Reusing & Repurposing & Creating!

Today I’m sharing with y’all a fun steampunkish project I made by upcycling a dollar store wind chime!  Take a peak at the finished project.

So let me show you a bit of the process.  I started with a metal Dollar Tree wind chime flower.  After removing the hardware and giving it a good sand I primed it with a thin coat of Haute Mess Gesso then added a thick layer of Molding Paste to the center.

I sprinkled some texture sand in various sizes into the molding paste and pressed them down a bit then applied a thin coat of Haute Mess Clear Matte Gel Medium to seal it all in.

I also spread some Haute Mess Glass Bead Gel on the pedals of the flowers for even more texture.

Next I painted the entire piece in Haute Mess “Dive Bar” and then highlighted it with a damp brush and Haute Mess “Distortion”.

Once dried I rubbed on Haute Mess “Drop Dead Gorgeous” and “C-Note” to give it an aged effect as well as some Prima Patina Effect Paste in “Brass” to give it a metallic sheen.

Finally I added some natural moss, a Tim Holtz paper doll die cut (how cute are these?!) and some amazing chipboard pipes from A Vintage Girl.  I rubbed the Vintage Girl Chipboard Pipes with some Silver Prima Patina Effects Paste and distressed them a bit with a black stamp pad.

Finally I glued the whole piece to a box I made in a previous project that I was using to store my handmade cards.  It’s a real upcycle project!!!

How can you do some upcycling this week?

Supplies:

Bad Girls Couture Haute Mess Paints in the following colors:
Distortion, Drop Dead Gorgeous, C-Note, Dive Bar
Bad Girls Couture Glass Bead Gel
Bad Girls Couture Gesso
Bad Girls Couture Clear Matte Gel Medium
Prima Patina Effects in Brass
Prima Patina Effects in Silver
A Vintage Girl “Pipe Dreams” Small chipboard set
Tim Holtz Paper Doll die cut

 

Canvas My soul’s garden by Elena

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

I very rarely buy a finished canvas in the store.

As a rule, I make it myself from a box of chocolates and a piece of cloth.

I paint the Haute Mess White Gesso well and dry it.

In addition, I tried to get rid of another unnecessary thing.

It’s a little rake from the garden set. I use small shovels to transplant potted flowers,

but the rake is always not in demand.

 To start, I smeared the paint on the canvas.

Then applied texture paste and craquelure paste to create the effect of cracked plaster.

Painted rake: handle with Caution Tape  and Million Dollar Baby

and the rake with Kiss & Don’t Tell and Drop Dead Gorgeous

Decorated with flowers, sisal, chipboard and carved pictures.

I have then used my Haute Mess Glass Bead Gel, to add texture to the canvas.

I love my garden, when spring comes, I just love to plant plants and care for them!

I hope I was able to share with you my love of nature in this canvas!

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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

Kiss & Don’t Tell

Drop Dead Gorgeous

Caution Tape 

Million Dollar Baby

Guild Trip

First Crush

Bad Girl Gaudy

Repurposed Whiteboard with Lisa Amiet

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

For this project, I have repurposed an old whiteboard that had a cool frame.

I started by making it a blackboard with some blackboard paint from the craft store.
I then gave the frame a coat of my
Haute Mess Gesso White

Next was a full thick coat of my Haute Mess Acrylic Paint in ‘X-Rated’

I then did a rough coat of ‘Fallen Angel’ over the entire frame.

I then added some crackle paste and let it do its job.

I have then gone over the frame with a vintage stain ink to highlight all those yummy cracks.

I hope you like what I have created and that it inspires you to get messy today.

Lisa xo

I have used the following products from Bad Girls Couture:

White Gesso – https://badgirlscouture.com/store/haute-mess-mixed-media-medium-2-oz-gesso/

Fallen Angel – https://badgirlscouture.com/store/haute-mess-mixed-media-acrylic-paint-2-oz-fallen-angel/

X-Rated – https://badgirlscouture.com/store/haute-mess-x-rated/

Vintage Butterfly Clip Upcycle

Hey Bad Girlies!!  Happy Weekend!!  I hope you are feeling your art vibe and if not, no worries…I want to inspire you to go paint something!  Anything!  Today I’m digging in my vintage jewelry stash and pulling out an old butterfly clip to repurpose!

Below you can see the old clip before I started.  It was pretty but had seen better days, so I thought I’d give it a bit of Haute Mess color to amp it up a bit!

I started out by painting the entire thing with a thick coat of “Bad & Tatted” and allowed to dry completely. (you can speed this up with a drying tool to go to the next step)

Next I brushed on a tad of water so the paint would flow easier then added some light strokes of “Make it Rain” towards the center of the butterfly body and fanning out to the wings.

Once that “Make it Rain” layer dried I moved on to add some light strokes of “Hippie in High Heels”, again starting with a little bit of a wet surface to make sure the paint moved around easily and fanned it out from the body to the wings but making sure not to cover up all that beautiful purple tone.

Finally I added some dashes of “Kiss & Don’t Tell” (this is my favorite color in the line) and followed the same technique with the damp surface, working from the body and fanning up the wings.  This time I kind of brushed a bit of the watered down paint over the whole wing but it doesn’t show up much in the pictures.  I also painted the center stones with the “Kiss & Don’t Tell”.

To add some texture and dimension I added some Haute Mess Glass Bead Gel to the edges of the wings with a pallet knife and allowed it to dry a few hours.

As a finishing touch I rubbed the entire piece with some rose gold acrylic before punching a whole in the wing and hanging it on a chain.

Altered Tequila Bottle

Hi everybody! I’ve been saving my husband’s tequila bottles for sometime now. He and his friend Billy can kill a bottle in just one night. I don’t think that’s something to be proud of, but I like that my husband brings me his stinky bottles home. Might as well re-purpose the bottles because I am positive, those bottles of tequila cost a pretty penny.

To begin, I coated the bottle with two coats of gesso. Once it was completely dry, I dipped my fingers in the gesso and rubbed all over the bottle so that I could get the gesso into the cracks.

I let the gesso sit for an hour to dry. Then I mixed some Molding Paste and a little dab of paint so I could use a 12″x12″ stencil to paint flowers onto the jar.

I like to use a palette knife to mix the molding paste and paints so I do not lose any of the mediums. If you use a paint brush, the bristles will take up the mediums…

I carefully smeared the paints across the stencil, being careful not to lift the stencil or let it slide.

Once the paint was completely dry, I moved on to the next step. I had this piece of molding in my stash from the shop… I thought it would be perfect for the back of the jar! I used the “Kiss & Don’t Tell: Haute Mess acrylic paint.

I painted the 7Gypsies keys using the “Kiss & Don’t Tell and Make it Rain” paints. I love blues and greens… They are my favorite colors. Once the mold was dry, I used molding paste to adhere it to the back of the jar.

 

I used molding paste to glue the metal heart to the center of the mold. Then I rubbed some gesso over the metal since I planned on painting the metal once the gesso was completely dry.

Once the jar was completely dry. I waited three hours just to be sure… I used a brush to cover the bottle with lots of the glass bead gel. This gel looks soooooo pretty with the little beads once it is dry!

Take a closer look at the little details that are hard to see on the bottle in the photo. Gorgeous!

Products Used:

Haute Mess Glass Bead Gel, Haute Mess Gesso, Haute Mess Molding Paste, Haute Mess Acrylic Paints (Kiss & Don’t Tell, Last Sin, Make it Rain).

Thank you so much for visiting today! Now, don’t all run out and drink tequila just to get the bottle…any bottle will work. Save yourself from a hangover.

Thumbelina in a tin of canned fish by Elena

Hello to all! A huge welcome to you my Bad Girls friends!

Bad Girls Couture carefully relates to ecology and environment. Therefore, every Thursday our designers show how to make interesting art objects out of garbage.

I have long wanted to decorate the oval jar of sprat :))) Therefore, when among the variety of choices of canned food in the store ceases question what brand to take. I don’t have any doubts! Oval only :)))

To begin with, we ate sprats and washed the jar twice in the dishwasher. Then a couple of layers of Premium White Gesso and thorough drying.

Another “like garbage” – the dried seed pods of a tree peony. However, they are very similar to exotic flowers! Added them color and brightness with the help of paints: Guild Trip,Torrid, X-Rated

Chipboard painted with natural shades of colors:C-Note, Distortion, Dive Bar , Drama Queen, Million Dollar Baby

Painted the bottom of the jar. Drew tropical leaves.


Made here is such mushrooms from paper and wire.

After all the items are properly dried. I started to assemble the composition.

Put on the bottom of the green sisal, glued flowers, chipboard and walnut shell. By the way, the shell gave me the idea of the plot. After all Thumbelina the whether slept, whether swam in that shell :))) No matter how-that she probably used :)))

On chipboard glued painted the gauze with a  Clear Gesso

Added a picture of a girl

Sprinkle glitter and art – stones

Ready! That’s the result of my work!
Do not rush to throw something is not necessary! A little fantasy. and you will get an unusual and unique work!

  Thank you for visiting,have a lovely crafty day!

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Repurpose Journal Page by Lisa Amiet

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

I have a page from my ‘Park Ave Penthouse Journal’ to show you.
This page speaks volumes about me, and it’s about something that makes me very happy 🙂
“Drink Tea & Read Books”

For this page I have used one of the white card stock pages from my journal.
I have then painted my page with ‘Clear Gesso’.

I have then used ‘Molding Paste’ and a stencil to give some texture to my background.

I have then added some colour to my page using my Haute Mess Acrylic Paints in
‘Fallen Angel’, ‘Mannequin’ & ‘Broken Doll’.

I have recycled an old watch face, that I have used on my page.
I have also repurposed some old book pages, into doilies.
I have used ‘Matte Gel Medium’ to adhere my paper pieces.

I hope you like what I have created, I had a lot of fun with this page.

Lisa xo

I have used the following Bad Girls Couture Products:
Clear Gesso – https://badgirlscouture.com/store/haute-mess-mixed-media-medium-2-oz-clear-gesso/
Matte Gel – https://badgirlscouture.com/store/haute-mess-mixed-media-medium-2-oz-matte-gel/
Molding Paste – https://badgirlscouture.com/store/haute-mess-mixed-media-medium-2-oz-molding-paste/
Fallen Angel – https://badgirlscouture.com/store/haute-mess-mixed-media-acrylic-paint-2-oz-fallen-angel/
Mannequin – https://badgirlscouture.com/store/haute-mess-mixed-media-acrylic-paint-2-oz-mannequin/
Broken Doll – https://badgirlscouture.com/store/haute-mess-mixed-media-acrylic-paint-2-oz-broken-doll/

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.

 

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!

 

Altered Globe using the Haute Mess Acrylic Paints

Hello! Elena here! Today I’ll show you how to use paints and gesso to make a real design thing from an ordinary school globe!

To begin with, I circled the borders of the continents with a volumetric marker. Because I’m going to paint over the whole globe.

I needed to keep the shape of the continents for later painting.

When the contour is completely dry, I covered the globe and the stand with several layers of gesso.

It created a rough surface, but I liked it so much.

As you can see the contours of the continents were visible, and I do not have to draw them myself!

Then I made the final coat of paint Fallen Angel for the oceans.

I wrapped the ball with cling film and painted the leg with paint Bad & Tatted

Metal gears are also painted on one side with black paint Bad & Tatted , and on the other covered with two layers of embossing powder

Black Forest Black by Lindy’s

Continents I painted with paint Bad Girl Gaudy

Added a bit of stamping

 

At the equator I stuck inspirational inscriptions are from 7 DOTs.

A little painted with black liner and glued mini-sequins with Clear Gesso .

You can see the result of my work in the following photos.

These are the materials that I have used:

Haute Mess Mediums:

Haute Mess Medium – Clear Gesso

Haute Mess Mixed Media Medium  – Premium White Gesso

Haute Mess Paints:

Bad & Tatted 

Bad Girl Gaudy

Fallen Angel 

I hope I was able to inspire you today!

See you again soon!

Elena

Repurposed “Bee”utiful Cuff

Hello to all of you beautiful, creative people!  I am so very excited to be posting my first project for Bad Girls Couture Design Team!  So, for my first project, I upcycled/ repurposed a toilet paper roll tube. Yes, a blank tube was transformed into a beautiful, wearable art cuff. I pulled some sticky backed canvas from my stash.  I created a video of my process for you!

 

 

Just a few tips that I found in creating this… reinforce your tube with some thin metal to keep the shape better.   I also punch a hole and tied ribbon in each end to hold it on better and it looked pretty. I used FabriTac glue… holds ANYTHING!!  If you want to stitch a shape, trace, poke holes evenly around the shape and backstitch.  It’s one of my favorite techniques!

I hope you were inspired by the new media and paints!  Look around your house for something to upcycle!  It’s so fun to turn trash into treasure!

I can’t wait to share my next project in February!  Until then, enjoy all the lovely posts and create some amazing art!