few minutes to watch this video I prepared for you.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

FAMILY LAYOUT

The ladies hosted Jamie’s baby shower last month and it was a success. She was beautiful…just glowing. I miss being pregnant. We all cannot wait to meet baby Henry in August!! And I am so excited she’s having a boy… Boys, I can do… girls, not so much! I can’t handle the drama. LOL

I cut down a white piece of cardstock to measure 8″x10 1/2″. Then I sprayed some blue and green mist all over the cardstock. Once the mist was dry, I used some Bad Girls Couture Molding Paste and a stencil by The Crafter’s Workshop to create the flowers over the mist. I love this look! So fun and unique.

I matted the base onto an 8 1/2″x11″ blue piece of patterned paper to give it a nice border. I used lots of Pink Paislee Horizon papers, puffy stickers and die cuts to embellish this layout. Love this pretty collection by Paige Evans.

I wanted a cluster of flowers at the top, but the die cut did not have the colors I was looking for so I used the die cut and hand-cut the flowers that would work from another die cut and patterned paper. Then I mounted them onto the die cut using glue dots and foam squares. Problem solved!

I hope I inspired you today with this colorful layout. I really love creating mixed media projects and I’m moving my focus to doing what I love this year… more mixed media. I love getting messy!

Thanks for visiting today!

You Are Lovely

Good morning! I have a fun art journal spread that I created for you lovely ladies today! Sometimes, we need that gentle reminder that we are all “lovely” in our own way. For this art journal page, I used the Black stitched cardstock/chipboard page with stitching. Before I started painting this piece, I was going for an abstract design. I grabbed a few colors and different size brushes along with my gesso. I just love the stitched border…and how the different colors along the edges add so much texture.

 

I coated the black cardstock/chipboard page using the Drama Queen acrylic paint. My favorite thing about these paints is that they are not thick so they are easy to work with! Also, you can add a some molding paste to the paint to thicken it up if you would like. I like my paint thin and runny because it goes onto the cardstock much easier. This is my opinion. Once the paint was dry, I smeared some Broken Doll and Last Sin paint all over the spread.

Then I grabbed a thick brush and gesso to create a heart in the center of the page.

After allowing the gesso to dry for a few hours I grabbed the Bad & Tatted acrylic paint along with a tiny brush and splashed black paint all over the spread.

Once the paint was completely dry, I added a few word stickers and some gems.

This spread was very therapeutic for me. I think I’ve discovered a new love… Art journaling can be so fun and freeing…  If you haven’t given art journaling a try, we have so many tutorials and videos to get you started!  The art journals are made from great quality fabric and they are amazing. All of the pages are bounded together by pretty trims and you get the journals come with pages stitched and ready to use! You have to see it to appreciate it’s beauty. Click here to order yours today! Each journal comes with stitched pages!

Thanks for visiting today!

Word.

Good morning!! By the time you see this post, I will be busy, running around like a crazy person. My sister’s baby shower is (today) and I’m sure I am going to need a drink by 5:00 today. While I’ve been helping my mom with plans and the cake, I completely forgot that I was scheduled to post today. Lucky for me, I’m always creating something…and I’ve been working on this piece all week, here and there.

I bought this wooden word on Etsy awhile ago thinking I would paint it. I finally got bored one day and splashed some paint on it and I like it! I used X-rated, Drop Dead Gorgeous and Broken Doll. The colors look great against the black. What do you think?

Eventually, I plan on hanging it above my scrapbook shelf. But for now, it will sit here. I do not like putting holes in my walls until I am 100% happy with the placement of things on my walls.

I hope you had a fabulous weekend! Thanks so much for visiting today!

IT’S MESSY AND I LOVE IT!

Good morning girlies! Hope you’re having a fabulous week. Today I’m sharing a wooden plaque that I altered. It’s been sitting on my desk for some time and I thought I could alter the back of the plaque. That way, I can flip them every now and then when I want to look at something different.

To begin, I coated the plaque with white gesso. Once the gesso was completely dry, I splashed acrylic paint (Drop Dead Gorgeous, Kiss & Don’t Tell, Last Sin) using strips of patterned paper. Then I ripped a page from a book and adhered it to the plaque using Matte Gel.

Then I stamped the “It’s Messy And I Love It” sentiment on patterned paper and mounted it onto the plaque using foam squares. To complete the look, I punched a few butterflies out from the book page and added some gems. As an after thought, I splashed some white mist to make it even messier.

This was such a fun project to make. If you’re looking for the stamp set I used for this project, check out Precious Remembrance Shop. In the meantime, stop by our shop to pick up a few paints and gesso to help motivate you to create something fun!

Thanks for visiting today!

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!

BELIEVE YOU CAN AND YOU WILL

Good morning! I know that for some of you, mixed media makes you nervous. Listen, I get it…but you have no idea how much fun you are missing by not giving these journals, paints and molding paste a try. So…today, my goal is to show you how EASY it is to create a mixed media journal spread. You do not need to have a lot of product to do these spreads. If you have paint, molding paste and some stencils with a few scraps…that’s all you need.

I made this spread last weekend when I was bored and I didn’t really want to scrapbook a layout. But I wanted to play and get messy. I found the “Believe you can and you will” sticker in my stash and thought, I love that! I need to put that on a journal page as a good reminder to myself.

To begin this spread, I painted the stitched cardstock journal page using the Ooops! My Bad Haute Mess Acrylic Paint. You don’t want to completely cover it using the paint. Allow some white to peak through.

Once it’s almost completely dry, add some of the “Drop Dead Gorgeous” paint. Again, leave some white showing. You can paint over the first layer of paint.

Next, use a palette knife to spread on some of the ” X-rated” paint. I like using the palette knife because it creates a different look depending on how hard you press on the palette knife when scraping across the page.

Once the yellow is dry, use the Haute Mess Molding Paste and a stencil to create some fun designs! I like using this technique because it really brings the colors out!

When applying the Haute Mess Molding Paste across the stencil, be sure to hold the stencil in place so it does not move which will cause smearing. Also, make sure to spread a good amount of paste over the stencil and go over the stencil in one direction. I normally spread the paste from top to bottom in one fluid movement. Then, I repeat this process until the entire stencil is covered. Once the entire stencil is covered, you can carefully scrape any excess paste off the stencil to add it back to the jar. Carefully, lift the stencil off the journal page and let it try for one hour.

And here it is… amazing, right!? And super fun!

To complete the spread, I hand-cut a buttefly image from patterned paper and then used my fingers to rub the paint on the butterfly to create a neat, blended look. Then I used Yes Paste to glue the butterfly to the center of the page. Once the glue was dry, I used foam squares to add the “Believe you can and you will” sticker to the center of the butterfly using a few foam squares. Then I fed a piece of ribbon through the metal key and adhered it to the center of the butterfly using a  Heavy Matte Gel. I added a few spashes of Turquoise Glimmer Mist and White Spray Ink just for fun.

 

That’s all there is to this journal spread! Think you’re ready to make one of your own? I can’t wait to see your creations in our gallery!

12″x16″ Altered Wood Panel

Hello everyone. Today I am sharing a fun wall piece that I created one weekend when I was bored. I couldn’t help but stare at all the pretty paints on my shelf and I was totally inspired to use as many of the Haute Mess Acrylic paints that I could possibly use on this project without it being too much. I used a 12″x16″ wood panel that I purchased from Jillibean Soup’s online store. They have tons of wood surfaces for all of your creative needs! Check them out!

 

To begin, I pulled all of the colors I wanted to use off the shelf and put them in the order that I wanted to paint them. I decided to go with a rainbow color scheme for this panel since I wanted to create a bright and colorful piece for my hallway in my home.

This is a much bigger piece than I realized…especially when I placed it on my desk. Here are all the pretty colors I chose for this project. Aren’t they gorgeous? I just love them all. The photos showcase their true colors!

I used a thick paintbrush to apply the paints on the panel. To prevent the paints from running over to the next strip, I used washi tape!

Here is what the panel looks like once the paint was applied. I added two coats of each color to reveal the true colors of each of the paints.

Once the paints were completely dry, I used a palette knife, molding paste and a 12″x12″ stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop to add some details to the panel.

When applying molding paste over the stencil you want to avoid moving the stencil to avoid smearing the images. Also, make sure you apply a think amount of molding paste over the stencil. This way, you can really bring out the details of the stencil. Once you are done adding the stencil on the right-side of the panel, carefully lift the screen and move it to the left-side of the panel and repeat the same process again so that the stencil covers the entire panel.

You may notice a few smudges here and there. You can easily fix this with the use of a palette knife. Carefully scrape off any molding paste that you do not want on the panel before it completely dries.

What do you think? Are you inspired to make something fun for your home? I am very pleased with how this turned out and I cannot wait to make another piece for my home! I think the next piece I create will include lots of blues and greens. We shall see what I’m inspired to make when the time comes. Until next time, have a wonderful weekend and I hope to see your creations in the Bad Girls Couture gallery soon!