Guest Designer

Mou Saha

Mou Saha is a mixed media artist and coloring book author. She has been featured in craft publications, TV shows and taught workshops nationally and internationally as well as online for Creativebug, Big Picture Classes, Donna Downey Studios and more. You can find Mou online in these places –

Website – http://mousaha.com/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/mou.saha.studio/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MouSahaStudio/

Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/Mou_Saha/

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We just adore Mou and her gorgeous artwork!!! So of course we had to ask her a few questions so you can get to know her a little bit better!….

  1. What famous artist gives you the most inspiration and why?

I keep returning to Matisse. So powerful!

  1. An artist can usually be recognized by their own unique style, and by the way, I truly love yours! How would you define your style?

Let’s call it colorfully eclectic.

  1. You are always so busy creating classes and teaching your beautiful art…where can our clients go to see where you offer your classes?

Currently I have classes on creativebug.com with more on the way.

You can follow this link for a free trial: http://bit.ly/MouSaha_Creativebug

And here are my class links:

Mixed Media art Journaling: http://bit.ly/MixedMediaArtJournaling 

Art Journaling with Gelatos: http://bit.ly/ArtJournalingwithGelatos

I also post video tutorials on my YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR4D-SPDU5eVDKiur9fAzLA?view_as=subscriber

And my website: http://mousaha.com/

  1. If you could leave our Bad Girl customers with just one inspiring piece of advice what would that be?

            Create from your heart and don’t worry about making it perfect!

We created our Signature BAD GIRL COUTURE VINTAGE Kit PARISIENNE PARADISE this month for Mou to design with, and in true BAD GIRL fashion we included lots of GORGEOUS and AMAZING VINTAGE elements. You can see the kit and purchase it HERE.

Take a look at Mou’s Gorgeous work below…she has included lots of photos and instructions in her tutorial.

Hi everyone, my name is Mou Saha and I’m so excited to be the November Guest Designer for Wendy’s Bad Girl Couture Vintage kit Parisian Paradise! I had a lot of fun making this little ‘story book’ and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

I started with the Parisian Paradise kit and added a few things from stash which you can totally substitute with what you have. I used some white gesso, soft matte gel medium, texture paste (Whipped Spackle from Design Memory Craft), stencil, palette knife, Gelatos colors, paint brush, pencil, sewing machine, needle, thread, eyelet and setter, scissors and some plain chipboard. So, let me walk you through the steps of my project.

I have to admit, it was hard for me to cut into the lovely vintage fabric! But I’m so glad I did. I mixed and matched the new with the old to create the first layer. Using the vintage Bingo cards as base, I machine stitched pieces of fabric, lace and some book text that came as part of the kit packaging.

I added some subtle texture to each card by applying some Whipped Spackle through stencil using a palette knife. If you are not into mixed media, you could skip this step. Remember, every step is a matter of your personal preference and I’m just presenting you with my favorites.

With tiny dots of gel medium, I attached the very delicate skeleton leaf.

I have a thing for packaging as you might have guessed already. So, when Wendy sent these GORGEOUS beads in a cute round tin with a clear top, I wanted to use it on the cover of my ‘story book’. I traced the tin around a bunny image from the story book pages in my kit and cut it out with scissors, glued it inside the tin, placed some five beads in and closed the lid with a little gel medium to keep it from opening up and to create a shaker effect.

I applied gesso around the tin to make it blend in with my project. I wrapped some thread from my stash around my palm, pulled it out and attached it to the cover with gel medium, placed the tin on top and attached a game piece and the metal tag frame around the phrase THE STORY which just happened to be perfect for my title.

While the gel medium was still wet, I placed two of the decorative pins behind the tin.

Once the medium dried, I added some colors to the cover with Gelatos colors.

I cut the small doily from the kit in half, folded it in half again and machine stitched it to the right side of the second bingo card, soon to be the first page of my story book. I cut the story book page into strips and attached it with gel medium. I also added the pretty ribbon and sewed some of the beads to the page and continued the color scheme from the cover.

I used a jar cap I had at home to trace circles around some more bunny images and chipboard. I cut and layered them for dimension.

This is how my third page came together. You’ll notice that I let some of my page elements extend beyond the base. This helps to create a layered look when the book is closed.

I worked on the fourth page the same way as the third with layering the chipboard circles for dimension, cutting the story book page into strips and attaching them with gel medium.

I stitched the remaining piece of the doily to the left side of the page, added the third decorative pin, stitched some beads and attached part of the ribbon to the page. I also continued the story style and color scheme.

I did the fifth and final page the same way as before. It is important to carry the same ideas, elements and colors throughout a project for a cohesive finish.

And here’s my finished story book. I added eyelets to the top center of each page for a clean finish and to reinforce the holes to slide one of the binding rings to hold my book pages together.