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“Tre Verdigris” Mini Canvas

Hey bad girlies!!  Happy weekend to ya!  Today I’m sharing some more canvas love with y’all!

I really think I’ve developed somewhat of an addiction to these mini canvases!  For this one I had just gotten the coolest Sculpty face mold that I just had to use with some paper clay.  I had visions of these cool clay faces all textured and painty and gritty on a sweet little canvas and I got out right gitty!  So I got to work.

For details on how I created it, check out this process video.

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Supplies Used:

Haute Mess Molding Paste
Haute Mess Glass Bead Gel
Haute Mess Bad & Tatted Acrylic Paint
Haute Mess C-Note Acrylic Paint
Haute Mess Kiss & Don’t Tell Acrylic Paint
Tattered Angels High Impact Metallic Antique Gold Paint
Creative Paper Clay Sculpty Clay Mold
Copper jewelry wire
Hot glue

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!

Altered Roller Stamp Holder

Hello! Nicole here today with a metal roller stamp holder that I altered using some gesso and a variety of the Haute Mess acrylic paints. About a year ago, I bought this stamp holder from Amazon in hopes that it would help me organize my roller stamps. I did not like the green metal, but I figured I could alter it later down the road. One weekend, I decided to pull out my gesso and paints to see what I could do to transform this thing. I had no idea what would come from it.

This was such a fun project to make. I really enjoyed the process and it was very therapeutic for me. To begin, I applied about three coats of gesso on the metal base. I gave the gesso some time to dry before applying the additional coats.

Once the gesso was completely dry, I used a gel medium to glue the metal stars to the base.

When the stars were completely dry, I added another coat of gesso.

Once the gesso was dry. I rubbed some Opal Magic Wax all over the bottom of the base.

Then I sprayed the base using the Dragonfly Blue Color Bloom Spray Ink. I let the ink sit for about an hour and then I dabbed at the excess ink using a paper towel.

To add some texture to the base, I smeared some glass beads all over the base using my finger. I’m not sure if this was smart considering it was glass, but it worked. LOL

Then I sprayed the base with Spray Adhesive.

Once the adhesive was completely dry, I added a coat of the Haute Mess, Fallen Angel (white) to tone down the blue. If you look closely, you can see the little speckles of glass beads. It looks so pretty up close in person.

To complete the base, I used a small paint brush and a few colors from the Haute Mess acrylic paints to paint the stars using random colors.

 

 

Haute Mess Paint is made by hand by artisans here in the USA (Southern California).
We are a SMALL BATCH COMPANY. Every single color is mixed by hand ONE GALLON AT A TIME to ensure freshness.

There is a unique BATCH NUMBER on every single bottle of paint. We are able to tell
by that number who mixed your paint and what date it was mixed on.

Haute Mess Paint is completely free of VOC’s. (Volatile Organic Compounds). Paint
has chemicals that can stay in the air for years. It can also give you headaches,
allergies, nausea, and other health problems. Not Haute Mess!

We are Eco-Friendly. No VOC’s. Recyclable container. The container can be
repurposed. Haute Mess Paint and Mediums swatch book included. Swatch book is ACTUAL
paint and mediums. NOT computer generated images. What you see is EXACTLY what you
get. Inspirational Post Card with ideas to inspire your muse.

Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope I inspired you to find something metal in your house to alter!

Broken Hearted Mixed Media Journal Page

Happy Sunday y’all!  I hope you have had a wonderful weekend so far!  This week when I sat down to create in my journal I didn’t have a real idea of what I was creating I just was creating.  I knew I wanted to create something with lots of color and saturation and I wanted to make some scratch marks into my wet molding paste.  Other than that I didn’t know what the page would look like or even a theme.

I knew I would be getting my paints and mediums pretty wet so I removed the page from my Haute Mess journal.  It’s awesome to have the freedom to be able to remove a page when you need to if you want to work on something outside of the journal for a bit more elbow room and know you will be able to easily place it back in the journal when you have completed the page.

So I got to work applying my Molding Paste with a pallet knife to 3/4 of the page and allowed it to dry a bit (you can use a heat gun to speed this up)…but you don’t want it to fully dry yet.  Then I took my pallet knife and scratched a series of marks into the semi dried Molding Paste.

One the molding paste is completely dry I brushed a few strokes of “Torrid” Haute Mess paint (it really didn’t take a whole lot because the saturation is amazing!)

I immediately brushed over the “Torrid” paint with a water brush to make more of a saturated wash over the entire area that has been covered with molding paste.

Next I dropped a few drops of gold metallic on top, making sure the area stays wet so the ink kind of floats around a bit.  If needed drop a few drips of water near the gold ink to help with the flow effect.  Use a heat gun to help dry it blend the colors well.

It became very apparent to me as I was working my page was looking like a wounded heart.  I immediately knew where this page was going from here.  I love how when you are working in your art journal a page will organically just transform and begin become something that is so apparent.

Needless to say a wounded heart needs to be healed & bound up, so that is exactly the direction I took with this.  I applied a large scrap of cheese cloth by brushing on a thick coat of Matte Gel to my journal page, laid the cheese cloth down and then brushed on more Matte Gel to secure it.

Lastly I added my title with a scrap of  self adhesive tape I had in my art journal scrap stash and some cool safety pins

Now ya’ll go get some texture in your art today and show us!

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

Haute Mess Paint is made by hand by artisans here in the USA (Southern California). We are a SMALL BATCH COMPANY. Every single color is mixed by hand ONE GALLON AT A TIME to ensure freshness.

There is a unique BATCH NUMBER on every single bottle of paint. We are able to tell by that number who mixed your paint and what date it was mixed on. 

Haute Mess Paint is completely free of VOC’s. (Volatile Organic Compounds). Paint has chemicals that can stay in the air for years. It can give you headaches, allergies, nausea, and other health problems. Not Haute Mess!

We are Eco-Friendly. No VOC’s. Recyclable container. The container can be repurposed. Haute Mess Paint and Mediums swatch book included. Swatch book is ACTUAL paint and mediums. NOT computer generated images. What you see is EXACTLY what you get.

Vintage Art-journal page with Elena + Tutorial

Happy Wednesday!! A huge welcome to you my Bad Girls friends!

Today I’m working with two gesso and many paints to create a  mixed media page in my “COBBLESTONE LANE” Art Journal.

I chose to decorate Canvas page.

This time I decided to remember that time, when I tried decoupage.

I still have a small collection of napkins with interesting drawings.

Why not try to use them when creating a page in an Art Journal?

All the more in Art Journal from Bad Girls there is page reminiscent of a canvas.

Dense cardstock and primed fabric.

First I made one layer of Clear Gesso. Then pasted pieces of pages from the old dictionary and a layer of napkins for decoupage.

It is better not to cut pictures from napkins, and tear them off. So the edges are more thin and uneven, which will better implant them in the background.

Added another coat of Clear Gesso.

Added strokes with Premium White Gesso to muffle the bright color of the pieces of paper and combine them together.

Once everything was dry, I complicated the background with stamps and archival ink.

Applied a Molding Paste through a stencil

Now it’s time to use paint! I chose these shades:

I didn’t like that the edges are too much white, so I tinted them with Bad & Tatted .
Added a little splashes

I was satisfied with what turned out to be a page, but something was missing…

So I decided to revive it with bright green paint Million Dollar Baby,

and purple Hippie In High Heels

Added sticker by 7 Dots Studio.

I love to use napkins for decoupage. That I’ve put a few more on hold for the next projects!

I hope you were interested and you also decide to try my way to create pages in an Art Journal!

and some close-ups

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

Products used:

Haute Mess Mediums:

Haute Mess Medium – Clear Gesso

Haute Mess Mixed Media Medium  – Premium White Gesso

Haute Mess – Molding Paste

Haute Mess Paints:

Bad & Tatted 

Plastic Angel

X-Rated

Hippie In High Heels

Haute Mess Paint is made by hand by artisans here in the USA (Southern California).
We are a SMALL BATCH COMPANY. Every single color is mixed by hand ONE GALLON AT A TIME to ensure freshness.
There is a unique BATCH NUMBER on every single bottle of paint. We are able to tell
by that number who mixed your paint and what date it was mixed on.
Haute Mess Paint is completely free of VOC’s. (Volatile Organic Compounds). Paint
has chemicals that can stay in the air for years. It can also give you headaches,
allergies, nausea, and other health problems. Not Haute Mess!
We are Eco-Friendly. No VOC’s. Recyclable container. The container can be
repurposed. Haute Mess Paint and Mediums swatch book included. Swatch book is ACTUAL
paint and mediums. NOT computer generated images. What you see is EXACTLY what you
get. Inspirational Post Card with ideas to inspire your muse.

Canvas Journal Page Tutorial

Hi everybody! Have you seen Bad Girls Couture’s one of a kind journals? These beauties are crafted by hand by artisans in the USA. These journals are hardbound and they are 100% cotton. They are one of a kind and there are no journals on the market like them.

I love how each page is held together using ribbon. You can also add more pages to the journal! Inside the journal, you will find a variety of mixed media pages such as Kraft, patterned paper, pocket pages, cardstock, canvas, and transparency that include a zig-zag, stitched border. Most importantly, these journals are Eco friendly.  We take pride in saving the environment. Therefore, these journals are made from recycle materials.

Seriously, the entire journal is beautiful!  If you want to make these journals your own, the canvas cover can be painted or inked! There are no limitations when it comes to these beauties. Grab yours today!

Today, I am sharing a canvas journal entry that I created using some molding paste, paint, punches and washi tape. These size was so easy for me to scrapbook since I tend to scrapbook smaller sized photos. To begin, I mixed some of the Haute Mess Drop Dead Gorgeous paint with some molding paste to thicken the paint up a bit. If you do not do this, the acrylic paint will smear underneath the stencil and your design will not come out clear.

 

I used a paintbrush to frame the edges of the page. While the gesso was wet, I added a strip of washi tape at the top and bottom part of the layout. The gesso will act as a glue so I was not worried about the washi tape not sticking.

I decorated the layout using hand-made die cuts I created using a variety of paint and stamps. Look for a tutorial soon on how I made the flowers and butterflies next Wednesday!

 

Thanks for visiting today! Hope you have a wonderful week!

“I Am Transformed” Journal Page

Happy Monday Y’all!!  I hope you are having an inspiring start to your week!  Today I’m going to share a journal page I did that was inspired by some awesome paper butterfly cutouts that I’ve just been hanging on to for just the right project!

For this one I gessoed one of the cardstock pages in my Haute Mess Couture Journal and began applying matte gel under and over the cutouts to adhere them to the page.  Then stenciled molding paste and layered on various Haute Mess Acrylic paints and blended with water.  Finally I finished it off with a stamped title, accented with some Haute Mess Glass Bead Gel, rubbed on some metallic and splattered on some blue liquid ink.  Curious?  Well check out my process video I did for you!  Check out the link below!

CLICK HERE FOR PROCESS VIDEO:

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Haute Mess Couture Products Used:

Gesso, Molding Paste, Matte Gel Medium, Glass Bead Gel, Acrylic Paints: Caution Tape, Make it Rain, Bad Girl Gaudy, Bad & Tatted, Drop Dead Gorgeous, First Crush.

Thanks for stoping by today and I hope you are inspired to go create something beautiful!

 

Turning Junk Jewels into Treasured Art

You may or may not know that when I’m not playing with my beautiful collection of Bad Girls art supplies, I’m also a jewelry designer.  I’ve made jewelry from old bits and pieces ever since I was 13 years old, so as you can imagine, I’ve acquired quite a bit of old junk jewelry.  Recently I’ve decided to start incorporating some of those old pieces into my art.  So today’s repurpose challenge is a perfect time to share some of that with you!

Today I started off with this old costume brooch.  It has pretty pink and red stones but it has honestly seen better days so I decided to give it a good coating of Haute Mess White Gesso to give it a white washed look.

I was careful to save the stones to paint over for last so it wouldn’t dry too quickly on me because I wanted to dampen my cloth and wipe the paint off the stones to reveal the stones but still have the paint all in crevasses and settings of the stones.

Once it was dry I flipped it over and removed the pin back from it so it will have a flat backing and set it aside for later.

I then turned my attention to a cute little mini canvas.  I prepared my canvas by spreading a thick coating of the Haute Mess Molding Paste.

Use a pallet knife to smooth the paste out but make sure it still maintains a good deal of fun texture to hold a lot of dimension when we apply the paints.

Finally once the Molding Paste was dry I began layering on the paints.  I started in the center of the canvas with the darker color, “Torrid” and then applied my lighter Haute Mess color “Couture Pink”, making sure to keep my brush nice and wet with water in between for good blending.  I also made sure my canvas stayed we with a light brushing of water where needed too and gave some of the stark white areas a light was of the watered down “Couture Pink”.

Then I took my bright red “Bad Girl Gaudy” color and dabbed and flicked little bits of color on the dampened canvas.  Since the canvas remained wet it allowed the paint great movement and achieved a really nice effect without any extra blending product.

Once those layers were dry I glued on the brooch and then smoothed on a good bit of the Haute Mess Glass Bead Gel for my favorite texture effect.  I work from the edge of the brooch out and fan it out with my finger to give it an organic, natural feel.  I then finished off the entire piece with a sprinkling of some coarse glitter and a metallic rose gold rub.

This is the finished piece in my home next to my last piece of art I shared with you!  I hope you are inspired to go repurpose some old junk jewelry finds!

 

Art Journal My Hero + VIDEO

Hello scrappy friends!

It’s Elena here today to share my  page in “COBBLESTONE LANE” Art Journal.

It has a Cream colored canvas cover.

I chose to decorate Vintage Music page.

 It consists of a sheet of thick cardboard and a sheet of real music,

 which are glued and stitched on the edge.

You can watch the full process video for this page

https://youtu.be/1WXrgyAs_1Y

 The photo for the page is not chosen by chance. It depicts a Russian rock singer Zemfira.

She also writes lyrics and music. I love her sensual and soulful songs.

I used several shades of paint to combine the photo and the background into one.

Used Clear Gesso to glue the mini-sequins on.

They are like notes or streams of music scattered on the page

Added the appropriate meaning of the quote stickers by 7 Dots Studio.

I have used the following Products:

 “COBBLESTONE LANE” Art Journal – Vintage Music page

Haute Mess Paints:

 C-note

Haute Mess Mediums:

  Don’t forget to check out my BLOG

Haute Mess Paint is made by hand by artisans here in the USA (Southern California).

We are a SMALL BATCH COMPANY. Every single color is mixed by hand ONE GALLON AT A TIME to ensure freshness.

There is a unique BATCH NUMBER on every single bottle of paint. We are able to tell

by that number who mixed your paint and what date it was mixed on.

Haute Mess Paint is completely free of VOC’s. (Volatile Organic Compounds). Paint

has chemicals that can stay in the air for years. It can also give you headaches,

allergies, nausea, and other health problems. Not Haute Mess!

We are Eco-Friendly. No VOC’s. Recyclable container. The container can be

repurposed. Haute Mess Paint and Mediums swatch book included. Swatch book is ACTUAL

paint and mediums. NOT computer generated images. What you see is EXACTLY what you

get. Inspirational Post Card with ideas to inspire your muse.