Valentine’s Decor

I love to decorate for the holidays… any holiday!  Valentine’s Day is one of my favorites with a palette of teal, pinks, reds, and grey.  My mantel has a touch of gold and lots of white too.  This lovely project started with a blank wooden circle of planks.  I bought it, unfinished at one of the craft stores.  It sat in my closet for a long while until I decided to do something with it.   The result is pretty and I could leave it up through spring if I wanted to!

The unfinished wood needed something to give it a whitewashed look.  I gently brushed Haute Mess acrylic in Naked over the slats.  Leaving some of the wood showing for a distressed look.

Digging through my stash of alterable items, I found this frame and used Haute Mess acrylic in Drop Dead Gorgeous.  When it was mostly dry, I used a baby wipe to distress it by wiping away the top layer on the dots.

I picked up the wooden “&” somewhere (Can you see a theme here?  I hoard items to use later!) and wanted to create an ombre look.  So, I started with Sweet Candy Kisses and blended the middle with Couture Pink and then finally used Broken Doll. The key is to blend with the brush while the overlapping colors are wet.

Finally, I painted a few chipboard embellishments with Bad & Tatted, which is a gorgeous dark grey/ black color.  It’s not quite black but more of a beautiful charcoal grey.

I added some Broken Doll pink to the flowers and used a dotted stencil to add some Haute Mess Molding Paste for texture behind the frame. I adhered the frame and ampersand using a mixed media glue.

I tucked in a few metal embellishments, a nest, and a bit of bling and pearls.  I loved how it came out and it looks so lovely on my mantel.  It could be hung on a door instead of a wreath as well.

 

Mixing Mediums with Cristin

Happy Saturday!!

Today I’m working with badass mediums to create a fun mixed media painting on a mini canvas. This particular canvas measures 9″ tall x 3″ wide. It’s unique size makes for a really fun challenge!

To prep the canvas I added a nice, even layer of Haute Mess Clear Gesso and let it dry. Next, I used a pencil to sketch my design. Lately I’ve been all about challenging myself – and for me, that means painting hands – and a LOT of them!

To add extra texture and pizzaz I used a fine detail brush to add just a bit of Haute Mess Glass Bead Gel. This stuff is a dream!

Next up, I used Haute Mess Bad & Tatted to outline my design. You can also mix this paint with just a bit of water to create watercolor-like effects!

Here, Haute Mess “Drop Dead Gorgeous” creates the most gorgeous pop of color! (I cannot get over that eye!)

For super fine details and white highlights – I went to my go-to trusty Uniball Signo UM-153 gel pen.

 

Monochrome

Hello, our creative friends! Today is Thursday and that means a splash of color! But ….. the mood does not have to rainbow colors. I have a monochrome and these are my feelings today! I have a period of transformation … My Art magazine is an opportunity to express your emotions and relax. Today I want to show you an interesting technique. This is a thread drawing! Everyone in the house will find a coil of thread, I think))) We need to take a small piece of thread and apply paint to it with a brush.  Carefully lay out the thread with paint on a clean sheet of the magazine. I used  matte acrylicpaint Haute Mess Bad  and Tatted.

 

Then we put a clean sheet of paper on top of the thread and hold it with light palm pressure. Slowly pull the thread and raise a sheet of paper!

We get an interesting abstract drawing, it looks like a whirlwind of my thoughts)))

I used this thread after it dried out as an additional element of decor to create volume. It fits very well and in meaning)))
Under the photo, I made a substrate of velum white.

 

 

As accents, several black polishes are a butterfly and a phrase.

Be creative and experiment! And I still have a lot of different texture pages in Art Journal. It inspires new ideas!

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!

https://youtu.be/ML-oKrOhbpY

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):

Torrid

Bad Girl Gaudy

Sweet Candy Kisses

Guilt Trip

Oop!  My Bad

First Crush

Caution Tape

X-rated

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.

Art Journal My Hero + VIDEO

Hello scrappy friends!

It’s Elena here today to share my  page in “COBBLESTONE LANE” Art Journal.

It has a Cream colored canvas cover.

I chose to decorate Vintage Music page.

 It consists of a sheet of thick cardboard and a sheet of real music,

 which are glued and stitched on the edge.

You can watch the full process video for this page

https://youtu.be/WDLQ2t2yf48

 The photo for the page is not chosen by chance. It depicts a Russian rock singer Zemfira.

She also writes lyrics and music. I love her sensual and soulful songs.

I used several shades of paint to combine the photo and the background into one.

Used Clear Gesso to glue the mini-sequins on.

They are like notes or streams of music scattered on the page

Added the appropriate meaning of the quote stickers by 7 Dots Studio.

I have used the following Products:

 “COBBLESTONE LANE” Art Journal – Vintage Music page

Haute Mess Paints:

 C-note

Haute Mess Mediums:

  Don’t forget to check out my BLOG

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.

Reuse & Repurpose an Old Board Book Into an Art Journal

Hi all you crafty people! Dale Ann here on Thursday for a Girl With a Repurpose post for you!  Today I am working with this adorable vintage children’s board book that I found at GoodWill.  I think I picked it up for $1.37!

What drew me to it was it’s shape and size.  It is tall and skinny!  If I had to guess dimensions I would say it’s probably 12×6.

So when you open it up, it’s a perfect square!

The first thing I did was apply some of the Haute Mess Gesso to the whole surface. (Sorry, didn’t get a picture of that.)  Then I collaged some scraps of under papers and some pieces from an old book laying on my desk onto it.

 

 

It already has some cool colors and grungey texture on this first layer!  Then I covered the whole thing with a layer of the Haute Mess Matte Gel medium to seal it and make sure it’s stuck down really well!   Next, I started putting down some paint. This color is called, “First Crush,” and it’s from the Haute Mess paint collection available in the store now!

 

 

Then for the next layers I scraped some paint through some of my favorite stencils. The colors used in these pictures are, “Drama Queen” “Drop Dead Gorgeous” and “Hippie in High Heels.”  I think the names of the paints are half the fun, don’t you?

 

 

I added some dark contrast with some, “Bad & Tatted,” on some bubble wrap as a stamp . . .

 

 

. .  and a few pieces of washi tape from my vast collection.

 

My next step was to scrape some Haute Mess Molding Paste through a stencil to get those cool, raised circles. Be sure to let that layer dry really well! It gives the most awesome texture!  Then I sprayed on a spritz or two of some Dylusions Shimmer Spray in Bubble Gum Pink, and let it run down over the pages, for another pop of color.

 

 

Then I added some more Molding Paste through a flower stencil on top of the ink.  For some more contrast I added some more “Bad & Tatted,” paint to the middle of the flower and then scraped some across the page for some more grunge!

You’ll see in this final photo that I painted on the word, “Faith,” in that same color and used my Signo Uni-Ball Gel pen in white to add some doodles around.

 

 

Thanks so much for following along with me today! I hope I gave you some inspiration and creative ideas on how you can reuse and repurpose some of your trash to arty treasures!  Til’ next time!

 

Dale Ann

 

Slinging Paint with Cristin

 

Hello again! Cristin here, this week I’m looking to build on my gesso project! 

I’m using Haute Mess acrylic paints to create a fun and funky art journal page in my Haute Mess journal!

As you may remember, this is where we left off last week. To begin, I’m going to do a wash of Bad & Tatted. By wash, I mean I dipped my paintbrush in water and mixed it with the paint so that it becomes a little bit more like watercolors.

Next, I added a thick layer of “Torrid”. This one is SERIOUSLY one of my favorite colors ever. It is so beautiful! To add extra interest and texture, I closed my art journal on the page while the paint was wet. It made the page on the opposite side look like this:

Mixed media goodness!

For finishing touches, I used a DecoArt Media Mister in “Carbon Black” with an Artistcellar “Arabian Nights stencil”. I was really liking the looks of this, but wanted to really play with the Haute Mess paint some more, so I loaded up a paintbrush and literally started slinging paint. Texture, oh my! Next, I used matte medium to “glue” down one of my own oracle cards with my art on it. (You could print out a copy of your work or paste in a photo.)

Haute Mess paint is so fun to work with because it is so versatile.

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.

 

Thanks so much for joining me and I hope this has inspired you to sling some paint!

Cheers,

Cristin

 

Travel to the world of paint and creativity! Start!

Hello creative girls! Have you already bought these wonderful paints? I was struck by these colors! They smell great))) When I opened the paint can, I immediately realized that I had an environmentally friendly product!

The cover of the Art Journal is made of organic cotton and it is incredibly pleasant to hold in your hands, I love natural fabrics. Inside the journal you will find a lot of interesting things, but I start with the cover!I chose several colors of paint and began to play selecting colors and materials for decoration. The journal can easily replace the color of the tape and I really liked it. I picked up the tape. which was close in color to my palette.

I decided to use old knitted lace of coarse cotton thread. A fragment of lace with a torn edge looks very picturesque))) I decided to use old knitted lace of coarse cotton thread. A fragment of lace with a torn edge looks very picturesque))) I glued it to the cover with glue. Then took the paint Haute Mess Grunge and put on top a small amount of color number 001.

 

This color is incredibly pleasant and fashionable))) I want to paint the walls in my new apartment))) but the jar is too small! I painted paint a few leaves of thick paper cutting. The paint went fine!

A lot of decor and creativity and the cover is ready))) When there is an interesting background. it is not difficult to add a few details: braid, flowers, cutting, and all that is at hand)))

Travel to the world of creativity and experimentation openly! Each new page of Art Magazine is unique and I will gladly share with you my ideas and findings! Thank you for being with us! See you creative girls)

 

Mixed Media Journal Cover

Hey y’all!  Michelle here and I’ve got a fun journal cover project to share with you today!  I really just went for it with all the amazing new paints and mediums!  The journal is the new Cobblestone Lane Canvas journal that you will soon be seeing in the Bad Girls shop so keep your eye out for it.  You are so gonna love the diversity this journal is going to give you and the texture…ohhhh the texture!

So this is my journal, I started by using the white gesso in the area just inside of the vintage zipper that I later glued in place and then layered on the new (gorgeous) Haute Mess acrylic paints.  (Haute Mess paint colors used:  Grunge, C-Note, Kiss & Don’t Tell and Distortion)

I mixed texture sand in with Bad Girls Molding Paste and applied it in various places and then gave it a color wash with some diluted “Distortion” Haute Mess acrylic paint.  Even more texture was added with the glass bead gel and then finally I applied the clear gel and sprinkled some coarse glitter in various places.

I also gessoed then painted and highlighted the metal butterfly charm with some of the acrylic paints as well (“C-note” & “Distortion”.  I really like how it came out.  I just hot glued the zipper and all my vintage pieces in place to ensure they wouldn’t fall off with all the wear and tear a journal will get.

For more information and detailed instructions, here is a little video I made to help show the process.

I hope you are inspired by it!!

The Haute Couture Art Journal & Painter’s Tape Project

 

Greetings artsy friends! My name is Dale Ann Cubbage, and I’m so excited to be sharing on the Bad Girls Couture blog today! This is my first project for this team, and I’m super excited to share these beautiful products with you and hopefully inspire you to try something new!

For my project today, I am working in my beautiful, “Paperdoll Palace,” art journal from the Haute Couture line, and the delicious new Haute Mess mediums and paints coming soon from the ultimate Bad Girl herself, Wendy La Croix! I have chosen to create a layericious page using my secret weapon, painter’s tape!

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I’ve created a lovey video for you to watch, be sure to turn on the closed captions, so you can see my subtitles as you watch! I hope you enjoy! While you’re on my channel, be sure to like my video and follow me, if you will! Together we’ll have a blast creating, learning and inspiring one another! Have a blessed day!!

Dale Ann

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