Listen To Your Heart – Mini Kraft Booklet Page from Haute Mess Art Journal

Monday again, already?  Where did the weekend go?  I don’t know where it went, but it sure went there too fast!  I hope this weekend you had some artsy craftsy time!  I sure did!  I’m back today with a video for your viewing pleasure!  I have chosen to use a page from the Mini Kraft booklet that is one of the feature’s in the Haute Mess Art Journals!  Check it out!

This little booklet has four double sided pages, so you have 8 pages to work on! They have adorable scalloped edges, and they are graduated sizes.  The two inner pages are a different shape. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a good photo of the pages before I started my project.  In my video, I flip through it, so you can kind of see what I mean. It was a fun little substrate to work on for sure!

I titled my page, “Listen To Your Heart,” after the sentiment I found in my stash of stickers.  I cut that sweet little heart out of a piece of scrapbook paper.  I used several stencils, a stamp and an ink pad, as well as my favorite SIGNO Ball Roller white gel pen to scribble some journaling on.

It’s funny how in art journaling, I just kind of fly by the seat of my pants! I never really have a plan when I sit down with an art journal. I just like to let my heart and the art take me where it wants to go!  Sometimes that means I end up covering up something I originally put into it.  In the video, early on you’ll see I glued down a white strip of paper that I had pealed off a piece of junk mail! I really liked that little thing, but it eventually got covered up. That’s just how it goes sometimes!

The Haute Mess Paints and mediums are so wonderful to work with! There are so many ways to use them and they work together beautifully! I only used five colors on this project.  They were as follows:  Torrid (red), Caution Tape (yellow),  Drop Dead Gorgeous (tealish blue), Fallen Angel (white) and Bad & Tatted (charcoal gray).  I also used the Matte Gel medium to adhere elements and the Clear Gesso to prep the page.

I have created a video for you to watch the creation process! I hope you enjoy it, and that it inspires you to listen to your heart and create some beautiful art today!

Thanks for watching! If you haven’t subscribed to my YouTube channel, please do! And always, please feel free to leave me a comment or a question! I would love to chat with you about creating with the Haute Mess line of paints and mediums any time!

Dale Ann

In Bloom – A Collage & Painting on Canvas

Happy Saturday to all you bad girlies out there! This is Dale Ann, back again with another project to get your creative juices flowing again!  Today, I’m sharing a canvas that I painted for a dear friend.  Unfortunately, I didn’t start taking pictures at the very beginning of my process, but I think I can catch you up on what you’re missing as far as pictures!  I started out with a blank 11×14 wrapped canvas.  I painted the background in different shades of pinks and peaches, layering them and dry brushing as I went.  The colors I used were Plastic Angel, Broken Doll, Couture Pink and Mannequin. These are my favorite colors of the whole line, and I just keep coming back to them!

I already knew what I wanted to do on this canvas, so I continued to work toward that end.  I used a stencil of a damask pattern and scraped some of the Haute Mess Molding Paste through it with my fingers, getting it on good and thick all around the canvas.  Next, I wanted to draw a face of a lovely lady . . . here’s how she started out.

I had drawn her on copy paper, then attached her to the canvas with some Haute Mess Gel Matte Medium. The colors I used from the Haute Mess paints were Mannequin and Plastic Angel. I also used some golden color I had for shadowing and darkening her skin.  I used some of the Clear Gesso and the White Gesso from our line of mediums to blend the shading and skin tones together until I liked it.  It took a couple of layers of everything to get the smooth look I wanted.

I used an ink pen to darken up the lines and make her features stand out more.  For her hair, I wanted to create a “flower fro.”  So I fussy cut LOTS of flowers in pinks, golds and blues and arranged them carefully around her face to create this bodacious head of hair!  There are also some butterflies in there as well!  My friend that I created this for helped me title her.  She had seen another page I had done like this in an art journal and said she reminded her of a woman in bloom  So I titled the original painting, “She Blooms,” and this one, “In Bloom.”

At this point I wasn’t really liking the color of flowers on this pale background. So I decided to bring out the blues. I used Haute Mess paint in the color Make It Rain on the background.

That was a good move I think.  However I felt like I lost the lovely damask shapes.  To remedy that I took a baby wipe and started removing some of the paint off the damask parts.  It was distressing it and giving it a kind of rugged denim look. I was digging it!

To further add to the distressed look, I also sprayed on some of my Dylusions Shimmer Mists. I used Some blue, green and a golden color.


She was really coming along great.  I loved the shabbiness of the background!  And although I loved her sweet face, it seemed like she was missing something.

The eyes.  Her eyes needed color.  How about blue?  Yes, please!  After a little more distressing, and putting some blue and some light back in her eyes, she came alive!  I finished her off with a protective layer of Mod Podge, and now, I get to wrap her up and send her off to my friend, who will hang her in her art studio! I’m so excited to have one of my pieces of art in someone else’s studio!

Well, thanks again for following along with me! I hope I’ve inspired you to get messy and make some beautiful art today!  If you haven’t ordered your Haute Mess paints and mediums, what on earth are you waiting for!

Until next time!

Dale Ann

Art Journal Page with Tags+ VIDEO by Elena

Hello there lovely creative friends! Today I’m working with tags page in my “COBBLESTONE LANE” Art Journal.

That’s what I like to do in the art journal from Bad Girls, so the fact that it has a variety of pages! No, you can do that yourself, of course but first you need to think about it :))))

The very first page in it was with pockets and tags. Maybe I wouldn’t decorate it. but in schedule for DT was clearly referred, that it is necessary to subject to embellishment this page!

How I did it you can watch in the video :)))

Decorated the pockets with the tags and stickers from 7 DOTs. I usually have them piling up, and then just convenient, glue smear is not necessary and it turns out very quickly!

For the first tag and I’ve got these paints from Bad Girls:  Torrid,  Last Sin ,  Distortion

On the second tag experimented with other colors Dive Bar,  C-Note,  Million Dollar Baby

For the third tag chose warm shades:Caution Tape,  Grunge,  Oops! My Bad

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

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!

Matte Gel Transfers with Cristin


Happy Wednesday!

Let’s talk Matte Gel Transfers! This is one really fun way to create a really texture-rich art journal page — annnnnd not even have to spend a ton of time. (Unless you want to.)

Here, I’m using a inkjet print out of a recent illustration that I had created in another sketchbook. I’m going to use Haute Mess Matte Gel to incorporate this on to a page in my Haute Mess Journal!  This is a really great way to add a grungy and interesting collage layer.

Use a thick, even layer of matte gel on the page, and then put the print out face down. Now, you want to let it dry completely before you move forward.

Once dry, spritz it down with water and use a sponge or paper towel to gently rub the outer layer of paper away. Work slowly, and in a circular motion.

Once you have pulled away everything that you want to reveal you can then build layers with paint! Here I’m using Haute Mess Bad & Tatted and Fallen Angel to add even more interest to this art journal page!  I also used my favorite gel pen (Uniball Signo UM-153) to add the quote by Rupi Kaur.

Make Space for the Next Version of You – Art Journaling with Cristin


Happy Monday!! I hope that you are well in your corner of the world. Today, I’m going to use one of my zines and repurpose it into an art journal page in my Haute Mess Journal! Being a full time artist, I don’t always have the time to dedicate to really elaborate art journal pages, but I still want to create something beautiful.


When I only have a little bit of time but that NEED to create, I like to use prints of my finished artwork in new ways! I created a little video to show you exactly what I mean:


The supply list is simple –

  • A Haute Mess Journal
  • Haute Mess – Matte Gel
  • Haute Mess – Clear Gesso
  • Collage Elements (Maybe a print of another painting or project you have done, perhaps?)
  • Prismacolor Pastels (I mainly used these to bring out the stitching of the journal)
  • Uniball Signo UM 153 (My favorite white pen. <3 )

Repurposed Treasure with Cristin

Happy Thursday!

Today it’s all about re-purposing. Turning trash to treasure! I LOVE this kind of project and today I had the PERFECT base to work with — pieces from old furniture. I loved it for it’s size and exposed hardware but admittedly, it doesn’t look very pretty . . . yet.

Haute Mess mediums helped create a PERFECT surface to work with!
Here, I used gesso and matte gel to collage and prepare the surface. Once the mediums were totally dry, I went in with a pencil and sketched out an idea. Just to give me a place to start!

For that extra texture I used Haute Mess modeling paste and then pushed stamps into it while it was still wet.

These stamped textures really come to life when you start to add paint. I like it because the stamped image isn’t perfectly clear, so it adds some grunge.

Once you have your design sketched out and outlined you can start to add color (the best part!)
Here, I’m using Haute Mess “Plastic Angel”, “Broken Doll” and “Oops! My Bad”

I couldn’t resist taking a photo of all the paint pots lined up, isn’t it a beauty?


Next I’m going to incorporate two of my favorite Haute Mess colors: “Torrid” and “Drop Dead Gorgeous”. As you can see, at this point the portrait is really coming together.

And, I added fun splatters of “Bad Girl Gaudy”:


To finish up, I added in some Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Wax in “Amethyst” and of course – some glitter! I used Ice Stickles Glitter Glue in Pink.


Thanks so much for joining me today for this fun repurpose. I hope it inspires you to take a look around and turn some trash into treasure.

New life of the old hook-hangers)))

Hello! Looked for inspiration! Today I will show you how to transform the old broken clothes hook!Once it was a very beautiful hook and I could not throw it away … I am glad that today I can do something from it))) First you need to cut several colors of different sizes from thick white paper. I used the Cameo plotter!

I painted the paper flower petals pink, I decided that the large petals would be lighter and chose Haute Mess Broken Doll!This is an incredibly delicate pink color!

Smaller petals painted in color Couture Pink. Paint cans are very beautiful))) For work, I used a synthetic brush, and after work the paint is easily understood with the brush.

While the preparation of the flower has not yet dried out completely, I pressed the ball on the petals. They slightly changed shape and became more rounded.

I did this with all the petals and glued them into a flower.

I filled the middle of the flower Glass Bead Gel. When the gel was dry, I painted in yellow, it turned out very beautiful!

I am pleased with the result))) Have a nice day and creativity in the soul) Change the world for the better!

“Grow In Him” Art Journal Page

Good morning, lovelies!  Dale Ann here this morning with today’s Inspire Me Monday art video!  Today my video is a walk through my latest journal page in my Paper Doll Palace art journal from the Haute Mess Collection!  These incredibly beautiful journals are almost here!!  Watch the shop and our Instagram pages for the shout out when you can order your very own!

My page is titled, “Grow In Him.”  I chose to work on one of the cardboard pages from my journal, with sweet stitching around the edges!

The face I used in this project is a sketch from Li Li Wee, one of my favorite artists! You can find her work on Instagram at @weelili_art.  She is fabulous, and I’m proud to say she’s my friend!

I also used a paper cut out of some vintage flowers in my stash.  I had it printed out for another project and didn’t use it.  So in the video you see me reconstructing it! LOL

I adhered the face to my page use the Haute Mess Matte Gel medium. This stuff is great to use like glue, and also to put a protective coating on your pieces.  I apply it all with a brush, but then I scrape it with an old credit card to get all the air bubbles out and make sure it’s stuck on well. At one point in the paint process I accidentally got paint on the eye of the face. But since I had put a layer on top of the Gel medium, I was able to wipe it right off with a baby wipe!

I scraped two luscious colors across this page, first “Hippie In High Heels,” and “Last Sin.”  I love these creamy paints so much!!

My next step was too scrape some Haute Mess Molding Paste through a stencil for texture. I use a credit card, because it gets it down into the nooks and crannies really well! This leaves raised texture on my page that reminds me of a stone walkway.  Make sure you get this layer really dry, so it stays raised and doesn’t smear! I use a hairdryer between layers to speed up the drying process!

My next color choice was “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” which I also used with my handmade number stencil.

The next thing I do is use some Tim Holtz Distress Inks with an Illustrated Faith cling stamp and to distress the edges of the page.  I also use a Dylusions Shimmer Spray to amp up the color on the flowers, along with a gelato on the leaves.

I decide to do some more color around the eye, with a flower stencil and the color, “Bye Felicia.”  It’s a pale lavender! So pretty!

My page was looking a little pale now, so I used some “Bad & Tatted,” watered down and sprinkled on the page with a paint brush for contrast!  I also use some on a piece of bubble wrap like a stamp.

How about some bling on that page?  I used some Haute Mess Glass Bead Gel on my flowers and then use a credit card to scrape some around the whole page. This adds more texture goodness and some sparkle!

I finally stick those flowers down with some Matte Gel medium, and trip up the edge.  For some more drama, I use my Signo Ball Gel pen in white to add some high lights to the eye and make the sketch more my own.

I use a sentiment from Illustrated Faith’s Wordfetti, outline it with a black pen, and voila! I hope you like it!

Here is the video for your viewing pleasure!

Feel free to leave me a comment below with any questions or just to gush about how awesome it it!  LOL

Thanks for watching, til next time!

Love, Dale Ann

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Decorating the Haute Mess Journal with Cristin


Hello everyone! Cristin here, and today I’m going to decorate the cover of my Haute Mess journal with Haute Mess paints, mediums and a little embellishment.


The supplies I’m using today:
Collage Paper
Haute Mess Matte Gel
Hot Glue
Haute Mess Clear Gesso
Palette Knife
Haute Mess Modeling Paste
Haute Mess Bad & Tatted
Haute Mess Torrid
Haute Mess Naked
Prima Art Alchemy – Amethyst Magic
DecoArt Media Mister – Carbon Black & Magenta
Waxed Linen Thread
Relics & Artifacts – Visage
Relics & Artifacts – Rising Spirit II

I hope that you enjoy this video that I created of my process:


How will you make the cover of your Haute Mess journal all *you* ?