It’s that time again and we are EXCITED to see all of the new entries!

Bad Girls Couture Design Team Call


Entry Period: 9/24/19-10/8/19

Open to all US and INTERNATIONAL Artists


Wanna be BAD??!!!!


Bad Girls Couture is a private label, small batch manufacturer specializing in state of the art mixed media acrylic paint , art journals, embellishments, and authentic vintage products. Bad Girls Couture prides ourselves on being a green company, helping to sustain our environment by manufacturing products that are eco friendly. We believe in providing our community with an exceptional experience through a team of artists who come together to teach, inspire, and instill an ever evolving atmosphere of innovation. Matter of fact… if you are a RULE BREAKER then you are in the right place! We are looking for artists who create art with no fear and are not afraid to break every single rule, push the envelope, and who have no boundaries! If you want to join the best in the industry and at the same time gain some really good exposure,  and get to create with some of the best products then you are who we are looking for!




Passion for creating art journaling pages and projects with a broad knowledge of mixed media, and the ability and desire to grow as an artist and try new products. You must be adept at working with acrylic paint, art journals, mediums (gesso, moulding paste, gel medium, clear gesso, etc.)

Proficient with excellence in photography and knowledge of video taping tutorials and classes. Must have prior Design Team experience with knowledge of typical duties and the mixed media art industry.

Must be a self starter and knowledgable using a WordPress Blog interface.


Must work well under pressure and tight deadlines.


Must be a team player and participate in Bad Girls promotions and contests.


Must be active on at least two of the top Social Media sites (Facebook, You Tube, Pinterest, Instagram, & Twitter). We will be looking at your Social Media for someone who shares often and has a good following.


Other Manufacturer and Kit Club design teams are acceptable. Our paint line is 27 different custom and unique colours and we expect our Design Team members to promote our paint solely in your online and print work.


You must be able to contribute a minimum of 1 Video Tutorial and 2-3 Blog Posts per month.


You must be able to commit to posting all your work for us on your Social Media, Blog, and Online Galleries where permitted.


Graphic Design experience is not required, but a definite plus.


Entry Requirements:


Submit  3 art journaling pages and one mixed media altered art or give us a link to a gallery on a  Social Media account that features a good selection of your artwork.  Make sure this is your best work and it epitomizes your unique style and abilities.


Submit your resume, links to any online galleries, your Blog, your Social Media accounts, and anything else you deem highlights the exposure of your art, social media, and ability to advertise it.


Please indicate which Design Teams you are currently on.


Tell us why you would like to be a BAD GIRL! What makes you a good fit for our team? What would you like for us to know about you?


You may submit your completed entry to:

In the Subject Line please write Design Team Entry/Your Name


Include your name, address, email address, phone number.


Artists will be notified no later than 10/12/19.


If you have any questions or comments please send to:


Good Luck to all you BAD GIRLS!!!



For To Have Faith Is To Have Wings | Art Journal Page by Dale Ann Cubbage

Happy Wednesday, y’all!  It’s Dale Ann back with another page in my Paper Doll Palace art journal.  Today I’m showing you how to bring some depth and dimension to your pages using the Haute Mess Molding Paste.  I have to say, this is my absolute favorite of the medium line.  And since it has been so well loved, I only had a teeny tiny bit in the bottom of my jar to work with. I know, total sadness.  So I decided to create a page that would use it in an interesting way that would let you see it in action!  My page today is simple, but I really love how it turned out.  I hope you do too.

The Process

First I started with a plain cardboard page in my journal.  I wanted a dramatic page, so I decided to mix together some of the Haute Mess Make It Rain with some black acrylic paint.  This gave me a moody and dark bluish gray. Perfect for what I wanted to do.  I mixed it on the page with some of the Haute Mess Clear Gesso.  Then to create some texture I used my spatula and moved it around the page touching down and lifting up to get some stippling.  I then covered this layer with Matte Gel Medium.

My next move was to stencil a damask pattern all over the page with some Haute Mess Grunge acrylic paint.  Once that was dry, I put down another layer of Matte Gel Medium.  This gave it a kind  of dreamy, cloudy look and softened the pattern.

I decided that the pattern was still a little too much, so I added water to my mix of Make It Rain and black paint.  This allowed me to put a watered down color wash across the whole page, darkening it up.  Again, I put down a layer of Matte Gel Medium.

After that layer was dry, I diluted some of the Haute Mess White Gesso with water, and used that to splatter all over the entire page.  I did get a little impatient, and added my layer of Matte Gel Medium too soon, and it caused some streaking in a couple of places.  But I went with it!

Now it was time to pull out the Molding Paste and a new stencil that I had recently won from  It’s a bird on  a branch with leaves around it.  I decided I only wanted the bird, so I used masking tape to cover the areas I didn’t want to get Molding Paste into.  I used my trusty spatula to scrape it across the stencil, and carefully lifted it off.    Then I had to make sure and let this layer dry completely!  Once dry, I took some more Grunge paint and painted a branch for the bird to rest on, and added some berries in Haute Mess Torrid.  I also made some dark marks on the branch with a pencil and a white gel pen to look like snow.  I finished the page off with a quote I took from the book, The Little White Bird, by J.M. Barrie.  “For to have faith is to have wings.”

A Final Look

Well, that’s it for me today. I hope you had fun and that you’re inspired to order some Haute Mess Molding Paste and get creating some fun dimensional elements on your next page! See you next Time!

Dale Ann




What Are You Seeking? | Art Journal Page by Dale Ann Cubbage

The Page and the Junk

Good morning!  Welcome to the blog on this very lovely Thursday, where I will be sharing my latest page with you showing you a Girl with a Repurpose spin!  I have chosen to work with a black card stock page from my Paper Doll Palace Art Journal, a layered art bit I made by recycling some old pieces of art and little scraps left laying around my desk, and this fabulous piece of . . . well I have no idea what to call it.  It is the inside binding from a vintage book.  I had ripped all the pages out, and removed this piece and thought it was so cool looking, I kept it for just this sort of project!  Take a look.

Is it just me, or is that piece just amazing?  I am so glad I kept it!

I also used some of my favorite Bad Girls Couture Haute Mess Acrylic paints:

Torrid, Caution Tape, Drop Dead Gorgeous and Fallen Angel

Breaking the Blank Page

I went right in after this blank page with a dry paint brush and some luscious color.

I also scraped some white gesso over the page and scraped it into the paint for some texture.  Then I diluted some of the Torrid, Caution Tape and some black acrylic paint and proceeded to make some splatters and spots all over the page to grunge it up!

Next I attached my book binding piece and the little collaged art bit with some double sided tape, to secure it and to give some dimension to my page.  I also dug some black thread out of the trash that I had thrown away, and used some Clear Gesso to attach that to the page, coming out from under the other elements.  If that isn’t recycling, I don’t know what is.  Am I right?

The Finished Page

I cut out a little butterfly, inked up his edges and used some found words I cut out of the book the binding came from, and it all just came together beautifully!

I have to say, I think this has turned out to be one of my favorite pages in my art journal. I hope you enjoyed following along with me today, and I hope you found something to inspire you to go find some trash to re-purpose into your very own art treasure!

Until Next Time,

Dale Ann


Art-journal page Schoolgirl by Elena + VIDEO

Hello everybody! I have a school  art journal page I created using the black cardstock page.
I like working with a black background. All colors look brighter and more contrast on it!
My children continue to study, my son is at University and my daughter is at school.
So I chose this school theme for my page.

 In the video you can see the whole process of creating this page:

I used different scraps of paper, frames, flower and butterfly, which remained after the creation of other projects! I do not throw anything away and love to use such sets for new works!

Used this palette:

I have made with the incredible products by Bad Girls Couture.

Haute Mess Mediums:
Haute Mess Paints:

Well that is all from me today. I do hope that you have enjoyed my project .

Stay tuned for more wonderful inspiration from the design team tomorrow.

Until next time take care and happy crafting.

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What My Dreams Are Made Of | A Paint Tutorial in Art Journal

Ever notice how there are no songs written about Tuesdays?  I guess Tuesday isn’t a very sexy day of the week.  But here at the Bad Girls Couture blog, we usually like to “Junque It Up!”  However, I didn’t use any junk for today’s post.  What I did do was take one of the amazing pages you can choose to have in your very own Haute Mess Art Journal, and I threw some paint at it and totally JUNQUED IT UP!!  Here’s how the lovely Pocket Page started out before I got my messy fingers on it.

As you can see, this page is beautiful just as it is.  It is made with a beautiful piece of card stock with handwriting on it, which I adore.  Then there are three little pockets with a scalloped edge, and it’s all stitched up so cute.  And of course there are these three tags, just begging to be drenched in paint!

This page was so adorable, it’s taken me eight months to get up the courage to make a single mark on it.  But I had so much fun once I got started!!  The first thing I did was try out a new technique I recently learned where you take a page from a magazine, and place a stencil  underneath it.  Then you take sand paper and rub it gently over the magazine page.  It’s kind of like making a rubbing of a coin.  It scratches the design of the stencil into the image and removes particles of the paper and ink in the process.  You just move your stencil around and keep sanding till you get it good and textured up.

The Tags

My next step was to cut out sections of these lovely images and glue them onto my tags.  Aren’t they gorgeous??

If I had stopped right there I would have been perfectly happy.  But, I didn’t.  I got out my Haute Mess White Gesso and splattered it around with a palette knife and through a polka dot stencil to get even more texture going.

I decided to let the colors in the magazine pages inform my color palette.  The colors I used are as follows:  Make It Rain, Kiss and Don’t Tell, Torrid, Sweet Candy Kisses, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Last Sin, Bad & Tatted, Grunge and White Gesso.  Next I took some of my favorite stencils and the paint, and I added these sweet images to the tags and then did some outlining in a black pen and white gel pen.

They just needed a little something more.  So I grabbed my ink pad, and inked up the edges and then splattered some watered down Bad & Tatted on them with a paint brush!  I put the ribbon and string back on them, and that did the trick! Here’s how they ended up.

The Finished Tags

The Pocket & Background

Now it was time to work on the background page and that scalloped pocket.  The first thing I did was sponge some of the Kiss and Don’t Tell paint on the pocket using an inexpensive make up sponge.  To protect the background paper I folded up a piece of clean paper and tucked it in the pocket, being careful not to get it on the page underneath.

Here’s a visual of the next few steps I took.

I couldn’t find the exact sentiment I wanted, so I just wrote out the words I wanted on it, then cut them out in strips.  Using a glue stick I adhered them to the page, and outlined them in black pen to help them stand out from the page.  Next I splattered some of that watered down Bad & Tatted on the background and pockets for some darker values on the page.

The Finished Project

That just about wraps it up for me.  I have lots more eye candy for you, so you can see more of this fun project. I hope you like it.

We are so glad you dropped by to visit today and check out this post!  While you’re here, go visit the shop and see all the fantastic products that Wendy has put together for you!  That’s all for me today, I will see you soon!

Dale Ann

Enjoy Today Art Journal Page


Hi friends. I’m back with another art journal spread I created for Bad Girls Couture. My sister posted these maternity photos on FaceBook and I fell in love!! Of course, I had to scrap them…

To begin, I mixed some Last Sin and Broken Doll acrylic paint with some Molding Paste to give the paint more texture. Then I used the Rose Swirl 6″x9″ Stencil to create a pretty background for my spread.

Once the background was completely dry, I used some Pink Paislee embellishments to decorate the layout. The tiny tag is from Jillibean Soup.

I kept this spread pretty simple with the main focus on the adorable photos of my pregnant sister and her dog!

I’ve included a quick video so you can see how quickly this layout came together.

Thanks for visiting today!

Loved – Tag In A Bag | an art journal page by Dale Ann Cubbage

Is it Monday again already?  I’m afraid so, lovelies!  So, in an effort to cheer us up, I have a new project for your viewing pleasure!  Today I’m sharing a page in my Paper Doll Palace art journal that I have done up in my favorite Haute Mess acrylic paint colors!  Being a shabby girl at heart, you know those colors are Couture Pink, Bad & Tatted, Grunge and Drop Dead Gorgeous, of course!  Plus, I’ve loaded up the texture on this page with some white gesso, some of my hand made stencils and a handful of my favorite bits and bobs laying around my desk.  This page is one of my favorites now, and I hope you like it!  Be sure to read all the way to the end, as I have included a process video to show you how I put this all together, and as an added bonus, I show you a new technique I learned involving a magazine page, a stencil and a sanding block.  Intrigued?  I hope so.  Let’s get to the eye candy, shall we?

Some Photos of the Final Page

You can’t get any shabbier than the beautiful combo of pink, blue and black & white in my opinion!

I’ve been hoarding that little black and white bag forever, waiting for just the right project to use it on.  I have used it as my focal point on the page, and it holds a sweet little tag I made tucked inside, for a peek-a-boo effect!

Peek-a-boo!  Here’s the tag making it’s debut!  The inspiration for this page was a sermon I heard recently, reminding me that I am loved.  Period. End of story.  And so are you, friend.  I hope this layout can serve as a reminder to you today, that you are absolutely loved and adored!

I’ve got texture and color for days on this spread!

Process Video

Hugs and kisses, darling!  Thanks so much for coming by and checking out my post today!  Don’t forget to watch the video I made for you!

Fox and Fall by Elena

Hello dear friends!
Today I’m with a new Mixed Media project – and it’s again Art-journal page.
 I chose the cardstock page to create my project.

I painted background using Haute Mess Acrylic colors:

First Crush, Distortion ,  Dive Bar , Caution Tape 

And Guild Trip for leaves.


I applied the Molding Paste through a stencil

Thank you so much for joining us today. I hope you enjoyed your time here on the blog.

Till next time, have fun and enjoy your creative time.

Don’t forget to check out my Blog   and   Instagram

A Rose By Any Other Name | a Mixed Media Canvas by Dale Ann Cubbage

Good Morning, all you bad girl art beauties! I hope you’re ready for some color and bling this morning!  Today I am sharing a mixed media canvas I created using the magical Glass Bead Gel from the Haute Mess Medium Collection, right here in the Bad Girls Couture shoppe!

This product is just pure magic, girls! I cannot explain in words just what it does and how it makes your projects glimmer and shine! So I guess I’ll just have to show you!

Up Close and Personal

The first thing you see is the awesome texture it brings to the canvas, right?  But you can actually see it creating three different effects in this one shot!  In the upper left corner, you can see how it looks when you put it on top of painted and inked surfaces.  On top of paint it looks like little diamonds glittering on the page!  When it’s on top of inked surfaces, it absorbs the ink, making the color sparkly!   Down the left side of the canvas you can see how it looks when it’s thick on the page, and this is what it looks like with white gesso on it.  All you have to do is spread it on with a palette knife.  Then on the right side of the top of photo, you can see just a few pieces of it scattered out. It reminds me of glistening snow flakes or ice crystals!  Girls, I’m telling you, this stuff is dreamy and delicious!

In this photo you can see how it just soaks up all that incredible color from the Haute Mess acrylic paints!  Also, notice how I put some of it on the clay element . . . it just adds to the grungy elegance on this piece!  I also used it on the bottom of the element, where it cracked and broke.  By filling in the crack with the Glass Bead Gel, it disguised the crack, making it stand out like it was done on purpose!  It is such a versatile product.

Color Splash . . .

For my color splash today, I chose our Haute Mess paints in these colors:

Drop Dead Gorgeous

Oops! My Bad!

First Crush

Kiss And Don’t Tell

Couture Pink

These are the Haute Mess Mediums used in this project:

Glass Bead Gel

White Gesso

Mixed Media Canvas

I have used molds and air dry clay to create the dimensional pieces on my canvas, as well as cut out flowers and butterflies from some scrap paper.  That little frame I found at a yard sale for 10 cents!  I used some white acrlic ink and a shimmer mist spray in teal.  But the real star of this project is the Glass Bead Gel, in my opinion!  What do you think?


Well that’s it for me today! Be sure to click on the links in my post for details on the products used here, and while you’re here, check out the previous blog posts from the other Bad Girl Couture Artists. There are some amazing and inspiring projects to get you creating with the Haute Mess line of art supplies! Thanks for looking today!

Dale Ann

Stronger Than Yesterday – Clear Canvas

Happy SundayFUNday!!  I hope ya’ll are having a fab weekend!  Today I’m showing y’all a fun way to do a “canvas” in an unexpected way.  A CLEAR canvas!

For this project I used small square of acrylic.  The acrylic is actually a clear insert for a welding face shield that I purchased at a welding supply center.  I’m sure my husband just loves when I tag along on his hardware adventures lol!

I started off with a rubber stamp that had some distressed lines on it and applied some “bad & tatted” Haute Mess acrylic paint then stamped it on to the acrylic.  You can mimic this look by using the side of an old gift card and dip it in a bit of the paint then stamp it on to the acrylic square and just repeat.

I also brushed a little of the same paint along the edges to give it an inked distressed look.

For the embellishments I made a clay key hole embellishment and painted it with a wash of diluted Haute Mess “hippie in high heals” then some diluted “torrid” and rubbed with a bit of “kiss & don’t tell” before apply a touch of the Haute Mess glass bead gel.  Finally I applied a rub of gold.  I did a similar effect on the key and paint brush as well.  The key has a base coat of “bad & tatted” then rubbed with “kiss & don’t tell” and the paint brush has a mix of all the colors i used in the project!

The tag had gold crackle on it previously but I wanted to incorporate it into this project so I applied some of the colors I was using to give it a warm background.  I diluted some “torrid” first and then applied some drips of diluted “hippie in high heals” and then rubbed with a smidge of “kiss & don’t tell”.

The whole project is finished off with a Tim Holts paper dolls die cut and a sticker sentiment.

I’m pretty obsessed with the transparency of it!  I want to do MOOORRREE of them!


Bad Girls Couture Haute Mess Acrylic Paint in Bad & Tatted, Torrid, Hippie in High Heals, Kiss & Don’t Tell
Bad Girls Couture Haute Mess Glass Bead Gel
Tim Holtz Paper Dolls
Paper Clay
Prima Clay Mold
Vintage Key
Old Paint Brush
Large Tag
Acrylic Square