Lucky is a State of Mind

Ok, Ok, so this isn’t a real repurpose…but I had an idea and I rolled with it so bear with me!  LOL!

This page is done with Tim Holtz photos and paper dolls but it could totally be done with repurposed old photos!  So there is my repurpose!  See…I redeemed myself!  LOL!   Anyway, let me fill you in on my thought process behind this page and how I made it happen.

I’ve had a lot on my mind lately and with the balance of life and juggling different hats so when I came across this phrase “lucky is a state of mind” I had the perfect idea for it.  I decided what if I showed my state of mind and what’s on it.  What if I could hedge back my little head and show you all that things bouncing around in it.

I started by diluting some “hippie in high heals” Haute Mess acrylic paint and making an abstract poof like shape on the black page of Cobble Stone Lane journal.  While it was still some what wet I added some “make it rain” acrylic paint and continued to dab it with water to blend it a bit.  Then I blended in a bit of diluted “Torrid” acrylic paint just at the lower left corner of the poof and made some shading.

As it dried I added some Haute Mess glass bead gel to random areas then dripped some Haute Mess “naked” acrylic paint in as well as a bit of gold metallic from my stash.  Next I took a plastic gift card and dipped it in a bit of “bad and tatted” acrylic paint and sort of stamped it at different angles to form the design in the corner.  Finally, I  rubbed the raised glass bead areas with the same metallic gold I used earlier.

Lastly, I applied all my Tim Holtz photos and paper dolls (using pop dots) around the title sticker.

I hope this inspires you to get your paints out and get creative with some old (or reproduction) photos!

Supply List:

Haute Mess Cobble Stone Lane Journal
Haute Mess Glass Bead Gel
Haute Mess Acrylic Paints – Bad and Tatted, Hippie in High Heals, Torrid, Naked, Make it Rain

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!!