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It’s The Little Things | Donna Espiritu

Hello, Bad Girlies. Donna here with a new Art Journal inspiration.

It’s a really simple and easy one to make and you re-create it yourself in a few steps.

I dry brushed strips of Bad & Tatted onto the background.

Then I used a stencil and added texture spreading molding paste using a spatula. I made this into a heart shape.

I watered down Caution Tape and splattered some once the molding paste has dried.

It’s time for decorating! I cut a heart shape from a piece of paper and adhered to the center of the heart-shaped textured surface. Then I mixed stickers and cut-apart to embellish the page.

The embellishing is simply basic I just decorated the heart shape in the middle. Super easy, right?
Something you can easily re-create with a couple of Bad Girls Couture Acrylic paints and mediums.

I hope this inspired you to create something today!
Thanks for dropping by and see you in my next post.

Bad Girls Couture Used:
Haute Mess Art Journal – PaperDoll Palace Pink Canvas
Haute Mess Mixed Media Medium- Molding Paste
Haute Mess Acrylic Paints – Bad & Tatted, Caution Tape

Happy crafting,

Song Bird

Happy Monday y’all!!  I hope you are inspired today to create something beautiful!  I was inspired this week to create by this amazing sheet music page in my Haute Mess Cobblestone Lane Journal.

For this page I went to my scrap box and grabbed a few things to use that I thought would add interesting texture and layers and convey the feeling I was looking for.

My jumping off piece was this beautiful bird illustration and I just really went from there, gathering scraps of tissue paper and mesh that I liked.

I applied them down with some Haute Mess clear gesso and then secured the mesh down with some Haute Mess molding paste.  The background of the page also got a bit of a dry brushing of the “Naked” Haute Mess acrylic paint.  I added some extra texture and interest with some Haute Mess glass bead gel in some places and then gave the whole thing a light metallic rub.

The finishing touch was a sweet little die cut butterfly by Tim Holtz.

For a step by step instruction and more close up pictures, check out the link below

Thanks for stoping by today!!

Supply List:

Clear Gesso
Glass Bead Gel
Molding Paste
Naked Acrylic Paint
Cobble Stone Lane Canvas Journal

Brave and Beautiful Art Journal | Donna Espiritu

Hello, Bad Girlies! Donna here with a new project in my Haute Mess PaperDoll Palace Pink Canvas Art Journal.

 

First thing I did was brush the surface with gesso and then Fallen Angel diluted with a bit of water. I just wanted to cover the entire surface. Then I added a thin layer of Naked. Using a stencil and molding paste, I added more texture to random areas.

I wanted to try something new for today’s project. I’ve never done this kind of thing before and I know I need more practice. Ha! Instead of drawing directly to the background, I’ve drawn a face on to a piece of paper first and then cut it with my scissors. I adhered it to with gesso and a bit of clear glue.

I painted the face with Naked first and then Mannequin. Then I used Plastic Angel to paint the blushing cheeks and Bad & Tatted for the hair.

I used Prima Marketing’s Enchanted paper pad to embellish the page. I cut some squares/rectangles, doodled around the edges with a black pen. I also fussy cut some flowers to further decorate the page.

I added some Poetic Rose ephemera and stickers for the simple title of “Brave and beautiful”. I also brushed some Glass Bead Gel as a finishing touch.

I definitely need more practice drawing faces… or something like that ha! I was so scared to mess up painting the face and now I think it needed more shading… hmmm I didn’t mean to make it look like an Asian face lol but that’s how it turned out.

That’s all from me today. I hope you liked my project!

Thanks for dropping by and happy crafting,

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!

Supplies:

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

 

Tea Anyone?

Today I’m ready to junque it up with a fun mini zine project!

I made this mini zine with discarded tea bags.  Yes you read that right.  I used old tea bags to make a little mini book out of!  Now you probably remember that I used a tea bag in a previous project when I was doing a journal page in my Haute Mess Mixed Media Journal.  This time I just thought how cute they would look all stacked and bound together as a little mini.  So my wheels got turning.

   

You can see from the pictures here that I stacked all the bags up and bound them together with some embroidery floss, but not before giving them each a good treatment with some Haute Mess Matte Gel.  After I let that dry I began assembling my mini.  I also added some funky Tim Holtz vintage photo strips and some word stickers.  You could embellish this in so many fun ways.

To tie it all together I used a couple of the tea bag tags (with the string still attached) and glued them to the inside covers.

This is the amazing Haute Mess paint colors that brought my beautiful clay embellishment to life.

And this is the wonderful Haute Mess Mediums that you just have to have handy when approaching a project like this.

To see the entire process, click below for a step by step process video

Supply List:

Haute Mess Matte Gel
Haute Mess Glass Bead Gel
Haute Mess Bad & Tatted Acrylic Paint
Haute Mess Hippie in High Heals Acrylic Paint
Haute Mess Kiss & Don’t Tell Acrylic Paint
Haute Mess Torrid Acrylic Paint
Used, Dried and Emptied Tea Bags
Various Ephemera/vintage photos/word stickers/Embellishments
Large sewing needle & Embroidery Floss

 

Be Fearless with Lisa Amiet

Hello!
It’s Lisa here today to share some Bad Girl Goodness with you all.
I have an art journal page that I have created in my
‘Park Ave Penthouse’ Journal.

 

For this spread, I have used one of the cardboard backed canvas pages.
I have started with a nice coat of Haute Mess ‘White Gesso’ to seal my page.

I have then used my Haute Mess Acrylic Paints in ‘Torrid’,
‘Bad Girl Gaudy’ and ‘Sweet Candy Kisses’
,
to give my page a rough painted texture.

I have then used some of my stamps,
to randomly stamp around my page.

I have then added some floral elements in matching colours,
and a couple of quotes to finish my page.

I hope that you like what I have created!
Until next time!

Lisa xo

Bad Girls Couture Products Used:

Park Ave Penthouse Journal
White Gesso
Haute Mess Acrylic Paints
‘Torrid’
‘Bad Girl Gaudy’
‘Sweet Candy Kisses’

Come What May

Happy Hump Day y’all!  Today I’m adding to my Bad Girls Couture Haute Mess Cobblestone Lane Journal and wanted to share a couple fun techniques with ya!

This first technique is using the Haute Mess clear gesso.  After doing some tea dying recently on an art project I decided to start saving my old tea bags to use in my art work.  I figured they were just about as old looking and tea stained as you could get and had that cool transparent, delicate paper look.

After drying them out well and splitting them open to empty all the loose tea out I cut it apart into two pieces to just use one part of the bag.

I inserted a sticker into the inside of the bag were the tea was so it would show through like a little pocket window.

Then I sealed it up by painting on a generous coat of clear gesso.  Be careful not to do this on a surface you don’t want the tea stain to come off on because it may reactivate the tea color.

Once dry I was happy with the glassine look of my little tea bag pocket that I could now use on my journal page.

Next I wanted to add some texture to my page before I started but I wanted to give it a bold pop of color too so I mixed my Haute Mess Molding paste with some Drop Dead Gorgeous acrylic paint to tint the molding paste before applying it with a palate knife to the page.

I love the yummy effect the paint gave to the molding paste.

Here you can see my finished page.  I watered down some “Distortion” (I watered it down to a very light wash) and brushed it over the entire page before I started to tone it down just a bit.

Then I began blending watered down “Guilt Trip” acrylic paint and then added a touch of watered down “First Crush” as well.

Then I added my vintage sheet music and Tim Holtz paper dolls and my title stickers.

I glued my cute little tea bag right on top.

And I tucked some sheet moss to add a fun touch of texture to it.

Supplies:

Cobblestone Lane Journal
Drop Dead Gorgeous Acrylic Paint
Guilt Trip Acrylic Paint
First Crush Acrylic Paint
Distortion Acrylic Paint
Molding Paste
Clear Gesso

“A Vintage Girl & Her Daughter” Stickers
“Tim Holtz” Paper Dolls
Vintage Sheet Music
Sheet Moss

 

Breath Serenity Tab Page | Donna Espiritu

Hello, Bad Girlies! Donna here with a new project. I used the Tab Page in my Haute Mess Art Journal in PaperDoll Palace Pink Canvas to create a mixed media page.

I wanted to create a page about peacefulness or serenity. And the Morning Dew collection from Kaisercraft complements the Kiss & Don’t Tell color from the Bad Girls Couture Haute Mess acrylic paint selection.

I used a palette knife to cover the surface first with Fallen Angel and then Kiss & Don’t Tell after.

I used the Glass Bead Gel medium to add more texture.

After everything has dried, I started embellishing/decorating the page.

Here is a process video you can watch how this mixed media page came out to be.
Enjoy watching and may this spark some creativity in you today!

Thanks for dropping by and happy crafting!

Bad Girs Couture Supplies Used:
Haute Mess Medium – Glass Bead Gel
Haute Mess Acrylic Paints – Fallen Angel, Kiss & Don’t Tell

Nothing to Bark At

It’s Sunday Fun Day y’all!  I hope you’re doing something beautiful;)

Today I’m bringing new life into something discarded.  I recently had a city work crew doing some digging and working on plumbing in my yard…in the process they scuffed up some bark on trees.  While I was out there cleaning things up I was just so struck by how beautiful these bits where that I scooped them up and saved them for just the right piece.

I began by applying some Haute Mess molding paste with a pallet knife.

While that was set aside drying I painted a clay face with Haute Mess “Bad & Tatted” acrylic paint.

I then rubbed a bit of “C-note” acrylic paint and then “Kiss & Don’t Tell” paint.

Now that the molding paste had dried I applied a coat of “Bad & Tatted” Haute Mess acrylic paint

I then glued the clay face on and applied some Haute Mess glass bead gel liberally to the edges and fanned it out.   I also rubbed a bit on the face itself to give it a little texture.

Once the glass bead gel dried I brushed on some Haute Mess “Make it Rain” acrylic pain and came back over it with a wet brush to blend it.

I did the same blending with the Haute Mess “Bye Felicia” acrylic paint.

After all the paints were dried I did a metallic rub to give it some shine and glued some green reindeer moss at the bottom before calling it done.

Be Joyful Altered Tag | Donna Espiritu

Hello, Bad Girls! It’s Donna here with my last project for this month and it’s a simple altered tag.

I used gesso first before adding some texture using a stencil and molding paste on the tag. After it has dried, I painted with First Crush, Kiss & Tell and Broken Doll acrylic paints.

Then I created a collage of torn papers, doily, messy thread and stickers to decorate the tag.

I brushed the Glass bead gel and inked the edges to finish off the tag.

Here is the process video I made so you can watch how I created this tag.

 

Thanks for dropping by and see you next time!

Happy crafting,

Bad Girls Couture Supplies:
Haute Mess Mediums – Gesso, Molding Paste, Glass Bead Gel
Haute Mess Acrylic Paints – First Crush, Kiss & Tell, Broken Doll