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Red, White and Blue Journal Page with Jen Matott

 

 

Hi, artsy friends!  I’m back with a Haute Mess Art journal canvas page  project and video.  I was inspired by our Independence Day celebrations.  The 4th of July holds special meaning for us here in the United States.  We celebrate our forefathers and the freedoms we hold dear.  As we continue to strive to be better and a country, we remember all those that fought in order to give us the freedoms we have.  It’s a patriotic holiday with lots of traditions that we share with family and friends.  So, I made a page that reflects our flag’s colors and feeling of unity.

 

In my tutorial video, you will see that I start by adding some Haute Mess Mixed Media White Gesso to the page.  I added the letter stencil over that using and sponge to dab Haute Mess Mixed Media Acrylic Paint in Bad Girl GaudyFallen Angel, and Make it Rain through it.  It created a sort of Ombre effect with the 3 colors.   I did the same with each color on a canvas banner piece.

I mixed the Haute Mess Mixed Media Molding Paste with Bad and Tatted Acrylic color. I put that through a stars stencil.   Once dry, I embellished the page with metal pieces, found objects and twine.

If you live in the USA, Happy Independence Day!

 

Hope Anchors The Soul Art Journal | Donna Espiritu

Hello, Bad Girls. It’s Donna here today with a new project using Haute Mess products.

I created another page in my Palace Princess Art Journal and it was fun playing and experimenting with mediums and paints to add texture and interesting details.

I started with one of the pages in the Haute Mess Palace Princess Art Journal as my base or background. I applied clear gesso before adding texture with modeling paste and a stencil.

I based the acrylic paints colors on the Kaisercraft Antiquities collection I used. So I chose Caution Tape, Make It Rain and Bad & Tatted as main colors. The combination of yellow and bluish gray is beautiful.

I have a process video you can watch.

I hope you liked my project today! See you in my next post.

Thanks for dropping by and happy crafting!

Supplies Used:

Haute Mess Art Journal Palace Princess

Haute Mess Mediums: Clear Gesso, Molding Paste

Haute Mess Acrylic Paints: Naked, Fallen Angel, Caution Tape, Make It Rain, Bad & Tatted

Others:
Kaisercraft Antiquities collection (papers, stickers, stencil, stamp), Pearls and Rhinestones, Kaisercraft Chestnut Ink, White Thread

Wings Of Imagination Art Journal Tutorial | Donna Espiritu

Hello, Bad Girls! It’s Donna here back on the blog with another project. I added another decorated page in my Haute Mess Art Journal and I love how it turned out.

I started with dry brushing Naked Haute Mess Acrylic Paint to the pink canvas background

Then I added texture using a stencil and Grunge Haute Mess Acrylic Paint.

After the paints dried, I added the butterfly stack in the middle over some messy thread. I used foam tape to adhere the butterflies to the page.

Then I started adding embellishments using more foam tapes for dimension. This is basically done and just added some fussy cut florals and rhinestones to finish the art journal page.

And this is how it turned out…

I added some fussy cut florals in the middle of the butterfly instead of antennae and adhered rhinestones randomly for a bit sparkle.

I think it turned out pretty, don’t you think? I added another inspiring page into my Haute Mess Art Journal and loving it!
I hope you liked my project as much as I do. See you all in my next post!

Thanks for dropping by and happy crafting.

Supplies Used:
Haute Mess Art Journal Palace Princess

Haute Mess Acrylic Paints – Naked and Grunge

Other:
Kaisercraft Rosabella collection and stencil, white thread, adhesives

Create From The He{Art} Art Journal Tutorial | Donna Espiritu

Hello, lovelies! Donna here back with a new project to inspire you today.

I decided to decorate my Art Journal cover and it was harder than I imagined. I wanted to incorporate stuff that I love most when creating. But I love a lot of *things* so I just trimmed down to my top 5:

*Color Pink

*Florals or flowers

*Butterflies

* Texture

*And a bit of dimension

I started with an idea in mind but ended up with a totally different result afterward. You will see.

I applied clear gesso to the front cover of my Princess Palace Haute Mess Art Journal. Then dry brushed paints one after the other. I used Couture Pink, Broken Doll, Plastic Angel, Fallen Angel, and Mannequin. Then I used a stencil and modeling paste to add texture.

I also gathered some old stuff stored inside my box of crafty whatnots. I applied gesso before painting them with Fallen Angel, Couture Pink, and Sweet Candy Kisses.

At this point, I am still unsure of what to do with them. I have to be honest, I literally stared at them and stopped and then stared some more. I realized they’re kind monochromatic now that I arranged them as you see below. I stopped for a few days because nothing is coming to me. This is how I imagined it at first but then changed it halfway.

I also decided to add another layer of paint wash so I diluted Fallen Angel with water and brushed the surface for a subtle shade of pink.

I wanted to use “Create With Your Heart” and tried several ways to incorporate it. I tried to print, to write it, but I didn’t like how it looked. So I opted to use alpha stickers later on. I also thought of using a monogram letter as my focal point. I settled with the letter A for Art. I just printed this and used as a template. I adhered to a dark pink cardstock, backed with a patterned paper and mounted with foam tape for dimension.

I used Clique Kits’ February kit featuring Cocoa Vanilla’s Midnight collection. I especially love the ephemera pack especially the flowers and 6×8 papers. I love the combination of pink and blue-ish grey and of course, the flowers. I flickered some diluted Sweet Candy Kisses and Bad & Tattered as a final touch.

And here is how my Haute Mess Art Journal cover turned out

I wanted it to “look and feel” like my style and I think I achieved it, eventually. I’m really happy with the end result.

Bad Girls Couture Used:
Haute Mess Art Journal Princess Palace
Haute Mess Acrylic Paints – Couture Pink, Broken Doll, Plastic Angel, Fallen Angel, Mannequin, Bad & Tattered
Haute Mess Mediums – Gesso, Clear Gesso, Molding Paste

Other Supplies:
Clique Kits Feb kit Moonlight Sonata feat. Cocoa Vanilla Midnight collection, White thread, Kaisercraft wood flourishes, Blue Fern Studios wood chipboard, various flower, and leaf dies

That’s all from me today. Thank you for dropping by!

Until next time… happy crafting!

The Bee’s Knees…

Hello, creative friends!  The design team has been hard at work transforming our Haute Mess Art Journal covers into unique works of art.  I am sharing what I did to my cover today!

I have the Haute Mess Postcards From Paris Art Journal and love the script and images on the canvas.  I didn’t want to cover it completely.  I was also going through some artwork that I recently created for an art exhibit this summer and was inspired to pull some elements from my encaustic mixed media piece below.  I have a fascination with honey bees and wax.  I love the way it smells, feels and is applied to a substrate.  So, encaustic is a natural art form that I fell in love with.  I infuse drawing paper with wax and then add pastels, metal leafing and image transfer on top.

Jennifer Matott “Hive” Encaustic Mixed Media

So, for my journal I pulled many items from my stash that fit my “theme” of honeybees.  I have honeycomb shapes, chicken wire, and bee images.

First, I used the Haute Mess Gesso to tone down some of the areas of the script.  I brushed it lightly over the outside edges of the book. Then,                                                                                                       I started gluing the chicken wire to my cover using a fabric glue and then applying the Haute Mess Modeling paste over areas to hold it down .  The modeling paste is thick and flexible.  It dries pretty fast and I can paint over it later!

I used the Haute Mess Acrylic paints over the Gesso and Modeling Paste areas.  I also painted some of the chipboard and the frame (after applying several coats of Gesso to the metal).  The colors I used were:  X-Rated, Caution Tape, Guilt Trip, Dive Bar, and Drop Dead Gorgeous (my favorite color!).

I used a sponge to dab paint through a stencil using X-Rated first and then layered Caution Tape and Dive Bar over before pulling the stencil off.  It created the honeycomb look.  Once dry, I outlined some areas with a black pen.

This frame is metal and it was a bronze color.  I wanted it to blend in a bit more.  I covered it with several layers of Gesso.  Then I could add color to it.  The chipboard letters were added inside.

I die cut this cute bee from some patterned paper scraps I had.  It was attached with a Pop dot and sits inside another metal frame.

Some more details of the stenciling and chipboard.  I splattered gold ink over the surface as well.

 

I love this crown on the Haute Mess Art Journal.  It has just the right amount of gold and I didn’t want to cover it up.  After all, it feel it represents the Queen Bee that I am.

It was so fun to work on this art journal cover!  I love these journals so much!  There is even a little pocket inside the cover to hold brushes or whatever little treasure you want.

The Bad Girls Couture supplies I used to complete this project are:

Haute Mess Art Journal:  Postcards From Paris

Haute Mess Mediums: Gesso and  Modeling Paste

Haute Mess Acrylic paints: X-Rated, Caution Tape, Dive Bar, Guilt Trip, and Drop Dead Gorgeous

Everything else was from my stash!

I hope you get creative with a theme that inspires you!  I hope our bee population comes back and thrives and I want to continue to celebrate these little artists/ builders in my artwork as a way to bring awareness and love to the bee! I’m inspired by their hard work, beauty and final products they create.  Bee inspired by the world around you! (See what I did there??)

Jen

Want versus Have Art Journal Page

Hello, loves! It’s Donna here with another project for the Bad Girls Couture Design Team. For this project, I used the Vintage Music Page in my Paper Doll Palace Haute Mess Art Journal and Haute Mess Acrylic Paints and Mediums. I prepped the surface with Clear Gesso first before dry brushing a thin coat of Couture Pink acrylic paint.

Then, I mixed a bit of Gesso and Sweet Candy Kisses then used a cut file by Paige Evans as a stencil.

I also used the same mixture of Gesso and Sweet Candy Kisses to lightly brush the edges for a unified overall look.

I cut a 6 ½ x 6 ½ pattern paper into two and adhered in the middle of the page then splattered diluted Kiss & Don’t Tell and Bad & Tatted Acrylic Paints. Once the paints and mediums dried, I used some doily, messy thread, rhinestones and mounted fussy cut flowers and word arts using foam tape.

Love how this page turned out!
A gentle reminder to be thankful for the things in our lives, good, bad and in between.
That’s all from me today and may this inspire you to create something beautiful too!

Thanks for dropping by!

Happy crafting,
Donna

Supplies used:

Haute Mess Art Journal Page
Haute Mess Mediums:
Gesso, Clear Gesso, Molding Paste
Haute Mess Paints:
Couture Pink
Sweet Candy Kisses
Bad & Tatted
Kiss & Don’t Tell

Others:
Kaisercraft Blessed 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 paper pad Sticker Sheet; Kaisercraft Rhinestones – Soft Pink, Wine, Island Lagoon; Paige Evans Cut File

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